Shabnam Azadeh / Partner / From Scratch Pet Food
If there’s one thing that the invention of YouTube gave us, it was solid proof that there is an endless amount of love out there for cute cats (and videos of them doing cute things). Whether you are a pet owner or not, you can appreciate the motivation behind Shabnam’s work at From Scratch: the desire to improve the quality of what we, and those we love, are eating.
Kate Thorman & Nora Chovanec / Co-Founders & Co-Media-Mavens / Abbott & West Productions / The Innocents Abroad
Meet the irresistible duo behind Abbott & West Productions. If we hadn’t shown you a photo already, you might think they were of an older generation, with a distinguished roster of films and PBS Series’ in their portfolio. But pull back the curtain and you’ll find Kate and Nora, whose collective vision for what media (of all kinds) can and should be is going to make it hard for you not to start watching immediately.
Clare Barboza / Documentary Food Photographer
We have a pretty boring confession to make: we are obsessed with food photography. We’re pretty sure there are others like us out there. So are you ready to give up a solid half hour or so of your life to losing yourself in Clare’s delectable web portfolio? Go ahead. You deserve it…
Tedd Snowden / Market Manager / Angelic Organics
When you’re a New Yorker, it can be easy to imagine that everything West of the city is, you know, country. But the progress being made in urban agriculture in MidWestern cities can provide an example to the rest of the United States, including those of us in the five boroughs. It was the quality of the educational work at the Angelic Organics Learning Center that drew Tedd out of the corporate world and onto the farm.
Jennifer Goggin / Co-Founder, CEO / FarmersWeb
We’ve been noticing a trend when it comes to recommendations from our weekly gastrognomes on where they see the potential for opportunity within the food world. It very often has to do with the concept of ‘local food’ – how abundant it is and how inaccessible it can be. Jennifer has created a tool that shines in its simplicity. We ain’t sayin it’s easy, but Jennifer proves that it can be straightforward.
Melissa Danielle / Coordinator / Bed-Stuy Bounty & Wholeshare.com /
Some of the traits we always look for in a good food job seeker are resilience and the ability to be proactive. In fact, the two often seem to go hand in hand, and they jumped off the page when we interviewed Melissa. We love how she saw an opportunity and made it happen -not just for herself, but for her community. That’s what it’s all about.
Tama Matsuoka / Meadows + More
Take a look at the website for Tama’s company, Meadows + More,and you’ll be blown away, as we were, by the beauty and simplicity of it. Nature and food are both simple and complex – a dichotomy that makes them so irresistibly, unspeakably divine. What we find most inspiring of all is how Tama found a way to turn that into her livelihood.
Kira Montagno / Assistant Operations Manager / Swarthmore Co-op
We at Good Food Jobs spend a lot of time thinking about grocery stores and food markets. They are both essential and pleasurable parts our lives. A bad one can dampen our spirits, a great one can lift us up to cloud nine. Hearing Kira’s story makes us wish that every grocery and market in the country had someone like her behind the shelves.
Rachel Greenberger / Director / Food Sol at Babson College
Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed with passion yet unsure how to channel it? Do you ponder the enormous scale of the problems with our current food system and find yourself feeling daunted? Did you know there was an organization called Food Sol that ‘supports eater-entrepreneurs to uncover and articulate what they care most about influencing in food—and then determine the “bite-sized” action they can take now to begin’? Thanks to Rachel, Food Sol does indeed exist, and we’re pretty excited about it.
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ABOUT THE GASTROGNOMESgas•tron•o•my ( ga-stron-uh-mee ) (n.) the practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food.
gnome ( nohm ) (n.) (in folklore) one of a species of miniature beings that inhabit the interior of the earth and act as guardians of its treasure.
gas•tro•gnome a jovial individual whose main purpose on earth is to connect people who derive pleasure from good food.
the gastrognomes is a blog for food lovers who want to put their passions to work. We profile the most interesting, engaging, and unlikely food professionals that we find, and we publish them here to inspire you.
Good Food Jobs is a gastro-job search tool, designed to link people looking for meaningful food work with the businesses that need their energy, enthusiasm, and intellect. We’ll post opportunities with farmers and food artisans, policy makers and purveyors, retailers and restaurateurs, economists, ecologists, and more.
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