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Chef Inspired Healthy with Diane Henderiks ~ Jesse Schenker

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Jesse Schenker is an award-winning chef, New York City restaurateur, Iron Chef victor, husband, and father of two all at the tender age of 31! This cool, calm, and collected chef has some serious experience under his belt. A native Floridian, Jesse worked at Café Maxx in Pompano Beach, Fla., chef Mark Militello’s James Beard award-winning restaurant Mark’s on Las Olas, City Cellar Wine Bar and Grille in Miami, and Rino’s Restaurante in Fort Lauderdale before moving to New York City. While in the Big Apple, Jesse held a position as Chef de Partie at Gordon Ramsay at the London, in addition to staging at Per Se and Jean Georges before launching recette Private Dining. In 2010 he expanded this supper club concept into his first restaurant, recette, in the West Village which has been super successful ever since. In April 2014 he added another establishment to his resume, The Gander in the Flatiron district.

Now let’s get Jesse’s take on healthy eating.

Diane: Do you see a trend with diners seeking better-for-you options on the menu?

Jesse: We do occasionally serve diners at both of my restaurants (The Gander and recette) who are seeking out healthier alternatives. There are times when diners specifically request vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, etc. food and we are are always able to accommodate them with our savory and sweet menu items.

Diane: What’s your definition of “healthy eating”?

Jesse: I stay away from foods that are on my “unable to moderate” list (i.e. sugar, French fries (and most other potato based foods), breads, and desserts), and I pack my meals with fresh ingredients and plenty of vegetables (though I will treat myself to things like steak occasionally). Planning is key.

Diane: What is your secret to cooking healthier without sacrificing flavor?

Jesse: Complex flavors of spices, herbs, salt, lemon juice, or vinegar can round out the balance of cooking and make you feel more satisfied. I am a big fan of acidity – I make sure everything I cook has a palpable acidic component to it.

Diane: What is your favorite dish on your own menu and why?

Jesse: I love the Wedge salad at The Gander. My take on the classic Wedge incorporates white anchovy dressing as opposed to the standard blue cheese dressing. The salad is crispy, salty, refreshing and acidic – all the things I try to create when developing a dish at my restaurants.

Diane: How about an update on what’s new and exciting in your world?

Jesse: I am the Chef/Owner of two restaurants: recette in New York City’s West Village and I recently opened The Gander, a 150-seat American restaurant in the Flatiron District. It’s an exciting challenge – my first restaurant, Recette, is about a quarter of the size of The Gander and I love every minute of it. I recently finished writing a book, being published by Harper Collins’ It Books. All or Nothing: One Chef’s Appetite for the Extreme will be released in September.

Click here for Chef Jesse Schenker's Summer Farro Salad with Grilled Prawns Recipe

Diane Henderiks is a personal chef and culinary nutritionist on a mission to teach America how to cook and eat well. Follow her on Twitter @dhenderiks, "Like" Diane on Facebook, or visit her website.


Keto Taco Stuffed Peppers

We love making all sorts of stuffed pepper variations, like Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers, Paella Stuffed Peppers, and these Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers made with broccoli and cheese. But although they are scrumptious, many use rice as a filler and are therefore not fitting for a low carb diet.

So today we wanted to share a keto-friendly and gluten-free stuffed pepper recipe that is low in carbs AND packed with deliciousness. These Keto Taco Stuffed Peppers are meaty, cheesy, and bursting with fresh flavors! They are perfect to enjoy with your favorite southwestern-inspired side dishes, and are even great to prepare ahead as part of your weekly meal plan.


Iron Chef America

Iron Chef Michael Symon faces off against Challenger Takashi Yagihashi, executive chef at critically acclaimed Takashi in Chicago. Judges are Simon Majumdar, Candice Kumai and Peter Jacobson.

Flay vs. Allegretti

Iron Chef Bobby Flay faces off against challenger Alain Allegretti, executive chef at La Promenade des Anglais in New York City. Judges are Simon Majumdar, Cady Huffman and Candice Kumai

Garces vs. Cowan

Iron Chef Jose Garces faces off against challenger Madison Cowan. Chef Cowan is the first ever Grand Champion on the hit series Chopped. Judges are Karine Bakhoum, Laurent Tourondel and Farmer Lee Jones.

Flay vs. Hastings

Iron Chef Bobby Flay faces off against Challenger Chris Hastings, chef and owner at Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Alabama. Judges are Anthony Anderson, Donatella Arpaia Stewart and Simon Majumdar.

Symon vs. Izard

Iron Chef Michael Symon faces off against challenger Stephanie Izard. Chef Izard, a James Beard Award nominee, is chef and owner of Girl & The Goat in Chicago. The Judges are Anthony Anderson, Karine Bakhoum and David Rocco.

Flay/Vallodolid vs. Morimoto/Zimmern

Two Iron Chefs are teamed up with special guests in this All-Star Kitchen Stadium battle. Marcela Valladolid, who appears on Food Network's 'Mexican Made Easy' is paired with Iron Chef Bobby Flay and Andrew Zimmern, of Travel Channel's 'Bizarre Foods,' joins Iron Chef Masuhara Morimoto. Judges are Penn Jillette, Donatella Arpaia Stewart and Simon Majumdar.

Symon vs. Nunez

Iron Chef Michael Symon faces off against challenger Jesus Nunez. Chef Nunez is chef and owner of Gastroarte Restaurant in New York. The judges are Jose Andres, Cady Huffman, Andrew Zimmern and Sophie Michell.

Zakarian vs. Sawyer

Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian faces off against Challenger Jonathon Sawyer. Chef Sawyer, who previously appeared as Iron Chef Michael Symon's sous chef on 'Iron Chef America,' is owner of The Greenhouse Tavern, in Cleveland, Ohio. Judges are Sophie Michell, David Rocco and Cady Huffman.

Forgione vs. Zimmerman

Iron Chef Marc Forgione faces off against challenger Andrew Zimmerman, executive chef at Sepia in Chicago. Judges are Mario Rizzotti, Alison Sweeney and Jason Sobocinski.

Garces vs. Becker

Iron Chef Jose Garces faces off against Challenger Franklin Becker, executive chef at "Abe and Arthur's," a critically acclaimed eatery in New York City. Judges are Raul de Molina, Candice Kumai and Richard Belzer.

Zakarian vs. Schenker

Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian faces off against chef Jesse Schenker, chef and owner of Recette in New York. Judges are Julie White, Art Smith and Anya Fernald.

Forgione Brothers vs. Campanaro Brothers

Two teams of culinary brothers meet in Kitchen Stadium. Iron Chef Marc Forgione teams up with his brother, Bryan, to face off against Challenger Joey Campanaro and his brother Lou. Joey Campanaro makes his second appearance in Kitchen Stadium, having previously been bested by Iron Chef Cat Cora in Battle Venison. Judges are Cady Huffman, Mario Rizzotti and Anya Fernald.

Flay vs. Isidori

Iron Chef Bobby Flay faces off against challenger Joe Isadori. Chef Isadori is the executive chef at Southfork Kitchen in Bridgehampton, New York. Judges are Joshua Applestone, Georgia Pellegrini and Glen Davis.

Garces vs. Weitzman

Iron Chef Jose Garces faces off against challenger Rebecca Weitzman. Chef Weitzman is the executive chef at Thistle Hill Tavern in Brooklyn, N.Y. The judges are Karine Bakhoum, Art Smith, and Julie White.

Zakarian vs. Casanova

In his debut battle, Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian takes on Challenger Chef Victor Casanova. Judges are Karine Bakhoum, Art Smith and Jill Zarin. Chef Casanova is Executive Chef at Culina, an Italian restaurant at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills.

Thanksgiving Flay/Symon vs. Garces/Forgione Battle

Two teams of Iron Chefs face off in this Thanksgiving Battle -- Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Michael Symon versus Iron Chefs Jose Garces and Marc Forgione. Judges are Karine Bakhoum, Henry Winkler and Cady Huffman.

Morimoto vs. Symon Holiday Battle

Two Iron Chefs face off in this Holiday Battle -- Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon. Judges are Candice Kumai, Karl Wente and Donatella

Tailgate Showdown

Iron Chefs Morimoto and Symon travel to Hawaii for the first ever Iron Chef America tailgating showdown.

Zakarian vs. Frauneder

Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian faces off against challenger Eduard Frauneder, executive chef at Edi & The Wolf in New York. Judges are Jeffrey Steingarten, Cady Huffman, and John Curtas.

Thanksgiving Showdown

Team Iron Chef America (Iron Chefs Michael Symon, Marc Forgione and Geoffrey Zakarian) takes on Team Chopped (Chefs Aaron Sanchez, Scott Conant and Marc Murphy) in this Thanksgiving Showdown. The Judges are Anthony Anderson, Donatella Arpaia, Simon Majumdar and Hal Rubenstein.

Zakarian vs. Gallante

Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian faces off against challenger Shea Gallante, who is the executive chef at Ciano in New York. The judges for this battle are Michael Ruhlman, Candice Kumai and Martin Yan.

Forgione vs. McClain

Iron Chef Marc Forgione faces off against challenger Shawn McClain, the executive chef at Sage, at Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Martin Yan, Ching-He Huang and Adam Richman are the judges for this battle.

Garces vs. Raij

Iron Chef Jose Garces, paired with mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, faces off against Chef Alexandra Raij, paired with mixologist Charlotte Voisey. Chef Raij owns two New York City tapas restaurants, Txikito and El Quinto Pino. Judges are Michael Ruhlman, Dina Manzo and Adam Richman.

Zakarian vs. Ferraro

Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian faces off against challenger Michael Ferraro, executive chef at Delicatessen and Macbar in New York City. Judges are David Rosengarten, Ching-He Huang and Phil Rosenthal.


Closed

NEW YORK SUSHI KO The sushi chef John Daley, who has wielded the yanagiba knife at his eight-seat omakase counter since June 2013, will close after service on Saturday: 91 Clinton Street (Rivington Street), 917-734-5857, newyorksushiko.com.

LANGAN’S PUB & RESTAURANT Last call will be Jan. 18 at this theater district institution, which has been pouring beer from a long list and serving bangers and mash, burgers and corned beef for nearly 25 years. A rent increase is putting it out of business. The New York Post reported the news on Monday: 150 West 47th Street, 212-869-5482, langans.com.

ATLANTIC GRILL This popular Upper East Side fish house from BR Guest Restaurants has closed after two decades. The newer Lincoln Center branch remains open. Along with Ocean Grill and Isabella’s, it’s another casualty on the list of BR Guest restaurants created by Stephen Hanson, who ran the company until 2013.

