Familiar Faces at in.gredients :: Mark McKim
This town is full of people who love food. From those that find joy in getting their hands in the dirt to the folks that get emotional about discovering the perfect food truck, we’re lucky to live in such a food-centric town. Our in.gredients team is composed of a whole bunch of food-loving folks, but team member Mark McKim is one of those individuals that is involved on so many levels it’s hard to keep up.
Born and raised in Texas, Mark’s relationship to real, healthy food didn’t start until college. Since his freshman year in high school Mark has lost 100 pounds, which kickstarted his journey. Initially Mark was focused on the health and fitness aspect of food and it wasn’t until a philosophy class his sophomore year that he made the connection between what he was eating and what was going on in the world.
Moving to Austin, Mark immersed himself in the environmental scene, getting involved in the food waste and recovery community, volunteering on farms and helping to revitalize an east side community garden. When he’s not working at in.gredients, he’s an after school teacher for BeHive Austin, a non-profit organization that provides after school programs for kids. He’s been with in.gredients since the beginning, and is a wonderful addition to our team. I sat down with him and asked him some questions about in.gredients, dinner parties and why if he were produce, he’d be a watermelon.
Explain your relationship to food in one sentence
Food is life. Eat to live, don’t live to eat.
Why do you love working at in.gredients?
I love the people and the social mission. I like being part of the movement to reduce waste and promote sustainable food. This place fosters a sense of appreciation of the natural world and healthy living. It’s great to be part of a community, place-based business. I love working with very cool, like-minded people.
What’s your vision for the future of our food system?
I want to see a system where whole foods are affordable and accessible to everyone.
What’s your favorite dish to make, and what dish would you like to eat before you die?
I would make a big egg scramble, with garlic, onions, kale and tomatoes and served on fried corn tortillas. This is a healthy meal that can be made with local ingredients. And the last meal I would have would be saag paneer with basmati rice. If I were to eat it in Austin, it would be at Taj Majal.
If you could have dinner with five people, who would they be?
- Issadore and Katherine, my grandparents
- Martin Luther King Jr.
- Michelle Obama
- Jamie Oliver
If you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
I would be a watermelon! I’m green on the outside because I’m environmentally conscious and red on the inside because I’m full of love and have a big heart.