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The Beacon Award

THE BEACON AWARD

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, CENTER STAGE

 

We are honored and excited to announce... 
Heather McPherson as the 2019 Beacon Award recipient! 

The word Beacon symbolizes many things including a person that illuminates or inspires. 

The Beacon Award, presented on behalf of The Foodservice Council for Women and The Food and Beverage Portfolio Tradeshows, was created to recognize a woman leader who has truly served as a Beacon for our industry through her leadership, contributions, and inspiration. 

Mark you calendars as Heather is not to be missed! We look forward to honoring this Beacon in the industry! Heather McPherson will also sit as a panelist on the Foodservice Council for Women. 

 

ABOUT HEATHER MCPHERSON

ABOUT HEATHER MCPHERSON

Florida Restaurant and Food Publicist, Award-Winning Cookbook Author and Food Writer, and Florida Farms Advocate 

Heather McPherson is a former food editor, restaurant reviewer and multimedia journalist for the Orlando Sentinel. She handles press and media for Chef Art Smith’s Florida Homecomin’ Kitchen and Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Disney Springs and Downtown Disney, is the cohost for “Prime Time Kitchen” with Jim Colbert on Real Radio 104.1, and is the Director of Client Strategies for RockawayPR.  

A past president of the Association of Food Journalists, she provides food content for the Florida Dairy Farmers at FloridaMilk.com, Edible Orlando, and “Heather’s Florida Kitchen” at wordpress.com. The author of three cookbooks, she has co-written five others and edited three cookbooks. Her latest works are “Mojito;” and “Field to Feast: Recipes Celebrating Florida’s Farmers, Chefs, and Artisans” and “Good Catch: Recipes & Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida’s Waters” both with Pam Brandon and Katie Farmand (all three University Press of Florida).

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the College of Journalism and Communication at the University of Florida and was honored with the college’s Emig Award, given to the student the faculty believes will contribute the most to the state of Florida through journalistic pursuits.

Born Indianapolis, Ind., she and husband artist Spencer Pettit live in Mount Dora, where she serves as Vice President of  the Lake Cares Food Pantry Board of Directors. Her other volunteer interests include the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Adult Literacy League, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Crimeline of Central Florida. In 2016 she was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society.

PLEASE JOIN US IN CONGRATULATING THE FOLLOWING WOMEN WHO HAVE RECEIVED THE BEACON AWARD

Amanda Cohen,
Owner/Chef, Dirt Candy

Jilly Stephens,
CEO, City Harvest

Dominique Crenn, 
Chef/Co-Owner, Atelier Crenn

Kathleen Blake,
Chef/Owner, The Rusty Spoon

Carol B. Dover,
President/CEO, The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

Kelli Valade,
President, Chili's® Grill & Bar

Edna Morris,
Managing Director, Axum Capital Partners

Sara Moulton, Chef, Cookbook Author, TV Personality

HAVE A FEMALE LEADER IN THE FOODSERVICE INDUSTRY YOU'D LIKE TO NOMINATE AS A BEACON AWARD RECIPIENT OR PANELIST FOR THE FSCW?

 Please contact Patricia Copela at patricia.copela@clarionevents.com