GREENWICH GRILLE This West Village spot has closed. It opened last fall to replace 33 Greenwich, with Harold Moore, formerly of Commerce and now at Harold’s Meat & Three, in the kitchen.

VERMILION The sprawling Midtown branch of Rohini Dey’s modern Indian restaurant, with roots in Chicago, has closed after nine years. During its residence in New York, Ms. Dey was a champion of women in the restaurant business.

WASSAIL The holiday season is over, and this celebration of cider on the Lower East Side has also ended its nearly three-year run.


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Nutrition: An Applied Approach

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Seeds of Change - The Living Treasure

The Passionate Story of the Growing Movement to restore Biodiversity and Revolutionize the Way We Think About Food

Harper San Francisco, First Paperback Edition, 1994

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edited by Ann Seranne and John Tebbel

illustrations by Reese Brandt

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Foundations of Food Preparation - Fifth Edition

by Jeanne Himich Freeland-Graves and Gladys C. Peckham

Macmillan Publishing Company, 1979

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In Defense of Food - An Eater’s Manifesto

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Kitchen Collectibles - The Essential Buyer’s Guide

by Diane Williamson Stoneback

Wallace Homestead Book Company, 1994

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Essays & Recipes From the Culinary Think Tank

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Food Mood - The Complete Guide to Eating Well and Feeling Your Best

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Reminisce Around the Table

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The Art of Eating - 50th Anniversary Edition

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Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines

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Back to the Table - The Reunion of Food and Family

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In Defense of Food - An Eater’s Manifesto

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Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life

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The Oxford Companion To Food

Oxford University Press, 1999

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Design Ideas from America’s Top Chefs

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Back to the Table - The Reunion of Food and Family

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The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

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Applied Food Service Sanitation

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Plenty - One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally

by Alisa Smith & J.B. MacKinnon

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The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

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Alton Brown’s Gear For Your Kitchen

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The New Food Lover’s Companion

Comprehensive Definitions of Nearly 6000 Food, Drink, and Culinary Terms

Third Edition - Sharon Tyler Herbst

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The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry

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by Jane and Michael Stern

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by Judi Radice Hays with the National

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Adventures in Food and Friendship

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Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines

Harper Collins Publishers, 2002

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In Defense of Food - An Eater’s Manifesto

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Hope’s Edge - The Next Diet for a Small Planet

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edited by Monica Mascarino

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Fast Food Nation - The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

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Your Right to Know - Genetic Engineering and the Secret Changes in Your Food

An Illustrated Shopper’s Guide

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My Last Supper - The Next Course: 50 More Great Chefs and Their Final Meals: Portraits, Interviews, and Recipes

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Food - The Yearbook of Agriculture - 1959

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Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2009

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Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money

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Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008

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Contemporary Nutrition - Updated 6th Edition

by Gordon M. Wardlaw and Anne M. Smith

McGraw Hill Higher Education, 2007

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Recipes, Tips, and Techniques for Really Using the Time-Saving, Work-Saving Gadgets in Your Kitchen to Create Delicious Food

Harper Collins Publisher, 1992

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published by J.W. Northend, 1976

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The Art and Science of Culinary Preparation

by Jerald W. Chesser CEC, CCE

The Educational Institute of the American

Culinary Federation, Inc., 1992

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Understanding Food Principles & Preparation

Wadsworth Thomson Learning, 1999

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One Chef’s Appetite for the Extreme

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May All Be Fed - Diet for a New World

William Morrow & Company, 1992

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Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings

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600 Recipes, 1500 Photographs, One Kitchen Education

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Rogue Chefs & Underground Restaurants in Warehouses, Townhouses, Open Fields & Everywhere in Between

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Essays by Edward Behr, Wendell Berry, Bruce Brown, Gretel Ehrlich, Paul Gruchow, Wes Jackson, Mark Kramer, Frances Moore Lappe,

Anne Mendelson, Gary Paul Nabhan, Alice Waters, and Will Weaver

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Substitutions, Basic Formulas and Essential

compiled by Meredith Kornfeld

Bristol Publishing Enterprises, 1998

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A Concise Encyclopedia of Gastronomy

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The mass production of animals for food and

how it affects the lives of consumers, farmers, and the animals themselves

by Jim Mason and Peter Singer

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Fantastic Food Decorating

by Manuela Caldirola & Sergio Barzetti

by Jim Mason and Peter Singer

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prepared by The Culinary Institute of America, Inc., 1969

Second Edition, Sixth Printing

published by Institutions Magazine

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The Omnivore’s Dilemma - The Secrets Beyond What You Eat

Dial Books for Young Readers, 2009

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Origins of Famous Foods and Recipes

The Globe Pequot Press, 1992

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Will There Be Enough Food?

The 1981 Yearbook of Agriculture

United States Department of Agriculture

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What Everyone Needs to Know

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Understanding Cooking Programmed

revised Donald E. Lundberg and Lenhal H. Kotschevar

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On Food and Cooking - The Science and Lore

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The United States of Arugula - The Sun-Dried, Cold-Pressed, Dark-Roasted, Extra Virgin Story of the American Food Revolution

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In Defense of Food - An Eater’s Manifesto

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More Adventures at the Table

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May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World

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Field Notes on the Future of Food

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A New Culture for Eating and Living

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Food, Inc. - How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter and Poorer - And What You Can Do About It

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Harvest for Hope - A Guide to Mindful Eating

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Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money

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The Stories Behind the Things We Eat

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Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen

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Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms

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Toques in Black: 101 Black Chefs in America - New Cookbook Features New Jersey's Chef Jesse Jones

Black chefs are rare in the fine-dining world. In his decades of work in New Jersey, Chef Jesse Jones often was the only Black man in the kitchen. “I didn’t see a lot of people of color doing big things in restaurants.”

Today Jones, and his lamb recipe, are featured in Toques in Black: 101 Black Chefs in America, published late last year by The Chefs Connection. The book features the stories and recipes of chefs across the nation—”from chicken and waffles to foie gras brûlée”—and showcases beautiful photographs by Alan Batt, the photographer known as Battman.

For Jones, who takes seriously his work as a community role model, the book offers a powerful and inspirational message to any young person interested in a culinary career. “They can see what Black chefs are doing for the world.” The book comes at a perfect time, Jones says, and offers a celebration of success, highlighting Black chefs who are running multiple restaurants, who are experts in pastry and sauces, who are redefining American cuisine.


New Jersey's Chef Jesse Jones

The celebration is a long time coming, says Jones. “We just want to be able to sit at the table, and just belong.”

Jones is an award-winning chef who often combines the comforting recipes of his Southern childhood with French culinary technique. Jones, who lives in Maplewood, is also that guy in the neighborhood who delivers a warm, freshly baked cake to his friends when they are down— because that’s what his grandmother did.

Proceeds from book sales will help educate young chefs from minority communities. Webinars featuring chefs in the book are available online for more information, visit the Facebook page of The Chef’s Connection.


Southern Chefs Go Hog Wild

Invasive feral pigs wreak havoc on native landscapes—but as many Southern hunters know, they sure can shine on the plate. These five myth-busting recipes, from a Louisiana pork chop to a spring Bolognese, provide ample inspiration to stay high on the hog

photo: Johnny autry | Food Styling by Charlotte Autry

A wild-hog country ham from Auburn, Alabama, chef David Bancroft.

In at least one respect, it’s a pity we aren’t French. If we were, few would sneer, or snort, or wrinkle their noses and push back from the table when presented with a serving of rich, cognac-colored daube de sanglier. But place a crock of wild-hog stew on most American tables and that grating sound you hear might be chair legs scraping hardwood.

That’s changing, and in ways that should delight hunters, cooks, and others who have embarked on this most postmodern of culinary journeys: the path to loving the wild hog. That feral hogs are an overpopulated blight on the South and beyond is undisputed. That they have an emerging place in both restaurant and home kitchens is an increasingly accepted truth. Rich and robust, wild hog meat can span the flavor spectrum, from sweet to earthy, as the animals tend to take on the terroir of their environs, be they acorn-rich hardwood ridges and bottoms or cornfields bordered by wild swamp. And the fact that they root up and wreck both wild and cultivated landscapes puts them at odds with those trying to conserve fragile wetlands and plots of heritage vegetables alike.

“They are a morally unambiguous animal to hunt, and I love hunting for them just about anywhere,” says Jesse Griffiths, an Austin, Texas, chef whose hunting and butchering classes—and cookbooks, including his forthcoming The Hog Book—have changed many minds about wild game. “They are invasive and destructive, and by hunting wild hogs, you feel that you are accomplishing an eco logically good deed. And they’re actually delicious. But there is so much misinformation and myth about cooking wild hogs.”

And therein lies the problem: A wild hog comes with only two hams, but a lot of buts. But they’re tough. But they’re gamy. But they’re hard to cook.

These five chefs, and their five recipes, should help do away with those conjunctional interjections. Their inspired dishes elevate the fulsome elegance of wild-hog meat while tamping down the uncultivated aspects that have saddled it with a bad rap. And they should inspire you to give wild hog a try, if only on a plate. Butcher shops and meat purveyors such as the Ingram, Texas–based Broken Arrow Ranch and the renowned D’Artagnan are good starting places.

“What’s fun about these big meats is that they give you so much room to move,” says chef Matt Bolus, of the 404 Kitchen in Nashville. “They handle plen ty of pepper heat and strong accoutrements like mustards. You can deglaze the pan with flavors like whiskey and brandy. And there’s more margin for error. You don’t want to overcook any wild game, but cooking wild hog is not like you’re babying truffles on the stove.”

RECIPE: 1 • Chef: Isaac Toups New Orleans, LA

A wild pork chop with a Louisiana pedigree

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A few years ago, Isaac Toups drove into his father’s deer camp on the Louisiana-Mississippi line to find that his dad had shot and skinned a wild hog, rubbed down the whole carcass with salt, pepper, and Creole mustard, and had it waiting for him in a giant cooler. “The only chef’s tool I had was my pocketknife,” Toups recalls, “but we went to work.” Toups wrapped the hog in chicken wire, threaded two lengths of rebar through the carcass for handles, and slow-roasted it over wood from an oak that had fallen nearby. “That was some rudimentary shit,” he says, laughing. “But now they beg me to come back every year.”

Not all of Toups’s efforts are so elemental. He spent a decade working the stoves of Emeril Lagasse’s kitchens, and as chef and owner of the acclaimed Toups’ Meatery in New Orleans, the proud Cajun—his family has been in Louisiana for three hundred years—has been a James Beard Award semifinalist three times. Wild hog, he says, “has a definite role in the Cajun repertoire.” While he often uses healthy doses of aromatics such as cumin and coriander, this pork chop relies on a tangy sweet gastrique. “It’s simple, just syrup, butter, and vinegar,” Toups explains. “But the first time I put it in my mouth, jack, it close to knocked me down.” His version is characteristically hyperlocal, an alchemical brew of Louisiana-born Steen’s cane syrup and cane vinegar.

