JEN DALTON, Director
Jen Dalton is a San Francisco-based sustainable food consultant, journalist, project director, and gastronome. She is the co-founder of Kitchen Table Talks, a community forum for conversations regarding the creation of a sustainable and just food system, director of Kitchen Table Tours, and is the Local Eats Editor of Civil Eats, a blog that promotes critical thought about sustainable agriculture and food systems as part of building economically and socially just communities.
As a consultant and writer, Jen works to educate consumers and bring general awareness to all eaters about the issues and ideas most relevant to transforming the food system such that it is good, clean and fair. Her specialty is creating strategic communications and marketing initiatives and events for natural, organic, sustainable and certified fair trade food companies and creating compelling events that give people a direct connection to the food on their table. Most recently she helped Barbara’s Bakery’s with a complete product line and website re-brand by creating a new company voice and perspective. She worked as a consultant for CUESA (the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture), the non profit organization that runs the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, to develop forum conversations and marketing events for vendors, including farm and producer tours.
Having worked in food and politics for the majority of her professional life, Jen is committed to projects that communicate the connections between the food we eat and the overall health of our environment, be it personal or global. In the summer of 2009, she created and starred in a series of cooking shows promoting Care2.com’s summer farmers market contest. Jen also worked as the Program Director for 2008’s internationally acclaimed Slow Food Nation event where she directed the creation of 45 dinners, 24 Taste Workshops, 12 lectures, 8 farm tours, 6 hikes, 1 rock concert and a host of other programs enjoyed by over 85,000 people.
She has worked as a magazine and book editor (for Veggie Life and Weldon Owen Publishing, respectively) and as a copywriter and communications strategist for national and local brands. She even created a line of cocktails that bear her name (Cocktails by Jenn). Her creative work for two small San Francisco consultants, one in politics the other in restaurants, inspired her entrepreneurial acumen. Jen earned a B.A. from Indiana University in Bloomington, studied Permaculture at the Occidental Art and Ecology Center and has taken numerous cooking classes at both Tante Marie and the California Culinary Academy. She loves to get her hands dirty in the garden and one of the best times she ever had was the few weeks spent WOOFing in Nuhaka, New Zealand amongst the best strawberries and tastiest eggs ever.