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Dining with Toni Tipton-Martin
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Prepare your palette and join us for an exclusive culinary experience featuring two-time James Beard Award-winning author Toni Tipton-Martin, executed by local celebrity Chef, Shaun Forsett.
The evening will begin with an intimate cocktail reception, showcasing hors d’oeurvres, hand crafted-cocktails, and live entertainment.
Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner specially curated by Chef Shaun, featuring signature dishes from Toni Tipton-Martin’s award-winning recipe book, Jubilee, celebrating African American Culture and Cuisine. This culinary adventure is sure to be an experience to savor!
About Toni Tipton-Martin
Toni Tipton-Martin is a culinary journalist and author using cultural heritage and cooking to build community. She is Editor in Chief of Cook’s Country by America’s Test Kitchen, a PBS television show cast member, a two-time James Beard Award winner for her books on African American cooking, and recipient of the prestigious Julia Child Award, which is given to an individual (or team) who has made a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats and drinks.
Toni’s latest book, Jubilee: Recipes From Two Centuries of African American Cooking, brings to life 125 dishes from the African American cookbooks in her rare collection through breathtaking photography and engaging storytelling. Jubilee is a James Beard Award winner, earned the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Book of the Year Award, and was named one of the “Cookbooks You Need for 2020” by the New York Times.
Jubilee is the follow-up to The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks, which The New Yorker named one of the “Best cookbooks of the Century So Far.” For this celebration of the important legacy of African American cooks and their cookbooks, Toni received a 2016 James Beard Book Award, the 2016 Art of Eating Prize, and a 2015 Certificate of Outstanding Contribution to Publishing from the Black Caucus of the Library Association.
Toni was the first African American Food Editor of a major daily newspaper, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the nutrition writer for the Los Angeles Times, and a contributing editor to Heart and Soul Magazine. She is a co-founder and former president of both Southern Foodways Alliance and Foodways Texas. Toni is profiled in the 35th Annual Aetna African American History Calendar and a member of the Advisory Board for Oldways’ African Heritage Diet Pyramid. She has been a featured speaker at book festivals, libraries, museums, universities, and multiple food organizations.
About Chef Shaun Forsett
A 2009 graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Chef Shaun offers 14 years of experience customizing menus, uniting appetizing, and artful cuisine with healthier yet still flavorful options.
Sought out by many celebrities, Chef Shaun has customized catered events for current Pittsburgh Steeler, Chase Claypool, former Steeler, Juju Smith-Schuster, and Musicians, Alicia Keys & Swiss Beats, just to name a few. Enjoy a 360 experience of beauty, aroma, and tastes that invoke memories. With seasonal menus and internationally inspired food, who needs restaurants?