Events Editor Jeannie Boutelle learned about good food and wine during her college studies in the Loire Valley. As an MBA at NYU, she took French cooking classes at the Peter Kump School of Cooking (now the Institute of Culinary Education). From Peter, she learned first hand about the nature of ingredients. As a high yield bond salesman in NYC, she always managed to have clients who were "foodies". Her travels across the globe involved mountains, high pastures, and learning what "local" food means in desolate places like the middle of the Taklamakan desert. She left the finance business to follow her passions sustainable/artisanal food and beverages and farmers markets which lead to her contribution, since inception, of ad sales for Edible Chicago magazine. Her travel essays can be found at In The Know Traveler. She has produced the Local Calendar on the Local Beet as well as other topic specific pieces. She has been on the Board of Slow Food Chicago, Social Media Chairman for Chicago Food Day 2012 and 2013, Hunger Messaging Co-Chair for the 2014 Taste of the Nation event and Engagement Chair for the 2015 TOTN. She is currently a board member of the Talking Farm in Skokie. Having worked at the markets for some of the top sustainable farmers, she knows first hand about the time and effort that it takes to bring "good food" to the table. Her current topics include wine, cider, spirits and her love of vegetables. Her essay, "My Mutton Given For You: Thoughts on Merciful Meat Consumption" was published in the first issue of Graze magazine. She has contributed food opinion pieces, particularly on GMO labeling to the Chicago Huffington Post blog. Lately, she has been studying her way through the wine world, to date, she has passed the CSW and WSET Level 3 with Honors and is potentially pursuing the WSET Diploma.
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