Something About Food? Podcast
EVERYONE IS INVITED TO THE TABLE
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Thanks from Something About Food?

Something About Food? would be nothing without these folks.

It would just be Chef Chris Clarke babbling, and she’d much rather talk all things food with them.

MANY THANKS!

We cannot run on cooking skills and raw charisma alone! These are the audio wizards that make our podcast possible.

Jon Keur 

This calm, capable and consistent presence has engineered our latest episodes. For almost 10 years, Jon has been deep in the audio space working alongside up-and-coming podcasters, songwriters and artists.

After studying audio production at Cedarville University (Cedarville, OH), Jon had the opportunity to learn directly from music industry professionals at The Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, TN. Jon established Wayfare Recording Co. and enhanced his skills over his five years in Nashville, and now resides in South Bend, Indiana where he continues to help push the city forward. Through creativity and innovation.

In addition to technical skills, Jon has demonstrated exceptional work ethic, communication, and organization. Outside of the world of audio engineering, Jon enjoys collection vinyl records and is also an avid coffee lover who enjoys experimenting with various blends and brewing techniques.

 

Charles Gammill

The man behind Modern Busker Productions. His skills, knowledge of podcasting, and wise mentorship were essential when we were brainstorming and creating the backbone of the podcast, while his impeccable production of our early episodes set a high bar for our quality.  

Without these guests, Something About Food? would just be Chef Chris Clarke babbling, and she’d much rather talk all things food with them.

Our very first guest!

Our very first guest!

Olivia Omega

As a personal branding expert, social media strategist, sought-after speaker focused on building entrepreneurial brands, Olivia Omega is also the author of Beautifully Branded: The Girls Guide to Personal Branding & Understanding the Anatomy of Brand You. Through workshops, mentorship, online courses and one-on-one consultations, she provides the tools needed to successfully build a heart-centered personal brand both online and offline. She's especially fond of creating smart brand strategy and using it to develop outward-facing marketing materials and websites.
Olivia graduated with a business marketing degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Leeds School of Business. She loves dancing, disco balls, sewing, yoga, building a business at The Wallace Marketing Group with her husband and raising their teenagers in Aurora.

No. 2! Because that's funny.

No. 2! Because that's funny.

Eric Farone

Eric is a Partner in Apixii: Applied Improvisation and Co-Owner of The Bovine Metropolis Theater. He has done over 100 brainstorming session for Fortune 500 companies, the majority of those have been for new and unique food offerings.

Dim Sum makes friends of us all.

Dim Sum makes friends of us all.

Putri Martosudarmo

Putri Martosudarmo was raised in Indonesia among many cultures such as Javanese, Balinese, Chinese, Dutch, etc. Despite her work as a professional makeup artist, her passion for food is beyond eyeshadows and lip glosses. She cooks many different types of dishes and her travel around the world brings her creativity in cooking and ways of life. 

I've got a gal crush on this lady!

I've got a gal crush on this lady!

Kelly Newlon

Kelly Bailey Newlon is a runner and a chef.  She is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America/Hyde Park and has been cooking in professional kitchens as a line cook and/or pastry chef since the age of fifteen. She and her husband started RAD Boulder, offering tasty performance oriented meals for athletes and active people. And she launched a second organization called The Athletes' Coalition, because it shouldn't be this hard. Standing up for athletes one contract at a time. 

Although kale is her most consistent medium these days,  she has over a decade of work focusing on chocolate and has been fortunate enough to have made two birthday cakes for Julia Child. Kelly is also passionate about her work with recovering young adults teaching the benefits of food and nutrition as a life skill.  She has been running since she was 5 and has bagged 37 road marathons and seven 100 mile ultras.  She loves Great Danes, chocolate,  Hardrock and Morgan's sideburns. She is a complete geek when it comes to the sport of ultrarunning.

 
A hometown honey!

A hometown honey!

Jonathan Dokuchitz

Jonathan spent over two decades in NYC as a performer on Broadway, television and film.  He moved back to upstate NY to be closer to his family and nature. Jonathan loves to cook and entertain with his dog Charlie as co-host.


 

Met this Manchester mutt in Madrid!

Met this Manchester mutt in Madrid!

James Johnson

James is the owner of the Freelance Writers School where he teaches regular people how to make money writing, even if they failed English at school and know nothing about business.

Literally my brother from the same mother!

Literally my brother from the same mother!

Aaron Clarke

Aaron J Clarke is 47 years old and is originally from a tiny village in upstate NY.  Aarons love for food was fostered at an early age by a mother who recruited him to help with preparing dinner for all 6 Clarke kids. By his early teens he was working in various restaurants in the area and after he barely squeaked by high school he attended the Culinary Institute of America. Aaron has made his way to San Francisco, California where he is now a member of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and works as a Guest Recognition Coordinator at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. When not working, singing or in the kitchen (or singing in the kitchen) Aaron is in search of the flawless Bavarian Cream Doughnut and pursuing the elusive, and much sought after, perfect bowl of mashed potatoes!

A sweet lady with a sweet tooth.

A sweet lady with a sweet tooth.

Dr. Meenakshi Singh

Dr. Meenakshi Singh grew up in India and moved to the U.S. in 2006 to work towards a Ph.D. in Physics. She is now a Professor at the Colorado School of Mines. 

Just another Chris literally hanging out with his sons.

Just another Chris literally hanging out with his sons.

Chris Huang

Chris Huang is a professional artist living in Boulder, CO.  He loves art, music, food, swimming, friends, and family.

