Slow Food Imagines

About Us

Slow Food Indy is the central Indiana chapter of Slow Food USA which is one of the 132 countries that make up Slow Food International.

Slow Food Indy promotes central Indiana’s food culture with events and programs that focus on good, clean, and fair food for everyone.

Contact Us


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2884
Indianapolis, IN 46206-2884

Slow Food Indy Board

Interested in joining our board? We are accepting applications online. Apply today.

Despi RossDespi Ross, Board Chair
Despi began volunteering with Slow Food in 2012 and joined the board in January 2013. She discovered the health and wealth of Slow Food in 2010 and has been a passionate advocate ever since. She as selected as the first Food Inc. Lifestyle Award winner in 2013. When she’s not volunteering, she is the Director of Interactive Technologies at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Rob GastonRob Gaston, Vice Chair
Rob first joined Slow Food Indy as a volunteer in 2008 and has served on the board of Slow Food Indy since 2012. He represents Indiana on the Midwest Ark of Taste committee and has twice attended the Slow Food USA National Leadership Conference. He is currently the executive director of Dig IN, a non-profit that works to inform the public about Indiana’s diversity in agriculture and the culinary arts.
Brad_BioBrad Williams, Treasurer
Brad Williams joined Slow Food Indy as a volunteer in January 2013 and became treasurer in August 2013. The Bloomington Farmers Market originally inspired Brad’s enthusiasm for local food. He hopes to connect more Indianapolis residents interested in local and organic food through a wide array of programming.
Anna_PowellAnna Powell, Secretary
Anna has been a culinary student, Second Helpings volunteer and catering program manager. Currently, she is majoring in Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management, at IUPUI with the goal of starting a culinary job training program when she finishes her degree.
Ashley WrightAshley Brooks, Snail of Approval Committee Chair
Ashley has been on the Slow Food Indy board since January 2013. With experience as a pastry chef in California, she continued to diversify her culinary pursuits back in Indy, working as a meat monger at Goose The Market and cheese-maker at Traders Point Creamery.  Ashley & her husband, Jonathan Brooks, are the talented duo behind Milktooth.
Marisol_GouveiaMarisol Gouveia, Membership Chair
Marisol became a member of Slow Food Indy in 2014. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, she has always been an avid cook and student of the world’s cuisines. She joined a local co-op farm and and converted part of her backyard into a miniature urban farm experiment lovingly called Hot Chicks Urban Farm and Eggery. She is a proud graduate of Howard University and the Director of Membership & Engagement at the Indianapolis Zoo.
Carrie_LogieCarrie Logie, Events Committee Chair
Carrie relocated back to Indianapolis after living, working, and traveling around the world for 15 years. Traveling and volunteerism helped her develop a passion for food. Having pursued a degree in Public Health, Carrie now works as an event planner and strategic consultant for international health education events.
RJ_WallRJ Wall, Board Member
RJ joined the Slow Food Indy board in 2015. He co-founded Chef’s Night Off, an ongoing series of “pirate” dinners – conceptualized and executed by cooks and bartenders from Indy’s most respected restaurants. He is on a mission to raise Indy’s culinary reputation regionally and nationally.