Stirling’s passion for food started around his grandparents' dinner table. But it wasn’t until he started frequenting farmers markets in the Hudson Valley while attending Vassar College that the interconnection between food, community and environmental stewardship became an important focus for him.
Over the past eight years Stirling has worn several diﬀerent hats in the world of food and hospitality. Starting oﬀ as a sales representative for a craft beer producer in Oakland, he eventually transitioned to philanthropy, helping to co-found and co-facilitate a grants committee in the Threshold Foundation that focused on food justice and regenerative agriculture. Over the past two years, Stirling started a bourbon-centric cocktail lounge specializing in local spirits producers in his home town of Louisville, Kentucky. He is a managing partner with his wonderful sister, Maud, and oversees ﬁnancial management, legal compliance, marketing, executive strategy, and HR.