Vijitha Shyam might just be superhuman. She’s a molecular biologist, wife, and mom, but she is also a passionate home chef and food blogger. Her blog, Spices and Aroma, celebrates South Indian cuisine and her beloved grandmother, an accomplished home cook in her own right. From an elaborate chai tea service to a vegan Thanksgiving feast, Vijitha’s pop-ups are a diverse, tasty, and educational look at a commonly misunderstand or oversimplified cuisine.
Growing up in Iran, Setarah “Seti” Shay’s passion for food stems from her mother and grandmothers. Her culinary style is influenced by her Persian roots, European travels, and her time living in San Francisco. In addition to hosting meals, Seti has also worked in the Bay Area start-up tech scene, working on gadgets like augmented reality glasses. She also has worked in advertising while living in the “global melting pot” of Dubai.
Born and raised in Kuala Lampur, Tracy really began cooking while living in Australia as an exchange student. After moving to San Francisco, Tracy recreated and perfected the Malaysian food she missed from home, and she documented her culinary exploits on her Instagram feed. Curious diners who found her on social media were the impetus for hosting her first dinners, and the rest is history!
Elizabeth has built her pasta career on sweat and hard work, honing her talents and always finding new inspiration. From learning as a prep cook to designing pasta programs at LA restaurants like Otium, All’Acqua, Barbrix, Miro, and Faith and Flower, Elizabeth is a force to be reckoned with. In addition to her restaurant career, she’s now the executive chef of A Mano, Amano, her own Feastly pop-up series. At her monthly dinners, she dishes out expertly crafted pasta courses with thoughtful drink pairings.
Chris Clarke is a chef and self-proclaimed “food dork” and “culinary adventurer.” A seasoned veteran of restaurants and catering, she documents her food exploits on “J’Eat? Food for life and a life mostly centered around food.” After spending a year globe-trotting, she is currently writing a travel and cookbook about her adventures.
Los Angeles chef Kryssie Tinsay Martinez was born in the Philippines but raised in southern California. She applies a fresh approach to traditional Pinoy dishes through her pop-up the “Modern Filipino Chef’s Table.” When she’s not hosting with Feastly, chef Kryssie is a sous chef with the Hilton Hotel group.
Barbara Fisher is the owner, butcher, and artisan sausage maker of Barb’s Butchery in Beacon, NY…but she used to be a vegetarian. Upon moving to the Hudson Valley, she noticed there were no independent shops providing local meats and Barb’s Butchery was born. The shop doles out innumerable cuts of meat, daily lunch offerings, and even specialty dog foods. In addition to making sausages, Barb is a mother and an avid athlete!
Nicole Derseweh is a vegan chef and You Tube ingenue who educates the populace on the merits of plant-based cuisine. She has culinary training from Le Cordon Bleu and comes from a long line of chefs. As Nicole says, she is the “vegan love child of Louis CK and Rachael Ray.” In addition to hosting with Feastly, Nicole can be found poppin’ up at other events around the LA area. Check out her channel to get her vegan recipes and more!
Ryan Ross is a private chef and the founder of Supper Core, a roving dinner club that pops up in unlikely places. She grew up in rural Virginia, lived in New York City, and now calls the Pacific Northwest her home. In 2015, she won the Food Network reality show, Chopped, beating out three male chefs to take home the $10,000 prize.
Celebrate these fabulous femmes of food!