The domesticated-pig version of this recipe is a Toups’ Meatery staple he serves over his signature dirty rice. But using wild hog deepens the taste—and the experience. “The brine helps keep the chop juicy since you have to go with a little higher temperature on the wild boar,” he says. “It’s intense and earthy, and the more you eat, the more you get that wild goodness just ingrained in you.”

RECIPE: 2 • Chef: Jesse Griffiths • Austin, TX

Boar with All the Fixings

A Yucatán-inspired approach to wild-boar backstrap

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Jesse Griffiths’s first book, Afield: A Chef’s Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish, was a soulful revelation on the nourishments—physical, mental, and spiritual—of wild eating. Now he’s on a mission to demystify wild-hog cooking. Due this spring, his next opus, The Hog Book: A Chef’s Guide to Hunting, Preparing and Cooking Wild Pigs, includes more than a hundred wild-hog recipes, plus deep dives into hog hunting, butchering, and the animals’ natural and cultural history. “I’ve taught many classes on butchering and cooking venison, and the elephant in the room is always the wild hog,” he says. “Someone always raises their hand and says, ‘I know this is a class about deer, but…’”

Griffiths’s cookbook writing is a side gig to his real twenty-five-hour-a-day job, running his regionally focused Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club in Austin and his New School of Traditional Cookery, with immersive classes devoted to hunting, fishing, and butchering skills. “There’s long been a one-size-fits-all approach to cooking wild hogs,” he laments. “But a wild hog can be fifteen pounds or three hundred fifty pounds. It’s disingenuous to approach them all the same way.” In his book, Griffiths divides wild hogs into four classes—small hog, medium hog, large sow, and large boar—and exults in the possibilities of each.

This bright, accessible table stunner is a winner, he says, because it works with hogs of any size—and it might just be “the end-all recipe for big boar backstraps.” Poc chuc has roots in the Yucatán, where pounded-thin pork steak is marinated in a sour orange concoction and cooked “over a ripping hot fire,” Griffiths says, “preferably something with character such as mesquite.” Sour oranges can be difficult to find, but it’s easy to get close with his combination of lime and navel or Valencia orange juice. His two salsas—one a traditional habanero sauce, the other a thicker avocado and mint potion—interact with the robust flavor of the meat in different ways: one a spicy exclamation point on the edgy notion of a meal of wild hog, the other a pleasingly tame approach.

RECIPE: 3 • Chef: Matt Bolus • Nashville, TN

Fresh pesto livens up this boar Bolognese

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Before landing in Nashville, chef Matt Bolus graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in London, worked knives at the city’s Blagden’s fishmongers and Allens of Mayfair butcher shop, and served as a butcher and fishmonger at Charleston, South Carolina’s esteemed FIG. He opened his 404 Kitchen in Nashville in 2013. But Bolus, a passionate hunter, loves going back to his roots. He grew up in a log cabin in East Tennessee and would visit his grandparents’ farm in Kentucky, where his grandmother paid him a quarter for every bullfrog he could gig.

His Bolognese sauce began life as a “family meal” for his staff, and it became so popular, he says, “we jumped off in all kinds of directions.” He’s made the sauce with beef, pork, black bear, lobster, and mixed seafood. In the summer, he’ll bring in yellow tomatoes and peaches and deglaze the pan with gin. In the fall, pumpkin and sage provide a seasonal backdrop. But spring, he says, is a trickier time for the gravitas that comes with a meal of wild boar. “Part of our brain is saying that it’s time to get our bikini bodies in shape,” he says, laughing, “while another part is not quite ready to give up on eating big.”

The bright tastes of the herbs and citrus in this sauce help cut through the richness of the boar meat, which Bolus treats with particular care. Overfilling a pan tends to simply steam ground meat, he says, which adds an odd texture and does nothing for the flavor. Instead, he creates thin burger-like patties and cooks them hot to caramelize the surface and leave behind copious amounts of crispy, browned fond. “Really push that ground meat,” he advises. “Get it dark brown, and I’m talking about damn near burnt.”

RECIPE: 4 • Chef: David Bancroft • Auburn, AL

Curing your own wild-hog ham is a lesson in patience, with a stunning reward

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The taste of wild game “is incomparable,” David Bancroft says. “You can put any label on any cut of meat—free-range, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, stress-free, pasture-raised—and it will never give you what a truly wild animal does.” And for a hunter, there are qualities that go beyond labels. “What I like most,” Bancroft says, “are the added notes of responsibility and self-sufficiency.”

An avid hunter and gardener, Bancroft opened his lauded Acre in downtown Auburn, Alabama, in 2013, and his barbecue restaurant, Bow & Arrow, in 2018. He’s a charcuterie aficionado, and Acre partners with the Auburn University Lambert-Powell Meats Laboratory to fine-tune humanely raised and artfully butchered meats. This cured wild-hog ham is a labor of love. From start to finish, the process will take months, and it will be complete when it is complete. “The ham is ready when it has lost a third of its weight,” Bancroft explains, and how long that takes is a function of the environment in which it is hung. “It’s a very accurate way of measuring,” he says, “but it stinks when it comes to the patience game.”

If you want to try curing your own ham, Bancroft suggests you first find the right frame of mind. To help while away the time, he tries to “step into character and tap into the artistry and appreciation of our ancestors who approached these animals in this way. There’s a sense of intentionality about curing a ham.” Revel in the process, he advises, and you won’t rush the final product.

RECIPE: 5 • Chef: Alexandra Gates Marfa, TX

A little European, a little Texan, this dish is all comfort

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The first time Alexandra Gates visited Marfa—a small high-desert West Texas ranching village with an outsize reputation as an arts center—the California native had a surprisingly visceral reaction. “Marfa is surrounded by these beautiful ranching landscapes,” she recalls. “They may be complete opposites in so many ways, but I had the exact same reaction upon seeing New York for the first time: I have to live here.”

Gates’s mother is Swiss, and she grew up spending her summers with her grandparents in the foothills of Switzerland’s Alps. Her grandfather often went fishing in the early hours before work, and she would wake to find the bathtub filled with fish, which she and her grandmother would clean and cook. “Between that and having so many international friends from growing up in California,” she says, “I developed a very European perspective toward food.”

After stints in New York kitchens, Gates moved to the Lone Star State with her husband, a Texas native, and continued her eclectic culinary approach in Austin: She ran an acclaimed food trailer serving Spanish-inflected foods, and served as the executive chef for the boutique Hotel Saint Cecilia. She opened her Marfa restaurant, Cochineal, in a 1920 adobe building and promptly began melding her heritage of European cuisine with a full-throttle love of Texas. “I immediately fell in love with the wild-game scene,” she says, and the restaurant nearly always offers some brand of game, from nilgai antelope to elk and quail. And wild hog. “Sometimes they are very sweet, and sometimes really herbaceous,” she explains. “Are they eating acorns or prickly pear? They are a complete expression of their environment.”

This dish articulates Gates’s international influences. She first discovered meatballs in an almond sauce on a trip to Spain. “So I tried to Americanize that with the whiskey,” she says. And the addition of wild hog makes it a delicious love letter to her adopted Texas home.


Michael Ferraro: Egg White Omelet with Spinach and Feta Cheese

Recently recognized as one of Zagat&aposs "30 Hottest Chefs Under 30", Michael Ferraro of New York hotspot Delicatessen throws together a wholesome egg white omelet, with the added zing of feta, as a late-night treat. The chef&aposs basic recipe takes only minutes to prepare, so you&aposre not slaving over a stove at midnight!

Ingredients:

Use a non-stick pan coated with non-stick spray. Gently pour in and cook the 4 egg whites over medium heat. Add a handful of baby spinach, cook in eggs until wilted. Add one tbsp. crumbled feta cheese and fold omelet or simply serve scrambled. Salt & pepper to taste.


Drugs Over Dinner

We want to change these numbers:

  • 23 million Americans aged 12 or older need treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem. Only 11% percent receive it.
  • Every day in the US, 2,500 youth abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time.
  • As of 2011 more Americans now die from drug overdoses than in car accidents.

Change starts with open conversation. Change almost always starts at the table. This is a conversation for kids, parents, those in recovery, those still in the grip of addiction, people that have never taken a drug, folks that are passionate about the healing nature of substances, citizens that are interested in policy reform, even people who want the status quo to remain. It is our goal to inspire a million people within the next year to gather around the table and share a compassionate conversation about drugs and addiction.

Drugs Over Dinner is a toolkit to plan, host and moderate a conversation about drugs and addiction. We have gathered thoughtful and compelling homework and resources for your guests.

“We are such a fast-food culture, I love the idea of making the dinner last for hours. These are the conversations that will help us to evolve. The Huffington Post is excited to partner with Drugs Over Dinner to help expand this conversation from coast-to-coast and around the world.” – Arianna Huffington

“This is a chance for everyone – 8 to 80 years old – to engage in an open dialogue that I hope brings empathy and understanding to the face of addiction.” – Jamison Monroe, Founder Newport Academy and Co-Founder Drugs Over Dinner

“Humans need to feel connected in order to thrive, but at a very young age many of us experience an unnameable loss of connection. That loss can turn into a longing, and that longing can steer us down a path of deeper suffering. Coming around the table with loved ones to share in a “shame-free zone”, and to listen with a compassionate heart, allows us the possibility of nurturing the pain that is underneath the longing.” – Angel Grant, Teacher and Co-founder Drugs Over Dinner

“One thing our culture does well is: produce a lot of drug addicts. One thing it doesn’t do well: convene people around the dinner table and engage in difficult conversation. We’ve forgotten how to eat together.” – Michael Hebb, Founder Drugs Over Dinner

Drugs Over Dinner Advisory Board

Dr. Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté M.D. is a physician and best-selling author whose books have been published in twenty languages on five continents. He is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.

His interests include child development, the mind-body unity in health and illness, and the treatment of addictions. A speaker in great demand, he frequently addresses professional and lay audiences internationally. His most recent book, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, won the Hubert Evans Prize for literary nonfiction. Addiction, he shows, is not an inherited disease or a moral failure but a reversible neurobiological, psychological and spiritual outcome of trauma and emotional loss. Its treatment requires a combination of science, insight and compassion.

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on several boards, including HuffPost’s partners in Spain, the newspaper EL PAÍS and its parent company PRISA Onex The Center for Public Integrity and The Committee to Protect Journalists.

