Session Description: In 2003, armed with only an American Express card and a slightly crazy idea, Erika Polmar created Plate & Pitchfork Farm dinners. Today her dinners are a hallmark of summer in Oregon – and have been recognized as one of the top 50 dining experiences in the United States by Time Magazine, Food & Wine Magazine and Travel & Leisure.
In a world that’s continually offering us new, faster, sparkly widgets, Erika turns a simple dining table into a tool to cultivate connections, create joy, and bolster the community.In this session she’ll share her insight into how to turn limited resources and big ideas into a sustainable business.
About the Speaker: Erika has been building things for as long as she can remember -- first with Crystal Climbers and now through technology or a good old-fashioned handshake. She has spent the last 20+ years in positions ranging from Santa's Helper to pink-slip wielding acquisition manager to corporate spy. Somewhere in the midst of all that Plate & Pitchfork began as a summer project and a decade later, Erika is still building. Plate & Pitchfork has allowed her to hone a funky blend of culinary technology and marketing expertise, while developing a keen awareness and understanding of the issues facing both the culinary & agricultural communities. She puts these skills to the test every day as she builds Plate & Pitchfork from a simple farm dinner series to an organization that brings complex issues to the forefront, so that together, as a community, we can create a healthy, economically viable and delicious place to live. When she's not washing dishes or planning the next great thing, you'll find Erika and her rambunctious labrador baking, hiking, and foraging for morels or Mister Right.