I’m a Gourmand Gal of Latina descent (Cuban on my father’s side -Colombian on my mother’s) savoring Seattle through Ethical Eats and Local Libations. A Syrah sipper. Farm feaster. Crepe connoisseur. Thrifty 30something. I tweet Seattle Wine Society.
In addition to being a local food and wine hobbyist, (and freelance writer) my professional background is in Public Relations, Social Media, and Non Profit and Corporate Event Planning and Development (I’m on contract but currently looking for a permanent gig). I became more active in the Seattle food and wine scene by joining the board of the Seattle Wine Society,(in June ’11) and immediately jumped into the role of Marketing and Communications Chair, given my background in Social Media and PR, for which the evolving Society was in need of some expertise.
I’m an avid travel and culture fiend, partially raised overseas – hopping back and forth between continents and military bases where both father and stepfather were stationed. I was born outside of Madrid, Spain, and later lived in Austin, TX, Cambridge, England, and Tokyo, Japan, before moving permanently to Burien, WA the summer before my freshman year of high school (’96). Hurray for stable civilian life!
I attribute my passions around ‘Slow Food’ and ‘Farm to Table’ (or Farm to Fork) to my many years of environmental activism -as student (Environmental Studies minor) volunteer, (KEEN, TCCP) intern, (USFS, KEEN, CLC) and non profit professional (WWC, EarthCorps) -working in education, conservation, and restoration for over a decade. I took that passion for connecting to the land to connecting with the land through its producers -the farmers, ranchers, growers, harvesters -who till its soil, seed it, graze livestock upon it, and unearth its bounty.
As a consumer, I educate myself on sourcing, I shop my local co-op and Farmer’s Markets, I participate in and support PCC Farmland Trust and Slow Food Seattle programs, and through a myriad of activities -support the local food economy through my purchasing power and influence on others to make conscious consumer decisions.
When I’m not working, eating or drinking, you’ll find me volunteering on organic farms; weeding strawberry patches or canoodling with baby lambs, putting on wine programs with local, organic, and biodynamic winemakers, tinning linecaught tuna, participating in a wine crush, or dining in restaurants and bars sourcing local, sustainable ingredients that stem from relationships with farmers, ranchers, artisan cheesemakers, bakers, distillers, winemakers, and the like who form this end to end chain of seasonal abundance in a tight knit Pacific Northwest community where locavorism has become a lifestyle for many.
Welcome to the Latina Locavore’s world.