Her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder was published by Crown in March 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Christina Huffington

Christina Huffington is a graduate of Yale University. Her own experience with drugs and addiction has translated into a wider interest in treatment, stigma and the failed drug war. She lives in Los Angeles.

David Sheff

David Sheff is the author of Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy, the follow-up to his New York Times #1 best seller, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction. Clean is the result of the years Sheff spent investigating the disease of addiction and America’s drug problem, which he sees as the greatest public health challenge of our time. Writing about Clean, author Benoit Denizet-Lewis says, “David Sheff has written the most important book about addiction in a decade.” Richard Branson says that Clean is “an important expose of a failed system.” Eric Schlosser wrote, “Clean will change not only how you look at drug abuse–but also what you think should be done about it.”

Sheff’s Beautiful Boy, published in 2008, was based on his article, “My Addicted Son,” which appeared in the New York Times Magazine. The article won a special award from the American Psychological Association for “outstanding contribution to the understanding of addiction.” Beautiful Boy was named the year’s Best Nonfiction Book by Entertainment Weekly, and it won first place in the Barnes and Noble Discover Award in nonfiction. Sheff also contributed to HBO’s Addiction: Why Can’t They Just Stop. In 2009, he was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the World’s Most Influential People. He won the 2013 College of Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD) Media Award.

Along with The New York Times Magazine, Sheff has also written for Playboy, The New York Times, Wired, Rolling Stone, Outside, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Esquire and Observer Magazine in England, Foreign Literature in Russia, and Playboy (Shueisha) in Japan. He has conducted seminal interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, nuclear physicist Ted Taylor, Congressman Barney Frank, Steve Jobs, Tom Hanks, Betty Friedan, Keith Haring, Jack Nicholson, Carl Sagan, Salman Rushdie, Fareed Zakaria, and others. He also wrote an award-winning documentary about John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, and a radio special about Harper Lee’sTo Kill a Mockingbird, both for National Public Radio.

Sheff is the author of Game Over, called “the bible of the videogame industry” by The Wall Street Journal, and “beguiling” and “irresistible… almost as hypnotic as a successful video game” by The New York Times. Author Gore Vidal said that China Dawn, Sheff’s book about the Internet revolution in China, is a “fascinating… study of go–getting businessmen in a revived China bound to shape our future.” All We Are Saying, based on Sheff’s interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1980, was a Literary Guild Selection book. Charles Champlin, Arts Editor of the Los Angeles Times, wrote: “David Sheff’s sympathetic questions evoked so much of the Beatle past and of Lennon’s intellectual past and present and future plans that the interview would hardly have been less engrossing and important even it if were not illuminated by tragedy.”

Sheff graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives with his family in Northern California.

Nicolas Sheff

Nicolas Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would smoke pot regularly, do cocaine and ecstasy, and develop addictions to methamphetamines and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to.

It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise. Now in his twenties, Sheff is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic who has written two memoir, Tweak and We All Fall Down, about his experience. He has also been published in Newsweek, Nerve, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

In a voice that is raw and honest, he spares no detail in telling the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. He plunges into the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, painting a picture of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself. It’s a harrowing portrait—but not one without hope.

In an extraordinary turn of events his father, David Sheff, simultaneously wrote a New York Times best-selling memoir about their experience, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Meth Addiction.

Dr. Carl Hart

Dr. Hart is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Columbia University. He is also a Research Scientist in the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. A major focus of Dr. Hart’s research is to understand complex interactions between drugs of abuse and the neurobiological and environmental factors that mediate human behavior and physiology. Dr. Hart is a member of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse and on the boards of directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the Drug Policy Alliance. His recent book, High Price, A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society is a complex story of scientific achievement in the face of overwhelming odds it also highlights that U.S. Drug policy is based on many false assumptions and the enforcement of such policies is racially biased. Dr. Hart is the author of High Price.

Gary Mendell

Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof, a national organization committed to protecting our children from addiction to alcohol or other drugs, and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease. Mr. Mendell founded Shatterproof to honor his son, Brian, who lost his battle with addiction in 2011.

In its first year, Shatterproof was influential in the passage of legislation in two states that will significantly reduce the number of deaths related to overdose, and has provided funding to expand the use of an intervention program that has proven to reduce the number of our teens that will become addicted. Shatterproof has also launched a series of innovative rappelling events in thirty cities across the United States to reduce the stigma associated with this disease, and raise funding for its mission.

Prior to Shatterproof, Mr. Mendell founded and was CEO of HEI Hotels & Resorts. HEI manages a portfolio of

40 hotels, with revenues of

$3 billion. Prior to HEI, Mr. Mendell was president of Starwood Lodging Trust and a member of its board of trustees.

Mr. Mendell is a member of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, the Industry Real Estate Finance Advisory Council and a charter member of President Obama’s Better Building Challenge. Mr. Mendell received his B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and his MBA with distinction from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Karen Moyer

Karen Moyer is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, wife, and mother of eight. She is the owner of multiple business ventures as well as a pioneer in philanthropy as Co-Founder and Vice President of The Moyer Foundation and Founder of their signature programs in Camp Erin and Camp Mariposa. Her efforts to impact communities nationwide stretch beyond The Moyer Foundation as she has also served as a board member for numerous health and children’s organizations including a founding and executive committee member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Her dedication to improving the lives of others expands the globe with multiple humanitarian trips completed to Africa, Honduras and Guatemala.

Karen is driven and passionate about fighting the fight for children in need. She is dedicated to writing a series of children’s books on childhood grief and addiction prevention. The HBO documentary “ONE LAST HUG: Three Days at Grief Camp” featuring The Moyer Foundation’s Camp Erin program was recently awarded an Emmy® for Outstanding Children’s Programming. Karen is currently working on two film projects focused on addiction prevention and survivors of suicide loss. At The Moyer Foundation, she volunteers her time and talent on a daily basis and plays an active role in helping the Foundation achieve its mission to provide comfort, hope and healing to children affected by loss and family addiction.

In addition to their six biological children, Karen and her husband former MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer, have adopted two daughters from Guatemala. The family currently resides in the San Diego area.

C. “West” Huddleston, III

West Huddleston is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and the Executive Director of NADCP’s three divisions, the National Center for DWI Courts, the National Drug Court Institute and Justice for Vets. Located in the Nation’s Capitol, NADCP represents 30,000 professionals working in over 2,800 Drug Courts, DWI Courts and Veterans Treatment Courts around the world. Prior to being appointed CEO in 2006, Mr. Huddleston served as Director of the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) for nine years.

Mr. Huddleston is regarded as a national pioneer in Drug Courts and other alternative sentencing strategies. Mr. Huddleston has spent the past two decades providing leadership and training to justice teams throughout the world, furthering the Drug Court movement and its impact on the addict, family and community. During his fifteen years of service at NADCP, Mr. Huddleston has authored nineteen publications and briefs testified before U.S. Congress, numerous state legislatures, and international parliaments been interviewed repeatedly by radio, television, and print media and delivered over 550 keynote addresses in forty-six states and ten countries.

Prior to his work at NADCP/NDCI, Mr. Huddleston worked for eight years as a board-licensed clinician throughout the Tennessee and Oklahoma justice systems developing, offender-specific, in-custody and community mental health and substance abuse treatment programs. In doing so, Mr. Huddleston served as the director of two community corrections programs and as the director of a 125-bed pre-release correctional center. In addition, he lead the team that developed the first two drug courts in the State of Oklahoma, one of which served as a national mentor court for the U.S. Department of Justice from 1995-1997.

Mr. Huddleston serves as an advisor and/or consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Organization of American States (OAS) and as a distinguished faculty member of the National Judicial College. Mr. Huddleston has received numerous honors throughout his career most recently the � Friend of the Field Award” from the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence for his national leadership in expanding access of life-saving medications to addicted people the � U.S. Congressional Horizon Award” for his lifelong dedication to bettering communities throughout the nation and the � America Honors Recovery Award” from the Johnson Institute for his service to those suffering with addiction.

Michael Skolnick

Political Director To Russell Simmons + President, GlobalGrind.com. Michael is a 21st century civil rights leader. As the Political Director to hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and President of GlobalGrind.com, an online destination founded by Simmons with over 4.5 million viewers per month, Michael is a leading voice for young America.

A trailblazer of social media with 120,000 followers on twitter, Michael has led national conversations about the death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman, the Boston Marathon bombings, the rise of violence in Chicago, America’s relationship with race and the Obama presidency, amongst many other topics. His 2012 essay titled, “White People, You Will Never Look Suspicious Like Trayvon Martin” was shared over 190,000 times on Facebook and was credited as one of the catalysts of bringing that story to national attention. Michael regularly discusses the aforementioned topics, current events, and how they affect his generation on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR and HLN, to name a few media outlets.

In his role as Political Director, Michael and Russell focus their work around three core themes: violence, poverty and ignorance. As President of GlobalGrind.com, Michael leads a website that serves a multi-racial segment of the 18-34 population, covering entertainment, lifestyle, fashion, style, music and politics.

Michael has delivered keynote addresses and participated in panel discussions at Princeton University, Yale University, UCLA, NYU, Georgetown University, University of Michigan, Tulane University, American University, Southern University, University of Wisconsin, University of Idaho as well as at numerous rallies and private functions.

Michael serves on the Board of Directors for The Trayvon Martin Foundation and the Drug Policy Alliance. He is also active on the Leadership Council of Gen44, the Democratic Party’s group for young professionals, and was an official surrogate for the 2012 Obama campaign.

Michael is the founder of Dot2Dot, an annual summit of the most inspiring young leaders, who gather to engage in a conversation about the future of the generation.

Dr. Ned Hallowell

Dr. Hallowell is a child and adult psychiatrist and the founder of The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, MA and New York City. He was a member of the faculty of the Harvard Medical School from 1983 to 2004 until he retired to devote his full professional attention to his clinical practice, lectures, and the writing of books.

Dr. Hallowell is a highly recognized speaker around the world. He has presented to thousands on topics such as ADD,strategies on handling your fast-pace life, the Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, how to help your employees Shine, ADHD and Relationships and other pertinent family and health issues. He has been prominently featured in the media, including 20/20, Oprah, Dr. Oz, CNN, PBS and NPR as well as 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Dateline, Good Morning America, US News and World Report, Newsweek, the Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, New York Times and other popular publications.

Dr. Hallowell is considered to be one of the foremost experts on the topic of ADHD. He is the co-author, with Dr. John Ratey, of Driven to Distraction, and Answers to Distraction, which have sold more than a million copies. In 2005, Drs. Hallowell and Ratey released their much-awaited third book on ADHD, Delivered from Distraction. “Delivered” provides updated information on the treatment of ADHD and more on adult ADHD.

