About the Author
Liz Neumark is CEO and founder of Great Performances, rated Zagat’s top catering company in New York City. Originally intended as a staffing service for women in the arts, Great Performances has evolved into one of the nation’s most recognized and trendsetting catering companies. Liz’s commitment to supporting sustainable agriculture and good earth practices led her to establish Katchkie Farm, her sixty-acre organic farm in upstate New York, in 2006. As well as providing fresh produce for catering events, Katchkie Farm is home of the Sylvia Center, a garden-to-table culinary-based program that inspires young people to discover good food and flavors on the farm and in the kitchen. Liz’s experience in the food world has shaped her advocacy efforts: she serves on the boards of several groups on food policy and the food system, such as Just Food and GrowNYC, and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including Food Arts Silver Spoon Award and Crain’s 100 Most Influential Women. In her spare time, Liz can be found exploring farm stands and food shops, and spending time with her husband and three grown children.
Carole Lalli has worked as a food writer and as an editor specializing in cookbooks at Simon & Schuster and Rizzoli; she also was editor in chief of Food & Wine magazine and is the author of three cookbooks.