|Staff, Albertson's Cooking School
||Staff, Albertson's Cooking School
||With over 4 decades working with some of the industry’s biggest names like Philly’s-5 diamond 4 star Rittenhouse Hotel, the iconic NYC- Dean & DeLuca food emporium and Brand Ambassador/Culinary Entertainer to Readers Digest/Taste of Home Cooking Magazines live cooking shows attended coast to coast. American by birth, Chef Michael has more than four decades as an award-winning master of food, cooking and entertaining. His roots come from the lessons learned in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother affectionately called 'Nan'. Raised in a small rural farm town in Port Murray (North East NJ) were he grew up with memories of huge gardens filled with sun kissed vegetables and clove-laced raisin pies cooling on the window sill that connected family and friends with home cooked meals around the dinner table. He began his training opening the 1 st Casino in Atlantic City at Capriccio in Resorts International as an apprentice to Ex. Chefs Luigi Burretta and Vito Perrucci crafting classical Italian cuisine. He then transferred inner hotel to the French room of Le Palais studying under CMC Teddy Kriner, AKA: The Sauce Dr. ending his AC run with opening gourmet rooms with two Trump properties, Ivana’s at the Plaza and Delphino’s at the Castle. After his impressive 5 Diamond 4 Star tenure at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia, he ventured into the culinary mecca of the quintessential gourmet grocer, Dean & Deluca in New York City where he perfected the art of legendary customer service opening three properties in Philly where he currently lives. Chef Michael toured the country extensively for over five years reaching 25 states as a traveling celebrity chef for Readers Digest's Taste of Home Cooking School where he taught in front of live audiences in 165 shows to sold-out arenas from coast-to-coast. Inspired by his travels, Michael is continually developing fresh concepts and evolving as a chef and educator, both adapting to and impacting the culinary world around him. Lastly, Chef Michael is a Culinary Hand Model and SAG member for over 30 years represented by Expressions Modeling Agency in Philadelphia. He has appeared in numerous National commercials, print work, billboards, industrial videos, live event promotions and movies. Yes, he was that hand model doubling for Mel Gibson’s hands chopping the alien’s fingers off in the 2002 M. Knight Shyamalan thriller “Signs”… of course, a chef's knife was involved!
I hope you enjoy exploring the many services, recipes and menu options listed throughout this website. I’ve created foods
ranging from gourmet plated dishes to every day regional comforts, delicious plant inspired dishes, delicate hors d’oeuvres and spectacular party platters realized from my many years in the industry that can be recreated in your home, office or stage.
? Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from CIA (Culinary Institute of America) ? Certified Food Safety Trainer- National Restaurant Association , License TE20262709 ? Graduated from ROUXBE-Forks over Knives completing 179 course/60 hour interactive plant based food course ? 18 Food Service Management classes through MEA ? Allergen Awareness Training – National Restaurant Association, License 612219 ? Serve Safe Manager Trainer Certificate- Sodexo Service Trainer ? Food Service Management Courses, Cornell University, in home studies Television Appearances include: Commercials: Good Morning Arkansas Proctor & Gamble Productions- Crisco Oil KBS/WDK Cape Girardeau, MO. Lancaster Brand Meats- Acme Markets, Inc. KNOE 8 News Monroe, La. Mushroom Council- Kennett Square NBC / ABC / CBS / FOX Live Event/Promotions: Principal in 150+, 2.5 hour live cooking events for Readers Digest-Taste of Home Productions Head Instructor teaching over 60 classes at Zagara’s Cooking School and Lifestyle Center, Mt. Laurel, NJ. Gifted for numerous private residence, special occasion cooking classes throughout the Tri state area https://www.chefbarna.com/
||Elizabeth Durand, Knitting Coach
||CHARO EVANGELISTA CABELLO, ESSENTRICS® Level 1 Instructor, Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master and Wellness Advocate, is certified as a TriYoga instructor. She is a meditation instructor, Reiki Master, Director of Inkalight and is a primary teacher at Free Spirit Yoga. Her personal teaching style focuses on expressiveness and derives from the different disciplines she's practiced throughout the years. Charo has been teaching yoga to children, adults and seniors for the past 19 years. In her classes you will experience the kundalini-inspired sequenced flow of postures synchronized with rhythmic breath (Pranayama) and mudra (focus), which will increase your energy and bring mental clarity. Her website is www.inkalight.com.
||LEAH FEIGENBAUM who has been teaching Mah Jongg for approximately ten years and has taught hundreds of students. She began learning as a child and has continued her love of the game. Leah has brought several students to the tournament level of play. Chances are, if you play Mah Jongg in the Delaware Valley, you know someone who has taken lessons with Leah, either as a beginner or to improve their strategy. Please visit her website: www.mahjonggmentor.com
||Olga studied pastry in Paris after a Business Degree. She obtained a certificate in French Pastry specialties, Chocolate and Ice Cream.
