Not only was this the launch of the first major fundraising initiative for Just Call Me Chef – a nonprofit that helps female African-American chefs succeed in their industry – this was an opportunity to experience first-hand the talents of a number of black female chefs featured in the calendar.
Guests visited a number of tables at Ida B’s Table, to try the creations of those chefs…
…having the chance to meet the chefs themselves and hear their stories.
Pictured (LtoR) Catina Smith, Just Call Me Chef founder; and Felisha Fowlkes, Infused Image CEO/event producer
Pictured (LtoR) Tiara Biddle, Chef Tiara B. chef/owner; and Denicia Baker, chef/Magdalena line cook
Pictured (LtoR) Christine Rhone-Simmons and Alisa Rhone-Simmons, Bikkle owners; and Princess Green, Chef Green’s Wellness owner/chef
Pictured (LtoR) Patrice Norton, Urban Oyster chef/co-owner; and Tonya Thomas, Ida B’s Table general manager
Pictured (LtoR) Iman Alshehab, Mera Kitchen Collective chef/co-founder; Emily Lerman, Mera Kitchen Collective co-founder; and Sandy Lawler, Lord Baltimore Hotel food and beverage director
Pictured (LtoR) Taulora Rogers, City Club of Washington chef; Kevin T. Gore, Stratford University director of admissions; and Meagan Smith, Stratford University student support officer
Pictured (LtoR) Myra Owens Queen, retired human resources professional; and Michelle Carter, retired Morgan State University administrator
Pictured (LtoR) Daji Akens and Melissa Akens, PERVfect Playground Boutique owners
Pictured (LtoR) Shalonda Berry, Hotel Revival executive sous chef; Amanda Mack, Crust by Mack chef/owner; and Takiskia Smith, Maryland Public Defenders Office fiscal accounts technician