Happy Pride Month!
This month I wanted to shine a light on LGBTQIA people working in the local food scene. I think it is important to recognize our diversity and include all of the fabulous people contributing to our amazing community.
I put the word out on Twitter and got a response from Fante’s Kitchen Shop (1006 S. 9th Street). So glad they reached out because it’s a good reminder that there are many more people working in non-restaurant food-based businesses that fly under the radar and don’t get a lot of recognition.
Fante’s General Manager Liana Ottaviani nominated Mandie Spindler who is a full-time team member for the iconic retail housewares business in the Italian Market.
In Mandie’s words:
I am a queer bisexual femme living in South Philly. I work as an admin for Fante’s, and have been a core team member for almost 9 years. Since Fante’s is a small family-owned business, I wear many hats. I do a little bit of everything, from helping out on the sales floor to being a primary contributor to our weekly newsletter, and more.
When I asked Mandie why she loves working at Fante’s and at a food-based business, she replied:
Some of my favorite days working here are when I can interact with customers and help them to find what they need. I am passionate about working in a food-based business because no matter your walk of life, food is essential for living. I love to cook, especially for others. I guess you could say I show my love through food.