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Chef Jennifer Hill Booker, Chef Deborah VanTrece and Mixologist Tiffanie Barriere

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Chef Jennifer Hill Booker, Chef Deborah VanTrece and mixologist Tiffanie Barriere


Cocktails, Cuisine and Conversations event celebrates women and minorities in the culinary industry

An evening filled with delicious food, cocktails and a conversation about the soul of the culinary industry is what you will find at the upcoming "Cocktails, Cuisine and Conversations" event. On December 4, mixologist Tiffanie Barriere, chef Deborah VanTrece and chef Jennifer Hill Booker will be kicking off the three-part series, "The Cast Iron Chronicles," with a dinner and cocktails at Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours in Atlanta, Georgia. 

During the dinner, each Southern-inspired course will be paired with a cocktail and poetry, which will lead the discussion about the soul of the culinary industry, its history, the challenges minorities (specifically women and African Americans) have faced, and the road to success today. 

For the past twenty-five years, VanTrece has been serving up global soul food from different cultures around Atlanta. Her philosophy is to cook great food with a clear vision, which is reflected in the kitchen at Twisted Soul. Along with VanTrece, Booker will be adding her touch to the meal. Known for her modern and healthy Southern cuisine, Booker has been a culinary trailblazer, not only as a chef but also as a cookbook author and reality television personality and culinary educator. Barriere (also known as "The Drinking Coach") will be mixing up the cocktails at the dinner. She has been crafting innovative cocktails throughout Atlanta for almost a decade and is one of Southern Kitchen's favorite bartenders to follow on social media

All three ladies will be leading the conversation while celebrating and sharing their culinary journeys with the guests at the event. The Cast Iron Chronicles will continue with two other events and conclude at the James Beard House in February. 

Some of the Southern-inspired dishes on the menu for "Cocktails, Cuisine and Conversations" include Southern Ceviche, Piquant Fried Chicken Livers, Charbroiled Oysters, Lemon Blueberry Moonshine Pound Cake and Bananas Foster Pots de Creme.

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Rachel Taylor is a staff writer at Southern Kitchen. She moved to Atlanta earlier this year after graduating college in Maryland, and has been a digital audience specialist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Politically Georgia, as well as a freelance writer for publications such as USA Today and the Delmarva Daily Times on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She has lived in France and Italy, and loves to travel.