Radio Cherry Bombe: Food For Thought
Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
6 to 8 p.m.
On Tuesday, June 11th, join the Bombesquad at Bar Vasquez for the Baltimore stop on our "Food for Thought" Radio Cherry Bombe Tour. We can’t wait to see you! We'll be talking to Cindy Wolf of Foreman Wolf Group, Jasmine Norton of The Urban Oyster, Donna Crivello of Cosima, Catina Smith of Just Call Me Chef, Jessica Grosman of With Health & Gratitude, and Amanda Mack of Crust by Mack about their journeys through food.
A 2006, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 James Beard Foundation finalist for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic for her work at Baltimore’s Charleston Restaurant, Chef Wolf’s cuisine is backed by French fundamentals and grounded in preparations that emphasize the natural flavors of the very finest regional products.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Chef Wolf has received notices in Food Arts, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, The New York Times, The Washington Times and The Washington Post. She has appeared in cooking segments on major local, national and cable television stations.
Jasmine Norton is the owner of The Urban Oyster, the first female- and black-owned oyster bar in Baltimore.
Growing up in Baltimore, Jasmine discovered a passion for fishing and seafood through her father. In 2011, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a concentration in broadcast journalism, and upon graduation, she began a career working with one of the largest audio visual corporations in the country.
In 2017, Chef Jasmine decided to take a leap of faith and pursue her unwavering love for seafood, so she returned to Baltimore to open her oyster business, The Urban Oyster.
Chef Cat, as she is lovingly called, has made a remarkable impact on the food scene in Baltimore. The chef and founder of Just Call Me Chef, Cat has had a passion for food she started cooking elegant meals for her parents at the young age of 10.
She started from the bottom, working her way up from line cook to a sous chef at Guy Fieri's Kitchen and Bar at Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore. She then went on to become Executive Chef of a dining company, and later Executive chef at Dovecote Cafe. She created Just Call Me Chef, an organization that highlights black female chefs in Baltimore.
Chef Cat epitomizes hard work, drive and determination, and currently, she runs her own company called Culinary Socialite, bringing people together for good food and conversation.
Jessica Grosman is a Registered Dietitian, recipe developer, culinary nutrition educator and yoga teacher. As the founder of With Health & Gratitude, her goal is to educate people, to get them excited and into the kitchen to cook their own food and find better health through the food they prepare for themselves, their family, and their community.
Jessica counts her grandmothers, as well as her culinary hero, Julia Child, as wonderful role models in the kitchen! Her interests in cooking and helping others, as well as a deep fascination with the functioning of the human body, led her to the field of Nutritional Sciences. After earning her BS and MS in Nutrition, Jessica realized that she wanted to provide nutrition and cooking education rather than pursuing a job in a clinical environment, which led to the creation of With Health & Gratitude
Donna Crivello is the Executive Chef at Cosima. Inspired by Sicily and her Italian roots, Cosima is an opportunity for Crivello to bring her family history and experiences traveling to Southern Italy to Baltimore. Named for her grandmother, not only is the food inspired by the fresh Mediterranean cuisine, but the atmosphere also represents the importance of family and friends Italians are known for. Donna is also the namesake and owner of long-time Baltimore favorite Donna’s.
Amanda is the Chef & Owner of Crust by Mack, a small-batch, seasonal baking business whose brick-and-mortar location will open in spring 2020.
Outside of the kitchen, Amanda has spent the past decade as a vehicle for change in food justice and family nutrition in Baltimore food desserts. Her work with The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health supported the “B’More Healthy Kids Initiative” by providing families with healthy alternatives to fast food, teaching families to cook together healthy & affordably. Her children’s book, “Greens Don't Grow In Cans”, published in 2014, teaches the origin and nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables, while also encouraging family participation in meal preparation. Amanda is also actively involved in community organizations that support youth enrichment and has helped raise over $20,000 for programs in Baltimore. She’s been awarded twice by the Mayor of Baltimore City for her continuous contributions to the city and local communities.