Voices Of Color In Food Presented By Lionesse & Seattle Public Library
Live on Zoom
Olaiya Land, guest curator and founder of the online journal Lionesse, brings together three experts to discuss representation in the food industry. Book Larder is proud to be the bookseller for this event.
This event is FREE, but you can support it by buying a copy of Seven Spoons here.
Speakers will include cookbook author and food writer, Tara O'Brady, sommelier Cha McCoy, and chef/owner at Musang, Melissa Miranda. The event is presented in partnership with Lionesse. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times. This event will be recorded, captioned and then posted on SPL's YouTube channel after the event
About the Speakers:
Tara O’Brady is the author of Seven Spoons, published in 2015, ten years after she started a blog of the same name. Tara is a contributor to The Globe and Mail, as well as Culinary Host for the newspaper’s cruise program. She has written for Epicurious, Saveur, Kinfolk magazine, Jamie Oliver, and Parenting.com, among others. Previously a core columnist to UPPERCASE magazine, her work has also appeared in The Guardian, on Bon Appétit, Oprah.com, The Splendid Table, Canadian House and Home, Chatelaine, and Design*Sponge. Tara also was a guest judge on Iron Chef Canada, and host of a digital baking series with CBC.
Cha McCoy is a Sommelier, Public Speaker, and the founder of Cha Squared Consulting LLC, a wine experience company with a focus on events, tourism, and education. In addition, she leads Cherry Bombe Magazine as their Beverage Director & Editor for their new vertical Cherry Bombe Drinks and the latest Brand Ambassador for New York Wine & Grape Foundation. Cha is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of The Master Sommeliers and WSET Level 3 Candidate. McCoy has been recognized by the Wine Enthusiast as Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers, and Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Rising Black Voices in Wine.
Melissa Miranda is the chef/owner of Musang, a Filipinx restaurant that opened in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood in January 2020. She attended culinary school and worked in kitchens in Florence, Italy, before cooking for two years in New York City. After returning to Seattle, she worked as a sous chef at Bar Del Corso while developing Musang. At Musang, she works with her team to craft dishes inspired by childhood memories. Musang also runs a not for profit, no questions asked, free meal program through their Community Kitchen, as well as a children's cooking program called Musang Little Wildcats. Melissa is committed to making Musang not just a traditional restaurant, but a community space that aims to educate the broader public about Filipino food and culture.
Olaiya Land the founder and editor of Lionesse, an online journal and community promoting connection, confidence, sisterhood & self-love. She is the host of the Lionesse podcast. Olaiya also leads retreats and workshops all over the world that help people feel empowered and connect to their creativity. You can learn more about her work at www.wearelionesse.com and @wearelionesse.