Trendsetting and trailblazing — this foodie turned her green thumb and love of food into local small screen stardom and beyond.
Doing what you love doing, and turning it into a profession and succeeding is what we all strive for — and Amy Pennington does exactly that, everyday. A sustainable food guru and founder of the garden to table portal, GoGo Green Garden, as well as host of KCTS9′s restaurant review show, “Check, Please! Northwest,” and countless other foodie ventures and books, Amy’s energy and passion have led her on a deliciously sustainable journal.
As an everyday consumer of local farmer’s markets, Amy decided it was time for her to grow her own garden. This self-motivator’s love and joy for organic and sustainably grown food led her to find her passion for education and showing others in the city how to grow their own eats. Thus, GoGo Green Garden was born — a platform introducing the wonder and ease of homegrown goodness. From garden growing education to matchmaking (not romantically), Amy creator UrbanGardenShare.org, a site where gardeners are matched with unused garden spaces in Seattle and across the country.
Her green thumb, knack for cooking and food, and charismatic personality has made Amy a name to know in Seattle. Just this past March, Amy even further cemented her local foodie celebrity status as the host of KCTS9′s “Check, Please! Northwest” — a show that explores Northwest restaurants with a panel of local guests who dish on their favorite eateries and try out each others grub spots. You can tune in to Amy and her foodie panel every Thursday at 7 p.m. and discover down-home, hole-in-the-wall gems, hidden diner musts, to the fanciest four-star destinations.
When this sustainable foodie isn’t rocking her gardening boots, or in front of the camera, she loves to put her talent to pen and paper. Amy released her first book in 2010, “Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchen – which was named one of Amazon’s top 10 cookbooks when launched. She then quickly started working on her second book “Apartment Gardening: Plants, Projects, and Recipes for Growing Food in Your Urban Home,” which was released in 2011 – this ambitiously hard-working food-lover lives her passion everyday.
“Work is my hobby,” says Amy. “When someone reads an article I write, attends a class I teach, or tunes in to Check, Please! Northwest, they are directly supporting my work and that is the best feeling ever.”