Dr. Hallowell’s most recent book, SHINE: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People was published January 17, 2011. In Shine, Dr. Hallowell draws on brain science, performance research, and his own experience helping people maximize their potential to present a proven process for getting the best from your people. He introduces the 5 steps in the Cycle of Excellence: Select, Connect, Play, Grapple and Grow, and Shine. He shows how each step is critical in its own right and translates into actions a manager or worker can do and do now to propel their people to excellence.

Dr. Marc Potenza

Dr. Potenza is a board-certified psychiatrist with sub-specialty training and certification in addiction psychiatry. He has trained at Yale University receiving a combined BS/MS with Honors in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics and a PhD in Cell Biology, the latter concurrent with the MD through the Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed internship, psychiatric residency and addiction psychiatry fellowship training at Yale. Currently, he is a Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study and Neurobiology at the Yale University School of Medicine where he is Director of the Problem Gambling Clinic, the Center of Excellence in Gambling Research, and the Women and Addictive Disorders Core of Women’s Health Research at Yale. He is on the editorial boards of ten journals and editor-in-chief of the Current Addiction Reports journal and has received multiple national and international awards for excellence in research and clinical care. He has consulted to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Institutes of Health, American Psychiatric Association and World Health Organization and has participated in two DSM-5 research work groups.

Dr. Potenza’s research has focused on the neurobiology and treatment of substance and non-substance addictions and other disorders characterized by impaired impulse control. This research has a developmental focus, with implications for adolescents, young adults and older adults considered in studies. Dr. Potenza’s interdisciplinary research has applied brain imaging, genetic, epidemiological and clinical trials methodologies to gain knowledge and improve prevention and treatment strategies. This work has also involved identifying potential intermediary phenotypes, like facets of impulsivity, that may in part explain the high rates of co-occurrence between addictions and other mental health conditions, and might represent novel targets for prevention and treatment strategies.

Cameron Bishop

Cameron Bishop is Director of Health Policy & Government Affairs for RBP Canada Ltd, a subsidiary of Indivior PLC – an addiction treatment company based in Ottawa. In this capacity, he is responsible for all regulatory and legislative initiatives involving opioid dependence including the expansion of treatment access for patients and physicians. He is also directly responsible for interfacing with stakeholders across multiple groups, including users and patient organizations, public policy makers, government bodies, regulatory agencies, law enforcement, public health and social security, as well as clinicians and medical associations.

Prior to joining RBP, Cameron served as Vice President (Government Relations) with Environics Communications where he oversaw a diverse portfolio of private sector and not-for-profit clients, such as eBay, Home Depot and the Canadian Standards Association, with issues ranging from policy development and analysis to government procurement and relationship building with key public policy makers.

From early 2007 through to spring 2010, Cameron was Director of Government Relations with the Canadian Lung Association. He was responsible for various projects including the development of a nationwide campaign to ban smoking in cars where children are present, the Association’s 2008 federal election effort, as well as work done on developing a Comprehensive Air Management System for Canada, through a Cabinet-authorized Committee of health, environment and industry stakeholders. He lead the Canadian Lung Association’s successful advocacy and policy efforts towards securing a multi-million dollar federal investment for the National Lung Health Framework – Canada’s first ever action plan on lung health. He also directed the Association’s 2009 national H1N1 awareness campaign focusing on individuals with asthma and COPD.

From 1997 through to 2006, Cameron served in senior capacities for both Members of Parliament and Cabinet Ministers on Parliament Hill, including as Communications Advisor to the Chief Government Whip under Prime Minister Jean Chrétien Legislative Assistant to the Vice Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and, Press Secretary to the Minister of Public Health under Prime Minister Paul Martin.

As Legislative Assistant to the Member of Parliament for Sudbury, he worked on a review of existing elder justice laws, culminating in the drafting of the first-ever “Older Adult Justice Act for Canada” and referral to the Justice Committee by the House of Commons in May 2004. As Press Secretary to the Minister of Public Health, he directed the national media campaign for the pan-Canadian consultations on public health goals for Canada and was responsible for political outreach on behalf of the Minister.

Cameron currently serves as Co-Chair of the Legislation & Regulation Committee on Canada’s National Advisory Council on Prescription Drug Misuse and was a key partner in the development of the country’s first national strategy on prescription drug abuse entitled “First Do No Harm: Addressing Canada’s Prescription Drug Crisis”. He is one of the two Canadian co-chairs of Drugs Over Dinner (Canada) – an international movement with the goal of reframing the public conversation about drugs and addiction. Additionally, he serves on the Leadership Council of the Clinton Foundation’s 20/30 initiative for the Ottawa-area.

Carlene Variyan

Carlene Variyan is Co-Chair of Drugs Over Dinner Canada – an initiative with the goal of reframing the public conversation about drugs and addiction.

In her professional capacity, Carlene is the Manager of Health Policy and Government Affairs for Indivior Canada. She works to increase awareness and combat stigma around substance use disorders. Carlene works on a daily basis with governments and institutions to craft solutions in the areas of prevention, access to treatment, and quality health outcomes.

Carlene sits on the Legislation & Regulation Committee of Canada’s National Advisory Council on Prescription Drug Misuse, which recently published the country’s first national strategy on prescription drug abuse entitled “First Do No Harm: Addressing Canada’s Prescription Drug Crisis”.

Immediately prior to joining Indivior, Carlene served as the Parliamentary Affairs advisor to the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. In this role, Carlene managed day-to-day legislative agendas, constructed procedural strategies to achieve political objectives, and acted as the primary parliamentary procedure advisor to all caucus members and their staff.

Until May 2011, Carlene was an advisor to the Honourable Ken Dryden, Liberal Social Development critic and former Minister of Social Development. She worked extensively on key social policy files including universal child care, early learning, mental health and addictions, and poverty.

Carlene is Vice-President of the National Liberal Women’s Commission, Canada’s oldest federation of female political activists. She works to recruit and train female candidates to run for elected office, and to enhance the role of women within political organizations and campaign structures. Carlene is also the acting Chair of the Judy Lamarsh Fund, a national fund dedicated to helping women overcome the financial barriers to entering political life. Carlene also works on several multi-partisan initiatives to increase women’s participation in politics.

In 2012, Carlene received the Famous Five Foundation’s Norton Rose Mentorship Award, a recognition handed out each year in conjunction with the Governor General’s Persons Case awards. In 2013, Carlene was awarded the Government of Ontario’s ‘Leading Women, Building Communities’ award for her work supporting the Famous Five Foundation.

Carlene is a national political commentator on CTV’s “Power Play” current affairs program and CPAC’s “Primetime Politics” program, providing insight into current events in the world of politics and government.

Carlene holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Summa Cum Laude, from Carleton University. A proud native of rural Saskatchewan, Carlene now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario.

Tommy Rosen

Tommy Rosen is a yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in yoga, recovery and wellness. He holds advanced certifications in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga and has 20 years of recovery from acute drug addiction. Tommy is one of the pioneers in the burgeoning field of Yoga and Recovery assisting others to holistically transcend addictions of all kinds. He teaches regularly at yoga conferences and festivals, including Wanderlust, Hanuman and Sun Valley. He is the producer and host of the Recovery 2.0: Beyond Addiction Online Conference series and teaches annually at Esalen and Kripalu. Tommy’s first book, Recovery 2.0, is due out from Hay House on October 21, 2014.

Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles

Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles has represented the 36th Legislative District in the Washington State Senate since 1994. In addition to her position as Ranking Member of the Senate Higher Education Committee, she sits on the Ways & Means, Rules, and Judiciary Committees. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of Education from UCLA.

Sen. Kohl-Welles has worked on medical marijuana issues since 1995. Initiative 692, allowing for marijuana use for qualifying patients and was approved by voters in 1998, was influenced by her 1998 legislation. Subsequent legislation of hers enacted into law resulted in defining of a 60-day supply of medical marijuana and expansion of authorizers for medical marijuana to include all health care professionals with prescriptive authority.

Her 2011 bill, Senate Bill 5073, which established a licensed, regulated system for production, processing, and dispensing of medical cannabis, was partially vetoed by then-Gov. Gregoire, leaving home grows and collective gardens as the main source for qualifying patients. Following the failure of legislation to pass to align the medical and recreational marijuana markets in the 2014 session, she is working with the Governor’s Office, the LCB and others on legislation for 2015.

Noah Levine

Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, Refuge Recovery and Against The Stream, is a Buddhist teacher, author and counselor. He is trained to teach by Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA.

He teaches meditation classes, workshops and retreats nationally as well as leading groups in juvenile halls and prisons. Noah holds a masters degree in counseling psychology from CIIS. He has studied with many prominent teachers in both the Theravadan and Mahayanan Buddhist traditions.

Adriana Galvan, PhD

Dr. Adriana Galván is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Brain Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory. Dr. Galván’s expertise is in adolescent brain development. Her research aims to uncover the neurobiology underlying characteristic teenage behavior, such as risk-taking, exploration and thrill-seeking. Through her research, Dr. Galván’s goal is to understand the opportunities and vulnerabilities that accompany adolescent brain and behavioral development in order to inform policy, juvenile justice and public health issues that affect youth.

Alison Holcomb

Alison Holcomb is Criminal Justice Director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State. She was the primary author of Washington’s marijuana legalization law, Initiative 502, and directed the campaign that secured its passage. Before joining the ACLU, Alison litigated drug, civil asset forfeiture, and civil rights cases in state and federal courts for more than decade. She is a graduate of Stanford University and of the University of Washington School of Law.

Greg Williams

Greg Williams is a communications specialist, social entrepreneur, and a health policy consultant. He is a documentary filmmaker specializing in the creation of compelling and purposeful new media content, and his recent award-winning feature film The Anonymous People is widely acclaimed as a “sea change” for addiction. Currently, Greg is serving as the Campaign Director for UNITE To Face Addiction – a historic event planned for October 2015 in Washington, DC that aims to forever change the national dialogue around this public health crisis. Greg has a Masters Degree from New York University from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study focused specifically on Addiction Public Policy, Health Finance, and Documentary Film. His work is dedicated towards creating positive changes in health system efficiency and quality. For the past seven years he has worked with non-profit and government agencies to create positive changes in substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery policies for youth and families.

Dr. Kathleen Pajer

Dr. Pajer recently joined the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) as the Chief of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. She currently sits on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry and recently ended an 8-year term on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Prior to this job, she was the Chief of Psychiatry at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax for three years and Senior Physician of the IWK Mental Health and Addictions Program, where she was also Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine. She has a keen interest in system change, continuous quality improvement, and patient-focused care and research.

