Sylvie Charles, Director of Communications
Spice Mama, Founder & CEO
My first job in food was:
Founding my company, Spice Mama
What brought me to San Francisco:
A job as a physician at UCSF. I came to SF with a career in healing, and a love in food, and transitioned into a career in food, with a love for healing through food.
My one-year goal:
To make Just Date Syrup go national. (update: this is happening!)
My five-year dream:
To balance taking care of a family with a job I love.
My mentor, and the most important lesson I learned from him or her:
I think Michelle Pusateri (Nana Joe's Granola) is just the real deal. She balances running a successful food business, while staying true to the food artisan within her, all while keeping a clear head and showing nothing but love to those around her.
The person I'd most like to collaborate with, and the project:
I would love to collaborate with Jeni's Ice Cream on a Just Date Syrup flavor! I would also love to create an ezine on food & healing, in collaboration with Pei-Ru Ko (Real Food Real Stories).
What I can teach other people in this group:
That you can transition into any career, with hard work and commitment.
My favorite thing to cook:
Coconut chicken curry, and now Just Date Syrup tahini cookies
Anything with ginger.
How I relax:
Mindful movement and breathing practice
I am proof that you can transition from a career seamlessly, no matter how hard it seems at first. Switching from medicine into food was challenging both mentally and practically, but my fellow ladies in food helped me do it!