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New Orleans - Southern Food & Beverage Museum

Sunday, October 9, 2011 - Southern Food & Beverage Museum
Jeanne Vidrine - Emcee - A veteran of the show, Jeanne appeared in the first New Orleans show at House of Blues in June of 2010 and has been a favorite headliner sharing many fun food stories!  She emceed the 2nd New Orleans show and we are happy to have her back to emcee at our new partner, The Southern Food and Beverage Museum.  Jeanne is a Hair Stylist & Make-up Artist, New Orleans Foodie and Bon Vivant and is famous for her Endymion Party and her wonderful food inspired by her cajun and creole roots! 
Alon Shaya - Partner/Executive Chef - Domenica Restaurant -  After training at the Culinary Institute of America, Alon interned at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, too young to gamble, but ready to take on the casino kitchens. In 2001, Alon opened Antonio's Ristorante for Harrah's in St. Louis. It was there that he met Octavio Mantilla, General Manager and Co-Owner of Besh Restaurant Group, who lured him to New Orleans. As Chef de Cuisine at Besh Steak in Harrah's Casino, New Orleans, Alon worked closely with Chef John Besh. In 2007 Louisiana Cookin, showcased him on its cover and in a corresponding feature about five young "Chefs to Watch." Alon and Chef Besh forged a partnership in 2008 and decided to open Domenica, a family-oriented, authentic Italian restaurant in New Orleans Historic  Roosevelt Hotel
 Nell Nolan - is a veteran of the show delighting audiences with her "Pineapple in A Can" story about growing up in the Garden District with a Mother who didn't cook!  Nell is the Social Columnist at The Times Picayune, Actress and Dancer.
Omar Buckner - Returns to the show for the 2nd time with his fabulous story of creating Liberty's Kitchen, a culinary program for at risk teens.  Omar is the Program Director at Liberty's Kitchen known for it's life changing work with teens and it's great shrimp and grits!
Syrena Johnson came to Liberty’s Kitchen as an experienced trainee and completed the twelve-week Youth Development Program in eight weeks.  Syrena has over 5 years kitchen experience and has worked at Picadilly’s and Lola’s.  She is a graduate of New Orleans PM School.  Syrena’s ambition and commitment to succeed has caused her to be a mentor to current Liberty’s Kitchen trainees.  Syrena was recently the recipient of the Besh Bride Chef’s Move Scholarship.
Liz Williams - Founder of Southern Food and Beverage Museum - Liz returns to the show after appearing last October, 2010, in two shows.  Her story of leaving the corporate world to create the first non-corporate food museum is fascinating! 
Scott Michael Jefferson -  A New Orleans actor who has performed many roles in works by Tennessee Williams, William Shakespeare and Anton Chekov as well as modern playwrights.  He recently appeared as Anton Chekov in "I Take Your Hand in Mine", a Natasha Ramer directed play performed at the Russian Embassy in Washington DC.  We are excited to hear Scott's food monologue - Fun & Food!


Dian Lusher is a mother, wife, sister, niece, aunt and most of all—she’s a great N’Awlins cook! Born and raised in New Orleans and then Algiers, Dian learned how to cook for a family of nine. But Sunday supper was always reserved at her PaPere’s—her grandpa. Dian always noticed the slimy green veggie-okra-in many meals. She remembers picking it from PaPere’s garden but she didn’t much use it herself until she was a young adult. And then only occasionally always frozen from the grocery. Dian and her husband Scott and three children eventually moved to Folsom across the lake from N’Awlins and live on 10 acres where you can grow a garden and now the tale begins!





Peggy Sweeney-McDonald created the show in 2010 in her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and produces the event under her event company, Superstar Events-LA.   In one year, the show has now been in 3 states, with over 30 events and over 200 headliners sharing their food stories.  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.  I'm excited to be back in my hometown for the 2011 shows at our new home at Juban's restaurant!