Dr. Pajer completed her M.D. at the University of South Alabama and later completed her Psychiatry residency at the Yale School of Medicine. While at Yale, she also obtained a Master’s in Public Health (Chronic Disease Epidemiology). Dr. Pajer is the recipient of numerous grant awards, including funding by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. In 2009, she was recognized as one of “America’s Top Psychiatrists”. She was one of six women honoured at the Women Reshaping the World Conference held in Halifax in 2013.

Sarah Brokaw

Sarah’s belief that education is a lifelong pursuit within and outside the classroom has led her to achieve some of the highest accolades in her profession. Sarah graduated from Duke University, earned a Masters in Social Work from New York University, and received her License in Clinical Social Work in both New York and California. She also received specialized training in working with families and couples from the esteemed Ackerman Institute. Her involvement with this group continued in her collaboration with the two co-directors of the Relational Trauma Project at the Ackerman Institute for Families and Couples.

Sarah finished a postgraduate program at Fielding University for Executive Coaching and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Additionally, she has completed the National Institute for Psychotherapies psychoanalytic training. Her professional experience includes therapy for latency-aged children at Four Winds Hospital, and she conducted group therapy for individuals who either worked in the World Trade Center or were nearby during the 9/11 attacks. Later, inspired by the remarkable women she has met on her journey, Sarah initiated a discussion series in which women of diverse backgrounds could meet, share and support each other in achieving their professional and personal goals. Most recently as a new mother herself, Sarah created another series, called Wise Women of LA, in which women who are contemplating becoming mothers and women who have already become mothers gather together to share their collective wisdom to help each other find their own answers. They motivate and inspire each other to find new approaches to handling the complex issues surrounding the concept of motherhood facing contemporary women today.

Dr. Hakique Virani

Hakique is certified as a specialist physician both in Addictions Medicine (by the American Board of Addictions Medicine) and Public Health and Preventive Medicine (by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada). He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and the University of Alberta. He has served as President of Alberta’s resident physician’s association, and in various other leadership positions in the medical community and beyond. Since beginning his career, he has worked in executing public health approaches to critical issues such as prescription drug abuse and dependency, pandemic influenza and public health emergency response, and population health disparities experienced by Canada’s First Nations people.

He was a member of the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons Advisory Committee on Methadone Maintenance Treatment, and was a founding member of the provincial Coalition on Prescription Drug Misuse – the first cross sectoral collaborative effort of its kind in Canada. He also sat on the National Advisory Committee which delivered Canada’s national strategy on prescription drug abuse – First Do No Harm. Hakique teaches the Alberta version of the core course on Opioid Dependency Treatment for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

In recognition of his contributions to health care and the community at large, Hakique was recognized as one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Gabriel Sayegh

Gabriel directs the New York State office of the Drug Policy Alliance, partnering with community organizing groups, human service agencies, and researchers to advance effective drug policies guided by science, equity and compassion. Recent campaigns include ending New York’s marijuana arrest crusade, developing municipal-based drug strategies, passing and implementing historic 911 Good Samaritan legislation to prevent accidental overdose fatalities, creating a tightly-regulated medical marijuana program, and reforming New York’s draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws. He is the author of numerous articles and several reports, including Blueprint for a Public Health and Safety Approach to Drug Policy (the subject of a New York Times editorial) and From Handcuffs to Healthcare: Putting the Affordable Care Act to Work for Criminal Justice and Drug Law Reform.

Sayegh joined DPA in 2003 and launched DPA’s innovative State Organizing and Policy Project in 2005. He directed the project until 2010, coordinating drug policy reform campaigns with local partners in numerous states, including Alabama, Connecticut and New York. Prior to joining DPA, sayegh served as session staff in the Washington State Senate, focusing on criminal justice and social welfare policy conducted research on global trade agreements and domestic welfare reform organized with grassroots community groups on ending domestic violence and mass incarceration and worked as a line cook at a few different diners. He lives in Brooklyn.

Chris Blackwell

Chris Blackwell discovered Bob Marley, created Island Records and signed artists from Traffic to U2, and pioneered a new style of chic travel with his hotels in Miami and Jamaica. At 76, he runs his empire from a one-room bungalow on the beach – and he still doesn’t own a suit.

Dr. Hedy Fry

Dr. Hedy Fry was first elected to Parliament from Vancouver-Centre in 1993, becoming the first rookie to defeat an incumbent prime minister – Canada’s last Conservative Prime Minister, Kim Campbell. From 1996 to 2002, she served Canadians as the Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and the Status of Women her service in these portfolios is respected by members of cultural communities across Canada and internationally. In 2006, Dr. Fry was a candidate for leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada, traveling across the country meeting with grassroots organizations on her “True Grit” campaign. She currently serves Michael Ignatieff’s Liberal team on the Opposition benches.

Prior to being elected to Parliament, Dr. Fry was well-known to Canadian audiences as a panelist on the long-running national CBC television program Doctor, Doctor. She practiced family medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital in the West End of Vancouver for two decades and was a local, provincial and national leader in medical politics. Dr. Fry served as president of the Vancouver and British Columbia Medical Associations, during which time she was hailed as a powerful and successful negotiatorhammering out a deal with then-premier Bill Vander Zalm that ended two years of negotiations with a groundbreaking agreement that included Canada’s first retirement plan for doctors.

As a leader in the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Fry was instrumental in initiating a range of innovations. Under her guidance, the B.C. and Canadian Medical Associations officially recognized self-government and self-determination as crucial determinants of Aboriginal health. Dr. Fry was repeatedly selected by her peers to take on challenging and unprecedented issues including environmental health, mandatory seat belt and helmet laws and employment as a health determinant. She was a spokesperson for the CMA on health care financing and delivery, making presentations to governmental and professional bodies in the United States.

Daniel Pinchbeck

I am the author of Breaking Open the Head (Broadway Books, 2002), 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006), and Notes from the Edge Times (Tarcher/Penguin, 2010). My essays and articles have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, ArtForum, The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, and many other publications. In the 1990s, I co-founded and co-edited the literary journal Open City, with Thomas Beller and Robert Bingham. At various times, I have been a regular columnist for Art & Antiques, The Art Newspaper of London, Arthur, Conscious Choice, and Dazed & Confused.

In 2007, I launched the web magazine Reality Sandwich and co-founded Evolver.net with Ken Jordan, Michael Robinson, and Talat Phillips. Evolver currently includes Evolver Learning Labs, our webinar platform, and The Evolver Network, our nonprofit initiative. We have also produced a publishing imprint, Evolver Editions, in collaboration with North Atlantic Books. My life and work were featured in the documentary 2012: Time for Change, directed by Joao Amorim and produced by Mangusta Films. Amorim and I also produced a series of short animations, PostModernTimes.

I have spoken at conferences and festivals around the world, including Boom in Portugal, Lightning in a Bottle, Burning Man, Mystic Garden in Maui, DazedFest in London, Distortion in Copenhagen, La Callaca TedX in San Miguel del Allende, the World Psychedelic Forum in Basel, and Summit Series in Utah. I have been interviewed by The Colbert Report, Coast to Coast AM, The History Channel, Whitley Streiber’s Unknown Country, BrandX with Russell Brand, Interview Magazine, Purple, and many other places.

I have written introductions for books including The Psychedelic Experience by Timothy Leary, The Joyous Cosmology by Alan Watts, and Rainforest Medicine by Jonathan Miller Weisberger and Kathy Glass. I have written catalogs for art exhibitions including a show of Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol at the Gagosian Gallery in New York.

I am the host of a new talk show, Mind Shift, which seeks to explore the evolution of technology and spirituality, and our potential for the future. Mind Shift appears on Gaiam TV. I co-host retreats to Costa Rica, with the Secoya, tribal people from the Amazon in Ecuador, and Colombia, with the Kogi and Aruak people. Please email me or join the mailing list for information on this, and other events.

Chris Grosso

Chris Grosso is a public speaker, freelance writer, recovering addict, spiritual director and bestselling author of Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality, which earned praise from Ram Dass, Tony Hawk, Ken Wilber, Tara Brach, Bernie Siegel, Jack Kornfield, Dr. Lissa Rankin, Marci Shimoff, Publishers Weekly and more. Chris writes for ORIGIN Magazine, Huffington Post, Mantra Yoga + Health Magazine and is a professor with en*theos Academy. He is currently working on his second book, which will be published in the fall of 2015 by Sounds True and feature a foreword from Ken Wilber. A self-taught musician, Chris has been writing, recording, and touring since the mid 90’s.

Claudia Black

Claudia Black, Ph. D. is the clinical architect and actively involved in the Claudia Black Young Adult Center at The Meadows. She works with the executive director and clinical director and their team assessing and enhancing the quality of the program. She is frequently on site speaking with clients and family members. She serves as a Senior Fellow and has been a clinical consultant at The Meadows Treatment Center in Arizona since 1998.

Claudia Black’s seminal work with children impacted by substance abuse in the late 1970s created the foundation for the adult child movement. Today Claudia is a renowned author and trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. She sits on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, and the Advisory Council of the Moyer Foundation.

Claudia’s pioneering contributions are many:

  • She would be the first to name and coin the dysfunctional family rules, “Don’t Talk, Don’t Trust, Don’t Feel.”
  • She described the phenomena of delayed stress, emotional trauma, the child’s denial process, the phenomena of ‘looking good’ kids as they relate to growing up with addiction, and hence the meaning and phraseology of “Adult Child of Alcoholics”.
  • She utilized art therapy in the context of group work with young children that offered a model for children’s programs for the past three plus decades.
  • She broke the barrier and openly discussed physical and sexual abuse in the context of addictive families.

Her work, her passion has been ageless and offers a foundation for those impacted by addiction to recover, and gives our professional field a library of both depth and breadth. Dr. Black is the recipient of numerous national awards including the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Washington School of Social Work, the 2014 Father Joseph C. Martin Professional Excellence Award and the NAADAC 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Black has been a keynote speaker on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. Her workshops have been presented to an extraordinarily wide array of audiences including military academies, prison systems, medical schools, and extensive mental health and addiction programs. Claudia has extensive multi-cultural experiences working with agencies and audiences in Japan, Brazil, Australia, Scotland, Iceland, Germany, England and Canada. Many of her books and videos have been translated and published abroad.

Claudia is the author of It Will Never Happen To Me, Changing Course, My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has A Disease, Repeat After Me, Relapse Toolkit, A Hole in the Sidewalk, Depression Strategies, Straight Talk, Family Strategies, Anger Strategies, Deceived: Facing Sexual Betrayal, Lies and Secrets, The Truth Begins With You, and her most recent book Intimate Treason. She has produced several audio CDs and over twenty DVDs. All of Claudia’s materials are available from her website claudiablack.com.

