PORTSMOUTH– Leadership Seacoast, a non-profit organization fostering informed and engaged leaders, announced it has partnered with award-winning specialty food manufacturer, Stonewall Kitchen to host Leadership Seacoast’s next program day on March 28, 2012  at Stonewall Kitchen headquarters in York, Maine.

The 35-member leadership class will spend the day exploring economic development in the Seacoast area. Champions of economic development, Stonewall Kitchen founders, Jim Stott and Jonathan King are nationally known for their success story. Stott and King launched their retail business selling jams with a folding table and umbrella at the local farmers market.  Today, Stonewall Kitchen boasts more than 6,000 wholesale accounts nationwide, thriving catalog and web divisions, nine retail Company Stores along the East Coast and a staff growing in the hundreds.

In addition to hearing relevant and timely presentations regarding economic development in the Seacoast, the leadership group will get a behind the scenes tour of the specialty foods manufacturing process, enjoy a cooking demonstration in the Stonewall Kitchen Café and take pleasure in a specially prepared lunch by Stonewall Kitchen’s talented chefs.

“We are thrilled to have such a wonderful opportunity to offer Leadership Seacoast participants,” said Jennifer Wheeler, Executive Director of the organization.  “We are so appreciative of Stonewall Kitchen’s sponsorship and its commitment to our community.”

Thanks to the support from community members and corporations like Stonewall Kitchen, Leadership Seacoast is able to provide meaningful experiences for every student, offer scholarships for participants, create additional opportunities for alumni, and secure the best venues and speakers. For more information on becoming a corporate sponsor, please contact executive director Jennifer Wheeler at 603-334-6063 or JWheeler@LeadershipSeacoast.org.