A native of Lima, Chef Antoanet “Toni” Aburto veganizes the cuisine of her home with her Chica Vegan pop-ups. She moved to the United States when she was 19 and has been working in the hospitality industry in various forms ever since! When she isn’t cooking, Toni donates her time to causes near to her heart, like animal rights, homelessness, mental health, women of color.
It’s our favorite time of the week! What time is that, you ask? Reading list time! From restaurant reservation scandals to Oscar-worthy donuts, this week’s collection is positively bursting with the weird and the wonderful.
For two plus decades, Dana Klitzberg has been living and breathing Italian cuisine. Fun fact: she is the first (and maybe the only) American to serve as Executive Chef of a restaurant in Italy…and she did it twice! While cooking in restaurants, Dana launched international catering company blu aubergine and wrote for various publications like Time Out and Fodor‘s guides. She still writes, caters, teaches culinary classes, and leads food tours.
Chef Mystical hails from England but was raised in the Bay Area. Her culinary journey began in London and she strives to debunk the misconceptions that British food is bland and boring: “It’s full of powerful flavor, beautiful meat, and outstanding produce.” When she’s not hosting pop-ups, she’s feeding her kids elaborate meals, developing new recipes, and thinking about different ways to bring people together.
Nina Curtis is a vegan and raw chef with over two decades of culinary experience. Her cooking has taking her all over the world, from New York City to Senegal to Malibu. Nina’s culinary style includes a variety of global flavors, like Mediterranean, African, Thai, and Mexican. This April, she’ll become the president of the Women Chef and Restaurateurs (WCR), an organization dedicated to networking, empowerment, and career development for women in food.
Samantha Tan is an actress by day and a home chef-entrepreneur by night! She was born and raised in Malaysia, a gastronomical heaven. After leaving Kuala Lumpur as a teenager, Sam’s homesickness for Malaysian street food was her motivation to get in the kitchen. She’s since lived and cooked all over the globe, from London to Manhattan. Now, she’s serving up authentic Malaysian eats to LA diners with Sam Tan’s Kitchen.
Los Angeles-based Denise has worked as a private chef for celebrities, managed all-vegan restaurant kitchens, and even owned a small-batch vegan baking company. She’s also well versed in the occult sciences and Mexican folk medicine. Her oft sold-out Alchemy Organica pop-ups celebrate Mexico’s rich gastronomic heritage with dishes like pozole, huaraches, and flan — all plant-based, of course.
National Women’s History Month is in full swing, so we’re celebrating with an all-female themed reading list. From combating sexism in the restaurant industry to California’s premier sea urchin diver, this girl-power selection is full of feel-good’s and hell yeah’s.
Muffie Fulton is the founder and creative head of Bold Food, which offers classes in the science of cooking and modernist cuisine, as well as curated culinary tours all over the planet. She recently brought her molecular gastronomy-infused pop-ups to Feastly, serving up dishes like liquid nitrogen olive oil ice cream!
Shannon is the creative head of Urban Farm Foods, working with local purveyors to bring the best of what each season has to offer to her pop-ups. She also cooks with what she gardens herself! Her experiences range from podcast and tarot-themed dinners to art class happy hours and Whole30 feasts.