New Member Spotlight: Laurie Zerga
- Why did you join the SFPFS?
I love the SFPFS. It is a unique and special organization. I was a member for several years and even on the board as treasurer. I left as I dug into my strong business background and became certified in coaching. As I have been heavily involved with food and agriculture over the last few years in Sonoma County, it seems time to connect into this group again. During my former membership I was running Chef-K, culinary health education for kids, a national company.
- How is food connected to your career?
Initially I engaged in food through children’s cooking classes. This lead me to support large food producers connected to agriculture in Sonoma County. Today I am a business consultant and coach to privately-owned food producers and a couple of retail markets.
- Are you associated with any philanthropic cause related to the food industry?
I support several philanthropic food topics. Food industry group in Sonoma County is doing amazing work within the industry, Hummingbird Labs is exploring resilient agriculture initiatives, the food banks are doing a great job with bringing fresh food and animal protein to those with food insecurity.
- What chefs or blogs do you follow?
I peek at several, my interest is stronger in education and food sources than individual chefs. Though a few are bringing awareness to the public in a big way.
- What is your favorite restaurant in the Bay Area?
After traveling the US for several years to military bases teaching cooking, I realize we have an abundance of amazing restaurants in the SF area, way too many to name. We also have access to such a wide variety of fresh and unique food ingredients. I feel blessed to be born and raised in this part of the country.