Chloe Cockburn

Chloe Cockburn serves as an Advocacy and Policy Counsel in the Advocacy department at the National office of the ACLU, specializing in mass incarceration policy. She assists ACLU state affiliates around the country in devising state legislative strategies, including writing proactive legislation, to reduce the number of people incarcerated in jails and prisons and to displace criminal justice as a primary social problem solving tool. Prior to joining the ACLU, she worked in the general counsel’s office at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York and thereafter spent four years as a civil rights litigator with a focus on criminal and racial justice. She holds a JD from Harvard Law School.

Cristiana Falcone Sorrell

Cristiana has over 15 years of international career experience working in strategy and business development for global corporations (SONY, Shell), international organizations (ILO, IFAD, FAO, UNDCCP) and the media (RAI, Gruppo Espresso, World Economic Forum Media, Entertainment, Information & Sports Industries, Univision). Current clients include the World Economic Forum, and the Inter American Development Bank working closely with the President of IADB and the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Forum.

She is a member of the board of Revlon, Viacom, Internews, The Paley Center for Media, and The School of Nutrition and the Feinstein Center for Humanitarian Affairs at Tufts.

As the CEO of the Sorrells’ charitable foundation, Cristiana leads its efforts in supporting education and health projects worldwide.

Ms Falcone graduated from the University of Rome La Sapienza in Political Science and earned her Master’s Degree in Humanitarian Assistance from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with a thesis on the role of media in complex emergencies.

She holds a Masters in Diplomatic Studies from the Italian Society for International Organizations and the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs Diplomatic Academy and several post graduate certificates in leadership, corporate strategy, management and change management. She is the recipient of the 2012 Poder Award in leadership and the Scuola D’Italia 2014 Award.

Alex Munter

Alex Munter is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, bringing to the role more than 20 years of leadership in health and social services and an incredible commitment to helping families in our community.

In 2012, Alex served as co-chair of Ontario’s Health Kids Panel along with Kelly Murumets, President and Chief Executive Officer of ParticipACTION. The final report recommended starting kids on the right path from conception to birth, changing the food environment, and creating healthier communities.

Prior to joining CHEO Alex was Chief Executive Officer of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) — the provincial government agency responsible for planning, integrating and funding health services in the region. He strengthened the region’s health system by making strategic investments at hospitals and community-based agencies in both urban and rural areas of our region. In particular, he made great strides in improving care for the elderly by putting in place programs that help vulnerable seniors stay independent and healthy for as long as possible in their own homes.

Prior to joining the LHIN, Alex was Executive Director of the Youth Services Bureau (YSB), one of Ontario’s largest accredited children’s mental health agencies. During his tenure, the organization grew by one-third, adding services and expanding its reach. It won recognition for a ground-breaking new health clinic for street-involved youth, the establishment of a youth mental health hub and launch of innovative new clinical mental health programs, closer co-ordination between hospitals and community mental health providers, new programs to help at-risk youth find and keep jobs and new measures to improve the agency’s governance, efficiency and service quality. From 2004 to 2010, Alex also taught in French and English at the University of Ottawa as a Visiting Professor in its Faculty of Social Sciences.

Alex was a City and Regional Councillor in Ottawa from 1991 to 2003. From 1997 onward, he headed council committees responsible for health and social services with oversight of the city’s $550 million human services budget. In that role, he led Council to unanimously adopt pioneering smoke-free regulations in 2001 helped open new child care centers, expand the number of child care spaces, and expand public health programs for children and youth worked with provincial government to oversee the transfer of ambulance services and social housing to the municipal level initiated Canada’s first comprehensive public access defibrillator program expanded long-term care for seniors funded hospital expansions and worked with the Community Care Access Centre and community support agencies to improve at-home support services for seniors and people with disabilities.

Dr. Sarah Bowen

Sarah Bowen, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Pacific University outside Portland, OR, and is Affiliate Faculty at the University of Washington, where she received her PhD in 2008 under the mentorship of Dr. Alan Marlatt. Her research and clinical work has focused primarily on integration of cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies for addictive behaviors, with a specific focus on mechanisms of change. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters in this area, Dr. Bowen is lead author of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviors: A Clinician’s Guide. Dr. Bowen has facilitated mindfulness-based relapse prevention groups in private practice, VA medical centers, and government treatment agencies, and has offered professional trainings to researchers and clinicians internationally. She has a particular interested in adapting and disseminating mindfulness-based treatment for dually-diagnosed individuals, and for underserved populations.

Carrie Wilkens

Carrie Wilkens, PhD, is the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Motivation and Change in NYC, a private practice of psychologists who specialize in the treatment of substance use/compulsive behavior disorders and trauma using a variety of evidence-based treatments. She, along with her partners Dr. Jeffrey Foote and Will Regan, recently opened a private, inpatient/residential program employing the same evidence-based approaches in the Berkshires. She co-authored an award-winning book, Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change with Drs. Foote and Kosanke. Together they also co-wrote a user-friendly workbook for parents: The 20 Minute Guide: A Guide for Parents about How to Help their Child Change their Substance Use. In collaboration with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, Dr. Wilkens and the CMC team is developing a national parent training program (the Parent Support Network) to provide parent coaches to families in need of support through a free hotline. Prior to these ventures, Dr. Wilkens was the Project Director on a large federally-funded Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant examining the effectiveness of motivational interventions in addressing the problems associated with binge drinking among college students. She is regularly sought out by the media to discuss issues related to substance use disorders and has been on the CBS Morning Show, Katie Couric Show, and Fox News as well as a variety of radio shows including frequent NPR segments such as the People’s Pharmacy and The Diane Rehm Show.

Lee McCormick

Lee McCormick is the founder and co-owner of the Ranch Recovery Center in Tennessee, where a holistic and spiritual approach to addiction is the focus. He founded Spirit Recovery, Inc., which produces Recovery Conferences, Sacred Journeys, workshops, and other recovery and personal growth experiences. Lee is the author of The Spirit Recovery Meditation Journal and contributor to Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul. He has an upcoming documentary titled Dreaming Heaven that describes the journey of a group of recovering souls.

Lee is a partner and co-creator of the Dreaming House in Teotihuacán, Mexico a group retreat center at the foot of the pyramids. His pursuits also include being a certified chemical dependency counselor, spiritual teacher, and Toltec Guide trained in the tradition of the Eagle Knight lineage of don Miguel Ruiz.

Brent Bolthouse

Brent Bolthouse got SOBER at the age of 16 and has stayed clean for the past 27 years. He virtually invented the Hollywood nightlife scene we know today. Since his move from Joshua Tree to Los Angeles over 20 years ago, Brent has managed to position himself as arguably one of Los Angeles’ leading entrepreneurs and one of the most powerful event producers in the country. From his event production skills, new west side venue, DJ prowess, various club nights, and his passion for photography, to his annual Neon Carnival in the Coachella Valley, Bolthouse has carved out a niche that has made him more than just a local force.

Leonard Lee Buschel

Leonard Lee Buschel is the founder of Writers In Treatment (W.I.T.), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization grounded in the arts and recovery. W.I.T.’s primary purpose is to save lives through promoting and providing treatment as the best first step solution for addiction, alcoholism and other self-destructive behaviors. W.I.T. also offers educational, prevention and awareness programs through their nationally acclaimed REEL RECOVERY FILM FESTIVAL and SYMPOSIUM presented in Los Angeles, New York, Ft. Lauderdale, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Houston and Vancouver BC.

Leonard also produces the yearly Experience, Strength and Hope Awards event in Los Angeles. Recipients have been Academy Award winning Lou Gossett, Jr., Astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, Duran Duran founding band member, John Taylor, Carrie White and Joey Pantoliano. Celebrity guests appearing on stage have included: Actors Robert Downey, Jr.(Iron Man, Air America) Ed Bagley, Jr.(Saint Elsewhere, Arrested Development) Tony Denison (The Closer) Joanna Cassidy (Body of Proof, Blade Runner, Boston Legal) Jack McGee (The Fighter) Ione Skye (Say Anything) Danny Trejo (Machete) Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue) plus comedians Bobcat Goldwait, Alonzo Bodden and Mark Lundholm.

Mr. Buschel is also the Publisher & Editor of the weekly Addiction/Recovery eBulletin, which reaches over 17,000 treatment professionals and recovering individuals every week.

Jesse Schenker

Jesse Schenker has amassed an impressive culinary history as executive chef and owner of recette and The Gander in New York City. His contemporary approach to creating American classics is a reflection of his devotion to highly-refined technique combined with his passion for comforting and satisfying food.

Schenker ultimately made his mark on the culinary scene with recette, the intimate, urban American restaurant which opened in New York’s West Village in January of 2010. Just months after its opening, recette received glowing two-star reviews from both the New York Times and New York magazine. Sam Sifton called recette one of his favorite newcomers of 2010, particularly noting Schenker’s Salt Cod Fritters as “one of the 15 best things” he ate in NYC in 2010.

In April 2014, Schenker opened The Gander in the Flatiron District where he serves a menu of sophisticated, yet casual, American dishes complimented by a deep international wine list. The warm and welcoming restaurant and bar room is open for brunch, lunch and dinner.

Over the years Schenker has received a number of awards and accolades, including a spot on Forbes’ 󈬎 Under 30” list in the food and wine industry in December 2011 and inclusion in Details magazine’s “America’s Best Young Chefs” list in August 2011. Schenker was also victorious in his battle on Food Network’s Iron Chef America in 2010.

Most recently, Schenker wrote his first book, All or Nothing: One Chef’s Appetite for the Extreme (Harper Collins). The page-turning memoir will be on sale in book stores everywhere on September 30, 2014.

Eric Weinstein

Eric is the managing director of Thiel Capital in San Francisco. He is also a research fellow at the Mathematical Institute of Oxford University. Weinstein speaks and publishes on a variety of topics including, gauge theory, immigration, the market for elite labor, management of financial risk and the incentivizing of risk taking in science.

Natalie Bruss

Natalie Bruss is the Vice President of Digital Strategy at ID, where she helps clients navigate the social and digital media landscape, in addition to seeking opportunities for strategic partnerships in this space on their behalf. Natalie also spearheads ID’s representation of select digital clients for strategic branding, marketing and public relations campaigns. She has been honored by Variety as one of their “New Hollywood Leaders” for her work establishing key social and digital partnerships for talent, brand, film and non-profit clients and was also selected for Forbes Magazine’s 󈬎 Under 30” list.

Frequent guest speaker, Natalie has participated in and moderated panels for numerous industry conferences including SXSW, the 140 Character conferences in LA and NYC and Cosmopolitan Magazine, in addition to speaking for classes at MIT and Harvard. In 2012, Natalie worked with the White House to curate their first-ever 󈬅st Century Innovators and Communicators” summit, an intimate meeting comprised of 20 individuals at the nexus of the media, digital and political landscapes.

