Steve Case

Steve has been involved with Slow Food Charlotte since 2006 and co-owns and operates a sustainable farm with his wife Geny, They started the farm with the intent on growing good, clean, nutrient dense food for their family, growing vegetables for many years. Soon they added chickens and ducks and sold eggs at the local […]


Thom Duncan

Thom Duncan was raised in a better living through chemicals household. He discovered upon leaving for college that garlic was, in fact, not a type of salt but the bulbous relative of the onion, which, it turned out, was not a salt. In 2004, Thom founded Slow Food Charlotte. In 2009 he co-founded Friendship Gardens, […]


Andy Ciordia

Andy has been with Slow Food Charlotte since 2005 helping develop and run our technology. Multiple websites, various platforms, community management in social platforms and delivering our message to the region. Beyond Slow Food, Andy utilized local farmers markets to leverage and incubate his family business The Secret Chocolatier. Sourcing local ingredients and making farmer […]


Donna Thrasher


My interest in “good, clean, and fair” local food really started with a desire to find proteins that were not contaminated with chemicals and antibiotics. When I realized there were local farmers market sources available for healthy, quality eggs, chicken, pork, & beef, it was like a whole new world opened up! The fact that […]

Blair Stanford

Blair Stanford

Blair Stanford is – most importantly – an incredibly delightful wife and mother whose family is dang lucky to have her. She spends her days as the Chief Operating Officer of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, and has been with the organization for more than two decades. While she doesn’t cook, she truly appreciates it […]


Kris Reid

Kris Reid-Executive Chef, Southminster Besides being the Chefs Collaborative Local Leader, Kris Reid is a founding member of the Piedmont Culinary Guild – a cooperative of Charlotte area chefs sharing talent, resources, and educational opportunities. Currently, the Executive Chef at Southminster in Charlotte, NC. She received her culinary education from Colegio Gastronomico in Guadalajara, MX, The […]


Nathan Lafionatis

Nathan has been pushing the bounds of content, communications, and technology since the beginning of his career. He started out in the entertainment business producing content; he then moved to managing content distribution in new technologies for various big brands. Currently with Bank of America, he is helping to integrate social media into the highly […]


Jennifer Coots

Jennifer Coots maintains a deft touch on many aspects of the Slow Food mission; she is a Master Gardener capable of growing beautiful or tasty vegetation, an enthusiastic cook who can make those veggies and local protein sit up and sing, and by trade a landscape designer with a focus on Alfresco Living—her motto for […]


Anita Skogland

I was raised with the tomatoes and peonies in my grandmother’s back yard, and always relished fresh produce.  We love to cook, experiment with food, play with things that grow, and support our local farmers.  Slow Food was a natural fit with my perspective on life – eat often, eat with passion, and support local […]

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