In 2011, Peter began working with Dave Arnold on launching MOFAD. Since then, he has overseen all aspects of the project's development, including the opening of the museum's first brick-and-mortar space in October 2015. He and MOFAD have been featured in The New York Times,The New Yorker, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has spoken widely about the museum's dynamic approach. He has worked as a hunger policy advocate, public health educator, and international litigator, and he founded and directed L'Art de Vivre, an arts education nonprofit in Cameroon. He holds a BA from Brown University, a JD from the University of Pennsylvania, Master's degrees from both Sciences Po and the Sorbonne in Paris, and an amateur certificate from the French Culinary Institute.
Catherine Piccoli, Curator
Catherine brings a multidisciplinary approach to the team. As a food historian and writer, her work focuses on the intersection of food, culture, memory, and place. As Curator at MOFAD, she leads the educational department, overseeing exhibitions, public programming, and school visits. She was instrumental in the research, writing, and development of past exhibitions, Flavor: Making It and Faking It and Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant, and established the museum’s robust public programming. Previously, Catherine worked as a researcher at the Chicago Historical Society and the Heinz History Center, and has written for a number of major publications. She holds a Master’s degree in Food Studies from Chatham University and a Bachelor’s with honors in Social and Cultural History from Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, Catherine is working on MOFAD’s upcoming exhibition.
Kate Dobday, Partnerships Manager
Kate brings years of work experience from cultural and educational non-profit development and management. Many of her skills were developed through work in independent grocery, the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA, The City Parks Foundation, and most recently the Council for Aid to Education. Though not properly trained, she is an avid home cook and devours food information in any form. She harbors enthusiasm for cultural institutions, education, food cookery and culture. Kate proudly hails from Massachusetts and attended Clark University in Worcester where she received a BA in Sociology and a Masters of Public Administration.
Debbie Holloway, Operations Manager
Debbie Holloway is a storyteller, and she is excited about the stories MOFAD is telling. After spending most of her life in historic Richmond, Virginia, she now calls Williamsburg, Brooklyn home. She holds a B.A. in English & Multimedia Communications with a Theatre Arts minor and stays actively involved in community music-making and performing arts. When she isn’t on the floor at MOFAD, she can be found freelancing film and book reviews, searching for perfect avocados, or working through her Harry Potter-themed cookbook.
Ebony Hurwitz CMP, Events Manager
Ebony oversees MOFAD’s annual events and private venue rentals. Prior to joining the team, she worked at StarChefs magazine managing Rising Star events in Boston, Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans, Miami, and San Francisco. She also worked for Marriott International managing 35 select service hotels in the Northeast region. She holds a BA in Hospitality from Boston University, where she graduated with honors, and attained her Certified Meeting Professional designation in 2016. Fun fact: when she isn't studying wine, Ebony is most likely drinking wine.
Shannon McPhee, Development Manager
Prior to joining MOFAD, Shannon worked in development, special events, and membership positions at an eclectic range of organizations including Aperture Foundation, International Contemporary Ensemble, New Ohio Theatre, chashama, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. She holds a BA in Theatre Performance with a Minor in Art History from Western Michigan University and an MFA in Theatre Arts from Towson University.
Originally from Michigan, Shannon now calls Manhattan home.
Anna Orchard, Public Programs and Communications Manager
Anna develops and oversees all public programs at MOFAD, including chef demos, panel discussions, book launches, and lectures. Anna joined us in 2017 from the Roald Dahl Literary Estate where she created and implemented nationwide events and campaigns for the late author's centenary celebrations. She has previously worked for the Robin Hood Foundation and Scholastic, Inc. Anna received her B.A. with highest honors in English Literature from Lehigh University.
Loren Silber, Museum Educator
John Hutt, Exhibition Chef
John is a lifelong chef with a passion and interest in theory, history, science and culture of food. He has opened restaurants, written papers, cooked a lot of food for a lot of people, and travelled the world eating and drinking delicious things. He came to MOFAD from the El Bulli institute in Barcelona, where he was working on the theory and practice of food and cooking.
Jeff McGuigan, Operations Associate
Jeff McGuigan began his museum career as a Costumed Historical Interpreter in his hometown of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He has since completed a Masters in Museum Studies at NYU and worked with several New York cultural institutions, evaluating digital media used in gallery spaces. MOFAD ties Jeff's career in museums with his interest in food as culture all over the world.
Alexandra Bildsoe, Visitor Services Associate
Alex is an artist, illustrator and writer with a special focus in food and the physical experience of eating. After getting a bachelors degree in studio art (photography) at Beloit College, she spent four years as a freelance artist and community organizer in Minneapolis. With her recent master's research in authorial illustration at Falmouth University in England, she took a close look at flavor through multi-sensory illustration, text-image theory, cookbooks and photographing food under a microscope. Creating experimental meals is her present obsession, and thus far has included a brunch that was suspended (bite by bite in it's entirety) from the ceiling, and a ten course dinner mapping our solar system (served in the dark).