Breads, cakes, cookies, 5 kids and chickens!

Breads, cakes, cookies, 5 kids and chickens!

Heather Covington

Heather Covington is a wife, mother of 5 (triplets!), and lifelong food lover. She owns Heather's Artisan Breads and Craft Candy in Gilbertsville, NY, and happily supplies the central New York region with her delicious creations.

Just a man and his pups, Bambi and Leonard.

Just a man and his pups, Bambi and Leonard.

John Taussig

John Taussig is a trial lawyer, guitar player, and painter. His dream was to marry a woman who was the best cook in the world and looked fantastic. He hit it out of the park on both criteria.

Not sure who found who here, but they are both happy they did!

Not sure who found who here, but they are both happy they did!

Emma Donahue

Emma Donahue is the Chair of the Colorado Young Democrats and has been working in local Colorado politics for 10 years.  She is a native of Colorado and grew up in Louisville.  Her hobby is fostering dogs and helping them find their forever homes.

A man of many pursuits, filled with compassion and love!

A man of many pursuits, filled with compassion and love!

Akindele Bankole

German-born Nigerian American Akindele Bankole, is a classical Singer and composer, with over two decades in the food industry and now primary owner of Veg On The Edge, Inc., a West African Inspired vegan, gluten-free, kosher and mostly organic restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz CA. 

She's a hoot and a half!

She's a hoot and a half!

Jazzy Byner

Jazzy Byner has lived back and forth from the San Fernando Valley and Las Vegas through her life- considering. She loves hole in the wall local favorite type restaurant,  artichokes, okra, and fried green tomatoes. Mexican food is her favorite, although she loathes beans, and has a plethora of other weird food quirks. About 3 years ago she started writing and producing digital sketch comedy with our Executive Producer Curtis.

From Wiggins, CO to Oxford UK, what a wonderful journey!

From Wiggins, CO to Oxford UK, what a wonderful journey!

Nadeen Ibrahim

Nadeen Ibrahim migrated from the Palestinian Territory with her family when she was seven months old, and moved to Colorado in 1997. She was raised in Wiggins, Colorado – a northeastern rural community of fewer than 1000 individuals. She recently graduated from the University of Colorado Denver and will begin her graduate studies in Public Policy at the University of Oxford in England this Fall 2018.
Fluent in Arabic and a community organizer for the Muslim community in Colorado, Nadeen actively advocates for Muslim Americans in Colorado, especially resettled refugees. Nadeen organizes events and workshops empowering Muslim Americans of their civil rights and personal narratives. She also strongly advocates for socially just and equity-focused change throughout the community.
In her spare time, Nadeen travels to new places, cities, and countries, explores new restaurants and food joints and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nephew.

My fellow Golden Griff!

My fellow Golden Griff!

Jeff O’Brien

For more than two decades, Jeff O’Brien has been committed to maximizing the leadership potential of high school, collegiate, and professional athletes with a specific focus on personal growth and development.  Jeff is one of the nation’s leading sports based leadership development educators and provides technical assistance, training, and curriculum development for high school, college and professional sports organizations. 
 

The perfect example of Korean, Polish and art mash up!

The perfect example of Korean, Polish and art mash up!

Won Kim

A native of Chicago by way of Seoul, South Korea, Won was exposed to the world of Korean food through his mother growing up in West Rogers Park. Growing up in a household where both parents were always at work, Won was responsible for making the rice for the family and being a kimchi assistant to his mother. It was these kinds of responsibilities and experiences that would teach him the importance of food and eating in general.

Art was Won's first passion but he always had an infinity for food and all it's equal amount of creativity and experimentation. Having attended culinary school for a short amount of time, he mainly learned through staging, doing pop-ups and helping friends in the industry for anything and everything food related. He has done everything from running a series of hosting beer dinners at Whole Foods Market, to being a private chef for Tom Kehoe to assisting in whole pig cookery. This would lead him down his current endeavor of running Kimski - a Korean Polish street food restaurant located in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago.

"...he drove us to the border and told us next time, rest  at least five days, don’t trust anyone calling themselves coyotes, bring more tortillas, sardines..."

"...he drove us
to the border and told us next time, rest

at least five days, don’t trust anyone calling
themselves coyotes, bring more tortillas, sardines..."

Jose Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to this country at the age of nine. He is the winner of numerous awards and fellowships; his first poetry collection, Unaccompanied, was published in September 2017, by Copper Canyon Press

Found another Dim Sum pal!

Found another Dim Sum pal!

Kimberly Jung

Kimberly Jung is CEO and co-founder of Rumi. While serving in the US military, Kim was an Engineer Officer who led a route clearance platoon in the Wardak and Ghazni provinces of Afghanistan in 2010-2011. She also served with provincial reconstruction teams as a female engagement team member to help empower Afghan village women. She holds a Professional Engineering license in Mechanical Engineering from the State of California, and she graduated with her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2015. She earned her bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy in 2008. Kim volunteers her time with Girl Scouts, youth volleyball, and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

Brian Boitano is a winner!

Brian Boitano is a winner!

Brian Boitano

Olympic Gold medalist Brian Boitano gives a winning performance in the kitchen as well as on the ice. The star of Food Network and Cooking Channel’s What Would Brian Boitano Make has published a cookbook of the same name. His list of accomplishments includes winning a Primetime Emmy award and producing more than 30 TV specials. 

Judaline Cassidy, showing girls and woman that strong is gorgeous!

Judaline Cassidy, showing girls and woman that strong is gorgeous!

