Two new Leaders joined the Board of Slow Food East End as a result of elections held by members in October. Here are the bios they provided us with at that time.
M. Pierre Friedrichs, East Hampton
Slow Food Experience: I have been a member of Slow Food East End for the past three years with a recent emphasis on helping organize the annual event for the Josh Levine Memorial Foundation Fund, which benefits the Edible School Garden Group. Three years ago I organized, planned, promoted and executed a potluck lunch, tour and fundraiser at Mecox Bay Dairy.
I grew up on Millbank Farms, an 80-acre farm outside of New Orleans that has been in my family for 130 years where we raised our own livestock, poultry and vegetables. Most of the food my family ate was raised at Mill Bank Farms — “we always knew who we were eating.”
My career has been focused on food retailing — as a corporate caterer at Rockefeller Center, restaurant owner and front of house manager, independent caterer and private chef. I am a chef and farmer — engaged in many aspects of local farming, food and community. The past two summers I have served as a private chef for families on the East End incorporating not only products from my own farm, but those from many local growers and purveyors. We are so fortunate to live in a region where we have an abundance of farmers, food producers, fishermen/women, and vintners etc. who embrace the tenets of Slow Food.
Megan Schmidt, Sag Harbor
Slow Food Experience: Since moving to the East End, I have connected with people who see food and cooking the way I do through Slow Food East End.As a leader, I will do my part in keeping the momentum of Slow Food — the conversation, the implementation — strong and beneficial to the entire community. I am a board member of the Edible School Gardens group, co-founder of the Edible School Garden at The Child Development Center of the Hamptons in Wainscott; and a leader of the volunteer food-awareness group, Peconic Harvest.
In 2000, while living on the island of Maui, my family joined its first CSA program. As a city kid who took for granted where my food came from, living next to an onion farm and getting a weekly produce box, completely changed how I saw food, land and our relationship with it.
I am a health-conscious home cook, mother, food advocate and owner of The Good Farm Delivery, a “hyper” local food service for the South Fork that is currently winding down its first season. A year-round resident of the East End for 11 years, I have dedicated myself to supporting local food systems with my new company and promoting healthy food choices and conversation with my blog, The Good Bowl (thegoodbowl.com).
I hold a BA in Art History from Trinity College, and when not delivering local food, I freelance as a design and marketing consultant. A native New Yorker, I currently reside in Sag Harbor with my husband, Marc, and our young daughter.