Passing the Fork: A Letter from Dava Guthmiller

Dear Slow Food San Francisco,

It’s a family, a passion, and an amazing way to meet all of the best people in the food world. I have been a little sad to leave my Board Chair post this year, but so excited to see where the new team will take the organization. I first joined Slow Food after meeting Lorenzo Scarpone while volunteering with the Arthritis foundation in 2003. We worked on a fundraising event that was the basis for what became the Golden Glass in 2005. Since then I have worked with a great team on the Slow Food Board help build up San Francisco as one of the largest chapters in the US. I joined the board myself in 2008 and took on the role of Chair in 2012.

From getting the chapter online (3 websites over 11 years), moving us from paper to email newsletters, expanding our network of contact and social reach, coordinating too many events to count with our board and committee volunteers, and to attending Terra Madre, my time with Slow Food has been amazing. Yes, it’s a lot of work — a labor of love — as everything we do is volunteer, but when you are working on protecting and promoting a healthy food system while eating delicious food over good conversation, it’s worth it. I hope that my experience in branding, design and marketing has been helpful to the chapter and our partners.

This passion for good food also comes with a larger family. Lorenzo Scarpone, Vera Ciammetti, and all the other board and committee members that we have worked with all these years are my food family. Attending an event like the Golden Glass, judging at the Good Food Awards, or even hitting up a farmers market or taking a class at 18 Reasons reminds me of all the extraordinarily passionate people that make the Bay Area food system so wonderful. It’s like going to the best family reunion ever when all these people are together. I will continue to support and help Slow Food and all the other organizations doing great work around food. It’s something you just can’t get out of your blood.

Realizing that our team needed from fresh ideas and a boost of energy, Slow Food San Francisco first-everrst ever open call for new board and committee members last year. WOW – is all I can say, regarding the amazing turnout of people during this outreach. We had dozens of people fill out our applications. After meeting those most interested, and a few months of planning and training, we now have a whole new board of directors and supporting committee. I am thrilled to pass on all I have learned, as well as continue as general counsel for this new team. These ladies have the passion and drive I had when I first started. I can not wait to see where they take the organization over the next few years.

I hope everyone in the Slow Food community welcomes this new team and joins them soon for an event. If you ever need my help, advice or just want to say hello, you can find me at Noise 13. Thank you for all the years of support, love, and good food.



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