Judaline Cassidy

Judaline Cassidy is a Plumber, Activist, Trailblazer, and Founder of the Nonprofit Tools & Tiaras Inc. She was born in the beautiful twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago. A multicultural country, known for its renowned carnival, steelpan, and calypso music.  Judaline started her career in the field of Plumbing at the John Donaldson Technical of Trinidad. She was one of the first three females selected to pursue Plumbing at the Technical Institute. Which is now known as the University of Trinidad and Tobago. 
She's been a proud member of Plumbers Local Union No. One, New York City, for the past twenty years. Being a qualified Plumber has drastically changed her life, and also the lifestyle of her family. Financially, it has afforded her and her family upward mobility in society.  
Judaline was of the very first women accepted into the Plumbers Local Union 371 Staten Island New York, and the first woman elected on the Examining Board of Plumbers Local Union No. 1. She cares deeply for her fellow sisters in the trades and serves as a mentor and big sister to anyone that needs her stewardship.

He's mostly vegan, plant based just like me!

He's mostly vegan, plant based just like me!

Hagai Zvouloun

Hagai Zvouloun, the founder, and co-owner of Matembezi, was born in Ethiopia to an anthropologist father and spent his early years there. An avid naturalist he returned to Africa in 1992, and back-packed extensively, exploring the wilderness areas of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. In 1994 he began guiding wildlife safaris and natural history tours, while traveling further through Africa, the Mascarenes and further afield in Asia and South America, ever seeking the best wildlife experiences. In 2001 Hagai made the choice to start his own safari operation in Tanzania, his personal Eden.

Hagai spends his free time exploring, birding and scuba diving in Africa and the Western Indian Ocean basin. Hagai holds B.F.A. in photography from the Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem and is a member of the Interpretive Guides Society. He lives with his wife and daughters in a village outside of Arusha.

Another food explorer.

Another food explorer.

Rich Cho

Rich Cho is a basketball executive who most recently served as the general manager of the NBA Charlotte Hornets, after joining the franchise on June 14, 2011.  The organization’s lead basketball operations executive, Cho manages and oversees all player personnel matters, including professional and collegiate scouting, draft preparations, player acquisitions, salary cap management, training camp, preseason scheduling and the team’s athletic training, equipment and conditioning programs. 

A native of Burma who immigrated to the United States with his family in 1968 when he was three years old, Cho became the first Asian-American general manager in American major league sports when he served as General Manager of the Portland Trail Blazers in 2010-11. 
An avid explorer of restaurants and cuisine, Cho founded an interactive food blog site called Bigtime Bites to bring basketball fans and food lovers across the country together. Cho also enjoys staying active by playing basketball, tennis, ping-pong and softball in his spare time.  During the 2017 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Cho won the NBA Summer League Table Tennis Challenge Benefiting Hoops for St. Jude for the second time (previously won in 2013).  Cho and his wife, Julie, have two daughters, Miranda and Annika.

Plant-based siblings, slaying our taste buds with every thing they make!

Plant-based siblings, slaying our taste buds with every thing they make!

Aubry and Kale Walch

Siblings Aubry and Kale Walch are the owners of The Herbivorous Butcher, America's first vegan butcher shop, in northeast Minneapolis. Their plant-based meats and cheeses appeal to vegans and non-vegans alike and range from Ribeye Steak to Pastrami to Smoked Gouda to Brie. 

A fellow Upstate NY-er, dancing her way into the lives of little dreamers everywhere.

A fellow Upstate NY-er, dancing her way into the lives of little dreamers everywhere.

Aesha Ash

Aesha Ash is a former professional ballet dancer. She danced with The New York City Ballet, Bejart Ballet du Lausanne, and Alonzo King Lines Ballet. She is now the creator of The Swan Dreams Project which uses imagery and her art of ballet to show the world that beauty, elegance, grace, and poise are not defined by your race or socioeconomic background. 

So much to love about baby goats!

So much to love about baby goats!

Rabbi Marc Soloway

Rabbi Marc Soloway has been the spiritual leader of Bonai Shalom in Boulder, CO. since 2004, after leaving behind an acting career in his native London.  Marc is part of a Jewish community goat milking coop and a chicken coop and was honored in the Obama White House in 2015 as a "Champion of Change - Climate Faith Leader."  Marc hosts a podcast A Dash of Drash, weekly reflections on the world through the lens of Torah. 

 

People are often surprised to find out that this Azerbaijani-American gelato maker is not Italian.

People are often surprised to find out that this Azerbaijani-American gelato maker is not Italian.

Uli Nasibova

Uli Nasibova is originally from Baku, Azerbaijan. She moved to the U.S. to attend Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO, where she double-majored in French Literature and Mathematical Economics. Following graduation, she worked in the world of finance for eight years, doing everything from investment banking to investment management research. Around the same time, she and her husband and were living in downtown Los  Angeles, a neighborhood that was changing rapidly from a desolate place at night to a vibrant city center.

Inspired by the infectiously dynamic atmosphere in the neighborhood, she started experimenting on gelato recipes in her home kitchen. She picked the gelato technique, over ice cream, because it is a healthier way of making frozen dessert (lower fat content, less air and served at a warmer temperature).

She draws inspiration for her inventive flavors from the city of Los Angeles and the incredible cuisines it represented –from ube jam filled pastries in Historic Filipinotown to black sesame buns in San Gabriel Valley, to that soul-cleansing thom kha gai soup at Jitlada in Thai Town. To add to the list - an abundance of delicious Mexican food at every corner that inspired one of her best-sellers Jamaica Agua Fresca sorbet with mint. She utilized her finance background to create  an extensive business plan and opened the doors of Gelateria Uli in Downtown Los Angeles in April of 2014.  Their second location, on West 3rd Street in the Beverly Grove district, opened on August 31, 2017.

