Slow Food Indy promotes central Indiana’s food culture with events and programs that focus on good, clean, and fair food for everyone.
MEET OUR BOARD
SFI Board Chair / Indiana Governor
Twinkle VanWinkle is a chef and food equity activist working to end food apartheid. She grew up surrounded by Southern cooks, musicians and creative souls. She has more than 27 years of professional cooking experience, and loves working in her garden, playing music and volunteering. As the head chef for The Patachou Foundation, she makes scratch-made meals and manages the Foundation’s after-school and summer meal programs, serving more than 1,500 kid-friendly meals each week to food-insecure school children in Indianapolis.
Dr. Jarrod Dortch
Farm relations & agriculture
Dr. Jarrod Nicholas Dortch is a Professor of Communication at Ivy Tech Community College in Muncie, Indiana. He also serves as the owner and operator of Solful Gardens. LLC, a local urban agriculture startup specializing in bringing Fresh.Urban.Natural produce to properties and working with community and school gardens. He enjoys bringing together art, education, and gardening to help to enrich the experiences of communities and their denizens.
Audra Beeman Sternberg
Born in Anderson, Indiana, Audra grew up on a farm where she learned to appreciate the art of growing your own food and raising animals at a young age. She is now a freelance food photographer who has worked with several chefs and restaurants in and around Indiana. Audra also has experience throwing events including beer festivals and specialized dinners in and around the Midwest. She now works side by side with her husband Alan at I <3 Pasta where they throw monthly themed pop-up dinners.
Marketing & Social Media
Odessa Wallace is the creator of the Indys Community Food Co Op, East Side Marketspace farmers market, Little Free Farms Stand, and the Indy First Fridays events. She loves connecting others with the very best local items available while supporting farmers, artisans, artists, and small businesses. Fresh affordable food access is the motivation driving it all. Odessa also does custom web design & social media marketing in her down time to help businesses have a platform to support community & outreach.
Diversity & Inclusion
Many know Tanorria as one of the finalists on MasterChef season seven, but she has a successful Personal Chef and prepared meal business called Tanorria's Table. She has years of experience in diversity training in the corporate spectrum as well as a deep love of good, clean and fair food.
Brad Williams joined Slow Food Indy as a volunteer in 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.
Snail of Approval Chair
Elizabeth first became involved in the Slow Food movement in 2014 during her undergrad when she took a class about food sustainability. Recently, Elizabeth graduated with her masters degree in communication studies from Ball State University with an academic focus in instructional and interpersonal communication. She hopes to help continue the mission of Slow Food to promote good, clean and fair food for all.
Volunteers & Membership
With a love for food and meeting new people, this Birmingham, England transplant to Indianapolis joins Slow Food Indy to get more involved with her community and bring people together who care about good, clean and fair food.