Meet the people behind Slow Food Lake Tahoe ...
JESSIE PHILLIPS - Chapter Leader / Marketing
BOARD MEMBER SINCE MAY 2011
Jessie Phillips has been enjoying summers in Lake Tahoe with her family for over 25 years. Before deciding to become a full time resident of Glenshire in Spring 2010, she was working as an artisan baker and small events caterer in Santa Cruz, where she was very active in the Slow Food and Organic farming communities. Through her passion for organic, local, sustainable food, Jessie has helped bring Truckee/Tahoe community members together through the Truckee Tahoe Food Swap, providing a simple way to get back to basics: making, sharing, and enjoying food that is wholesome, homemade and REAL. As PR/Communications Lead for the Board, Jessie is responsible for local resource gathering and information distribution. As a FOOD SOVEREIGNTY advocate, Jessie hopes to play a key role in creating a healthy, thriving local food system in our area, through events, education, and food policy advocacy.
POLLY TRIPLAT - Co-Leader
BOARD MEMBER SINCE MAY 2011
Polly has been a Massage Therapist and Healer in the Tahoe area for over 20 years. She moved to Truckee from Tahoe City in 2009, where she has been creating a High Sierra Homestead, Truckee River Sanctuary with her husband Don Triplat. Together they offer community education and awareness about high altitude gardening, raising poultry, native landscape design, and personal growth exploring nature based consciousness and spirituality. As an active Board Member in the Slow Food Lake Tahoe chapter, Polly strives to collaborate with schools, local organizations and farmers to inspire food advocacy and increase the availability of local healthy food for everyone. She is passionate about creating a more sustainable resilient community where we respectfully connect to the natural world. Polly has a private healing practice Bodywise Massage, located at Truckee River Sanctuary and offers Earthspirit Wilderness Quests throughout the Sierra's.
CHERYL SCHRADY- Food Policy/ Media Outreach
BOARD MEMBER SINCE AUGUST 2013
Cheryl Schrady grew up in Hawaii where cooking, eating and sharing meals with others is the most important part of one’s day. Cheryl’s childhood was filled with weekly Sunday dinners at her grandparents’ home. Every one of the 50 or so extended family members at the Sunday dinners had a part in the preparation of the gastronomic tradition: from harvesting homegrown pomelos, mangoes, lychee and avocadoes to prepping, barbecuing, braising, roasting, stir-frying and baking. As a 10 year member of Slow Food, Cheryl is passionate about good, clean food and preserving the artisanal aspects of food from planting to harvesting to embellishing and creating the end product. When Cheryl isn’t cooking and feeding her family and many friends, she tends to her Board member public relations and communications responsibilities, keeps abreast of Federal and State food policies as a member of Slow Food California Policy Committee and when most of the snow melts you can find her on Donner Lake on her SUP.