Founder, Curator, Storyteller and Matchmaker
Natalie is an Arizona native and former chef who earned her Masters of Arts in Food Culture and Communications from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. In 2012, she was awarded the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellowship grant for the Borderlands Food and Water Security program at the Southwest Center within the University of Arizona. Most recently, she managed public event outreach for the Phoenix Public Market while coordinating the inaugural year of the youth-focused urban agriculture project Truck Farm Phoenix.
She has worked in the local food community connecting Valley farmers and chefs during her tenure at Community Food Connections and Edible Phoenix magazine while serving as Partnerships Chair for Slow Food Phoenix. Previously, she was a resident in New York where she worked for the advocacy and production company Wicked Delicate Films, overseeing nationwide social engagement and press campaigns for the award-winning documentaries Truck Farm and The City Dark while working alongside production for the short film The Search for General Tso and development for FoodCorps. She also recently served on the Marketing Advisory team for Slow Money’s newest venture, Gatherround, while working on the development of Arizona’s Slow Money chapter and recently joined the Slow Food Ark of Taste Southwest/Mountain Regional Committee. Natalie credits her Dutch-Indonesian grandmother with her love of all things food and culture, who served her broccoli and peanut sauce as a child.