To improve access to healthy foods for all communities and grow the local food economy, Executive Constantine appointed a Kitchen Cabinet of growers, distributors, grocers, top chefs, and others that will develop a list of actions to achieve these goals.
What we're doing
Creating a more resilient local food supply in King County will help secure the region’s food system particularly in the face of climate change and other emergencies, like the severe drought being experienced right now in California.
A range of agricultural practices associated with conservation management can minimize its harmful effects and even benefit the environment. By supporting well managed farmland we can increase carbon sequestration and gain biodiversity. More localized production and processing enhances the opportunity to use more sustainable practices throughout the food delivery system.
By galvanizing strong business, nonprofit and government forces right here, King County will develop meaningful targets and actions in the coming months to grow our local food economy and eliminate food deserts.
Kitchen Cabinet nominees
Leslie Mackie - Macrina Bakery and Café
The warmth and good food that are the soul of Macrina Bakery & Café owe their origins to owner-chef Leslie Mackie—one of the most esteemed figures on the national artisan baking scene. She is happiest watching customers enjoy her mouth-watering breads, buttery pastries and tender coffee cakes.
Leslie picked up her kitchen skills at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. But baking was her true love, and she was soon creating pastry for acclaimed chefs Lydia Shire and Susan Regis at Biba in Boston. Later, while working as a restaurant consultant in Los Angeles, she found herself more and more interested in bread, drawn by the combination of science and intuition required when baking. She was among the first wave of Americans experimenting with recipes from European master bakers and a long, slow fermentation process. Mackie rediscovered the craft's traditional, almost spiritual importance. "To me, making bread is being an artist," Mackie says. "In France, bakers are revered because bread is such a central part of the family and the community."
Leslie was head baker at Seattle's Grand Central Bakery, then in 1993 opened her own place, Macrina. All of Seattle knows of Macrina's irresistible artisan breads. You can find your favorite at grocery stores and gourmet shops throughout the region—along with more than 100 restaurants in the Puget Sound Area. Macrina has been written up in Sunset and Pacific magazines, Bon Appetite, The LA Times and The New York Times, not to mention endless coverage and accolades in The Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, and Seattle Magazine. Leslie's recipes reach well beyond Seattle, from her appearances on Julia Child's "Baking with Julia" television series (and inclusion in the companion cookbook) to a 1999 outstanding contributor award from the James Beard Foundation. Leslie has also received several nominations for the "Outstanding Pastry Chef Award" from the James Beard Foundation, which honors food and beverage industry professionals in America for their achievements. They are the nation's most prestigious honors for culinary professionals.
Leslie is an active member in the Bread Bakers Guild of America and Les Dames d'Escoffier.
Scott Owen - PCC
Scott brings 23 years of experience in the grocery industry to the Kitchen Cabinet. He is currently a Grocery Merchandiser for PCC Natural Markets and is also the company’s lead liaison with PCC Farmland Trust.
Scott has spent majority of his career at PCC Natural Markets where he began as a Store Director and gradually moved up to Category Manager before assuming his current role. Aside from PCC Natural Markets, he has also worked for HomeGrocer.com and Thriftway. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Western Washington University.
Ricky Adams - Northwest Farm Credit Services
David Bauermeister - Northwest Agricultural Business Center (NABC)
Wade Bennett - Rockridge Orchards
Dr. Branden Born - University of Washington
Michael Brown - Seattle Foundation
Dennis Canty - American Farmland Trust (AFT)
Gaosheng Cha - Farmer
Phong Cha - Farmer.
Tim Crosby - Slow Money Northwest
Diane Dempster - Charlie’s Produce
Andrea Dwyer - Seattle Tilth
Eric Eisenberg - Swedish Medical Center
Mary Embleton - Cascade Harvest Coalition (CHC)
Karla Farias - Feliz Farms
Hilary Franz - Futurewise
Ben Franz-Knight - Pike Place Market
Tricia Kovacs - WSDA
Beverly Gruber - Les Dames D’Escoffier
Buzz Hofford - Bon Appetit Management
Kristin Hyde - Beecher’s Flagship Foundation
George Irwin - Lewis Irwin Farms
Reverend Robert L. Jeffrey - Clean Greens
Devon Love - Center for Multi-Cultural Health
Zachary Lyons - Seattle Chefs Collaborative
Markham McIntyre - Seattle Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Vicki McKracken - Washington State University
Joanne MacNab - Auburn Farmer’s Market
Josh Monaghan - King Conservation District
Tammy Morales - Urban FoodLink
Linda Nageotte - Food Lifeline
Dr. Jennifer Otten - University of Washington
De’Sean Quinn - Tukwila City Council
Kathy Pryor - Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)
Andrew Stout - Full Circle Farms