Sylvia Harrelson Ganier grew up on a dairy farm in North Carolina and moved to Nashville after graduating with honors from Appalachian State University. As founder, chef and owner of Cibo restaurant, Sylvia quickly became known as one of Nashville’s first culinarians to work toward fresh healthy cuisine. In 2006, Sylvia married native Nashvillian, Al Ganier. Their combined passion for food and farming coupled with their love for education led them to later found the city’s largest organic farm operation Green Door Gourmet, on the Ganier family farm.
Sylvia’s expertise on food, farms and the intersections of the two has established her as a leading voice, nationally. Speaking engagements include: the keynote speaker at USDA, Washington, DC by invitation by the US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture as well as various regional events in coordination with the James Beard Leadership Conference, International Association of Culinary Professionals, The Farm to Table Alliance, and the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group. She was an inaugural participant in the Mayor’s Livable Nashville Program focusing on food waste and a healthier community and serves as an appointed member of the Agricultural Extension Board.
Other notable positions, commitment, and involvement include: the immediate past President of the Nashville Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International and a Brock Circle Member. As an educator and personality, she has been featured on Nashville Public Television, FRD TV, WSM, and the Food Network. Alongside her husband Al, the two of them have created a haven of healthy nutritious food, family activities and green space, making Middle Tennessee a healthier place to live.