Ruda Dauphin is an accomplished Artistic Coordinator of Int'l Film Festivals and TV Documentaries, as well as the American Academy of Poets Annual evening at Lincoln Center. She has consulted on the PBS TV series, 100 Years of American Cinema, co-produced the Monte Carlo Film and Literary Forum for Prince Albert, is a voting member of BAfTA ( British Academy of Film and TV ) is an Officer of the French Medal of Arts and Letters and recipient of the Ellis Island Medal for Outstanding Achievement She is Exec. Director and creator of Pen, Paper, and Palate.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
William (Bill) Yosses, held the prestigious title of the White House Executive Pastry Chef for 7 years. He was hired by First Lady Laura Bush in January 2007, and continued into the Obama Administration until June 2014. Other executive pastry chef experience includes The Dressing Room in Westport Connecticut, owned by actor/philanthropist Paul Newman and Bouley Restaurant in New York City. As Pastry Chef of the White House he planned desserts for the First Family and their guests from breakfast meetings to State Dinners, over the span of two administrations. He has published two books, Desserts for Dummies 1997, and The Perfect Finish, Special Desserts for Every Occasion, 2010. Bill is working on a third book titled; “Have Your Cake and Eat it Too, the Seven Pillars of Healthful Baking.” He is the recipient of the James Beard Who’s Who Award. His foundation, Kitchen Garden Laboratory has used cooking to teach science lessons for the New York City Board of Education and Harvard Medical School.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Paula Butturini is a former foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and United Press International. During the more than three decades she spent in Europe, she also contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, and The San Francisco Examiner. Her memoir, Keeping The Feast, was published in 2010, and she spent three years delivering mental health talks on the book throughout the US. She and her husband, retired New York Times correspondent John Tagliabue, divide their time between Connecticut and central France.
She will discuss Keeping the Feast, which The New York Times calls “a blunt and brave memoir.”
Jon McGoran is the author of the ecological thrillers Drift and Deadout, and their sequel, Dust Up, due out April 2016. He is also the author of the novella, After Effects and of the forensic crime thrillers Freezer Burn, Blood Poison, and Body Trac under the name D. H. Dublin. His short fiction, nonfiction and satire have appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies, and his short story “Bad Debt” won an honorable mention in Best American Mystery Stories 2014. He is a member of the Mystery Writers Association, the International Association of Crime Writers, and the International Thriller Writers, and a founding member of the Liars Club. He has also been writing about food and sustainability for over twenty years.
He will discuss Dust Up, called “an explosive international thriller…he is the new master of this genre” by New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry.
Giulia Melucci's first book, I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, has been published in Australia, Holland, Germany, Poland, Brazil, Turkey and Bulgaria, in addition to the United States. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York where she still lives, but in a more fashionable neighborhood. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1988. In 2012, someone finally married her. I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti has been adapted into a play that premiered at Theaterworks in Hartford, Connecticut in 2012. The one-woman show was called "a delightful comic evening," by the New York Times. It continues to entertain packed houses and garner rave reviews around the country.
She will discuss I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, which Publishers Weekly called “clever…listeners will have a good time laughing…wonderful.”
Joel Salatin is a third generation family farmer working his land in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley with his wife, Teresa, son Daniel, daughter Rachel and their families. The Salatin Polyface Farm, an organic grass-fed farm, services more than 3,000 families, 10 retail outlets and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs. Salatin writes extensively in magazines such as Stockman Grass Farmer, Acres USA, and American Agriculture.
Salatin is perhaps the nation's best known farmer and he will discuss his book The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs.
ABOUT THE MUSICIAN
Rory K is a native of Manhattan and was born into a musical family and wasted no time getting his feet wet as an MC. His father, the lead singer and guitarist of legendary Irish rock band Black 47, motivated him to pursue his dreams and take his craft seriously. He started out free-styling throughout Soho at local parks and house parties until he was introduced to the Brewery Recording Studio in Brooklyn. With his buzz at an all-time high Rory K announced his debut album Rants on Reckless Youth, accompanied by an album release party and performance at Webster Hall. His songs range from very dark to very playful, this balance along with his downtown style and vivid red hair sets him apart from the crowd. Fresh off the release of his 2nd album Young Professionals, and a St. Patrick’s Day performance at B.B. Kings, Rory K is poised to grow to new heights in 2015 and beyond. Check out his music at soundcloud.com/roryk212.