Elizabeth Melson :: CHEF'S ROLL :: The Professional Chef Network Elizabeth Melson EXPERIENCE MEDIA INDUSTRY CLIENTS Ethical food enthusiast, social media marketer, gardener and aspiring restaurateur building a network of like-minded professionals with the intent to grow and prepare good food, businesses and community. Water infused with edible flowers and Mediterranean herbs grown in a roof-top garden on a restaurant EVENTS Women In Food Roof-Top Wine Dinner in Warrenton, Virginia: Chopped Winner, Ryan Ross as Guest Chef Farm Freedom Activist, Martha Boneta Curated Lifestyle and Registered Dietician, Carlene Thomas Restaurateur, Claire Lamborne of Claire's at the Depot A local, seasonally-inspired meal with pairings from Virginia and the Pacific Northwest.Beer, Bourbon, Bacon and Beyond Dinner in Warrenton, VA: We are collaborating with Heritage Brewing, Catoctin Creek Distilling Company and Whiffletree Farm to bring you a twist on our pairing dinners. Instead of a wine-paired dinner, we will be pairing distilled spirits and craft beer with recipes of all things pork (of course, that means some bacon!) This is a celebration of sustainable, locally-sourced and organic production methods from farms, breweries and distilleries. EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE Farm-to-Table Solutions. Warrenton, VA FounderThe New Bridge Wine Bar & Restaurant. Warrenton, VA Marketing Coordinator, Local-Sourcing & Green ProjectsShenandoah University. Winchester, VA Graduate Certificate MBA EssentialsNew River Community & Technical College. Lewisburg, WV Culinary Arts Certificate SKILLS & EXPERTISE Ingredient sourcingCulinary writingFood industry consultingFood photographyFood/menu costingLeadershipMenu developmentSafe food handlingRecipe developmentTraining ExpeditingFood stylingMarketingSocial MediaFarm Liason & HomesteaderOnsite Culinary GardeningPublic RelationsEvent PlanningRecruiting GALLERY MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS Women Chefs and RestaurateursFarm-to-Consumer Legal Defense FundNational Young Farmers CoalitionFarmers' Market CoalitionVirginia Farmers Market Association PRESS Motivated Millennial Spotlight by Hannah Becker RAVE REVIEWS "...the event was wonderful, and I'm so very grateful for being able to participate!...THANK YOU for such a well-organized, memorable evening, and I look forward to crossing paths again in the future!- Forrest Pritchard, Author and Farmer at Smith Meadows Farm in Berryville, Virginia"Elizabeth has an eye for detail and helped us improve our focus in the packing shed."- Mike Snow, Farm Director at Willowsford Farm in Ashburn, Virginia Elizabeth Melson firstname.lastname@example.org Warrenton, VAUnited StatesFarm-to-Table SolutionsFounder My passion for local, humane, fair and environmentally-friendly food sprouted when I read Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma. I eventually ventured to local farmers markets and found talking directly to farmers to be very fulfilling. I loved learning how to cook with and dabble in preserving seasonal ingredients.I discovered the superior taste and quality of these local finds and read everything I could on sustainable farming methods.A background in fitness/nutrition sales, the restaurant industry and a new interest in ethical foods converged into a healthier relationship with food and discovery of a sense of purpose. My hands on experience in farming started as a hobby with a vegetable garden, some backyard layers and a trio of rabbits. Soon after, I traded in my office job to get my hands dirty on local farms. The farmers and my coworkers were a wealth of knowledge and I gained experience working with pastured poultry, goats, dairy cows, hogs, bison and mid-scale organic vegetable production. In return for the practical farming experience, I was able to utilize my experience in marketing, community outreach and training in culinary and business in marketing efforts and to increase sales. In early 2015, I founded Farm-to-Table Solutions to help those in the local food economy with marketing, administration and recruiting.Recently, I joined my husband at The New Bridge in Warrenton, Virginia as Marketing Coordinator, Local-Sourcing & Green Projects.