Who We Are

The Berry Good Food Foundation advances a healthy, integrated food system by educating, connecting and supporting food producers and consumers.

We envision a region where all people can choose local, sustainably produced food.

History

In 2010, after an inspiring stint living on a Sonoma County goat farm, food activist Michelle Lerach found herself wondering why San Diego, with its abundant agricultural resources, didn’t have the same food community integration she’d witnessed in Northern California. “We have access to more family farms in San Diego than any other place in the state,” Michelle realized. “Yet there wasn’t the cohesiveness between producers, and there wasn’t large-scale interchange between the local farms or ranches and the chefs, artisans and others in the culinary field.”

A doer by nature and a tireless networker, she conceived and hosted the first Berry Good Night dinner on the grounds of her La Jolla Farms estate. Part think tank, part gourmet feast, its aim was and is to promote dialogue and cross-pollination between some of the best minds in sustainable food, drawn from a wide variety of disciplines including science and medicine, agriculture, government and public policy, hospitality, education and media. The evening’s format promotes discussion, connection and collaboration, creating long-lasting relationships and partnerships among participants.

In its first five years, the invite-only dinner came to be known as “the most sought-after foodie invitation in San Diego,” with an A-list roster of top chefs, farms and farmers, artisans, winemakers and mixologists contributing.

In 2015, it was time to do more.

The Berry Good Food Foundation, established in 2015 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, supports the long-term goals upon which the original Berry Good Night activist-oriented dinner series was founded. Our mission is to advance a healthy, integrated food system by educating, connecting and supporting food producers and consumers. We envision a region where all people can choose local, sustainably produced food.

Our People

If you’re passionate about local, sustainable food, you’re one of our people! Please or kindly make a donation to support our work.


Our all-volunteer Board of Directors is drawn from the sustainable food community.


Our Berry Good Food Foundation Coordinators Run Programs and Provide Leadership for Our Signature Events

Flor Franco, Culinary Director
Indulge Contemporary Catering

Isabel Cruz, Chef Owner
Isabel’s Cantina

Eden Hughes, Jane Sandri, Liz Weaver and Pat Harris
Farm Coordinators

Jeff Josenhans, San Diego Beverage Coordinator
The Grant Grill

Fernando Gaxiola, Baja Beverage Coordinator
Baja Wine + Food

Justin Fitzgerald, Event Producer


Berry Good Food Foundation Advisory Board

Jack Abbott
TedX SD Founder, BlueBoxGlobal

Lucila de Alejandro
Suzie’s Farm

Hans Backhoff
Monte Xanic

Ryland Engelhart
Café Gratitude, KisstheGround.com

Catt Fields White
San Diego Markets

Troy Johnson
San Diego Magazine Food Critic

Greg Koch
Stone Brewing Co.

Brook Larios
Plain Clarity PR

Tru Miller
Adobe Guadalupe

Jason Mraz
Avocado Grower, Singer, Activist

Javier Plascensia
Bracero, Mision 19, Romesco, Finca Altozano

Andrew Spurgin
Andrew Spurgin, LTD

Paul Thomas
Julian Hard Cider

Bill Toone
EcoLife Foundation

Frans Van der Lee
Chef’s Roll

Mary Walshok
UC San Diego

Yolanda Selene Walther-­Meade
PR Consultant

Trish Watlington
The Red Door

Counsel
Howard D. Finkelstein
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