For Kristina Stanley, food isn't just about flavor and nutrition...it's about a sense of community.
"Food has always played an important role in my life," says Kristina, a northern Wisconsin native and member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. "My family was very active in the community preparing community meals in a variety of capacities."
After studying food economics in college, Kristina has worked in the food and service industry for her entire working career. "I have worked in the industry for 17+ years, working in all areas of food service," says Kristina. She spent years as a chef and pastry chef, in bakery and restaurant management, and worked as a baker, server, and barista at Aldo's and Steenbock's years ago...but recently has specialized in catering and events. She was the Catering and Events Manager at Fresh Madison Market before coming to Food Fight, and also owns her own small catering and wholesale company specializing in vegan and gluten-free nutritious foods.
Her passion for developing community around food is especially nurtured by her relationship with Food Fight. "I have been so grateful to feel supported and valued," says Kristina. "I am especially thrilled to see so many women in management positions. Food Fight plays a large role in the local food economy and I am glad to be a part of our impact on the community."
Kristina is an avid community volunteer who works with many local food-focused non-profit initiatives. She has volunteered in the Chef in the Classroom program, after-school garden programs, Eat for Equity, and Downtown and Westside Community Farmer's Markets. Staying true to her roots, she also works closely with the Intertribal Agricultural Alliance to promote awareness and sustainability of indigenous foods.