Biscuit mad, this guy is!

Biscuit mad, this guy is!

Brian James O’Connell

Brian James O’Connell is a working actor, writer, director, filmmaker and teacher in Los Angeles. He currently teaches as part of the Core Improv Faculty and the Digital Program at The Pack Theater. Brian is the Creator and Executive Producer of WPCK, the Executive Producer of The Deconstruction, Creator and Executive Producer of Big Yellow Taxi, the Executive Producer and Founder of Long Hard Tuesdays, the Executive Producer and Founder of The Lady Invitational and Executive Producer of Genre Night! at The Pack Theater.

This podcast whole heartedly endorces this lady's The Bechdel Cast podcast!

This podcast whole heartedly endorces this lady's The Bechdel Cast podcast!

Caitlin Durante

Caitlin Durante is an LA-based comedian, writer, and producer. She is the co-host of The Bechdel Cast, a critically-acclaimed podcast about the portrayal of women in movies, she helps people write better screenplays, and performs standup all over the country.

#badpunalert You can't go Von Wong with this artist!

#badpunalert You can't go Von Wong with this artist!

Ben Von Wong

Benjamin Von Wong is a viral campaign creator focused on supporting social & environmental causes. He creates images that people think are photoshopped to educate and inspire. His work has been featured numerous times on Buzzfeed, Gizmodo, Mashable and the Huffington Post to name a few. Some of his greatest projects include, placing a Mermaid on 10,000 plastic bottles has over 30 million views and his most successful fundraising video to date has raised over 2 million dollars. 
He is currently looking to work with corporations that have a Triple Bottom Line. 

One of the best laughs with this lady, who is causing good trouble with Ramp Your Voice!

One of the best laughs with this lady, who is causing good trouble with Ramp Your Voice!

Vilissa Thompson

Vilissa Thompson is a  macro-minded social worker from South Carolina. Ramp Your Voice! is her organization where she discusses the issues that matter to her as a Black disabled woman, including intersectionality, racism, politics, and why she unapologetically makes good trouble. 

The truth is that Let Thy Food is a sponsor of ours, the consequenses are spreading their tasty food truth.

The truth is that Let Thy Food is a sponsor of ours, the consequenses are spreading their tasty food truth.

Christina Bartel

Christina Bartel is a person who can turn the subject of every conversation to food.  As CEO and co-founder of Let Thy Food and co-founder and Creative Director of the wandering restaurant food truck Wanderculinarilust, Christina passionately believes in the power of food as an essential component of health, politics, social justice, environment, labor, the world, and life.  Christina is a conscientious and heart-driven creative visionary in relentless pursuit of wisdom, peace, and collective well-being.
Christina has a degree in filmmaking and a background in journalism and photography. Never one to assume the path of the status quo, Christina is ever in a state of analysis about the pressing problems of our time, with a drive to fix those issues assiduously through the power of food and love.
A lover of precision, communication, design, travel, Hatch Valley Queso, all the vegetables, and cookies, Christina answers to the name of Cookie Monster and has been reading cookbooks and fearlessly creating recipes since the age of five.

Laci Jordan is a sneaker lover, art maker and an amazing woman.

Laci Jordan is a sneaker lover, art maker and an amazing woman.

Laci Jordan

Laci Jordan is a Multi-Disciplinary designer and truly the definition of a renaissance woman.  The Huntsville, Alabama native now LA-based artist focuses her work around color, pop culture, and representation of people of color. “If you try to put Laci in a box, you’ll have an incredibly difficult time.” (Essence Magazine) Jordan works between illustration, traditional graphic design, product design, and photography. Laci is widely known for her illustrations. With a theme of “Everyday Life,” her subjects range from portraits of women of color to her favorite sneakers at the moment. Her work tends to have a “no filter” “authentic, unapologetic” tone.  

Brands and people worked with and/or for include: Disney Imagineering, ESPN, Hypebeast, Ava Duvernay, Jordan Brand, Hibbett Sports, Planned Parenthood, Saint Heron, Wildfang, and many more. 

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Tom di Maria

Tom di Maria has served as Director of Creative Growth Art Center since 2000. He has developed partnerships with museums, galleries and international design companies to help bring Creative Growth's artists with disabilities fully into the contemporary art world. He speaks around the world about the Center’s major artists and their relationship to both Outsider Art and contemporary culture. Prior to his current position, he served as Assistant Director of the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive at UC Berkeley. He received his MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, in Baltimore, and a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology

Well this takes the cake, Dave Huffman is sweeter than his Bitchy Vegan Homo moniker implies!

Well this takes the cake, Dave Huffman is sweeter than his Bitchy Vegan Homo moniker implies!

Dave Huffman

Who needs a bio when it’s all in the name? Bitchy Vegan Homo
Based in Cleveland Ohio where he lives with 4 cats, 1 giant dog, and his handsome fiancé, Dave Huffman is the host of the YouTube cooking show Bitchy Vegan Homo. He would eat cake for every meal if it wouldn’t immediately lead to diabetes.

A bolero tie give a visual hint of the classy man behind it.

A bolero tie give a visual hint of the classy man behind it.

