Georgia native Nicole A. Taylor has been an artisan candy maker, an activist, and a social media maven, and currently hosts Hot Grease, a progressive food culture radio program and is the principal of NAT Media. A member of Food Systems Network NYC, Southern Foodways Alliance and Black Urban Growers (BUGs). Nicole worked for the Brooklyn Food Coalition, served on the fundraising committee for the Vendy Awards NYC, instructed young adults at Kingsborough Community College's Project Rise (a GED & internship program that weaves in urban farming & food culture) and now facilitates media literacy workshops for the The LAMP NYC.
Nicole is a frequent panelist at NYC events and has been quoted on CNN.com. She has contributed to Cherry Bombe, Amtrak, Southern Foodways Alliance and her recipes are featured on Colorlines, Design*Sponge and in the America I Am: Pass it Down Cookbook and The Way We Ate: 100 Chefs Celebrate a Century at the American Table cookbook.
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.