Meet Your Board Members

Pat Sullivan

President, Treasurer and Chair of Slow Food Book Club

"I love nothing better than to gather friends and family around my  table to share a meal, especially when the vegetables are homegrown or from a local farmer. I am excited to be in a leadership role as part of Slow Food Baltimore as we work towards bringing together people who appreciate local, delicious and fair food with those who provide it. The magic and communion that occurs at the dinner table must be celebrated and preserved!"

Marilyn Fisher


I have been an active participant in Slow Food Baltimore for several years, serving in the past as Events Committee Chair and Co-President. Currently I am a Board member. I enjoy cooking and eating fresh local food and being part of Slow Food allows me to lend support to sustainable food as part of the organization. Some of my best Slow Food moments have been hosting jam making and sourdough workshops and participating in our Book Club.

Joann Sherrer

Special Projects

“I believe in the mission of the Slow Food movement and I want to contribute my talents and continue to grow and educate individuals  who appreciate  the benefits of locally sourced food and those who provide it in the Baltimore area.”

Marie Magnello

Media and Marketing Chair


I have always loved nature, growing my own food and sharing meals with family and friends. An avid cook, photographer and ecopreneur involved with global initiatives in the wine industry , my passion is also supporting our local food system, farm to fork and bringing support to the significant social and economic problems that persist as a result of the current food supply chain. Slow Food as an international, national and local organization has inspired me in my daily food choices, in my garden and in my kitchen.              


Jeannette Festa


I moved to Baltimore in 1979. Both of my parents were born in Italy: Calabria and Lago di Garda. Although I was born in New York City , growing up in northern most New York State shaped my connection to food and nature. In my small town , the Italian community was vibrant and very close knit. There were no back yards on North Main Street: only meticulous and prolific gardens. Grape arbors, fresh herbs, tomatoes—of course—corn, hot peppers, pole beans, zucchini and all manner of greens .My grandfather even grew watermelons long before hybridization. Food has ever been both identity and avocation. Delight and celebration.  Surrounded by gifted cooks and miraculous food throughout my life, my involvement with Slow Food is like coming home. It combines my heritage and my interests in food, health and the environment.   A former teacher and eternal student , Slow Food nourishes both the teacher I was and the student  I will always be by providing new opportunities and experiences. 




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