EcoGastronomy 2016 Alumni Update

EcoGastronomy Alumni Magazine

Advancing sustainable food systems in their civic & professional lives

alumni Emily Goldman, 2011, Hospitality Management, Assistant Manager, The Country Club - Chestnut Hill, MA

Lauren Gordon, 2011, Hospitality Management, Manager & Function Coordinator at Jumpin' Jay's Fish Café, Portsmouth, NH

Ryan Millian, 2011, Hospitality Management, The Wine Bottega, North End, Boston, MA

Shannon Jasie, 2011, Nutrition, Administrative Assistant at Simmons College, Boston, MA

Matt Benham, 2010, Journalism, The Mozzarella House, Peabody, MA

Maryn Bonniwell, 2011, Spanish, Sea Salt Eatery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sara Hartley, 2011, Marketing,  Biodynamic Program Coordinator, sustainable rainforest eco-lodge hotel in Costa Rica.
Sarah Breen, 2011, Tourism Planning and Development, Disney World, Florida, Environmental Team. 

Michael Longeri, 2011, Hospitality Management, Landry’s Bicycles, Boston, MA
Emily Malnati, 2011, Business, Entremetier-Garde manger, SAGE Dining Services, Inc., Meridan, NH

Kayla Oteri,2011, Hospitality Management, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Snowmass Village, Colorado

Kana Otowa, 2011, Hospitality Management, Otowa Creation, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi, Japan 
Sarah Jacobson, 2012, Nutrition, Seacoast Harvest Coordinator, Seacoast Eat Local, Newmarket, NH, Dietetic Intern at Keene State College
 Sarah Jamieson, 2011, Community and Environmental Planning, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate, Prevention Resource Center- No Kid Hungry · Helena, Montana

Alice Yen, 2011, Hospitality Management, Baker, Clear Flour Bread, Brookline, MA

Michelle Raye, 2011, Nutrition, Paraprofessional, Cooperative Middle School, Stratham, NH

Garrett Bauer, 2012, Community & Environmental Planning, Americorps, Alaska

Emelie Buell,2012, Nutrition, Dietary Technician, Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network, Portsmouth, NH

Sofia Ramos, 2012, Tourism Planning & Development, Sales Associate, Cook, Fairweather Natural Foods, Park City, Utah

Heather Rusaw, 2012, Nutrition, Norwich, CT

Meagan Visnaskas, 2012, Philosophy, Food and Beverage Manager, Amherst Country Club & Ponemah Green,  Amherst, NH

Margaret Baldwin, 2013, Environmental Conservation Studies, Germany Technische Universität München, Master of Science (M.Sc.), Sustainable Resource Management

Kate Cameron, 2013, Psychology, Americorps Notre Dame Mission, San Francisco, California

Emily Cooper, 2013, Natural Resources, Farmers Market and CSA Manager, Applecrest Farms, Hampton Falls, New Hampshire

Lauren Cotnoir, 2013, Communications, Cheers, Concord, New Hampshire

Lydia Crisp, 2013, Psychology,  Concord Food Co-opParkside Children's House Montessori School and Growing Places

Gabrielle Durante, 2013, English Literature

Kelly Giller, 2013, Hospitality Management, Farm Manager at 5 Spoke Creamery, Woodstock, Vermont

Carrie Anne Harmon, 2013, Hospitality Management, Event Coordinator, Union Bluff Hotel, York, Maine

Hannah Hoban, 2013, Recreational Management & Policy, Manager at The Biltmore Bar and Grille, MA

 Erin Jackson, 2013, Entrepreneurship, Business, Brand Partnership and Account Manager at Dry Technology, LLC Wakefield, MA

Jennifer Lane, 2013, Nutrition, Nutrition Assistant at the Whittier Rehab Hospital

Molly McCahan, 2013, Music, Sales Associate at Dressers Unlimited, Plymouth, New Hampshire

Scarlett Moberly, 2013, Art History

Gina Puorro, 2013, Nutrition,White Mountain Essence Didjeridu, Northwood, NH

Elizabeth Puris, 2013, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Kathleen Ernsting, 2013, Hospitality Management, Assistant Manager and Buyer at Brooklyn Victory Garden,  New York City 

Micayla Gilligan, 2013, Nutrition, Flag Hill Winery & Distillery andBreakfast Hill Golf Club, Manchester Country Club, New Hampshire        

Madeleine Gould, 2013, Nutrition, starting Master program at Tufts University, MA 

Hayley Harmon,2014,  Economics, Outreach Director at Isinglass River Hops Exchange,Dover, New Hampshire

Hollie Legee, 2013, Nutrition, Health Program Manager, Community Concepts, South Paris, Maine     

