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Tom Bergin's Tavern - Los Angeles - January 27, 2013

Chef Brandon Boudet, a New Orleans native, Chef Brandon Boudet is the Executive Chef and co-owner of Dominick’s, Little Dom’s, 101 Coffee Shop and the newly reopened Tom Bergin’s Tavern. Boudet was born and raised in New Orleans. He graduated from the San Francisco’s prestigious California Culinary Academy and has trained with culinary icons Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse.  In 2001 Boudet opened Hollywood’s 101 Coffee Shop in 2001 with partner Warner Ebbink.  Ebbink and Boude breathed new life into Los Angeles’ legendary Tom Bergin’s Tavern, originally founded in 1936. The duo reopened the beloved watering hole and steak house in May 2012 after a yearlong revitalization. Boudet’s new menu boasts a hearty selection of Irish dishes and steakhouse favorites, staying true to the tavern’s rich steakhouse history and Irish roots. Although Boudet has worked for luminaries such as Prudhomme and Lagasse, he ranks his two grandmothers—one a talented Louisiana home chef, the other a master of Italian cuisine—as his greatest influences. During his rare time outside the kitchen, Boudet enjoys golf, snowboarding and travel.

Theo Stephan founded Global Gardens® in 1998 as Santa Barbara, CA’s only complete-line specialty food company. She was a burnt-out 20-year veteran of graphic design, having won over 200 awards in brand development and marketing. Her love for gardening, travel & entertaining with worldly flavors along with creating package design resulted in her combining her passions and becoming the most awarded Extra Virgin Olive Oil producer in southern California. Theo originated the world’s first mail-order Olive Oil & Vinegar quarterly food club, The Olive Revolution®, offering her own recipes for each season’s EVOO & gourmet food product selections with a generous bounty of discounts and promos from her Santa Barbara wine country destination store. She enjoys teaching people how to cook healthy, flavorful recipes in an easy to understand style, focusing on what’s fresh and in season. Her first cookbook, Olive Oil & Vinegar For Life: Delicious Recipes for Healthy Caliterranean Living, describes how she transcended her career and delves into the history, production/manufacturing/ nutritional aspects and the many flavor profiles of olive oil & vinegar to be used on a daily basis in our diets for sustained health and flavorful cooking. Over 240 full-color photos in the book were taken mostly by the author, showing a Caliterranean lifestyle of food, nutrition and environment we can create anywhere.

Chef Johnnie Handal's passion for gathering around the table with friends and family led him into professional culinary training at A New School of Cooking. For over 10 years, he applied this training to the kitchens of his family's two successful restauratns in Los Angeles which inspired him to pursue his own business as a personal chef to the areas's prominent families.  He is committed to healty lifestyle although he loves to indulge in Southern mac 'n cheese and a raco of smokey ribs. He has mastered his ability to reinterpret his favorite foods and ethinic specialities as lighter lower fat options full of flavor.  He tailors menus and dishes to his clients needs including cooking for food allergies, low gylcemic diets, low carb and beyond. 

Philip M. Dobard a resident Angeleno and native New Orleanian, serves as Vice President of the SoFAB Institute, home to the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, Museum of the American Cocktail, the Center for Food Law, Policy & Culture, and SoFAB Media. His work spans film and television production, live theater, and higher education. And he has strong ties, both professional and recreational, to Southern foodways. One grandmother was raised on a sugar plantation in Houma. A grandfather kept honeybees, worked the land, and even ran a snoball stand in Meraux. The other cast for shrimp from the southern shores of Lake Pontchartrain. An aunt once farmed soft-shell crabs on Bayou La Loutre. An uncle worked for the Jackson Brewing Company, makers of Jax Beer. Other family members, among them hunters, shrimpers, and oystermen, still harvest the bounty of the region’s waterways and forests. The many weekends of his youth often were occupied by crabbing or crawfishing from one or another rural roadside. Now a certifiable foodie, Philip enjoys the fantastic fruits of a family of great cooks.

Lisa Annitti is an actress and film accountant presently working on ABC's Damages. Lisa's food story, "A Coconut pie and a Bottle of Wine" has become legendary as it was this funny story that inspired  the Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Lisa was in the original cast of Meanwhile at The Myrtles in 2010 and has been in the New Orleans and Los Angeles shows.  Her story is the first food story in the Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde ... book.  Lisa is originally from New Jersey and presently working as the Production Accountant on the ABC show, Damages. 

Lance Spellerberg is an actor, scenic designer and a Father.  He is a native of Ohio and has lived in New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans.  He appeared in the Los Angeles premiere show of Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... at the House of Blues Sunset in August of 2010 and has been in the Santa Monica, CA and the Baton Rouge, LA shows.  His poignant story "Miss New Orleans" is the final story in the Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... Life Stories About Food. 

Diana Zollicoffer is an actress, producer, director, writer.  She has appeared in the Los Angeles Premiere of Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... and her story, "The Other Creole Girl" is featured in the Meanwhile, Back at Cafe Du Monde... Life Stories About Food. Diana produced the acclaimed play, Innocent Flesh, about human trafficking in Hollywood and Off-Broadway in New York.

Peggy Sweeney-McDonald, President of Superstar Events-L.A,  Creator/Producer of “Meanwhile, Back At Café Du Monde…”shows and Creator/Editor of the best selling coffeetable/cookbook, Meanwhile, Back At Café Du Monde…Life Stories About Food  by Pelican Publishing.  The book features 67  food stories, recipes and pictures was released in Fall 2012 to rave reviews.  The beautiful coffeetable/cookbook has been endorsed by Chef Emeril Lagasse, Chef John Besh, Pulitzer Prize winning author - Jeffrey Marx and Rex Reed and has been featured in numerous magazines,, newspapers, television and radios shows across the country.  The Meanwhile.. shows have been produced in California, Louisiana and Mississippi with over 230 personalities and foodies sharing their life stories about food. Peggy is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and resides in Los Angeles with her husband, James McDonald.  Her high level of creativity produces unique and memorable red carpet, non-profit and corporate events.  She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and worked in film, theatre, commercials as an actress for more than 25 years.  She is developing southern film projects, including a television pilot of the “Meanwhile,…” show.  

Emcee  - Susan Irby The Bikini Chef  is an  
Award-winning TV and radio host, and hosts Bikini Lifestyles, winner “Best Health and Fitness TV Program”  on national public television and AM 790 KABC radio.  An expert in health and nutrition, this 8-time best-selling author has written over 2,000 healthy, delicious recipes as found in her books  The Complete Idiot’s Guide Quinoa Cookbook (Penguin Publishing), Substitute Yourself Skinny, Boost Your Metabolism (Adams Media).  Susan Irby The Bikini Chef has been featured on FOX11 Good Day LA, KCAL9, CBS2, ABC7.  Follow The Bikini Chef on