Dr. Mattfeldt-Beman is Professor Emerita and former Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Saint Louis University. She received her Ph.D. from SLU with a research emphasis in preventive cardiology. As Chair she established the undergraduate program and increase the graduate internship program from 8 to 30. She was Co-PI on a NIH clinical trial – Trials of Hypertension Prevention. PI for a USDA Community Food Project Grant “Gardens to Tables”, establishing school gardens and nutrition curriculum at seven inner city schools and a teaching garden at SLU. She was PI for a Missouri Foundation for Health grant – Healthy Eating with Local Produce (HELP) – to develop a food processing center to bring local food into the school lunch program, including a training component for high school students and a program to develop and market value-added products. She also received several grants to establish Start to Actively Recycle Today – grants to convert solid food waste into compost/castings for garden operations; Farm Connections - a grant to establish a farmers’ market for a public health clinic and gardens at an East St. Louis elementary school and housing authority; and Monsanto Gardens to Tables – a grant to develop gardens for children with disabilities. She wrote the grant to establish the STL Metro Market. Most recently she was PI for a USDA grant to establish the North City Food Hub (now the North Sarah Food Hub). Dr. Mattfeldt-Beman established the culinary emphasis at SLU, receiving the Mary Abbott Hess Award for Innovations in Culinary Education from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She established Fresh Gatherings Café, a model for sustainable cuisine within an institutional environment September, 2004 as well as the Salus Kitchen, a shared use kitchen. She is currently the President of Les Dames d’Escoffier, St. Louis Chapter.