John R. Rohner

John R. Rohner was a museum curator, collections builder, professor emeritus at CU Boulder and has been called the The Godfather of the American Engraving Renaissance.
His writings on engraving appeared in numerous publications providing knowledge to buyers and practitioners alike.  His passion for the art led him to create techniques and methods that are standards in the American engraver’s toolkit today.  His interests in wildlife art, guns and engraving forged a lifetime of friendships with others who shared those interests including Bob Brownell, Maynard Reece, and others. He helped advance the art of engraving with wildlife artists, gun-makers, gun writers and publishers. 
Now in his 95th year, John Rohner is truly a living legend among engravers.

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Morgan Roddy

Morgan is a native Hoosier and holds BA in Fine Art and Sociology and an MA in Sociology where she studied food, agriculture and community. She found a way to merge these passions into one by co-founding Queer Chocolatier, whose mission is to craft high-quality chocolate while standing in solidarity with marginalized communities. Morgan and her wife, Cheri Ellefson, live in Muncie, Indiana and have been married since December 2015.

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Meg Favreau

Meg Favreau is a comedy, food, and history writer who currently lives in Los Angeles. She's written about weird food history for Table Matters and MEL Magazine, and she wrote the book Little Old Lady Recipes: Comfort Food and Kitchen Table Wisdom (Quirk Books, 2011). For more on Meg, including THE EYE, visit her website.

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Chef Maiki Le

Growing up in Orange County, California, Chef Maiki Le found her passion for the culinary arts early on, constantly baking for family and friends. While in high school, she worked as a server at Norm’s and began taking classes at the Orange County School of Culinary Arts. She immediately fell in love with the restaurant industry.

Since then she  has developed her skills through years of experience and cooking diverse cuisines with talented chefs. Le’s cooking is now a combination of her love for the creativity cooking allows mixed with traditional technique and a cultural twist. After graduating with a biology degree from Brown University, where she worked as an assistant manager in the school’s commissaries, Le moved to New York City in 2004 and enrolled at the International Culinary Center to pursue her dream of becoming a chef. During her time cooking in Manhattan, Le gained invaluable experience working at Chef Patricia Yeo’s Sapa, Monkey Bar, and Chef Jehangir Mehta’s Graffiti Food & Wine Bar, before moving back to California in 2009.

In Los Angeles she began working with Josie Le Balch at Josie Restaurant, and helped open the concepts Momed Beverly Hills and Next Door by Josie. In 2014, Le took on the position of Head Chef at Belcampo Meat Co., opening multiple locations of butcher shops and restaurants  throughout California before establishing Belcampo’s flagship restaurant in Santa Monica.

Additionally, Chef Maiki appeared on and won Food Network’s 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, Food Network’s Chopped as well as competing in the finale as Sous Chef for Jehangir Mehta of Food Network’s Next Iron Chef.

In 2016, Le became Executive Chef of Upstairs 2, a West Los Angeles based Restaurant and Wine Bar. Under Le’s direction, Upstairs 2 has become an innovative, seasonal and modern wine lover’s hidden gem.Le currently resides in North Hollywood with her husband. She enjoys dining out, spending time with loved ones, browsing through cookbooks, watching animated movies and tending to her organic herb garden.

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Nikki Silva

Nikki Silva is one half of The Kitchen Sisters radio production team with Davia Nelson. They are the Peabody Award-winning producers of hundreds of stories for NPR and The Kitchen Sisters Present podcast, including Hidden Kitchens, the NPR series and book about secret, unexpected, below the radar cooking — how communities come together through food.

That’s one happy oyster farmer over there at Peeko Oysters!

That’s one happy oyster farmer over there at Peeko Oysters!

Peter Stein

Since graduating from Penn in 2004, Peter has had a rather atypical career. He started out with Accenture in business management consulting, then moved on to spend 7+ years in the education space. First as a classroom teacher, then doing business development for a couple of educational software/technology companies. From there, and for the last 2+ years, he has been starting and building out his oyster farm, Peeko Oysters.

What I love about Dr. Lori Choi is that she’s ready to talk with and for women about taking control of their health care through  I’ll Have What She’s Having .

What I love about Dr. Lori Choi is that she’s ready to talk with and for women about taking control of their health care through I’ll Have What She’s Having.

Lori Choi

Lori Choi is a board-certified vascular surgeon and founder of I'll Have What She's Having, a women-led organization raising funds for and awareness of the crisis in women's health in Texas and beyond. The fledgling non-profit, powered by 100+ volunteer hospitality professionals, physicians, artists, and other activists, has raised almost 250k for local women's health organizations, via pop up dining events that team up and coming culinarians with established chefs.

Emmitt is a carnivore with definite herbivore tendencies!

Emmitt is a carnivore with definite herbivore tendencies!

Emmitt Muckles

Emmitt Muckles is a Trainer, Public Speaker, business owner and a person who deeply cares about the well-being of others. For many years he struggled with stress which was born from a single place, personal finance ignorance. The lessons he learned, pay it forward and plant the seeds of prosperity, are the goals of his Billionaire Lifestyle Website. Simple principles, tested knowledge, deliberate strategy. His podcast provides personal interviews with people who are finding and living their own Billionaire Lifestyle.

After 50 is only the beginning for Nadine O!

After 50 is only the beginning for Nadine O!

Nadine O.

Nadine O. is a TV news editor by day and an inspirational speaker, vlogger, podcaster by night. After turning 50, she began to reflect on her life's purpose. Many around her spoke of doing things like traveling, picking up old hobbies or learning new one's after retirement. Sadly, a few didn't make it to that milestone. Then there were those in retirement who struggled to fill the hours in their days. She began to wonder, was that it? No!

