Lead Event Ambassador, Brooklyn Brewery (Chicago)
Jennifer Breckner is a writer, educator, event producer and public speaker at the juncture of good food, craft beer, art and culture where she combines her background in nonprofit management and art history with her passion for sustainable food systems. She has worked with organizations such as The Art Institute of Chicago, The James Beard Foundation, and Chicago Humanities Festival. For nearly a decade she’s served as a Slow Food volunteer, first as a Chicago chapter leader who produced the Farm Roast, the annual fundraiser featuring biodiverse Ark of Taste dishes created by local chefs, and most recently as a newly appointed International Councilor where she serves as a U.S. rep advocating for good food policy at the international level. Jennifer is very passionate about craft beer and serves as Lead Event Ambassador for Brooklyn Brewery in Chicago enthusiastically conducting taste education workshops and promoting the brewery's portfolio at events around the city, aka "the best job ever." A GCM customer, Jennifer's increasing interest in agricultural biodiversity, supporting small-scale sustainable farmers and producers, and a desire to contribute to nonprofit organizations brings her to the GCM Junior Board.
What inspired you to get involved with Green City Market?
There are several things that inspired me to become more involved with GCM. First is the pioneering role that the market has had in expanding Chicago's sustainable food offerings and how it has helped educate us on the work of both farmers and chefs. Second is that I worked as a market vendor for Potter's Crackers a couple of summers ago and saw first hand the hard work that each vendor puts in to show up each week and offer great products. I want to be able to promote their work further and to continue to be deepen my ties with Chicago's sustainable food community. I have lots of skills that will hopefully serve the market well such as a nonprofit background, event production experience and an interest in education. I look forward to getting to work!
What's the most delicious thing you've ever purchased from GCM?
Seriously, how am I supposed to choose just one? I would have to say that I am always excited and a little bit humbled to buy local honey from Chicago Honey Co-op. Their product is delicious and Michael Thompson and Sydney Barton are so knowledgeable about so many things--sustainability, art, food--that it's always a pleasure to talk to them.
What's your favorite Jr. Board event?
The Big Table Dinners are my favorite. I had the pleasure of attending the dinner at Kilbourn Park a couple of summers ago with other Slow Food volunteers and it was a nice way to connect GCM, farmers, chefs and good food organizations at a table filled with great food and even better conversation. I love that the dinners are free and that you can sign up on the website