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Brenda Langton

Chef & Owner, Spoonriver
Fellow, U of M Center of Spirituality

Award winning chef and restaurateur Brenda Langton, is a pioneer of fresh, local and sustainable food. Since the early 1970’s, she has worked directly with local producers and growers starting as a member of the early vegetarian cooperative restaurant – Commonplace.
 
Brenda opened her third restaurant, Spoonriver, in 2006 in the revitalized Mississippi River Front Mill District of Minneapolis, offering a broader palate including grass-fed beef, lamb and naturally raised pork from Minnesota sources. At Spoonriver she still relies on the finest, freshest local produce as the foundation of her seasonal menus. “The Spoonriver Cookbook” will be published soon from the University of Minnesota Press.
 
Also in 2006, Brenda founded the Mill City Farmers’ Market. The market houses about 70 vendors every Saturday from May to October and specializes in local, sustainable and organic foods and products. 
 
Brenda shares her knowledge and experience as a culinary instructor, speaker and consultant on healthy diet in the community. She’s been a repeat judge for the James Beard Foundation’s annual cookbook awards and is an advisor on product development to the food industry and large Minnesota-based retailers. As a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality, she shares her knowledge by teaching courses on healthy eating.


Pilar Gerasimo

Founding Editor, Experience Life
Senior Vice President, Healthy Living, Life Time Fitness 

Pilar Gerasimo is founding editor of Experience Life, an award-winning magazine dedicated to helping its 3 million readers live their healthiest, happiest, most authentic lives. She also serves as Senior Vice President of Healthy Living for Life Time Fitness — The Healthy Way of Life Company, and briefly served as Huffington Post’s Executive Editor of Healthy Living.
 
Pilar’s passion is integrating and sharing the best tools and wisdom she has discovered over the course of her career as a journalist and advocate for healthy change. Her work has received kudos from respected experts like Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Frank Lipman, Dr. Aviva Romm, Dr. Sara Gottfried and Queen Rania of Jordan. 
 
Pilar appears regularly on radio and TV, and enjoys teaching at retreat centers like Omega Institute and Rancho La Puerta. Her popular Revolutionary Acts column is regularly featured blog at Huffington Post. Her “101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy” (now available a free mobile app) has gotten more that half a million “likes” and more than 170,000 downloads.



Cindy Joseph

Creator and CEO of BOOM! by Cindy Joseph

Cindy is CEO and creator of BOOM! by Cindy Joseph, the first pro-age pared down skin care and cosmetic line. She is spearheading the Pro-age Revolution, a moment women who are interested in shifting our anti-agist society to pro-age. She also speaks on many subjects in her compelling and entertaining video blog, Saturdays with Cindy. She is also busy with radio, TV, newspaper and magazine interviews sharing her philosophy on women, beauty, and time as her modeling career continues.



 

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