Vote with your fork

Meet the panelists

RAChel musquiz — panel curator, moderator, owner of curcuma

Musquiz moved to Austin in January 2016, so she just hit her one-year anniversary. Musquiz had lived in New York for several (7!) years and was approaching burnout in my corporate media job and daily Times Square commute. After navigating her way out and a handful international flights and a cross country drive later, she found herself in Austin surrounded by yogis and entrepreneurs. It was an easy decision to make this city her home. She didn’t move here specifically to open a food trailer, but the dream of Curcuma quickly became a reality through my commitment to a plant-based lifestyle and passion for nourishing people through her kitchen creations. She opened the windows to her food trailer Curcuma in July with a menu inspired by Ayurveda (an ancient holistic approach to nutrition that emphasizes that food is medicine.) The star of her menu is Golden Mylk — a blend of housemade coconut milk, turmeric, spices, and medjool dates.

Lauren Nelson — Slow Food Austin + Slow Food Youth Movement

Lauren Nelson is a sustainable food movement activist and writer living in Austin, TX. She has worked as a farmer and a cook and has non-profit experience working with Heifer International, Slow Food USA and the USA Pavilion at EXPO Milano 2015. Lauren is the youngest board member of Slow Food Austin and is currently working to coordinate North America’s involvement in World Disco Soup Day - the world’s largest food waste awareness event - coming to Austin on Saturday, April 29.

Carolina Mueller — Harvest Manager at Joe's Organics, Food Access Manager at Farmshare Austin

Carolina Mueller loves food. After graduating with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University in New Jersey, she worked for the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market, a program run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agency. In the summer of 2014, Carolina moved to Austin to work for Sustainable Food Center and started farming in September of 2015 with Urban Roots as an apprentice. She is now working at Joe’s Microgreens. Carolina believes that healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate food is a basic human right, and hopes to be a resource in making our food system more equitable!

LORIG HAWKINS — Owner, Middle Ground Farm

Lorig Hawkins has farmed in central Texas since 2009. She began first as a volunteer at Urban Roots then managed at Tecolote Farm for 3 years and Boggy Creek Farm for 2 years. While Farm Director at Farmshare Austin, she helped start the 3-acre farm for the organization. Lorig just recently purchased 10 acres in Bastrop country which she will use to farm. Within those six years Lorig also helped co-found the Texas Young Farmer Coalition, served on the founding board of Farmshare Austin, served as advisory member of the ACC Sustainable Agriculture Program, and helped assist and advise to many other projects. She also helps coordinate and organize the annual Farmer as Artist show at Prizer Arts and Letters, bringing together art for local farmers to showcase during the summer. Lorig loves farming and constantly thinks about all the ways that it interacts and influences our lives.