Food for Thought offers a weekend featuring celebrity chefs and authors, delicious food demonstrations, recipes and cooking tips.
Food For Thought Stage
Stage: Monument Circle - West
Friday, September 27
Kevin Brown, owner, Station North Arts Café
Join the Food For Thought Stage emcee, better known as “Downtown Kevin Brown,” as he whips something up and heats up the stage for a weekend of delicious food demonstrations.
The Art of Coffee: Geek Out with one of Baltimore’s Best Baristas
Yes Baltimore, there is a function behind that beautiful latte art and a very specific reason you never smell coffee in a good coffee shop. Join Lindsay DiFabbio (Coffee Auteur, Johnny's) as she talks coffee and the long-standing relationship of the drink to books and reading.
Happy Hour at the Baltimore Book Festival
Start your weekend off right and quench your literary thirst at Happy Hour at the Baltimore Book Festival. Join John Holl as he provides insight into your favorite breweries and pub grub pairings; Lee Frank and Rachel Anderson as they reinvent the nacho and everything that goes with it; and Orr Shtuhl as he showcases everyone’s favorite cocktails.
John Holl, The American Craft Beer Cookbook
John Holl has visited more than 900 breweries around the world, conducting research for his beer-and-travel books as well as articles for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Beer Connoisseur, Beverage World, and many other publications. He has judged beer competitions, regularly lectures on craft beer, and appears often on NBC’s Weekend Today in New York. He is the editor of All About Beer magazine and the host of the Beer Briefing on iHeartRadio.
Lee Frank & Rachel Anderson, Ultimate Nachos: From Nachos & Guacamole to Salsa & Cocktails
Lee Frank and Rachel Anderson have scoured New York City for the best nachos, searched high and low for the greatest guacamole, and celebrated guacamole in style on their Guac Rock Boat Cruises. Their events have been covered in The New Yorker and The New York Post, and on Serious Eats and Eater.com.
Orr Shtuhl, An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails
Former speakeasy operator Orr Shtuhl is a writer and drinker (not always in that order) who for three years penned the Beerspotter column for the Washington City Paper. His work has also been featured on NPR and in major daily newspapers. He lives in Brooklyn.
Elizabeth Graeber is an illustrator who graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007 and is currently living in Washington DC. Projects include illustrations for the USPS website, The Phillips Collection and The Washington Post. In 2012 she was named DC’s best local illustrator by the Washington City Paper. Her favorite cocktail is a mint julep.
Saturday, September 28
Jenn Crovato, Olive Oil, Sea Salt & Pepper
Jennifer Crovato is chef and author of the cookbook Olive Oil, Sea Salt & Pepper. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Crovato traveled and explored different coastal cities of Italy. It was at that time her culinary style developed with the use of fresh local ingredients incorporated into simple recipes. Crovato’s cookbook stems from that experience. Olive Oil, Sea Salt & Pepper offers 141 recipes designed to be healthy yet satisfying and easy to execute.
Jennifer Perillo, Homemade with Love
Jennifer Perillo is the consulting food editor at Working Mother magazine. She has worked in some of New York City’s top restaurants including Gramercy Tavern and Alain Ducasse at The Essex House. Jennie’s recipes and writing have been featured in Parenting, Kiwi, and Relish magazines, and online at FoodNetwork.com, Parenting.com, and Cuisinart.com. She also shares stories about family, food, and life at In Jennie’s Kitchen, a blog dedicated to from-scratch cooking.
Barton Seaver, Where There's Smoke
Barton Seaver is a chef, author, speaker and National Geographic Fellow working to restore our relationship with the ocean, the land, and with each other—through dinner. He believes food is a crucial way for us to connect with the ecosystems, people, and cultures of our world. The New England Aquarium named Barton their first Sustainability Fellow in Residence. Seaver has recently taken a position as the Director of the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program at Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment where he will work with the Center to address critical issues of health and nutrition and the environmental impact of our food systems.
Kate Gosselin, Love Is in the Mix
Kate Gosselin is best known for the reality TV shows "Jon & Kate Plus 8" and the more recent "Kate Plus 8." She authored the New York Times bestselling book, Multiple Blessings, as well as the book Eight Little Faces and I Just Want You to Know. She is known as a "TV mom," but considers herself to be a mom who happens to be on TV and is happiest when she is in her kitchen creating new love-filled masterpieces for her eight children to taste.
Brian Boitano, What Would Brian Boitano Make?
Brian Boitano is more than just a champion on the ice; he also gives a winning performance in the kitchen. His Food Network series, “What Would Brian Boitano Make?,” premiered in August 2009. With a lifelong passion for food and cooking, Brian creates menus that focus on innovative and accessible dishes. Brian is an Olympic Gold medalist and World and US champion in figure skating.
Sunday, September 29
Connie Crabtree-Burritt, BOS Cooks
BOS Cooks is a collection of recipes and stories. In 2005 BOS began a culinary job readiness program. As a chef, restaurateur, and caterer for over thirty years, Connie Crabtree-Burritt has taught many women who had natural talent but no formal training in the kitchen. Over 100 graduates later, many of these women now have the tools and experience to find employment that will allow them to provide for their families.
Their recipes, tips, and stories are their way of sharing their culinary journey. As readers prepare a recipe from this book for their table, they hope that readers will remember the women and children at BOS’s table.
All proceeds from this cookbook will directly benefit homeless women and children.
Pati Jinich, Pati's Mexican Table
Pati Jinich is the official chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. She is a regular guest in the national media, including NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s The Chew, Fox News, NPR, and The Splendid Table. She hosts live programs for the Smithsonian Institution and has cooked at Blair House, the official guest house for the president of the United States. Pati is also the host of the National Public Television Series, "Pati's Mexican Table."
Daphne Oz, Relish
Daphne Oz is a 2008 Princeton graduate and co-host of ABC’S hit show, “The Chew.” She is the author of the national bestseller, The Dorm Room Diet and has been featured in: the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, People, Reader’s Digest, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Parade and has appeared on “The View,” “Good Morning America,” “Fox & Friends,” and “The Dr. Oz Show.” Daphne holds her chef’s certification from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
J.M. Hirsch, Beating the Lunch Box Blues
J. M. Hirsch is the national food editor for The Associated Press. He blogs about the trials and tribulations of his son’s lunches at LunchBoxBlues.com. His previous books include High Flavor, Low Labor: Reinventing Weeknight Cooking and Venturesome Vegan Cooking.
Joe Yonan, Eat Your Vegetables
Joe Yonan is Food and Travel editor of The Washington Post, where he writes a weekly column, Weeknight Vegetarian, and regular feature stories. He is a two-time James Beard Foundation award-winner for best newspaper food section and the author of Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One.
Kevin Brown, owner, Station North Arts Café
Join the Food For Thought emcee, as he recaps some of his favorite demos and recipes from the weekend.
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