If Ellie Markovitch of Troy is involved in something, it most likely has some connection with food in a fun and artful way. She describes herself as a “multimedia storyteller, food artist and chef” and uses food, family stories and photography as ways to build community.
Chef Ellie Markovitch, right, prepares a “No Cook Stir-Fry” made from assorted veggies from the garden at the Collard City Growers garden in Troy. Markovitch uses food, photography and other means to get people to open up.
Markovitch joins in the ukulele-led sing-along at the Collard City Growers garden during the DIY Snackshop she organized
Chef Ellie Markovitch, right, prepares a vegetable snack with Chardanay Greir, left, at the Collard City Growers garden in Troy.
This is the Collard City Growers garden located at 3361 6th Avenue in Troy.
Participants in the DIY Snackshop, organized by Markovitch and held at the Collard City Growers garden in Troy, gather in a ukulele-led sing-along.
Markovitch likes to build what she describes as “social sculptures,” bringing people together and creating a place where they can build community and create memories, using food as a tool. It’s around food that people start to have a conversation. “I feel that making time and creating opportunities to share meals not only nourishes our bodies and our physical being, but it creates opportunities for conversation and growth.”