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September 18th from 10am – 2pm
Landerhaven Executive Caterers at 6111 Landerhaven Dr. Mayfield Heights, Ohio, 44124.
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Toni Tipton-Martin is a culinary journalist and author using cultural heritage and cooking to build community. She is Editor in Chief of Cook’s Country by America’s Test Kitchen, a PBS television show cast-member, two-time James Beard Award winner for her books on African American cooking, and recipient of the prestigious Julia Child Award, which is given to an individual (or team) who has made a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats and drinks.
Toni’s latest book, Jubilee: Recipes From Two Centuries of African American Cooking, brings to life 125 dishes from the African American cookbooks in her rare collection through breath-taking photography and engaging storytelling. Jubilee is a James Beard Award winner, earned the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Book of the Year Award, and was named one of the “Cookbooks You Need for 2020” by the New York Times.
Jubilee is the follow-up to The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cook books, which The New Yorker named one of the “Best cookbooks of the Century So Far.” For this celebration of the important legacy of African American cooks and their cookbooks, Toni received a 2016 James Beard Book Award, the 2016 Art of Eating Prize, and a 2015 Certificate of Outstanding Contribution to Publishing from the Black Caucus of the Library Association.
Toni was the first African American Food Editor of a major daily newspaper, the Cleve land Plain Dealer, the nutrition writer for the Los Angeles Times, and a contributing editor to Heart and Soul Magazine. She is a co-founder and former president of both Southern Foodways Alliance and Foodways Texas. Toni is profiled in the 35th Annual Aetna African American His tory Calendar and a member of the Advisory Board for Oldways’ African Heritage Diet Pyramid. She has been a featured speaker at book festivals, libraries, museums, universities and multiple food organizations.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Chef Eric has always enjoyed cooking. As a youth, his mother taught him the magic of pairing different ingredients, spices and herbs to create marvelous dishes. Before she passed in 2003, Chef Eric promised his mother that he would take his passion for food and make it his career of choice.
Margaret Bernstein is the Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives at WKYC Studios in Cleveland. A devoted champion of literacy, Margaret earned her first Emmy in 2016 for WKYC’s #WeReadHere campaign, which encourages parents to read every day with their children.
A Los Angeles native, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California. She worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist at The Plain Dealer from 1989 to 2013.
Well known for her passion for mentoring and volunteering, Margaret was named National Big Sister of the Year in 2000 for her work with two Cleveland girls through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. She serves on the board of the George Gund Foundation and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
She is also the writer of The Bond, a memoir on fatherlessness by the bestselling Three Doctors of Newark, NJ. That experience led her to write a series of storybooks designed to tighten the bond between fathers and their young children.
Margaret is married to Shaker Heights Chief Prosecutor C. Randolph Keller and is the mother of two children, Randy, and Alexandria.
Alexandria “Alex” Keller graduated cum laude from Kent State University in 2020 with an Integrated Studies Degree in Public Health, Nutrition, and Psychology. She was a Public Allies fellow in Americorps’ Diversity and Inclusion program, and completed an editorial internship at America’s Test Kitchen in 2021. A social entrepreneur, Alex has served as a project manager, writer and social media marketer for several Ohio businesses and nonprofits. She works closely with author Toni Tipton-Martin on storytelling and nonprofit management. In 2020, Alex celebrated her 25th birthday by creating a Facebook telethon to provide digital access for Cleveland children. For fun, she also took up deejaying last month.
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