Gwen is the current Chair of the Board for Slow Food Utah and has been a member of Slow Food Utah since 2007. She is passionate about slow food and is an avid cook, gardener, reader, and farmer's market groupie. Gwen grew up on an organic farm and has always believed that good, clean, fair food should be accessible to everyone.
Chantelle Bourdeaux has been involved with Slow Food Utah for the past 4 years and current board member for the past 3 years. Slow Food Utah was what catapulted her journey of just loving good, clean fair food, to fully dedicating her life to help cultivate a strong food community in which she lives. She loves cooking at home with her sister, going to one of her favorite restaurants, or playing in the dirt of her own urban garden. Chantelle is currently the Utah Sales Manager for A priori Specialty Foods, Co-Owner of Juniper&Co. Event Productions, and Co-Creator of SLC Bites.
I am a retired early-childhood educator with over 30 years of experience. One of the subjects I loved to teach was about food and the choices they could make to make become strong people. Because of this, I want to help Slow Food in Schools become a large presence in many schools.
Jen's commitment to good, clean, and fair food was planted at her grandparents' Iowa farm and blossomed as a high school exchange student to Nice, France. As a teenager, she detassled corn and started a catering business, then continued working in food service and hospitality through college and post-graduate adventures in Alta, Utah. In her current job as University of Utah's sustainability coordinator she helps run the student gardens, campus farmers market, and Social Soup discussion series. She also serves on the Salt Lake Food Policy Task Force.
I enjoy conversations with farmers and producers, cooking, eating, drinking, skiing at Alta Ski Resort, bicycle rides, gardening, listening to jazz and being with family and friends. For the last 12 years I have servined as Executive Chef, General Manager of Watson Shelter at Alta, 4 years on Slow Food Utah board and 2 years on SLC Food Policy Task Force.
I am an educator and food enthusiast living in Salt Lake City. For the past five years, I have been working at Bonneville Jr. High as a special educator. I have a love of everything food that stems from grade school and a personal desire to work and build community through all means. It is my goal to build community ties through the Slow Food movement, and more importantly to address issues dealing with food and environment amongst disenfranchised communities.
Carly Gillespie has been coordinating Wasatch Community Gardens' educational workshops and community events, providing thousands of Salt Lake residents with the knowledge and skills to grow their own food organically since 2009. An experienced organic gardener, she has experience with gardens of all sizes, and even helped start the small, organic, Duckelberry Farm in Beaver Creek, Oregon. Her love of gardening and good food has made her passionate about food access, and creating a sustainable local food system. She spends her free time gardening, cooking, preserving, experimenting, playing with her dog, cats and chickens and trying to convince her boyfriend it is time to get goats. She loves volunteering with other non-profit organizations, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Salt Lake City People's Market.
For nearly a decade, Natalie has been in the public sector gaining experience in the diverse aspects of nonprofit administration. Over the years, Natalie’s personal and professional interests have led her to become more passionate about understanding how our personal and communal connections to food affect how we live as individuals, our communities and our environment. During her free time Natalie can be found digging in her own garden, trying new recipes, or playing outside in the mountains.