So, she created her very first company, the Yandy Project. Y.A.N.D.Y. standing for 'You Are Not Done Yet', and made it her mission to inspire, to support and to share stories of hope, exploration and new beginnings, for and by, people after 50. Her first series, appropriately named, You Are Not Done Yet, followed the daily lives of 5 seniors already in retirement. Since that time, 2 of her guests have passed away. Challenging her even more, to reach all who will listen, to discover, to learn and to see the world while they can. So, she's dusting off the cobwebs and is getting fired up about her next season. Stay tuned!

This guy sure does love his coffee and I loved chatting with him about it.

This guy sure does love his coffee and I loved chatting with him about it.

Sumi Ali

After a few years working as a barista, Sumi opened his first coffee bar, Condesa, while still a teenager in Atlanta’s nascent coffee scene. He moved to Los Angeles to work for Intelligentsia where his exceptional barista skills and strong sensibilities about hospitality led to him being poached as the first barista at the landmark SQIRL/G&B Coffee pop-up that spawned several local culinary empires. His excellent palate for coffee and his skills as an auto and motorcycle mechanic led to him get poached again, this time to join the roasting team at Tonx Coffee as it scaled up. He went on to learn the business of green coffee importing with Thrive Farmers (the company behind Chick-fil-A’s brews) and consulted for a number of roasteries. Sumi was the brains and the boots on the ground behind LocoL’s successful coffee program. Sumi is the co-founder and coffee roaster of YES PLZ, a direct-to-consumer coffee roaster that aims to democratize great coffee.

Dr, Shingles is excellence personified!

Dr, Shingles is excellence personified!

Dr. René Revis Shingles

Educator, author, and mentor to many. Dr. René Revis Shingles is a University Professor and Administrator. She is currently the Representative Chair of the School of Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences and Director of the Athletic Training Program at Central Michigan University. Dr. Shingles has been a professor for over twenty-five years most recently teaching in the areas of cultural diversity and professional development. She has written numerous research articles and is the co-author of Cultural Competence in Sports Medicine, with Ms. Lorin Cartwright.

She holds a BA degree in education (Health and Physical Education) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; an MS degree in athletic training from Illinois State University; and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a cognate in Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity, from Michigan State University. Dr. Shingles has received many national, regional, state and local awards for outstanding teaching, leadership, professional and/or community service. In fact, Dr. Shingles was named Central Michigan University’s Woman of the Year and an Excellence in Teaching Award recipient and received Michigan ACE Network’s Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award. This past June she became the first African American woman inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. She also serves on the Board of Certification Board of Directors. In addition to her busy professional life, Dr. Shingles loves making time to mentor students.

Jason has seen the opportunity that there is in the canabis space and jumped right in!

Jason has seen the opportunity that there is in the canabis space and jumped right in!

Jason Lazar

Jason Lazar comes from an advertising background with over 10 years of experience working on both the business and creative sides of the industry on some of the biggest brands in the country, including the likes of ESPN, Toyota, Lexus, Charles Schwab, Ritz, Johnnie Walker, and Dos Equis.

He’s the founder and driving force behind TheHemponair.com, an emerging fashion and cannabis lifestyle magazine that’s been featured in Forbes, Leafly, and several other notable industry publications, as well as the co-founder of Slickster, a travel and activity planning app that makes finding, planning, and sharing things to do slick and easy. Follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Increasing tech diversity is where Adriana’s podcast gives a voice and space to those who may not have known it was there.

Increasing tech diversity is where Adriana’s podcast gives a voice and space to those who may not have known it was there.

Adriana Flores-Ragade

Adriana Flores-Ragade is the host and producer of LatinxAmerica, a podcast focused on increasing diversity in tech through storytelling. She has extensive experience in non-profits, education, and media having worked at the Red Cross, the College Board and most recently at Univision Communications, Inc. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling the world with her family.

Bernard turned his life around and uses the trials he’s gone through to build a positive path in his life.

Bernard turned his life around and uses the trials he’s gone through to build a positive path in his life.

Bernard Quisumbing

Bernard Quisumbing is the internet sales director at Boulder Hyundai and has shifted the culture of car sales by becoming the #MostLovedCarSalesman in Boulder, Colorado. It isn't about having the most sales and knocking out the biggest grosses, it's about how much love, care and concern he has for all of his customers, that eventually become his friends!

Buddhakai is a dynamic rapper with a tumultuous past, who's battled and overcome everything from depression, over a decade of meth addiction, obesity, poverty, and broken relationships, and now raps about freedom.

Recipes, culture and connections are all a part of Monika’s Indian culinary lessons.

Recipes, culture and connections are all a part of Monika’s Indian culinary lessons.

Monika Celly

Monika Celly is a food enthusiast who loves teaching and sharing authentic Indian recipes through her cooking classes and meal kits with the local community. She runs the cooking school “Polka Dots and Curry” in Colorado Springs, CO.

Dog Dad, Vegan, Pizza Lover and Actor!

Dog Dad, Vegan, Pizza Lover and Actor!

Casey Lloyd

Casey Lloyd is a Denver based actor and acting coach. He is a huge foodie and just recently celebrated his one-year vegan anniversary. He’s  now very passionate about inspiring others to try out a plant-based lifestyle in efforts to save the world. Catch him on Instagram.

We’ll have one of everything please!

We’ll have one of everything please!

Watt Sriboonruang

Watt Sriboonruang is a (former) Muay Thai fighter who thrives on a living plant-based lifestyle. She owns her raw plant-based dessert company in NYC, Rawsome. Follow along with her tasty posts over on Instagram and Twitter.