She had the opportunity to work with the pastry Chef of Chamber of Senators in Paris - 06 and Hediard, one of the finest catering and restaurant in Paris, Place de la Madeleine.
She is teaching basics of Pastry recipes to students at the French International School in Bala Cynwyd. She wishes to extend her classes to the Public Schools.
||Nancy Frankel-Halbert, MFA, Professional Artist; Educator
||NANCY GABEL taught high school French at the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District for thirty-five years where she also headed the Foreign Language Program for the district. After retiring from public education, she taught at The Agnes Irwin School, The Baldwin School and The Episcopal Academy. She was a founder and President of the Board of the French International School in Bala Cynwyd, as well as Board Member and President of Main Line School Night. She is thrilled to be teaching adults at MLSN, where she has offered a variety of courses.
||WILLIAM J GREENWOOD has presented his advanced Painter's Studio Class for over a decade at MLSN. He brings over forty-five years of professional experience to his students. Bill studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Hussian School of Art. He spent 14 years painting and studying with his late mentor Morris Blackburn, in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and at his private summer landscape studio and home in Taos, New Mexico. Bill has a very positive, constructive critique approach and will help artists unravel techniques as well as the mystery of the centuries old art of composition in painting.
||Muriel Harmon, Native Speaker
||Ann Hazan is a food consultant and instructor and the co-author of 'The Original Philadelphia Neighborhood Cookbook,' 'The Original Baltimore Neighborhood Cookbook,' and 'The Reading Terminal Market Cookbook.' She holds a degree in Food and Nutrition from Drexel University. Ann emphasizes healthy foods and cooking in all her work, as well as in her home.
||Debbie Heth took over A Taste of Britain in 2012 and has fallen head over heels for the world of tea! She sources over 50 different flavors, including house-blended specialties at her shop. She graduated from Villanova University and worked in Corporate America before becoming an entrepreneur. She says her favorite part of owning A Taste of Britain is being the backdrop for special moments that happen over tea.
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||Teaching Professionals, Julian Krinsky School of Tennis
||Together, Drs. Kloss and Swain
provide a mind-body approach to sleep health. Jacqueline D.
Kloss, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct, University of
Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sleep Medicine
Program, is currently a Co-PI on an NIH sponsored study on women
and sleep through the reproductive years. She has also published
numerous articles, chapters, and books in the areas of sleep,
insomnia, and women’s health. Amanda Swain, M.D. is Staff
Physician, University of Pennsylvania, Student Health Service,
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
and Clinical Preceptor, University of Pennsylvania School of
||Sue Laskin, Experienced Canasta Teacher
|R Barry Levis
||R. Barry Levis, PhD, Professor Emeritus, History, Rollins College (ret 2013); Director, Humanities Program, Hamilton Holt School of Rollins College, 1981-2012
||Sharon Pastore, CDP, MPA is an entrepreneur, educator and avid dreamer. She has tracked
her dreams for over 7 years, recorded over 500 dreams, and interpreted over 250 dreams. She
works with entrepreneurs, creatives, teens and young adults, to follow their dreams and live
lucid. This includes: career, business, and major life decisions, personal and business branding,
high levels of creativity, relationships, or heal from loss.
