Jocelyn Ramirez is a Southeast Los Angeles native and the chef/founder of Todo Verde, a roving Latin American plant-based kitchen providing Los Angeles with healthy and affordable vegan eats. We sat down with her to talk about the perceived challenges of vegan Mexican cuisine, how food can be a catalyst for social change, and how agua frescas started it all.
Siska is the owner, chef, and dishwasher of ChiliCali, an Indonesian-inspired pop-up restaurant & catering company. She’s also launching a line of cooking sauces.
Chef Shruti Patel’s earliest memory of working with food was when she was about five years old, sitting on the front porch in India with her grandmother shucking fresh peas. Since then, food has always been a constant in her life. “Living” food has molded her into the competitive and strong woman she is in and out of the kitchen. Currently, Shruti is the executive chef of her pop-up series, Rangoli – Food Through Color, in which she crafts Indian dishes with a Spanish influence.
Chef Erin Cochran began her culinary career in Manhattan, working with chef Tom Colicchio (Gramercy Tavern) before moving to San Francisco and cooking at Foreign Cinema. She then became a private chef for Couch Surfing, which led her to international stints in both Istanbul and Italy. When Erin returned to the Bay Area, she joined the kitchens at The Heirloom Cafe, where she was sous chef, and at Octavia. Now, Erin is venturing out on her own, combining twenty years of culinary experience and a love of organic agriculture. Farmhand will be a small, family-style establishment with an attached, fully-functioning farm. With Feastly, diners get a sneak-peak into the dishes and concept for this new restaurant!
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.
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.
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!