This guy is building a fantastic comic book universe.

This guy is building a fantastic comic book universe.

Dr. Devon Wright

Dr. Devon Wright holds a Bachelor’s in history, a Master’s in history and a Ph.D. in sociology. He holds a faculty position as Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, teaching various courses including Introduction to Africana Studies, Social Movements and the Black Experience, The Black Community and Hip-Hop Culture and Rap Music. His research interests focus on white supremacist ideology and right-wing conservative social movement organizations.

Dr. Wright is also a jazz guitarist and science fiction writer of a graphic novel series about musicians as superheroes in a post-apocalyptic future. Visit Avantguardians.com for more.

This guy, oy, what a mensch. (We’re related, sort of…)

This guy, oy, what a mensch. (We’re related, sort of…)

Warren B. Scharf

Warren B. Scharf has been the Executive Director of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House since 2003. Warren served previously as the Attorney-in-Charge of The Brooklyn Neighborhood Office of The Legal Aid Society, the Attorney-in-Charge of The Brooklyn Office for the Aging of The Legal Aid Society and the Vice President of The Partnership for the Homeless. He started his career as a corporate attorney at the law firm Fried, Frank. He is the recipient of the Legal Services Award from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and is a graduate of Columbia College (East Asian Languages and Cultures-Chinese) and Columbia Law School.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, widely recognized as one of New York’s premier nonprofit organizations, is a 125-year-old settlement house that provides an extensive array of effective and integrated human services—social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, nutritional and fitness—which significantly improve the lives of thousands of people in need each year, ages 3 to 103, on the East Side of Manhattan.


He’s making food work for others.

He’s making food work for others.

Chef Antwon Brinson

Antwon Brinson was born in the small town of Niagara Falls, New York. He began his journey and developed his passion for helping people and for food through his mother, who was a dedicated foster parent raising over 250 kids. Reflecting back on his childhood, being raised by a single parent who was purely driven by love and passion, taught him a lot about self-fulfillment.

This journey has also allowed him to explore other interests such as mentoring, teaching, and coaching young adults. He has been able to rediscover his passion for helping people through cooking. Chef Brinson is working with Culinary Concepts AB within the Charlottesville community to create programs to help young adults find direction in life through culinary arts. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

A piece of pie for this cool cat.

A piece of pie for this cool cat.

John Lehndorff

Boulder-based journalist John Lehndorff has been writing and talking about food in Colorado (and the world) since the late 1970s. Food Editor of the Daily Camera for 15 years, his Nibbles column appeared in newspapers across the nation. He was the Dining Critic for the Rocky Mountain News and penned a dining guide book. Lehndorff's food writing has appeared in national publications including the Washington Post, Town and Country and Cheese Connoisseur. Now he writes Nibbles for the Boulder Weekly and the monthly Tastebuds column for Sensi magazine. For more than 20 years he has hosted the weekly Radio Nibbles program on KGNU. A self-proclaimed a pie expert, he is the former Chief Judge of the National Pie Championships, Executive Director of the American Pie Council and spokesperson for National Pie Day. Lehndorff has cooked in restaurant kitchens, taught cooking classes and organized food-related benefit events. His concurrent career since the 1970s has been writing about music, mostly bluegrass and folk.

Photo Credit: Roberto Rosales

Photo Credit: Roberto Rosales

Shyla Sheppard and Missy Begay

Shyla Sheppard is Founder, President & CEO of Bow and Arrow Brewing. After nearly a decade of investing in and supporting other entrepreneur's dreams, Shyla left her position with a social impact investing firm in late 2013 to pursue filling her own niche in the craft beer industry. With a love for craft beer, brewing, entertaining and design, along with the support of her partner, family, and friends, she took on the challenge of developing Bow & Arrow from the ground up. As Founder and CEO, Shyla has been responsible for setting the vision for Bow & Arrow and for the nitty gritty details of development and execution of a business plan, financing strategy, securing capital, building a team, contract negotiations, site selection, and design/development of the brewery and onsite Beer Hall.

Shyla was born and raised on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, where she is a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. She earned her Economics degree from Stanford University and professional background includes nearly a decade of investing and business experience as well as corporate and non-profit board directorships. Shyla enjoys bringing a diverse perspective to the Southwest brewing industry.

Dr. Missy Begay is the Co-Founder and in charge of Branding & Design for Bow and Arrow Brewing. Missy leads branding & marketing and design development. Missy was born in Albuquerque and raised on the Navajo (Diné) Nation. A granddaughter of Navajo silversmiths & weavers, Missy strives for artistic balance within her medical profession and is an avid seeker of dirt road photographic projects.

Missy enjoys researching botanical properties of hops, storytelling and American Southwest literature. She holds a BA degree from Stanford University and an MD from the University of New Mexico.

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Adam Martin and Ricky Pallay

Adam Martin is not your typical entrepreneur, business owner, and non-profit founder. He’s dedicated his life to making sure Felons get a fair shot at theirs. If you were to look into Adam’s background, you would find a long trail of breadcrumbs that would lead you to the community-driven man he is today. Five felonies, multiple misdemeanors, and too many infractions to speak of. A career criminal, a trouble maker, and a nuisance. That is, until a few business leaders, mentors, and friends saw potential instead of a criminal record. They saw someone who had Hustle and humility, instead of a risky person to be associated with.

