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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.

On March 23, 2016 the Kitchen Cabinet met for its annual meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to take stock of the work that has been done during the first year of implementation of the Local Food Initiative and to celebrate accomplishments. View presentations from the meeting – 12Mb PDF.

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 Mackie 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 Owen 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 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

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