Leslie Oster Aurora Provisions

Chef, caterer, and onetime filmmaker Leslie Oster has been involved with food from a very early age. Traditional food was imparted to her by her Grampie (a classic American WASP cook) and her Bubbie (a classic Ukrainian Jewish Immigrant cook). Both taught lessons that still guide her today. Leslie cut her teeth in the food business opening a dance club/café at Vassar College during her junior year while in the Film and English Departments. From there, it was her senior film thesis on Jamaican migrant apple farmers that instilled a love of farms and local products (she made lots of apple pies that Fall).  Previous to her 12-plus years at Aurora, she managed the Impudent Oyster in Chatham, Massachusetts, where she honed her cooking and catering skills. Her passion for food has led to her involvement with Slowfood Portland and on the board of Cultivating Community. In addition, she holds a Higher Certificate in Wine Studies from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. When she’s not conjuring up new and innovative catering menus, Leslie is happiest on Scarborough Beach with a glass of rose, good friends, gentle surf, and an endless summer day in Maine.