Events + Fundraising Director at Full Plates Full Potential
When Leslie Oster was the catering and creative director at Portland’s Aurora Provisions, she oversaw meals for high-profile clients. In 2012 she catered a dinner for President Barack Obama at the Portland Museum of Art. The “incredibly surreal” experience included making an entirely Maine-sourced menu for the president and the guests at his fundraiser. On a different occasion, Oster catered a private luncheon for Michelle Obama. Although these meals were swanky, the Obamas weren’t Oster’s most important diners. The volunteer work she was doing outside of Aurora Provisions held more meaning. As an early member of Slow Food Portland and a board member of Cultivating Community, Oster worked with organic farmers, supported garden-based education for kids, and cooked at events to support ending food insecurity. Being a volunteer for Full Plates Full Potential led Oster to her current role as the organization’s events and fundraising di- rector. The nonprofit works to end childhood food insecurity in Maine. For Oster, working with the organization is a dream come true, especially considering that her longtime career goal has been to “fix school lunch” and provide kids with access to healthy food. She coordinates with local businesses to donate a portion of profits to programs that provide students with meals at school. “I wake up every morning to a job that fills me with purpose and hope,” she says.