We grabbed coffee with Ester Waldroup, Program Coordinator and had a chat with her about her role and experience at the Food Council, and what it is like to be a mom to two pugs!
- How do you like your coffee?
- I love coffee and I have it at the same time everyday. My go to is a blonde roast from Starbucks with oat milk creamer and a splash of coconut milk.
- Why did you join MCFC?
- After working in the food education field for five years I wanted to expand my horizon and bring my experiences into the food systems work. I saw the great work the Food Council was already doing and thought it would be a great organization to be a part of.
- What’s your day-to-day like at MCFC? Describe what you do at MCFC.
- I am a Program Coordinator, and a liaison to the Food Economy and Food Education Working groups. I am responsible for coordinating educational, and networking events as well as developing resources for our members and partners. Most recently FEWG hosted a Women-owned Business panel for Women’s History Month and FEdWG hosted Part 1 of a three part Food Is Medicine series. We also recently launched the MoCo Food Map, which showcases the vibrant community of MoCo-based food and beverage businesses, many of which carry MoCo Made products from local farms and food and beverage producers.
- What are you most proud of doing since joining the Food Council?
- Holding the physical copy of the 2022 Food and Beverage guide was definitely a proud moment. A lot of work went into it and it has now been distributed throughout the county. Having that as a resource for the community is amazing.
- What do you like to do outside of work?
- I am a mom to two pugs, I also love working out, cooking, and trying new recipes.
- What’s your go-to productivity trick?
- I always try to take a short, 5 min break every hour or so, I enjoy stretching, and going for walks.
- Last TV show I binge-watched: Selling Sunset
- Restaurant I’d only recommend: La Brasita in Twinbrook
- Movie I’d pay to see again and again: The Greatest Showmen
- My Hero is: My parents