I plan programming that builds deep connections and craft stories with heart.

In the cluttered landscape of organizations vying for people’s attention, I create unique, engaging, and highly-organized events. Celebrations filled with educational potential that provide visibility to your organization while embodying the integrity of your mission. In addition, I’m an excellent writer who will generate original content to convey your story in a variety of platforms including blogs, social media, and promotional materials. I'm a proven and engaging public speaker appearing on panels, radio programs, and at public events to promote good food and craft beer communities. In 2016, I was profiled by Slow Food USA for their biodiversity campaign #100yearsofplenty.

 

 

Photo credit: Brittany Purlee/Britography

Photo credit: Brittany Purlee/Britography


What I Do

With over ten years of cultural management experience, I advise organizations on communication strategy and implementation, event development and execution, donor and sponsor management, and strategic planning. I write, educate, produce events, and speak on sustainable food, craft beer, art, and culture--fields of passion and craft.

For over a decade I produced events for the Department of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago. I worked with an international roster of architects like David Adjaye, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Jeanne Gang, and Richard Rodgers; iconic designers including Gaetano Pesce, Yves Béhar, Jurgen Bey, and Matalli Crasset; and the late photographer Julius Schulman. Opening receptions that I oversaw for exhibitions both historical and contemporary in nature often reached upwards of a thousand guests but equally as interesting were the intimate tours that I produced of architecturally significant buildings and private residences including the Bertrand Goldberg-designed Marina City and Milton Schwartz's 320 Oakdale building. 

Other organizations I've worked with include: Chicago Humanities Festival, Experimental Sound Studio, Slow Food USA, The James Beard Foundation, Food Tank, Spence Farm Foundation, Whole Foods, Goose island Beer Company, and Brooklyn Brewery.

Opening celebration of "Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye" at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. Photo credit: The Art Institute of Chicago.

Opening celebration of "Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye" at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. Photo credit: The Art Institute of Chicago.


Who I Am

An enthusiastic eater, avid cook, amateur gardener, and sustainable food advocate, I'm interested in the cultural exploration of food and beverage. A Slow Food leader for nearly a decade, I was twice selected an American delegate to Terra Madre, the organization's international food conference held in Turin, Italy, referred to as the "Olympics of food." There, I ate a lot of cheese and pasta and indulged my love for craft beer by taking several taste workshops that revealed to me the beverage's cultural, historical, and gastronomical potential. A highlight was a workshop titled "Something is Brewing in Scandinavia" where I sampled the rare Sahti, a festive, Finnish drink made mostly for home consumption in rural areas. 

You'll typically find me connecting with folks at one of Chicago's most interesting food and craft beer events or embracing my contemplative side by cozying up with a book over a warm cup of craft coffee while researching my next project which most likely involves food and beer and often times art. Please say hi.

Currently:

Lead Events Ambassador, Brooklyn Brewery, the 11th largest craft brewery in the nation, providing taste education opportunities to the Chicago public and managing our team of Illinois ambassadors.

Communications Consultant, Spence Farm Foundation, bringing together chefs, bakers, farmers and health professionals to create a more healthy and sustainable food system. 

Chair, Slow Food Midwest Ark of Taste, a regional volunteer committee promoting agricultural biodiversity through Slow Food's catalog of endangered foods, The Ark of Taste

Photo credit: Audrey Peiper.

Photo credit: Audrey Peiper.

Photo credit: Jeanne Calabrese.

Photo credit: Jeanne Calabrese.


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