About the Paladar
Established in January of 2012, Polly's Paladar grew out of one woman's dream and quickly became the culinary journey of an entire community. Polly's Paladar Supper Club remains a place of adventure and empowerment for all who partake.
Megan Hart, Director
Megan has 20 years of experience in public relations and event planning. After studying theater in college, she began traveling, eventually settling in Stockholm, Sweden which she utilized as her home-base to tour Europe. During this time, she fell in love with food culture. Megan started her career in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she worked in the restaurant industry, organic grocery stores, as a personal assistant, and au’pair. She moved to Nevada County in 2002 and is grateful to call this place home since. Megan recognized the need for an innovative enterprise that would also support her family’s needs. Thus, Polly’s Paladar was born. She specializes in complex, high-profile events and particularly enjoys working for causes that benefit the environment, children, indigenous rights, and women’s rights issues. She is a proud member of Equity at the Table, a practical and proactive response to the blatant gender and racial discrimination that plagues the food industry. EATT is an easy-to-navigate database for food industry professionals featuring only women/gender non-conforming individuals and focusing primarily on POC and the LGBTQ community. It’s better to “build a longer table, not a higher fence.”2018 will be her seventh year as Executive Director of Polly’s Paladar Supper Club.
Alan Gosker, Kitchen Manager
A native of Galway, Ireland, and a graduate of the Galway Culinary School, he began cooking in continental Europe before moving to Australia.Alan spent three years with the acclaimed vegan, pay as you feel restaurant Lentil as Anything in 2007. Once home, Alan took over a successful farm to table project as Head Chef of Dela on the West coast of Ireland in 2013 with his wife, Delilah. There he married his international experiences with progressive modern Irish cuisine. In 2016 he co-founded the non-profit pay as you feel One World Tapestry, empowering asylum seekers to express their food culture, promote integration, and visualize a multi-cultural future for Ireland. In 2017 Alan trained at Michelin Star Loam under Enda McEvoy and was nominated for Best Chef in Connaught, Ireland. Alan is now a Nevada County resident.
Sasha Coben-Scott, Office Manager
Shawn Hart, Web Developer
Rob Totoonchie, Photographer
Little Robert Totoonchie started experimenting with photography at the age of 10 when he got his hands on an old Yashika. As a kid growing up in picturesque Nevada City, a camera was seldom out of arm’s reach. After his formal education took him to Northern Arizona University and resulted in a BS in Environmental Education and another in Environmental Science, Rob’s appetite for the arts persisted and so did his taste for travel. Following time in Maine and Guatemala, Nevada City family and the Yuba River called him home. It was then Rob found himself as a guest at a Paladar in 2013 and he approached Megan about shooting a supper club event should she ever find herself in need of another photographer. Which she did. Now, many years later, Rob continues to find inspiration and a reinvigoration month after month as Polly’s Paladar’s sanctioned documentarian, shooting a vast majority of the events since 2014.