Georgia native Nicole A. Taylor has been an artisan candy maker, an activist, and a social media maven, and is currently the host of Hot Grease, a progressive food culture radio program on Heritage Radio Network. A member of Food Systems Network NYC, Southern Foodways Alliance, NOFA-NY, Black Urban Growers (BUGs), and a frequent panelist at New York City food events. Nicole worked for the Brooklyn Food Coalition, raised funds for the Urban Justice Center through the Vendy Awards and now is an instructor for a GED & internship program that weaves in urban farming. She is featured in America I Am: Pass it Down Cookbook and is a principal at NAT Media.
Shannon Mustipher's love for food and sharing it with others began in a family of skilled home cooks with agrarian roots. After studying Painting at RISD, Ms. Mustipher worked as a styling and props assistant on fashion and lifestyle shoots for clients including Elle, Nieman Marcus, Gourmet, and GQ. An apprenticeship with an urban farm inspired Shannon to get involved in the movement to improve our food system and the way we eat.
Ms. Mustipher currently lives in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where she is the creative director of SUPERETTE, a food and beverage concept atelier specializing in niche, farm to table, and limited edition experiences whose clients include Art in the Age Spirits, Do or Dine, and Kinfolk Magazine. Connect with Shannon on twitter.
Danielle Deadwyler is an assortment of artistic ability. The born and raised Atlantan has arts roots in theatrical performance, dance, and writing. As a professional actor, she has performed in productions and readings with various Atlanta theatre groups including, Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre and the Alliance Theatre. As a budding short film maker, her project "Brummagem" was listed as a semi-finalist in the first annual Creative Loafing shorts contest. Also a writer and poet, she is an observer of all things pop culture and gender-centric; not to mention a freak for food as an experimental home cook. She has published creative material with The Art Section and in Achiote Press's chapbook "Speaking Truths". She frequently posts Culture and Events themed essays as an Atlanta Examiner. Follow Danielle on twitter.