Kim Mayo, 2013, Nutrition                 

Maura McCartney, 2014, Nutrition

Madeleine Quinn, 2013, Nutrition

Rebecca Rothman, 2013, Hospitality Management, Westin Hotels & Resorts Concierge Manager, Peconic, New York

Sara Schmidt, 2013, Hospitality Management,Rooms Leader-In-Development at Omni Hotels, Bretton Wood, New Hampshire

Kelly Simpson, 2013, Nutrition, graduate school at UNE Public Health    

Stephanie Terenzio, 2013, Nutrition, Account Manager, Gourmet Food International, Atlanta, Georgia 

Susan Torman, 2013, Environmental Conservation Studies, Intern at Climate Counts,

Geraldine Walker, 2013, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Amaltheia Organic Dairy, Montana

Michelle Wong, 2013, Hospitality Management, Island Creek Oysters, Duxbury, MA

Bryan Boucher, 2014, Economics, Manager at Savory Square Bistro, Hampton, NH

Sarah S. Brown, 2014, Environmental Conservation Studies, aragosta, farm to table dining in Stonlington, ME

Zoe Farricker, 2014, Nutrition, Longfellow Sports Club and SuperCamp

Megan Letendre, 2014, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Saco, ME Parks and Recreation

Meghan Lusty, 2014, Tourism, Planning and Development

Emily McKeen, 2014, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Kendra Mofett, 2014, M.S. in Sustainable Systems University of Michigan

Taylor Nelson, 2014, Communications, Organic Garden Apprentice, The Milbrook School, New York

Emily Nicholson, 2014, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Ann J. Steeves, 2014,  Health Management and Planning, Boston Children's Hospital's Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition administratiave associate

Emily Tassinari, 2014, Biology, Herbarium Assistant, farm hand, UNH

Christina Wolf, 2014, Recreation Management & Planning, Teton Valley AmeriCorps Intern, Idaho


2010 Dual Major in EcoGastronomy Alumna: Ashli Franck, Slightly North of Broad, Charleston, SC

 Using her degree in Nutritional Sciences and the EcoG Dual Major, Ashli completed her EcoGastronomy capstone project on the benefits and challenges of creating a program that would link farm resources to food assistance agencies.  Dr. Joanne Burke and Helen E. Costello, program manager at the New Hampshire Food Bank, advised Ashli during her research. Feedback from farmers for how to make the links work included Community Supported Agriculture  (CSA) shares, surplus sharing, pick your own, and contracted plots.   Ashli concludes, the most successful program will allow farmers to choose how they want to participate.

 JuliaThe first Dual Major in EcoGastronomy Alumna! 

Food and Beverage Supervisor at Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, Cambridge, MA 

Juliet Bluemling graduated from UNH in May 2009 with a degree in Hospitality Management and a Dual Major in EcoGastronomy. While at UNH, Juliet also served as an intern for the Local Harvest Initiative and the Dual Major in EcoGastronomy, and was an intern in the UNH Sustainability Internship Program (SIP). In mid-August we visited with Juliet at the Edwards’ Harborside Inn in York Harbor, Maine where she is the Assistant Innkeeper, to learn about how her education at UNH helped to prepare her for her new role. Juliet shared with us her insights on the daily life of an Assistant Innkeeper and efforts she has made to incorporate principles of EcoGastronomy into her position.

A typical day for Juliet starts at 6:30 a.m. when she begins preparing breakfast for guests. She likes to offer a variety of choices, including an egg dish, fresh baked goods, and fruit. After breakfast is served, she generally begins cleaning rooms, doing laundry, and other tasks around the inn – responding to phone and walk-in inquiries, making reservations, picking up the mail, grocery shopping, and even mowing the lawn! In the evening she heads to her apartment at the inn, which has a great view of the harbor and ocean breezes through the windows. She's tired at the end of the day, but she really enjoys interacting with the guests and finding new ways to improve their experience at the Inn.

With the principles of EcoGastronomy in mind, one of the first things Juliet did when she began working at the Inn was to plant a vegetable garden. She has planted a small garden with tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, herbs, and more to use in the egg dishes she prepares for breakfast. There are also raspberry bushes on site, which she's been using to make things like raspberry coffee cake. The Inn also embodies other tenants of EcoGastronomy: It’s a small, family- owned and operated business that values personal relationships. "One of the most important aspects of this job as innkeeper is the relationship I build with each guest," says Juliet. "When guests depart after exchanging hugs and promises of return, it makes all of this hard work so meaningful and worthwhile." Thanks to this kind of approach, many guests return year after year.

As for Juliet, her plan is to stay at the Inn for at least another year. During the off-season, she looks forward to putting together some interesting new packages to offer guests, and find new ways to incorporate sustainability. The Inn is already changing to energy efficient light bulbs, requesting that guests reuse towels and linens when possible, and, now, growing some of its own food. But there may be more that can be done, and Juliet is looking forward to exploring the possibilities.