(Cơm)munity Conversations

A 3-part speaker series featuring thoughtful panel discussions with culinary professionals, scholars, and local leaders digging into food’s connection with culture, identity, memories, and community.

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I. Lenora Huỳnh

Lenora Huỳnh (b. 1996) is a second generation Vietnamese-Canadian multidisciplinary artist who graduated with a BFA from the University of Waterloo, and is currently pursuing an MI in Archives and Records Management with a Food Studies Specialization at the University of Toronto. Her visual poetry videos and photographs have been exhibited at the UWAG, OCAD Learning Zone, Art$Pay, Button Factory Arts, and can be found on her website.

Saturday February 11, 2023 at 1pm - 2pm (EST) | @se.asianart

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II. Jane Tran

Jane Tran is the executive chef and founder of Chau. Jane has over 15 years of culinary experience, first training at the prestigious French Culinary Institute in New York City and then securing an apprenticeship under Daniel Boulud. Chef Tran went on to work in Michelin and fine-dining restaurants across the world, from New York to London. Although Jane holds a special place in her heart for pan-Asian cuisines, she loves to move out of her comfort zone and develop creative menus for everything from weddings and corporate parties, to vegan food festivals and local farmers markets. In the past year, Jane has worked hard to evolve from being a one-woman business to a local favourite caterer, slinging modern Asian bites across the GTA and beyond. 

For more information about Chau Toronto, please visit WeddingWire and Facebook.

Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 12pm - 1pm (EST) | @chautoronto 

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III. Andrea Nguyễn

A culinary bridge builder and leading authority on Asian food, Andrea Nguyen was born in Vietnam and came to the United States at the age of six as a refugee. She has authored six acclaimed cookbooks, including The Pho Cookbook, a James Beard Foundation award winner. Epicurious named her one of the 100 Greatest Home Cooks of All Time. Her vegetable-driven cookbook, Ever-Green Vietnamese, publishes in April 2023.

A former Saveur contributing editor and Cooking Light columnist, Andrea holds a master’s degree from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She has written articles and developed recipes for Food & Wine, EatingWell, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times. 

Andrea lives in Santa Cruz, California, where she does most of her writing, teaching, and podcasting. Stay in touch with her via vietworldkitchen.com, on Twitter, and Instagram. Subscribe to her Substack newsletter, Pass the Fish Sauce

Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 11am - 12pm (PST) | 2pm - 3pm (EST) 

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