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Michael Schwartz

james beard award-winning chef & cookbook author


At Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, James Beard Award-winning chef/owner Michael Schwartz shares his passion for where food comes from. Since Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink first opened in Miami’s Design District in 2007, with an outpost in Grand Cayman in 2010, diners have come to embrace and crave its refreshing combination of laid-back atmosphere and seriously good food, a neighborhood bistro that is the ultimate showcase for the type of cuisine that Schwartz does best – homemade and straightforward, with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients.
Honored with the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: South in 2010, Schwartz is recognized by his peers and the diners that flock to his restaurants for his commitment to community and responsible, seasonal food sourcing. According to the chef, the secret to good food is… good food. Menus change daily because they start with what’s in season and arriving on the doorstep from nearby farmers, fishermen, and ranchers. From there, it’s about letting the ingredients speak for themselves when they hit the table, from house-cured heritage meats and homemade seasonal fruit jams to wood-fired whole local fish and colorful salads.
Schwartz opened Harry’s Pizzeria, his third The Genuine Hospitality Group restaurant, in September 2011, bringing more fresh, simple, pure food and drink to Miami’s Design District in seasonally-inspired pizzas from a wood-burning oven and Florida beers on tap behind a new Maplewood counter. Two new projects in progress include bringing locally-sourced produce to 150 Central Park by Chef Michael Schwartz aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas beginning October 29, 2011, and a takeover of food and beverage operations at Miami Beach icon, The Raleigh Hotel in winter 2012.

 

past events: Go FIsh!

website: http://www.michaelsgenuine.com/

Shannon Plumb

actor/director, multimedia artist

 

Shannon Plumb’s cinematic studies of life’s various roles and characters explore the complexities embedded in the ordinary and extraordinary. From the humble persona of a new mother to iconic figures from the silver screen, Plumb portrays these characters with zest and humor. Inspired by the curious spirit of slapstick comedy and the physical humor of silent film legends such as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, Plumb employs a low-fi aesthetic by using Super-8 film, stationary camera shots, long takes and hand-made props and costumes. Plumb is a one-woman show starring as all characters and acting as the creative force behind her films. The low quality production of the films and her elastic expressiveness as an actress adds to the charm of her work and pushes it beyond its obvious predecessors and influences.

 

upcoming events: Rock Paper Digital!

website: www.shannonplumb.com

Pamela Sheldon Johns

food artisan

 

After earning a Master’s Degree in Education/Administration, Pamela taught cooking and food service to students with disabilities for ten years. She took a leave of absence in 1986 to pursue a love for cooking which began with employment with one of L.A.’s finest chefs, Joachim Splichal. Over the last twenty years she has enjoyed a freelance career that has included teaching, food styling, cooking school administration, and food writing.

In 1992, Pamela and her husband, Courtney Johns, moved to Santa Barbara where she started the Cooking School at Jordano’s Marketplace. At this same time, she also began working as the representative of an Italian culinary program, and her first cookbook, Healthy Gourmet (Collins, 1994), was published and nominated for a James Beard Cookbook Award. In 1996, Pamela decided to devote herself to developing the culinary workshops in Italy and spend more time writing about food. She is now the author of fourteen cookbooks and lives in Italy, overseeing week-long culinary programs and exploring the backroads of Italian food culture.

Pamela’s wine and food workshops are in several regions of Italy: Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Campania, and Piemonte. A regular visitor to Italy since 1983, she and her family decided to make Tuscany their permanent home in 2001. Pamela, her husband Courtney, and their daughter Alaia now live at Poggio Etrusco, a 15-acre farm near Montepulciano, 1-1/2 hours south of Florence. Their villa is divided into private apartments for the students in the culinary programs and for weeklong holiday rentals. The estate is an active oliveto with 1,250 olive trees and a garden that provides fresh, seasonal produce.

Pamela returns to the states twice a year to teach cooking classes.

 

pasts events: From Tree To Table

website: http://www.foodartisans.com/

Paula Lambert

Artisanal Cheese Guru

 

