Chef Richard Petty, a native of Detroit, started his culinary travels in the kitchens of Atlanta where he was taking care of his ill Father who encouraged him to attend The California Culinary Academy. He has developed a straight forward but distinctive style of New American cooking after spending time in some of California's best kitchens with Bradley Ogden, Patrick Clark and Wolfgang Puck. He the author of the acclaimed cookbook, Beyond Soul Food, and he is currently developing a new restaurant concept of healthy, sustainable southern food called Red Yam.. He hosts the weekly show, Let's Do Lunch, at LA Talk Live on Saturday mornings at 10:00am. His website is www.beyondsoulfood.com.
(aka Jeni Jeffrey - newlywed) strives to produce thought provoking, intelligent work both independently and commercially in all photographic mediums. She grew up working in the darkroom with her grandma, Alice Sims, who worked at Zercher Photo in Topeka, Kansas for sixty-two years. Her unbridled energy and passion is contagious to everyone on the set. She graduated from the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies with an A.S. in photographic technology and Cal State University Northridge with a B.A. in art, concentration photography. Her work can be seen at www.jenijeffrey.com and www.youtube.com/jenijeffrey. Jeni was in the premiere Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... show at the House of Blues on Sunset in August 2010.
Peggy Sweeney-McDonald is the creator of Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde...and the editor of the Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... Life Stories About Food, the much acclalimed coffee table/cookbook by Pelican Publishing. She is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, an LSU graduate and has lived in Houston, New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles. She is the President of Superstar Events-LA a meeting and event production company. She is married to James McDonald, a New Yorker. She is developing a television show based on the Meanwhile... brand and southern film projects. Since the book launch in 2012, she has been featured in countless magazines, newspapers, radio and television shows and been invited to present the Meanwhile... journey and food stories across the South, recently around Southern California. She was a presenter at the 2012 Louisiana Book Festival and the 2012 Faulkner Society's Words & Music. She will be hosting the first Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... Culinary Cruise in November 2013 with Chef Jim Urdiales on the Norwegian Epic ship out of Miami. Websites: www.peggysweeneymcnald.com and www.superstareentsla.com
Emcee - Adam Milstein is the co-owner of the popular SOUTH Santa Monica Restaurant & Bar and The Garage Restaurant in Culver City. He is originally from Chicago and Atlanta. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans. His story, "A Bit of SOUTH in Santa Monica" is featured in the Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde...Life Stories About Food coffee table book. He was the emcee for the 2010 Santa Monica show of Meanwhile... at SOUTH and hosted the recent Meanwhile book launch party in January 2013. www.southsantamonica.com