Peggy Sweeney-McDonald - Created Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde ... in 2010 and produces the event under her company, Superstar Events-LA. As President of SSE-LA, she has offices in Los Angeles and Baton Rouge, LA and offers a wide range of corporate meeting & event services and specializes in creative themes to ensure memorable events. A member of Screen Actors Guild, she has worked in television commercials, film and theatre for over 20 years. She produced the tv pilot of "Meanwhile, Back At Cafe Du Monde..." and has several film projects in development. www.superstareventsla.com
Beth Schnitzer - Emcee of the Show - Co-Founder/Owner of Spritz Marketing
Hailing from the East Coast, Beth has had a successful 20+ year career in the hospitality, sports, and entertainment sectors. Beth is Co-Founder and Partner of Spritz Marketing, an interactive marketing company that specializes in brand strategy and digital marketing solutionsBeth also oversees Partnership Marketing for PIER 39, Northern California’s most visited Tourist Attraction. Beth is actively involved in the San Francisco Community through various Non-Profit Boards and fundraising events and is also a Foodie and Wine lover. And her brothers have restaurants in Cape Cod, MA and South Beach FL. Beth was the emcee at the San Francisco Premiere show on March 8th and excited to be on board again!
GraceAnn Walden - She wasn't much interested in anything until she got into cooking (restaurants and catering) and later food writing. In 1989, she created the Inside Scoop, a restaurant news column with a sense of humor, for the San Francisco Chronicle. She also wrote for the Wine Spectator and Sunset magazines. In 2007, she edited and wrote a cookbook, 86 Recipes San Francisco. She appears on KGO radio as their restaurant guru. She launched her bi-weekly newsletter about food, the Yummy report, in 2009. www.graceannwalden.net
Alex Marsh - THE JET SET CHEF - A graduate of California Culinary Academy and formerly Exec. Chef at Solsitve Restaurant & Lounge and Brick & Solstice. In 2008, Chef Marsh decided to incorporate travel into his life and created The JetSetChef to share his experiences with you. Combining art and food, his creative pop-up restaurants have become the place to see and be seen throughout San Francisco and not to be missed. You might just run into him at some distant corner of the earth enjoying life, writing about his experiences and bringing them back to the Bay Area. His popular blog at http://thejetsetchef.com/wordpress/
Chef Hoss Zare - Zare At Flytrap
Andrea Laudate - "The Chocolate Lady"
or "MaMa L" to most people, created the popular Mama Laudate's Cultural Cooking Classes.She never got over the grunt work of working in a restaurant, so catered non-profits and taught kids. She won the "Heros in Education" Award in 2004 and in 2007, went on the Dr. Phil Show with the tag line of "Sex doesn't feel as good as chocolate taste" - It was good TV. She contributed to The Brain Power cookbook. Helping kids and a guest chef for the Bob Hope USO is her biggest joy and the gift that keeps on giving!
John Scott - Writer, College Educator and Lover of FOOD -
John is a digital media instructor and online learning coordinator at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He also vlogs for CBS Interactive and blogs for Yahoo! in the Bay Area. When he's not doing that, he's writing a book. You can read his blog atwww.JohnScottstories.com
Kevin Adams Cline - born and raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Kevin went to Boston University to study poetry and philosophy. This uniquely qualified him to be a bartender and he plied this trade earing enough money to buy him an old motorcyle which he drove across country. He ran out of money and fell in love with San Francisco in '98. After bartending in dives and nightclubs, he aquired a love for food, wine and sprits and the people who create and serve them. After becoming the General Manager of BIX, he opened The Front Porch in 2006 with his friend and partner, Josey White. He is married to Jenny Rojas Cline and they have a daughter, Clementine. www.thefrontporchsf.com
March 8, 2011
Michael Capozzola is a Bay Area based comedian and cartoonist.
His cartoon, "Surveillance Caricatures" appears in the San Francisco Chronicle.
He's contributed to The New York Times, Mad Magazine & McSweeney's.
He's been the Cartoonist-in-Residence at the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA
as well as the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco.
Nikki Thomas wakes us all up every weekday morning as part of the Kevin Brown morning show on KBLX, 102.9. This Louisiana native is a graduate of Xavier university in New Orleans. She started her radio career in her hometown while she was still a junior in college, and has never looked back. After working at WYLD and WQUE, she braved the brutal winters of Buffalo, New York as the morning show co-host on WBLK. She is a single mom who understands that the demands of daily life require a certain creative tenacity. Nikki is also the founder of The Nikki Thomas Network, a community based website that shows the best of the Bay Area and a blog entitled Nikki's Notebook.