Applauded as one of America’s pioneer artisanal cheesemakers, Paula Lambert is also entrepreneur. In 1982 she founded the Mozzarella Company, a small artisanal cheese factory in Dallas. Her hand-crafted, award-winning specialty cheeses are sold throughout the United States to restaurants, hotels and gourmet shops, as well as to cheese lovers at her factory shop in the Deep Ellum section of Dallas and via her website www.mozzco.com.
Paula recalls, “When I returned home after living in Italy, the thing I missed most was fresh mozzarella, and no one even knew what it was. So, I decided to build a cheese factory and make mozzarella in Dallas!” Since 1982, the Mozzarella Company has grown from making a very small amount of fresh mozzarella (about 100 pounds per week) to producing a long list of specialty gourmet cheeses from cows’ milk and goats’ milk. Many have been inspired by Paula’s travels in Italy, France, Mexico and Greece while others are reflections of more recent culinary trends. In 2009 the Mozzarella Company produced over 200,000 pounds of handmade cheese.
As the years have passed, the Mozzarella Company’s cheeses have become famous…they have been featured in countless publications including Gourmet, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Saveur, and The New York Times…they have been served at the Academy Awards and to presidents and royalty…and have won many impressive awards themselves: In 1994 and again in 2001, Paula’s Fresh Mozzarella was judged first place at the American Cheese Society Competition. In total, since 1985, her cheeses have captured well over 100 prestigious awards. In 2010 Mozzarella Company was one of 20 food industry companies nationwide singled out by The Gourmet Retailer for their 1st annual Industry Innovator Award, in recognition of Paula Lambert’s unique contribution to the gourmet retail industry.

 

past events: Say Cheese

website: http://www.mozzco.com/lamberty.html

 

 

 

 

Amber Rubarth

musician


Amber Rubarth has become a fixture in New York’s indie scene, named #1 Best of NYC Songwriter by Deli Magazine last year and grand prize winner of NPR’s Mountain Stage New Song Contest.

Her fourth album A Common Case of Disappearing produced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Norah Jones) highlights her raw, vulnerable voice against a driving band.  The album debuted at #13 on iTunes Songwriter charts and features duets with Jason Reeves and Jason Mraz.

Over the past 7 years Amber has toured Europe, Japan and the US, including recent appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Atrium and Studio b. She is currently composing the score for the upcoming documentary Desert Runners. Her songs have attracted enthusiastic praise from NPR All Songs Considered, The Huffington Post, BBC Radio, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and a Sun Studio Session airing nation-wide on PBS.

 

past events: Sweet & Sultry!

website: www.amberrubarth.com

 

 

 

Jeana Lynn

yogi, motivator, author/writer

 

Jeana Lynn has more than 22 years of experience in the fitness industry, with a passion for keeping the mind and body healthy. Jeana Lynn is the author of “Bliss,” a self-help guide to peace, harmony and physical strength through yoga. She also wrote and starred in the HGTV broadband show “Everyday Yoga,” and developed and taught the “Yoga for KIDS” exercise program in Miami, Florida, with the goal of helping children with problems that often inhibit their self-image.

 

Jeana Lynn has a private yoga studio in Miami, Florida.

 

past events: BLISS YOGA WORKSHOP

upcoming events: coming soon

website: www.jeanalynnyoga.com

Kathryn Finney

painter, illustrator, graphic artist

 

Kathryn Finney is an illustrator and graphic artist. She loves to paint animals, subjects for children, and Iowa landscapes. Her paintings utilize large, expressive brush strokes and bold color. Her work can be seen in children’s book stores with titles like, “Far North in the Arctic” by Sasquatch Books and “I Don’t Want to Talk About It” by Magination Press. Kathryn also specializes in painting portraits of animals, especially dogs.

 

Kathryn has also art directed and designed national magazines such as Traditional Home, Country Home, and Renovation Style. Her work has received local and national recognition for graphic excellence in design.

 

upcoming events: coming soon

website: www.finneyfun.com

Jon Cone

photographer, digital printmaker

 

Cone Editions Press founded in 1980 in Port Chester, NY as an experimental and collaborative printmaking studio, has been at the forefront of the digital print revolution since 1984. Its Master Printer, Jon Cone, has been producing imaginative and technically difficult editions for photographers, painters and sculptors through four decades, nearly mirroring the entire history of American Contemporary Printmaking.

 

Cone has been developing digital methodologies and workflow which have enabled scored of photographers, imagers, digital service providers, and teachers to embrace the latest technologies with confidence and skill. Considered to be the first pioneer of digital printmaking. Cone later went on to become IRIS Graphics Development and Marketing Partner for fine arts in the early 1990s, training an entire generation of GiclĂ©e printers. Cone has been the leading developer of archival inkjet and color management systems since the late 1990s. Cone invented the first quad-black inks and software system which used “media” profiles in 1996. He was recognized in 1999 by Photo District News as the 1999 Digital Innovator of the Year for his pioneering monochromatic inkjet work for Iris Graphics. His Piezography®BW systems is now revolutionizing traditional darkroom printing just as his IRIS software and archival inks revolutionized the fine art printmaking industry in the 1990s.

 

upcoming events: coming soon

website: www.cone-editions.com, www.piezography.com