An award-winning food service professional and communicator, Mary has extensive knowledge and experience in operations, program development, implementation and training, in the realm of food, nutrition and culinary arts.
Mary taps into her trusted network of professionals in the culinary, food and wine field to craft the ideal product or service for the project at hand. This active network is the culmination of her dedication to efficient problem solving throughout a rich and varied career. At Wild Hive Mary oversees trade marketing, including ingredient decision maker engagement, media relations, content development, nutrition analysis, and recipe development. In addition, she plans and coordinates culinary-focused, farm-to-fork, and out-of-the-box experiences and events at diverse venues across the country for Wild Hive clients.
Mary’s illustrious career includes 25 years as a Healthcare Foodservice Director with 17 years as Director of Nutrition and Hospitality Service for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center University Hospitals, Zale Lipshy and St. Paul in Dallas, Texas. She is a charter member and former chair of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Food & Culinary Professionals (FCP) Dietetic Practice Group as well as past Chair for the Dallas Chapters of Les Dames d` Escoffier and The American Institute for Wine and Food. She was a founding member of Foodways Texas and past board member.
In addition to her robust career in healthcare foodservice, Mary was the co-owner of Food Roots, a premier Texas Culinary Tourism company. Food Roots created unique quality Texas wine and food experiences through custom tours, small specialty tours and signature events. Her experience in this space has shown her how experiencing agriculture first-hand connects key audiences with products, increasing the degree to which they value the product and the people who produce it.
The International Food Manufacturers Association presented her its Silver Plate Award, and Restaurants & Institutions magazine named her an IVY Award winner. In 2007, Mary presented The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic Association’s Lenna Francis Cooper Memorial Lecture at AND’s Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition.