Myrtle Beach Chef to Compete in World Food Championship

Andreann Geise, local Myrtle Beach chef and food sport competitor, is accepting sponsors for her upcoming participation in the World food Championship in Dallas in October.  She will compete for the World Sandwich Championship, and category winners then compete for overall championship. She was a judge for the chili category at the championship in 2015 and has competed for the past three years. 

Sponsors are invited to contribute any dollar amount or product related to the competition.  Sponsors receive immediate recognition on social media, continuing weekly mention until the event and daily coverage during the competition. Included for the sponsor are photos or links to the product or service. A food item or related product may be considered for use during the actual event. A patch on the chef jacket or apron also may be supplied with the top level of sponsorship.

Geise began her food sport with her win on the hometown favorite episode of Ultimate Recipe Showdown on the Food Network and has since appeared on the Cooking Channel, Fox Sports South, the Sportsman Table, A & E Network and Discovery Network. She has shared the stage with celebrity chefs including Guy Fieri, Aaron McCargo, Jr. and Fabio Viviani. She is a South Carolina Barbecue Association ambassador, a senior judge and novice instructor.

Her dishes have been served at large events such as NYC Fashion Week and Bon Appetit Supper club, and she has had many recipes published in multiple magazines. She has cooked for Cal Ripken Jr., Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr, Elise Testone, Mac Arnold, The Bronx Wanderers, Ken Lavigne, The Movin Out Band and Manhattan transfer as well as for many private parties.

The eighth annual championship event is the largest food sport tournament hosting hundreds of competitors throughout 10 categories and awarding  more than one million dollars in total prize money.  Television coverage and social media reaches many countries in addition to the United States.

Contact Geise via Facebook or andreanngeise@gmail.com to discuss sponsorship details.

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A Taste of Gullah Web Series

"A Taste of Gullah: a Web Series from Down South" produced by Dr. Janice
Marie Collins, captures the enriching spirit of the good "folk" who come
from good "stock" on the Sea Islands. Be sure to watch to the end of each
episode to find contact information for the individuals in the series,  so
that you, too, can experience, "A Taste of Gullah."

A Taste of Gullah

"A Taste of Gullah," produced by Dr. Janice Marie Collins. From Anita
Singleton Prather as Aunt Pearlie Sue, to Oshi Green at The Gullah Grub, to
Jery Taylor and her sweet grass baskets and so many more exciting people
AND stories from the Sea Islands are captured in this 1-hour television
program that aired on WEIU-TV on PBS. https://youtu.be/EHV43AIwJQo

Journey to My Mother’s Land: Extending the Gates’ Effect into Africa

From the Gullah coast to the West Coast of Africa, Dr. Janice Marie
Collins explores the REAL Wakanda by heading BACK to Sierra Leone, West
Africa and the Mende Tribe, her land and her people. "Journey to My
Mother's Land: Extending the Gates' Effect into Africa." For 6 weeks,
Collins immerses herself into the culture to see if the "knowing" really
matters. From the food, to religion, to female cutting, to meeting her
"cousins" and standing on the soil of Bunce Island, to the beautiful
beaches, you see all of the emotional, spiritual, challenges AND victories
As They Happen! There is no other autoehtnography like this...and it's one
you definitely want to see. "Journey to My Mother's Land: Extending the
Gates' Effect into Africa."
A journey of freedom! Watch the series today on VimeoOnDemand.

Want to Know about Tiny House Living?

Guest post by Joel Allen, featured on Speakers International for topics including tiny houses, media training and other communications.

joelYou’ve heard about the tiny house movement. Maybe you’ve seen TV shows like Tiny House Nation or Tiny House Hunters. You’re no doubt aware that the traditional American dream of a roomy, multi-bedroom home is not as attractive (or affordable) to Millennials as it was to previous generations. But you probably haven’t heard how local and state governments around the country are (belatedly) responding to the revolution in downsized living by altering zoning laws and building codes. Or how aging Baby Boomers are waking up to the advantages of tiny house living in retirement. Or how some activists see the smaller house trend as a potential solution to homelessness.

I’m Joel Allen, a seasoned broadcast journalist who’s done more than just research and report on the tiny house movement. I’m living it. My wife and I made the transition from 2,000 square feet, three bedrooms and a two-car garage to less than 400 square feet, one miniature bedroom and no garage. And we love it.

