1. June Wisdom Series: Michele Tafoya

    In partnership with the Women’s Foundation, The Lynhall is pleased to present the first installment of The Wisdom Series with award-winning sports journalist and on-air tv personality Michele Tafoya.

    Tickets are $25, with proceeds benefiting The Young Women’s Initiative of MN.

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    About Michele Tafoya

    Michele began making waves in the sports media world in 1993, when she became the first female analyst to call UNC-Charlotte men’s basketball games at WAQS-AM. She went on to work as a host and sideline reporter for the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Timberwolves.

    Over the next several years, Michele solidified her legacy as one of the most prominent sports journalists in the industry.

    In 1994, she joined CBS Sports as a game reporter and studio host. She even worked as a WNBA play-by-play commentator on Lifetime. In 1997, Michele won the Gracie award for Outstanding Achievement by an Individual On-Air TV Personality. She then served two seasons as the sideline reporter for ABC’s Monday Night Football, before joining ESPN’s Monday Night Football in 2006 in the same role. From 2010-2012 she hosted “The Michele Tafoya Show” on WCCO radio in the Twin Cities.

    In 2011, Michele was tapped by NBC Sports to become the sideline reporter for Sunday Night Football and she impressively won an Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality/Sports Reporter in her first year with the network. In 2013, she won her second Emmy and in 2014, she won her second Gracie Award for Outstanding On-Air Talent in a Sports Program. Michele has also served as a sideline reporter during NBC’s broadcasts of Super Bowl XLVI (2012), Super Bowl XLIX (2015) and Super Bowl LII (2018).

    Married with two kids, Michele is a native of Manhattan Beach, CA. She received her undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

  2. Cherry Bombe: The Future of Food

    The Lynhall is hosting Radio Cherry Bombe’s Minneapolis stop on “The Future of Food” tour.

    Host Kerry Diamond will moderate the panel, which will be recorded for a future episode of their podcast, talking about what’s next in the food world with:

    • Pakou Hang, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA),
    • Jamie Malone, Chef and owner of Grand Cafe,
    • Lachelle Cunningham, Chef and activist
    • Sarah Kieffer, author and local baking blogger,
    • More exciting guests to be announced later, stay tuned!

    Come meet the Minneapolis Bombesquad and enjoy canapés, wine and dessert from The Lynhall team.

    Tickets are $35 and include canapés, wine and dessert.

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    Meet the Panelists

    Pakou Hang is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA), a social justice organization that was created to build community wealth among Hmong American farmers and their families. In 2014, she was appointed by the Mayor to the Minneapolis Food Council and is a former member of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Citizens Board. Her previous professional experiences include providing civic engagement and strategic consulting to national non-profits and philanthropic partners through her firm, WGH Consulting, and serving as the Deputy Vice President of the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington D.C. Pakou completed her Masters in Political Science from the University of Minnesota in 2008 and her Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1999. She is a recipient of the Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, the Bush Fellowship affiliated with the Bush Foundation, and the Marshall Memorial Fellowship affiliated with the German Marshall Fund.

    Jamie Malone has always had a life that revolved around food. She grew up cooking and baking breads with her dad in St. Paul, Minnesota. Before receiving her culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu, Malone traveled and studied extensively in Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam and Europe, immersing herself in each region’s cuisine.

    Malone has worked in restaurants since the age of 16, but began her cooking career in hospitality in 2007 working for Chef Tim McKee. She was on the opening team of several Minneapolis restaurants early in her career including Jean Georges Chambers Kitchen, Porter and Frye and Sea Change. In 2011 she took the position of Chef at Sea Change in Minneapolis. There, Malone gained national attention and earned a place as a semifinalist for James Beard Award Foundation “Rising Star Chef” of the Year for 2013 and “Best Chef Midwest” of the year for 2014. In 2013, Malone was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs.” Most recently, her restaurant, Grand Café, was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Restaurants of the Year.”

    Jamie has written for Esquire magazine’s “Eat Like a Man” blog and been featured in many magazines including GQ, Saveur, and ELLE. In 2014, she won Cooking Light magazine’s “Trail Blazer Award” for her work with sustainable seafood.

    Lachelle Cunningham has received many accolades, mostly recently winning the Charlie Award for Community Hero. She is known for her work with Breaking Bread Cafe, a program of Appetite for Change, a non-profit food justice organization dedicated to using food as a tool for health, wealth and social change.

    Currently, Chef Lachelle is working diligently on the relaunch of her food business brand, Chelles’ Kitchen LLC, a full service catering company serving globally inspired comfort and healing foods. She is also involved in a variety of food and health related projects that she affectionately calls “adventures in chefing & environmental justice”. These activities include teaching, mentoring, consulting, participating in think-tanks and strategic coalitions, as well as simply playing in the kitchen. She serves as the Founding President of the Onyx Culinary Collective, a local collective of African American chefs in the Twin Cities. Being dedicated to serving the community, she also volunteers in various programs involving youth like Cooking Matters, the Minneapolis Public Schools True Food Chef Council, Junior Iron Chef competitions, Roots for the Home Team youth program, and the Super Bowl Super Snack Challenge. Through teaching a series of cooking classes called Healthy Roots: Exploring Soulful American Cuisine, she works to honor the ancestral past while redefining the narrative around soul food and healthy living.

    Sarah Kieffer, founder of The Vanilla Bean Blog, is a self-taught baker who has worked in professional bakeries and made the decision to become a home baker after her two children were born. Her work has been featured on Today and America’s Test Kitchen in The New York Times, Saveur, Pure Green Magazine, Food52, Mashable,The Kitchn, The Huffington Post, and Food + Wine, among others. She also contributes regularly and develops recipes for the websites Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and Handmade Charlotte. When she’s not baking, she enjoys reading and rereading favorite books, spending time with her husband and two children, and drinking too much coffee. The Vanilla Bean Baking Book is available on Amazon.

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