What I Do
My mind is always buzzing with a new idea for improving a craft beer tasting or how to promote both your brand and small family farms. I am thrilled to talk about food, craft beer, art, and culture, whether it’s in a room full of friends, at a conference or workshop that I’m leading, or as a guest on a podcast.
At the end of the day my grandmother is to blame. She first taught me that sharing a meal with family and friends could imbue every day with meaning, warmth, and occasionally magic. So, that’s what I do—recreate over and again those impactful, engaging, educational experiences that I've had around a dinner table, over a pint, or in front of an exhibit.
I am a storyteller, a warm and engaging writer utilizing both creative and analytical thinking to create an original story that excites the public about your program, event, or mission. I've written book and restaurant reviews, text for invitations, websites and social media campaigns, fundraising appeals, and longform articles, as well as conducted interviews with program partners. How can I help craft your story?
I am an enthusiastic idea generator and educator who digs deep to embody an organization’s mission in engaging public events. Ask me about the sold-out Brooklyn Brewery ingredient-focused beer and food pairing that I conducted at Whole Foods, the Slow Food event on agricultural biodiversity that I initiated and co-led at a Chicago Park District garden--both in 2016--or other ways that I've educated the public on a host of issues including sustainability, biodiversity, architecture, and art. You are just one email away from an exciting collaboration!
I PRODUCE Events.
Thorough and unflappable, I am a seasoned event producer with over ten years experience organizing private tours, lectures, workshops, conferences and large-scale fundraising events that generate revenue, educate people, and build relationships with VIP sponsors and partners. I effectively manage eclectic teams of people on complex public events such as the Slow Food Chicago Farm Roast or the Architecture & Design Society's Modern Ball at the Art Institute of Chicago. Let's plan an event together!
I've served as an adjunct art history instructor at Harrington College of Design, conducted tours of architecture and design exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, and recently had the pleasure of sharing insight into Slow Food and its biodiversity initiative, The Ark of Taste, in a podcast and a post-lecture discussion for the Chicago Humanities Festival. Reach out to me to be a guest on your podcast, television program or panel discussion!