At ID, Natalie has worked with a variety of clients including Stand Up To Cancer, Alicia Keys, Maker Studios, Katie Couric, Universal Studios, Fast Company, Tim McGraw, J/P HRO, Sean Parker, Pee-wee Herman, Ben Stiller and Relativity. Her personal passion lies in the charitable sphere (she negotiated Facebook and Stand Up To Cancer’s partnership in 2010, making SU2C the first charity to allow donations via Facebook Credits, and also collaborated on Ben Stiller’s STILLERSTRONG campaign.

Natalie began her career at Creative Artists Agency and subsidiary The Intelligence Group before working at Fanscape, a leading viral agency. Prior to joining ID, Natalie headed up the marketing team for the multi-award-winning Burma: It Can’t Wait project– a May/June 2008 campaign to help to free Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi. She is a graduate of Harvard University.

Mikaela Reuben

Mikaela Reuben has seen firsthand the destruction that substance abuse causes, both for the addict and the people they love. Mikaela’s sister was 12 years old when she was first exposed to the world of drugs and alcohol. Over the next 14 years she habitually consumed the numbing concoction of alcohol, heroin and meth. Mikaela was the witness and the lifeline on the journey through her sister’s years of addiction and the chaos that surrounded it: prostitution, violence, and gangs.

Her sister’s struggle is what initially inspired Mikaela to pursue health. She began at age 17 studying Kinesiology at the University of Victoria, followed by the study of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. With an interest in nutrition all along she later studied at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and was trained under renowned celebrity chef Wayne Forman. Mikaela uses her knowledge of the body and of different cultural healing traditions to empower people to live with happiness and health, in balance and harmony with their true self. It’s not just about food and exercise – Mikaela uses human connection to intuitively meet the needs of her clients. Currently Mikaela is a Culinary Nutritionist and Health Consultant working for the likes of Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Super Sprowtz and Lululemon as a private nutritional chef, health coach and recipe consultant. She has molded a career that inspires people to make better health and food decisions.

Stephanie Gailing

Stephanie Gailing is a wellness advisor, educator, and writer. Author of Planetary Apothecary, Stephanie has been featured in publications including Seattle Magazine, Marie Claire, Martha Stewart Living, and The Global Times. Stephanie earned her Masters Degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University and undergraduate degree from Cornell University. Her guiding principle—from which she lives and approaches her work—is Namaste, the Sanskrit term that embodies compassion, love, and the honoring of the inextricable connectedness between everyone and everything. She currently calls Seattle and New York City home.

Dan Martell

I’ve been an entrepreneur most of my life – having started at 18 – failing twice (Maritime Vacation, NBHost) – before finally figuring it out. When I was 24 I bootstrapped Spheric Technologies, a social enterprise consulting and applications company. The company grew by 150%+ each year, raked in many business awards, employing 30+ before I sold it in May of 2008.

After that, I took some time off, but eventually decided to move to San Francisco. After a few months, I co-founded Flowtown, a social marketing application, which raised venture funding and eventually got acquired by Demandforce.com (NASDAQ: INTU) in 2011.

In January of 2012 I started Clarity, a platform that helps entrepreneurs find, schedule and pay for great advice over the phone to grow their business. We’ve raised $1.6M in funding from some amazing investors and are currently growing 30% each month. It’s a problem I’m passionate about solving and believe it has the potential to positively affect a billion people over the next 10 years.

In a previous life… As a teenager I grew up in a challenging environment. By the time I turned 17 I had been to jail twice for drug related charges. At 18 I went to rehab and discovered computers. It saved my life. The reason Portage (rehab) worked for me, was because all the staff were ex-drug addicts. They helped me climb out of a hole, that they once found themselves in. That philosophy, that I learnt at an early age, is the reason why I spend so much time giving back. Getting support from those who’ve been through it before is why I’ve had success, in both business, and in life.

Bob Ferguson

Prior to opening Jaywalker Lodge on April 14, 2005, founder Bob Ferguson served for over 10 years in senior management and business development positions at three of the premier residential programs in the addiction treatment field:

  • Hazelden Foundation (1995 – 2001)
  • Crossroads Antigua (2001 – 2003)
  • Promises Malibu (2003 – 2004)

In his role as Director, Bob oversees administration, marketing, and admissions for Jaywalker’s team of 22 full- and part-time treatment professionals. Bob continues to remain active in the Roaring Fork River Valley community, where he serves of the Board of Directors of the following organizations:

  • The Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention
  • Colorado Advocates for Recovery
  • The Right Door
  • Aspen Jr. Lacrosse

Bob lives with his wife and two children in Snowmass Village, Colorado. When he’s not at Jaywalker Lodge, Bob stays busy coaching his kids’ hockey and lacrosse teams. Above all, Bob is most grateful for his own recovery from addiction which began in February 1992 at a wonderful four-month residential treatment program… one that would later serve as the inspiration for Jaywalker Lodge.

Elisa Hallerman

Elisa Hallerman is the founder of the first ever Recovery Management Agency. RMA provides crisis management services, support for family systems, guidance and countless resources in the area of addiction and mental health.

She currently has a Masters in Depth Psychology and Somatic Studies and is working on her PhD. in the same field. She is a an attorney as well as a certified drug and alcohol counselor Her clients call her their “saving grace” and “guardian angel” She has helped hundreds of people who believed there was no hope to find it again.

Her work is truly changing the way we do and think about recovery.

Scott Macklin

Scott is the Associate Director of the Master of Communication in Communication Leadership program at the UW. Scott seeks to create a rich infrastructure that supports innovation and collaboration through participatory media and community engagement. Scott serves on the Advisory Board of the Head Start Center for Inclusion and on Board of the South African NGO Saving our Schools and Community (SOSAC). Scott is an award winning author, filmmaker and the Executive Producer the Four Peaks TV program – a monthly series that features interviews with leading media and technology visionaries.

Molly O’Donnell

Molly O’Donnell is an ethnographer for Microsoft with 9 years of research experience. As a visual anthropologist, she is known for capturing events and telling compelling visual stories that strive to inspire empathy with her subjects. Molly is a trained social scientist committed to identifying tensions and barriers that get in the way of achieving goals and success in product design and experiences. She also looks forward to completing her degree in the Master of Communication in Digital Media program at the University of Washington in late 2014.

Henry Whinney, Teen Advisor

Boston born, Seattle raised. I moved to Seattle when I was about 9. I graduated from Puget Sound Community School, a small, alternative high school and middle school this year.

Art and creating, specifically music and food, has always been my main focus in life. I currently cook at Westward and Little Gull Grocery Restaurant on North Lake Union and produce music at home.

David Llama

David Llama is the Creative Director at El Animal, a media production company rooted in multi-sensory storytelling.

David’s creative approach to story comes from his years working as a film and advertising editor in Mexico and the U.S. Growing up between two different cultures – from Mexico City to Seattle – gave him the skills to synthesize and elevate the most compelling moments in any situation, be it a full format documentary film or a 30 second animation. At El Animal, David weaves stories layered by his inspiration from music, nature, texture, and everyday people. The goal is to always craft stories that communicate our human connection.

El Animal works with big brands, including Microsoft, T-Mobile, Pandora, HTC, and RedBull. In addition, El Animal is proud to collaborate with changemakers including TriFilms, Powerful Voices, and Forterra.


Seafood » Grilled Octopus w/ Fennel Salad

A tough-as-nails looking octopus is actually cooked very, very gently with aromatic herbs, a variety of citrus, and white wine. Recette NYC chef/owner Jesse Schenker takes us through purchasing, tenderizing and cooking this misunderstood octopod. After a low and slow cooking process and an overnight stay in marinade, a quick 3-4 minutes on the grill and you have a savory seafood dish to serve with a fragrant and tangy fennel salad.

Ingredients

For the Octopus

  • 5 lb octopus, cleaned & tenderized
  • 5 gallons water, heated to 200º
  • 1 lemon, halved & juiced
  • 1 head of garlic, halved
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 lime, halved & juiced
  • 1 orange, halved & juiced
  • 1 large Spanish onion, rough chopped
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • ½ cup kosher salt

For the Marinade

  • enough extra virgin olive oil to cover octopus (1-2 liters)
  • juice & zest of 4 oranges
  • juice & zest of 3 limes
  • juice & zest of 1 lemon
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 tbsp rosemary, chopped
  • crushed red pepper to taste
  • ½ cup kosher salt

For the Salad

  • 1 fennel bulb with fronds
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • rind of 1 preserved lemon, sliced (optional)
  • 1 bunch micro cilantro leaves (or greens of choice)
  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt

Special Equipment

How-to

Cook & Marinate Octopus

  1. Into a pot of heated water, add the fruit juices and the squeezed fruits, garlic, onion, rosemary, thyme, white wine and kosher salt
  2. Add the octopus to the pot and return to stove top over low to medium heat, allowing to cook gently for 1½ - 2 hours at 200º (do not allow water to rise above 200º), until tender
  3. While octopus is cooking, in a large separate bowl or container, combine the ingredients for the marinade. Make sure this is completed before the octopus is done cooking
  4. Remove octopus from hot water when ready and transfer immediately to the marinade to cool so it absorbs all of the flavors
  5. Cover and refrigerate overnight

Make Fennel Salad

  1. Cut fennel very thinly, removing the core and reserving the fronds
  2. Mix fennel and fronds in a bowl with other salad ingredients
  3. Marinate overnight or at a minimum for several minutes

Grill Octopus & Serve

  1. Heat a clean stove-top grill/griddle on high (or outdoor grill) and brush with oil so that the octopus will not stick to it
  2. Remove octopus from marinade (the oil can be strained and kept in the refrigerator for re-use in paella and other savory dishes)
  3. Cut the tentacles off of octopus and slice into 2” - 3” pieces, slice the head into strips and season with kosher salt
  4. Grill each piece for 3 - 4 minutes per side
  5. Remove to a serving platter and serve with the Fennel Salad. Garnish with additional chopped preserved lemon peel and drizzle with oil marinade if desired

Jesse Schenker

Jesse Schenker's culinary career began in South Florida. From there he made his way to New York in 2006 and found himself working for Gordon Ramsey at The London NYC. He then changed direction and with pastry chef Christina Lee started Recette, a private dining company in East Harlem. Subsequent to that success, he returned to public dining as chef/owner of Recette restaurant in Greenwich Village, where he offers a frequently changing menu featuring both his traditional and progressive dishes.


Watch the video: Chef Inspired Healthy with Diane Henderiks featuring Jesse Schenker (May 2022).


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