Nov 19 & 20, 2021
Speakers, Experts & Headliners
Angie Jackson, The Traveling Elixir Fixer
Freelance Mixologist Angie Jackson, a/k/a the “Traveling Elixir Fixer,” began her bar career in 1996 and has created, designed, and executed cocktails for numerous distillers, distributors, bars, restaurants, and spirited events in the greater Chicago area and the Great Lake State of Michigan. She has consulted with top global spirit brands as well as small, artisan-crafted distillers throughout the Midwest. Angie is a Brand Educator/Spirit Ambassador for Grand Traverse Distillery and is the co-author of the book, “Drink the Wild: Recipes from a Kitchen Witch for the Spirited and Sober Soul”.
Chef Angus Campbell, Culinary Consultant
A City and Guilds Master Craftsmen, with over 40 years of experience, Chef Angus Campbell was born and raised on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. Beginning his professional career, Chef Campbell worked at the Bahamas Hotel Training College where he became the Department Chair for their Culinary Arts Department before moving to Grand Rapids where he taught food production at the Hospitality Education Department at their acclaimed public restaurant ‘The Heritage.’ He has won medals at many levels of food competitions and is an accomplished junior culinary team coach. He produced a twelve part series on Italian and Scottish cuisine on location for WZZM TV13 and his production of a monthly cable TV show recently won a national bronze medal at the Paragon Awards. In 2017 an episode of the “Cooking with Angus” Italian Scottish series won an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Michigan Chapter. His years in the culinary field has taught him the importance of keeping food as natural and simple as possible and allowing ingredients to speak for themselves. He continues to consult for local, national and international companies on a variety of culinary topics.
George Washington Carver Walker III, Wade Cellars
George W.C. Walker III entered the world of hospitality in the Midwest, attending the Culinary Institute of Michigan and packing his resume with a range of positions at businesses like Grove restaurant and i-lixir Beverage imports and wholesaler. The deeper he went into the industry, however, the fewer young, Black professionals like himself he discovered.
Determined to change this exclusionary culture and make wine more accessible to all, he founded Graped Out, a tasting series and educational platform, in 2020. His charisma, industry acuity and, of course, vinous expertise didn’t go unnoticed, and that same year, he was hired to be the first official employee of former pro-basketball player Dwyane Wade’s Wade Cellars, where he now assists with national sales, social media and winery operations.
You can visit George in the Elite Collection at the Festival all weekend long!
Gina Ferwerda, TV Personality and Author of Meals from the Mitten
In Meals from the Mitten: Celebrating the Seasons in Michigan, popular TV personality, travel/food blogger and business entrepreneur Gina Ferwerda shares her love of cooking, photography and adventurous lake life along the shores of Lake Michigan. From a summer charcuterie picnic with fresh vegetables overlooking Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes to Muffler Meatballs cooked on a snowmobile in a winter wonderland, Ferwerda inspires readers to get out of the kitchen and embrace the freshness of each season—which is exactly what Michigan food is all about. Ferwerda, a TODAY show food contributor who has also been featured by Good Morning America and ABC’s The Chew, showcases her passion for the Mitten state in every delicious bite of the 80-plus dishes featured in her debut cookbook, all perfectly designed for the home cook.
About the Author
Gina Ferwerda is a recipe developer, food blogger, resort business owner, and photographer. Her food blog, Nom News, has been featured by The Chew, The Rachel Ray Show, and The Today Show Food Club, and she has appeared on Good Morning America. She lives in Silver Lake, Michigan.
Jenn Fillenworth, Jenny with the Good Eats
Chef Jenn is the Executive Chef for Root Farmacy, Personal Chef for her brand Jenny with the Good Eats, and an adjunct instructor for GRCC’s culinary program. Inspired at a young age by food science and a lot of Alton Brown’s show “Good Eats”, she pursued a career intertwining human nutrition with culinary arts. As both a chef and registered dietitian, Jenn creates food that serves a nutritional purpose yet packs a culinary punch of flavor.
Unable to work as a personal chef due a serious car accident in 2019, Jenn started to put some ideas on paper and dream about what’s next. During her recovery, the concept of Root Farmacy was born and she returned to work in March 2020 to help make the concept a reality.
Throughout 2020, Chef Jenn was named one of the “40 Under 40 Business Leaders” by the Grand Rapids Business Journal, “Emerging Leader” at the West Michigan Woman Brilliance Awards and topped it off with a Food Network win on the show “Supermarket Stakeout”.
Jessica Ann Tyson, Owner of The Candied Yam
Travel from Africa to the USA learning about African-American soul food, the connection between all cultures, and historical facts through “Our Ancestor’s Plate” presented by Jessica Ann Tyson owner of the award-winning restaurant, The Candied Yam – Delightful Southern Cuisine.
Jessica Ann Tyson is a multi-business owner of the extremely popular award-winning restaurant, The Candied Yam – Delightful Southern Cuisine. She opened The Candied Yam to highlight and provide foodies with an opportunity to eat the type of soul food cuisine that was made well known by her ancestors as they made meals from scratch with nothing but scraps. The Candied Yam is listed as one of the Top 50 Restaurants to eat at in Grand Rapids and was recently awarded The Retail Business of the Year!
President and co-founder of TASTERS GUILD, INTERNATIONAL a consumer/trade-based Food and Wine Appreciation Society with offices in Florida, Washington, D.C. and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Joe is a Certified Retail Marketing and Media Consultant for the Food Service and Wine Industries, owner of BORRELLO MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Clients included: Martini & Rossi, Michigan Dept. of Agriculture, Meijer Food Stores, St. Julian Winery, D&W Fresh Markets, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel restaurants, Crystal Mountain Resort, River City Food Company, WGVU-TV Public Broadcasting and the Annual International Wine, Beer and Food Festival in Grand Rapids, MI.
You can visit Joe in the Elite Collection at the Festival all weekend long!