People wax rhapsodic about their grandmothers’ recipes, but that’s not me. Neither of my grandmothers was much of a cook - they both had the luxury of some help at home to do the cooking (one had 12 children and the other’s husband died young, so she took over running his business). By contrast, my mother is an amazing cook – one of those people who can walk into a kitchen, survey what’s available, and just whip something up. My sisters and I love to call and try to stump her “I’ve got a radish, a halibut, and some pine nuts” – but she always asks a few questions and comes up with something. She knows a lot of recipes in her head but she has loads of cookbooks too – every one of them gooey and grimy from years of use.
Things seem to skip a generation. I’ve never been considered a notable cook. I burn things, or toil away - only to judge my creation “meh”, and only to discover during clean up that two key ingredients remained perched on my countertop, forgotten among the detritus.
For most of my life, I was a fair weather cook: I cooked rarely, but when I did it was a major production in time and expense. This worked fine for the occasional dinner party, but as a parent, I was working and traveling a great deal... and my aspirations for homemade meals, and the luxury of time they seemed to imply, were often far from the reality of the daily life of our family. Getting my family meal planning in order once and for all has been on my “to do” list forever. I decided to start Gatheredtable – thinking of how many other people like me could use it to save time, save money, reduce waste, reduce stress, and nourish their health as well as their connections with family and friends.
It makes sense to me that family meals are highly correlated with children’s success in school. There is such intimacy and community that comes from sharing something created expressly for you, in the warm, cozy atmosphere of home. The same way that a great at home dinner party is even better than going out to a fancy restaurant. I hope your life is likewise enriched by your Gatheredtable membership.
Mary Egan is a business leader with a long track record of catalyzing and nurturing transformational growth in leading consumer brands. Most recently, she led Global Strategy and Corporate Development for Starbucks, supporting CEO and Chairman Howard Schultz and his leadership team during a period of rapid growth during which the stock price more than doubled.
Prior to Starbucks, Ms Egan spent 14 years in the New York Office of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where she was a Partner and Managing Director. At BCG, Ms Egan worked with with the CEO’s and executive teams of some of the world’s leading brands on aggressive growth strategy development and execution. She emerged as a leader in a consumer-centric approach to innovation and brand development, serving on the founding board of BCG’s Global Center for Consumer Insight. Ms. Egan also developed and taught a popular elective course at Columbia Business School called “Consumer Centric Strategy.
Ms Egan holds a BA in urban studies and political science from Barnard College, Columbia University, an MSEd from Bank Street Graduate School of Education, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Prior to her business career, she worked for several years in public education in New York including five years teaching middle school mathematics at a public school in Harlem. She lives on an island off the coast of Seattle with her three children and serves on the boards of three Seattle area non-profit organizations: Thrive by Five Washington; YouthCare; and the Crystal Mountain Alpine Club (CMAC) ski team. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Les Schwab Tire Centers, and on the advisory board for AngeLabs.
I like to build things. I also really enjoy spending time with my family eating home cooked dinners made from real, fresh ingredients. Combining my passion for building great software with helping people enjoy healthy dinners together is a winning combination. I also like knowing where my food comes and enjoy fresh eggs daily from our backyard chickens. When I’m not building (or eating) I like to bike and watch the NFL. Go Seahawks!
Eric has nearly two decades of experience developing innovative software products and leading high performance engineering teams. He has been a leader in several startups and previously served as Vice President of Product Development at Vertafore, where he led a large, talented team of engineers building large scale saas products for the insurance and finance industries.
Growing up on a family farm and ranch in Montana I have always felt a connection to food, where it comes from and how it gets to your table. Throughout my education, I continued to focus on the role that agriculture plays in the world economy and how people relate to their food. As an avid cook, gardener, and home canner Gatheredtable is the perfect combination of all of the aspects of life that I am passionate about. I am so excited to share my passion for food, from farm to table, with you!
Emily has built corporate and community partnerships for numerous non-profits in Seattle. Emily attended the University of Puget Sound majoring in International Political Economy with a focus on economic and agricultural trade policy. She continued these studies earning an MSc at the London School of Economics. Most recently Emily’s previous roles were with the Initiative for Global Development and The Mountaineers.
I love to cook. But even more, I love the process of cooking - thinking about the ingredients I have on hand, who will be eating at my table that night, how I can whip up something interesting based on the few basic skills that I know, all of the prep work and chopping, and even cleaning up afterward.
In fact, I think my approach to cooking is a good metaphor for how I approach life - with a plan in hand, a focus on the little steps ahead, and a few skills that I've mastered and try to leverage whenever possible. Then again, I can't (or won't) follow a recipe to save my life - so I am not sure what that says about me…
Katin spent the previous 6 years focused on customer engagement at Springpad - a free personal organization app, with more than 6 million users across the web, iOS and Android. As part of the original team at Springpad, Katin led the user happiness effort - which encompassed product development, community management and communications, and QA.
Prior to Springpad, Katin spent many years working in manufacturing, operations and logistics. As a supply chain consultant for IBM, she worked with large companies to help balance their sales goals with their operations capabilities. She also spend many years managing a warehouse operation in Chicago for a large private distributor.
Katin holds an SB in mechanical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She lives in Marblehead, a coastal suburb of Boston with her husband, two young children and her aging cat who loves to lick the plates clean. She also blogs occasionally about food and cooking at katincooks.com.
During high school, I often fixed friends' computers in exchange for enjoying a home-cooked meal with their families. Then, as a college student, I created a website where people could find events on campus that had free food. You could say my success in the Computer Science industry was driven by my motivation for delicious, free/cheap food. GatheredTable gives me the opportunity to continue writing software for the cause I feel most passionate about: food.
Jesse has been working with computers and software for over 20 years. He graduated from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) in 2007 with a BS in Computer Science, and since then has worked in a variety of industries including power systems, media, and the domain industry. He especially enjoys working with large data sets and data optimization algorithms.
I grew up being my father’s right hand in the kitchen. He cooked a meal for the two of us every night and now that I’m an adult on my own I think “how in the world did he ever manage?” While I love to cook and take great pleasure in doing so, it’s also a full time job organizing everything so I’ll take all the help I can get when it comes to planning a menu, getting groceries in the kitchen and dinner on the table (or coffee table in my case). It’s truly exciting to be a part of Gatheredtable and getting to shape an experience that is so close to my every day life.
After graduating college with a degree in Music Business and Vocal Performance, Brittni decided to follow some different interests and join the tech world. She spent 4 years at the personal organization app, Springpad, where she honed her product and project management skills. She has now made the trek from Boston to Seattle to join the Gatheredtable team and is quickly acclimating to the west coast lifestyle.