Culinary Wonder Women shares tips with local girls at the Homewood Public Library, April 30 – join now



GirlSpring creates friendships. (spring girl)

Calling all fourth-grade high school girls and their caregivers! GirlSpring is teaming up with four local culinary experts for a special Wonder Women: Chef’s Edition event on Saturday, April 30 at the Homewood Public Library. Read on to find out what makes this event a MUST DO, plus other ways you can be a part of GirlSpring’s positive impact on girls in Birmingham.

About GirlSpring

GirlSpring team leaders participate in many community and volunteer events. (spring girl)

New to GirlSpring? I am truly impressed with the many activities of this local organization and the positive impact it has on girls in Birmingham and beyond. Needless to say, I’m happy to tell you about it.

GirlSpring is a grassroots nonprofit whose mission is to provide access to trusted information, inspiring events, and positive role models so girls ages 9-18 can reach their full potential. To fulfill their mission, they launched to provide an online community created by girls for girls.

The digital platform covers a wide range of topics affecting teenage girls like body image, bullying, dating and more. There are even fun quizzes to do like Direct a movie and reveal which director you are and Where or what should you do for spring break based on your personality? And be honest, what girl can resist a fun quiz?

Since its launch in 2016, the digital platform has reached an average of 13,000 girls per month in Birmingham and around the world through its many programmes, camps and education opportunities. Surprising!

Calling the future and present wonders of Birmingham!

Mother and daughter fun. (spring girl)

Don this chef’s hat for the next GirlSpring event—Wonder Women: Chef’s Edition. Taking place on Saturday, April 30 at the Homewood Public Library, girls in grade 4 through high school have the exciting opportunity to meet four local wonders of the culinary industry like chefs, restaurateurs, catering company CEOs , dietitians and more! Why? So they will know that they can one day become wonders themselves, of course!

In addition to learning the many ways to get involved in the culinary world, attendees also get sample recipes to try and exclusive recipes to take and prepare. Bonus: moms, aunts and caregivers can also participate in the event! Talk about a wonderful way to spend time together.

Which local wonder women will you have the chance to meet? All are members of the Birmingham chapter of Les Dames D’escoffier International, a philanthropic organization of women leaders in the food, beverage and hospitality industries. Cool, right? Read on to meet them.

1. Andrea Kirkland | Registered Dietitian and Culinary Expert, Owner/Founder of Culinary Med Ed

Andrea Kirkland, owner and founder of Culinary Med Ed. (spring girl)

Andrea Kirkland, MS, RD is a registered dietitian and culinary expert as well as the owner and founder of Culinary Med Ed, which offers online courses for registered dietitians to help them better equip and educate patients about diet, cooking and meal planning.

As a content creator on nutrition, food and culinary topics for media and education platforms, she has created over 1000 recipes for those who want to prepare delicious health-enhancing foods at home.

2. Crystal Peterson | Co-owner and general manager of Yo’ Mama’s restaurant

Yo mama
Crystal Peterson, co-owner and general manager of Yo’ Mama’s. (spring girl)

When it comes to waffles, Yo’ Mama’s is a favorite in The Magic City and the state. This is thanks to co-owner and general manager Crystal Peterson. Under his leadership, the restaurant was repeatedly voted Birmingham’s best lunch by Best of Birminghamrecognized as one of the best black-owned restaurants in the United States and has been featured in many major Birmingham publications.

3.Kristal Bryant | Chief Designer of K&J’s Elegant Patisseries

Elegant pastries from K & J
(K&J’s Elegant Pastries/Facebook)

Kristal Bryant wowed dessert fans across Alabama and the country with beautiful, decadent cookies and cupcakes and jaw-dropping Kollosal shakes adorned with everything from fruit and whipped cream to cookies and cupcakes.

Founder and owner of K&J’s Elegant Pastries, Kristal’s eye for detailed perfection and outrageous milkshakes has been a cutting-edge creation that has been featured in publications such as Food Network and southern life.

4. Stefanie Maloney | Private Chef and CEO/Owner of Scrumptious

Stefanie Maloney, CEO/Owner of Scrumptious. (spring girl)

Private chef and CEO/owner of Scrumptious, a Birmingham catering business, Stefanie Maloney specializes in bespoke menus for intimate affairs and large parties. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute, she honed her culinary skills with some of New York’s elite chefs, and also spent many years as a freelance recipe developer and food stylist for national publications, television and production companies, including Rachel Ray everyday, Save all of you and Food Network.

Event details:

What: Wonder Women: Chef’s Edition
When: Saturday April 30 | 10am-12pm
Or: Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Rd, Birmingham, AL 35209
Cost: Free | RSVP required

Apply now to become a Springboarder

GirlSpring’s 2021-2022 Springboarder Class. (spring girl)

Like what you’ve learned so far on GirlSpring? Applications are now open for teens ages 13-18 to be part of the 2022-2023 Springboarders class.

Springboards are a group of local girls who make up the GirlSpring Teen Advisory Council and play a vital role in the GirlSpring online community created by girls, for girls.

Here are some of the exciting things they can do?

  • Serve as an editorial board for helping to create content and ideas
  • Work in groups to volunteer at community events
  • Help plan GirlSpring programs
  • Serve as GirlSpring Ambassadors in their schools and communities

What Are GirlSpring Members Saying?

Local girls are making an impact. (spring girl)

“Through GirlSpring, I’ve met so many inspiring female role models and amazing girls. It’s opened up so many opportunities for me, and I’m so proud to be a stepping stone. Through GirlSpring, I’ve found my voice.

GirlSpring Member Ariel

“It’s hard being a girl… You’re usually not encouraged to go out and be bold. I’m so lucky to learn from girls who can’t wait to make their mark in the world. The only thing you have to do to be liked at GIrlSpring is be yourself. Everyone should join!

GirlSpring Member Alex’ah

To be a springboard, complete this application and submit it no later than May 15, 2022.

Have questions? Email [email protected]

What else is GirlSpring? Find out by visiting their website and follow them on Facebook and instagram.

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