Passionista Clémence Gossett — Chef and Cooking Instructor

Last summer we were invited to a press event at The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories. In the first demonstration, we learned all about salads — basic dressings and quick tips on variations to a simple salad. It was eye opening, to say the least. During the second half of the evening we had a cookie class taught by Clémence Gossett — owner of the school. She showed us the freshly ground flour they use and the made-from scratch chocolate created on site. She gave us a few tips for preparing the batter and put them in the oven. We waited in anticipation for the cookies to bake. 12 minutes later we bit into THE. BEST. COOKIE. EVER. Just the right ratio of dough to chocolate, perfect goo

Passionista Erica Wright — Founder, U First Inc.

It's impossible to drive through the streets of Los Angeles, see the growing numbers of homeless people along the river and under bridges, and not feel helpless. That's where Erica Wright comes in. As the Atlanta-based non-profit's website states, Erica and her team are "dedicated to serving the homeless with the basic necessities in effort to restore their dignity to lead a healthy and whole life. This foundation is fueled solely on volunteer efforts, donations, and community support." Sitting across from Erica we learned some incredible insights about how everyday people can help with this issue in a variety of ways. And people can assist Project U First directly by donating items to help

Passionista Susan X Jane — Diversity Educator, Trainer and Speaker

It seems like every day we wake up to the news of another hate crime — a protest march turned deadly, numerous vandalized synagogues, harassment of Latinx deli workers, a shooting of a trans woman buying gas, an attempted lynching? What year is this again? We have to wonder, is the news really getting more grim or has technology advanced to the point where we just hear about it more? In all honesty, the answer to that question doesn’t matter. What matters is in this country — built on the foundation of inclusion and designed to be a melting pot — discrimination and bigotry are still daily problems. So much for “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…” Our phone interview with Sus

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