Join us for this free and inspiring event. There will be delicious food celebrating some of the famous women chefs around the world and the meal will be followed by a panel discussion on “Women in Food” featuring some of the women leaders in the Seattle area. You wouldn’t want to miss this! Mark your calendars and bring your friends.
Get to know our panelists / speakers:
Kristi Drake is the Co-Owner of Le Panier, Inc., a French bakery located in Pike Place Market. As an entrepreneur, she enjoys the challenge of a fast-paced retail business and the creativity of bakery life.
Kristi received her BS in Food Science and Nutrition from Seattle Pacific University in 1983. She is the current Chair of SPU’s School of Business, Government and Economics Executive Advisory Board.
She is active in Les Dames d’Escoffier, an invitation only international women’s organization, supporting the education of women in various food fields. As part of the organization’s philanthropic endeavors, Kristi serves as the co-chair of the Green Tables committee, to bring awareness and raise monies to fund Farm to Table education in the Seattle area.
She and her husband are active supporters of Agros International which serves impoverished families of Central America. Kristi is the mother of 3 daughters whom she loves spending time with. She enjoys music, gardening, reading and travel.
Esther Magasis is the Food Bank Manager at Jewish Family Service (JFS) and serves as the Co-Chair for the Seattle Food Committee (SFC), a coalition of food banks from across Seattle. She is invested in building partnerships between food banks and farms, in order to create access to fresh, nutritious, and organic food for low-income urban communities while simultaneously supporting local growers and farm workers.
Esther comes to JFS from the Domestic Fair Trade Association (DFTA), a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and promoting the integrity of domestic fair trade through moderating conversations between stakeholders of the agricultural industry, the development of fair trade principles and standards, and audits of existing fair trade labels. She has also supported the efforts of Familias Unidas por la Justicia, an independent farmworker union of indigenous families located in Burlington, during their Sakuma and Driscoll boycott efforts.