Named after the F5 “reset” button on a computer, it reminds us all “hit the reset” when we think about people with a criminal background. That button is a powerful tool and an inspirational mentality. Adam Martin founded F5 Project in 2016 after he was asked to be the keynote speaker for the United Way fundraising campaign in Fargo, ND. Through his personal story of homelessness, moving from job to job, criminal activities, and being a “product of the system,” he had first-hand knowledge of gaps when it came to services offered by local communities for people wanting to make a positive change in their lives. Especially when it came to people transitioning from incarceration.

Adam Martin is doing everything he can to ensure that felons get a fair shake. F5 Project is in 5 cities over 2 states and looks to continue the mission of helping felons across the United States. Changing the world’s perception of Felons, one day at a time.

Ricky Pallay is the Operations Director of the F5 Project, where he supports the staff, volunteers, and any day-to-day needs of the organization. Rickyʼs greatest fulfillment is his service to others. He believes community service and volunteerism is the foundation which makes every community richer and more fortunate. Outside of F5 Project, he leads a team of Connectors at Prairie Heights Community Church and helps with sorting and stocking at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store.

Ricky has a unique perspective on recovery and advocates for further development of mental and behavioral health issue programs, a passion developed by his own personal fight with compulsive gambling. Entering a recovery program in February 2018 and continued, active participation in an anonymous organization which supports those striving to recover from gambling, has helped him turn his life around completely. Ricky is also a trained Peer Support Specialist, which enhances his lived experience with recovery. This training has surged his confidence and given him skills to make better choices, live productively, and help his peers who still suffer in addiction and mental health issues do the same. He has the innate talent to connect and build genuine relationships and is excited to be a part of the growth F5 Project continues to achieve.

This woman makes vegan Mexican Wedding Cookies! Sometimes hero’s don’t wear capes.

This woman makes vegan Mexican Wedding Cookies! Sometimes hero’s don’t wear capes.

Jessica Piñeros

Jessica Piñeros was born and raised in South Florida (Miami/Fort Lauderdale) and is a first generation daughter of Colombian parents. She is an active member of her community as a vegan foodie, freelance photographer, and co-organizer for the Miami Chapter of Veggie Mijas.

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Heather J Haas

Spending over a decade behind the bars in San Francisco, Heather J Haas started getting curious about how the bar tools were made. She always had a passion for creating things with her hands and wanted to redesign the tools she was using to cater to her specific needs. So she decided to pack up and move to Colorado in pursuit of learning the craft of bladesmithing. Her journey has taken her as far off as the coast of Maine, through the deep South and to all the flyover states. Studying under some of the best bladesmiths stateside, she brought that knowledge back to Colorado and H.J.Haas was born. Each piece is hand forged to create one of a kind bar tools and knives. Her wish is that they help create new memories in the kitchen that will tell stories for many years to come.

When she is not at her home shop in Elizabeth, she is hanging with her dog Jake, riding horses, learning French and reading. When she retires, she'll be sitting on her wraparound porch, eating peaches, drinking tea, watching the sun go down. Maybe it will be in Croatia or Canada but wherever she does land, she will still be making handcrafted knives and tools.

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Callie Marie Rennison

Callie Marie Rennison is a professor and former associate dean of faculty affairs at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. She also served as the director of equity and Title IX coordinator for the CU Denver and Anschutz Medical campuses. Her research focuses on the nature, extent, and consequences of violent victimization with an emphasis on research methodology, quantitative analysis, measurement, and crime data. She is also the proud mom to several Lilac Crowned Amazons and an avid rock climber, biker and birder.

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Rev. Amanda Henderson

Rev. Amanda Henderson has served as Executive Director of The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado since 2014. She is an Ordained Minister and community leader in Denver, Colorado bringing people together for healing in times of tragedy, and mobilizing individuals and groups in times of injustice.

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Lisa Wong

Lisa Wong comes from a family of restauranteurs, so it was a natural fit that she would become a food truck entrepreneur. Her love of street food, animals, and her passion for feeding people is what drives this little orange truck!

She is inspired by seasonal and local produce, cuisine from around the world, and adding her own twist to plant-based food for her award-winning food truck Wong Way Veg.

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Adrian Miller

Adrian Miller is a James Beard Award-winning food writer, attorney and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, CO. He is currently the executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches and, as such, is the first African American and the first layperson to hold that position.

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Richard Eng

Richard Eng is a Biology major turned fine dining specialist, operations consultant and now back to his original pastry roots as a baker/donut maker. He is the CEO & CDD (Chief Donut Designer) of Black Label Donuts where he brings a sophisticated fine dining approach to donuts.

On June 5th, 2018, at 2 am Richard was viciously assaulted and a gun went off shattering the right side of his face. He now has a titanium plate now, some scars and dents. Fast forward today Richard is asking for your support with a GoFundMe page, as he still needs oculoplasty, fat grafting to fill the dents and lasering to erase the scars. And more rehab on his jaw as it only opens halfway, which is a hindrance on eating normally. Any donations are very appreciated.

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Tabitha Brown

Proud Small town country girl from Eden, NC! Tabitha Brown is an Actress and Vegan Foodie Influencer that is all about spreading Love and Laughter!

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Andi Murphy

Andi Murphy is the creator, producer, and host of the Toasted Sister Podcast, a show about Indigenous food. She is also a full-time radio producer and freelance food writer working in New Mexico.

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Ru Johnson

Ru Johnson is a writer and lead executioner at Roux Black. Specializing in content creation, event production and campaign development, all Denver-led projects led by Ru focus on nightlife, entertainment, and arts advocacy segments. Her companies main interests are nightlife/entertainment and cannabis industries.