She founded Dream Girl Power and has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Dreams
that Change Our Lives, and Lucid Dream Magazine. In addition to dreamwork, Sharon spent 17
years in nonprofits and education, and the past 8 years as co-founder of Main Line Family Law
Center, a mediation and legal services firm that helps couples separate and divorce in a
holistic, peaceful and structured way. She is also a business and marketing consultant and
freelancer. She is a Certified Dreamwork Professional through the Institute for Dream Studies,
and is an active member of International Association of Study of Dreams. She holds a Master
in Public Administration from University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor in Education from
University of Delaware. She lives in Havertown with her husband, 2 daughters and 2 guinea
pigs. For private dreamwork, business coaching or to organize a workshop, connect with
Sharon at dreamgirlpower.com
||MARIE ROBERTS, M.A. World Religions, M.S. Counseling Psychology, is an author, counselor, ordained Presbyterian minister, and teacher of yoga and meditation. She has taught well-being through body/mind/spirit integration for the past thirty years. Her website is www.marierobertsheartandsoul.com and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
||Anthony Saguto, Board Certified Tai Chi Instructor
|Julie Seville's Lifetime Fitness
||Julie has been leading group exercise classes for nearly 30 years and has been teaching classes at Main Line School Night since 1995. Fostering a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Julie strives to make every class fun, informative and motivating, and to help her students achieve their health and fitness goals.
||Bonni Shinfeld, MLSN Trip and Travel Director
||Ginny Simon has had her own writing business, Project Marketing, for more than 25 years. She has published hundreds of articles under her own name as well as on behalf of many clients. She has taught at Drexel University and is working on her own book on freelance writing to be published by CornerOffice Books.
||Certified Staff Professionals, The Skatium
||Together, Drs. Kloss and Swain provide a mind-body approach to sleep health. Jacqueline D. Kloss, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, is currently a Co-PI on an NIH sponsored study on women and sleep through the reproductive years. She has also published numerous articles, chapters, and books in the areas of sleep, insomnia, and women’s health. Amanda Swain, M.D. is Staff Physician, University of Pennsylvania, Student Health Service, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Clinical Preceptor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
|Fukue (Fay) Toyozato
||Fay Toyozato, Chef, Japanese Cooking Instructor
||Tara (Tom) Voravolya is a native of Thailand with more than thirty years of experience in Thai cooking. Students love the easy and clear steps of cooking instruction, and enjoy full meal toward the end of every class. Tom also enjoys providing students with the culture and taste of Thai cooking.
||Nancy White is owner of Digital Consulting Associates, LLC in West Chester PA. She is a technology course development specialist, and gives private computer lessons to individuals and business in the Main Line area. A graduate of Immaculata University, Nancy has a contagious passion for teaching adults how to make the best possible use of technology. She is also an adjunct instructor at Delaware County Community College.
Nancy's company website is digitalconsultingassociates.com and she can be reached at 610-357-1525.
|| www.kitchenwizards.info - Kathy Wolper founded Kathy's Just Desserts, Inc., a boutique baking business, 18 years ago. As a former elementary teacher and technical training, Wolper missed the social interaction of teaching. She began a division called KITCHEN WIZARDS, and now employs over 25 instructors who help kids of all ages (5-95) to discover the magic of cooking, one bite at a time, through culinary enrichment programs.
||Originally from Chicago, David Young has a B.A. in German Studies from Northwestern and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University, where he won a Fulbright fellowship to support research on local politics, culture, and economics in postwar Germany. Young has led historical organizations in the Mid-Atlantic Region, including the Salem County Historical Society, the Johnson House Historic Site, Cliveden of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and currently at the Delaware Historical Society since 2018. He has taught at colleges in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania and the Seminar for Historical Administration (now the History Leadership Institute) in Indianapolis. He has served as an officer of the Historic Germantown consortium of museums, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Concord Schoolhouse, winning local and national awards for his work. He serves on the Landmarks Committee of the National Park Service Advisory which makes recommendations about National Historic Landmarks. Young has published on Underground Railroad and African American history in the Mid-Atlantic, historic site sustainability, and public history theory and practice in The Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America (Temple University Press, 2019)
||Jan M. Zacharjasz, M.S., is a Certified Life Coach, Energy Leadership Master Practitioner, and
Retirement Lifestyle Consultant. She is the founder of Coaching for Resilience, specializing in life
transitions of people in their 40’s to 60’s, helping them feel balanced, empowered, and equipped to
make important decisions as they face changes in career, health, or family and new roles. She is a
director on the National Life Planning Network Board and membership chair of the Philadelphia chapter.
Jan provides life coaching, energy leadership assessments, workshops, and discussion groups on resilient
living and successful aging. She is a proud member of the Sandwich Generation, providing endless love
and devotion to her mother, daughters, and husband. www.coachingresilience.com