Want to find out what drove blogger Lori Gardner’s obsession with food? How she picks restaurants to dine at? The answers to these questions, plus four more, can be found in “6 Questions for Lori Gardner,” an interview that appeared in the November 24 Washington Jewish Week. Find the q-and-a here.
Several members will take the stage at the MetroCooking DC show, which returns to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center December 4-5 after a 2020 hiatus. On December 4, Carla Hall will conduct a cooking demo on the James Beard Stage, followed by Amy Brandwein, owner of Centrolina and Piccolina. Carla will also have a book signing for her book, “Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration.” On December 5, Amy Riolo will be on the Taste Talks stage. Maria Kopsidas and her Cookology team will be teaching cooking classes both days. Jill Collins is the PR coordinator for the event, now in its 15th year. For tickets, click here.
Ugly cauliflower might not look appealing in a cold salad, but in a fritter, it’s perfect, according to Ellen Kassoff, whose restaurant Federal Fritter & Bistro in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, uses stems, leaves and other parts of vegetables for its namesake dishes. “All this kind of ‘food waste’ tastes great when it’s tempura or battered and, let’s face it, fried,” says Kassoff, who discusses restaurant strategies to reduce food wastage in this q-and-a blog from RescueDish.
After living in Washington D.C. for more than 50 years, longtime member and former Second VP for Education and Community Outreach Edee Hogan has moved to Ginger Cove, a retirement community on the water in Annapolis. While still maintaining an efficiency unit in D.C. and a home in Bethany Beach, Edee reports that Ginger Cove is a “terrific community” with “lots of activities--and the food is outstanding.”
Jodi Lehr of Santa Lucia Estate Coffee proudly announces an addition close to her heart: Son Marco Gutierrez, a recent Master’s graduate of the University of Michigan and no stranger to an industry he’s always called family, has officially become the newest member of the Santa Lucia Coffee team! Exciting things are ahead, including a January 2022 move of Santa Lucia’s warehouse from Gaithersburg to Silver Spring.
Cindy Selby and Morgan Nims (Miami) en route to a BBQ break at the famous Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, Texas while attending RATIONAL’s yearly kickoff meeting. Both women work for the global food service appliance firm.
Tambra Raye Stevenson, founder and CEO of WANDA, was recently appointed to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. The Board provides feedback to the Secretary of Agriculture on food and agricultural research, education, extension, and economic priorities and policies. Also, more congrats are in order: Tambra passed her qualifying exams in her PhD program in Media, Technology and Democracy at the American University School of Communications where she recently was a part of a winning $15 million National Science Foundation-funded proposal to tackle food waste.
Lots of exciting news about Toni Tipton-Martin, who last month was presented with the Julia Child Award from the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Watch the presentation here. Toni also announced that she will use the $50,000 award to start the Toni Tipton-Martin Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at empowering the next generation of women in food. The foundation’s first program, “Recovering Food Histories with Toni Tipton-Martin and Friends” was a virtual salon with A’Lelia Bundles, Padma Lakshmi, and Sandra Gutierrez, which aired on the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s YouTube channel. Watch it here.
Kudos to Erinn Tucker and her work as a co-founder of Black Restaurant Week, which had its fourth successful annual run this year from November 7-14. Erinn will also be serving as co-chair for the Mid-Atlantic region of the 2022 James Beard Awards Restaurant and Chef Committee.
With less than 48 hours notice, chef and food stylist Danielle Turner created a fabulous vegan Thanksgiving feast for Aviva Goldfarb and her employer, HipCityVeg, for a Fox 5 DC holiday special. Danielle cooked all the “beauty shots” (finished dishes) and prepped the half cooked versions that HipCityVeg Founder and CEO Nicole Marquis completed on air.
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