We’ve learned a few things about the pros and cons of tiny house living and we’re not saying it’s entirely easy. But I’d be happy to share with your group or company some of what we now know about the ins and outs of a downsized life and maybe I can help open your eyes to the huge benefits of a tiny house.

Great Speaker Still Available for Black History Month

International guest speaker, celebrated author and  Philanthropy Consultant,  Rooney International Scholar, TEDx Speaker and Wellington, New Zealand Rotary Member – Getrude Matshe

Watch the TEDx Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzIyOtusDxE

Read her Huffington Post articles http://www.huffingtonpost.com/getrude-matshe/

 Getrude Matshe is an inspirational speaker who has been described as a vibrant bundle of African energy whose zest and passion for life inspires everyone she meets. She is passionate about helping people achieve their full potential and find their individual life purpose. She is passionate about individuals’ success. This makes her an energetic, inspirational and enlightening speaker. Getrude has written several books and is now a book writing coach.

About Getrude Matshe

Her speaking career started in Norway 1989 and for 12 years she has worked in the IT industry as a Systems Analyst, Systems Support Manager and Project Manager. Getrude immigrated to New Zealand in 2001 with nothing and is now the Director of three successful companies.

 

  • She started Medical Recruiters of New Zealand Ltd
  • GM Global Investments Ltd (Property)
  • As an owner she formed Simzisani Ltd, a talent agency catering for the film and advertising industry and has been instrumental in supplying ethnic extras for prominent movies such as Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” and James Cameron’s Avatar
  • She is the founder and CEO of the Africa Alive Education Foundation, an organization that supports HIV orphans in Zimbabwe
  • She formed Walk on the Wild Side Tours – a symbiotic tourism company that takes tourist to Zimbabwe to work with HIV and Aids orphans
  • She became a Rooney International Scholar in 2012 and worked at Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • She is married and the mother of three children and a well known African Storyteller, poet, artist and published author.
  • She is a script writer and an Independent film maker
  • She writes for CNN iReport – http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-946671?ref=email
  • Getrude blogs for the Huffington Post – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/getrude-matshe/
  • Actress in the movie “Cry Freedom” with Denzel Washington in 1987
  • 15th March 2014 Getrude was a speaker at the UN Annual Summit on the Status of Women
  • Getrude supports and volunteers for :-
    • The John Fawcett foundation in Bali Indonesia
    • Mustard Seed Orphanage in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
    • The Ubuntu Africa foundation in Cape Town, South Africa
    • Ujamaa Children’s Home in Arusha, Tanzania
    • Global Camps Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa

Getrude is a dynamic entrepreneur who has started life in a new country and who has proved that anything is possible if you have a purpose.

Ten cool things about being a writer

Snowflakes in a Blizzard

Some days, when writers’ block descends, our query letters return like boomerangs and our books aren’t selling, it’s nice to reflect upon what we have going for us.

1. We can travel light. Unlike plumbers and brain surgeons, writers need only a small notebook and a pencil to do our jobs (the current electronic paraphernalia is fine, but optional). And if you’re one of those fortunate souls able to conjure lengthy passages in your head, you don’t need anything at all.

2. We can eat and drink while we work.

3. We face no institutional barriers.  You can’t call yourself a doctor, a lawyer, a minister or a police officer without jumping through some societal hoops. To call yourself a writer, though, all you have to do is write. It doesn’t have to be how you make your living, you don’t need to be published, and you don’t even have…

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Introducing Cynthia Washington-Williams

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Cynthia Washington-Williams presents programs on communications, conflict resolution and self care. Her extensive training and experience is international, and she is especially suited for speaking to military and professional audiences. Contact us to schedule her for your next meeting.

She is an empathetic, effective and motivated professional who combines clinical experience with compassion to meet the challenges facing today’s family. She demonstrates a clear awareness of diverse backgrounds and is alert to widely varied needs and circumstances.

Statement: As an adolescent and family therapist, I believe that all members of a family play a role in the issues that present themselves in a therapeutic setting. Each member of the family enters every encounter as a human being propelled forward by the unique experiences of their past. My work is to focus on uncovering these unconscious patterns in the family system, to identify the habitual protective response for each family member, to begin to heal the core emotional wounds that were created as a result, and then reestablish family relationships based on trust, boundaries, communication and contact.

My experiences have afforded me skills in leadership and training with effective interpersonal and communication skills — writing, speaking, presenting, training, persuading, mediating, negotiating, influencing.  Excellent planning, organizing and time management skills strengthened by a strong background in event planning.