About the Event
Join Chefs Jason Hammel and Clifford Rome for a discussion moderated by the MCA’s Chief Operations Officer Gwendolyn Perry Davis on the roles of cornerstone cultural organizations and how they can authentically, ethically, and poignantly exist while contributing to their surrounding neighborhoods.
This conversation is organized by the collaborative efforts of both our Audience Experience team and our Strategic Communications team.
About the Speakers
Chef Jason Hammel is the executive chef and owner of award-winning Lula Café in Chicago’s Logan Square community. Known for his trailblazing, creative seasonal cuisine, Chef Hammel was an original voice of the farm-to-table movement, which he helped pioneer at Lula Café beginning in 1999.
Chef Cliff Rome has spent the past 20 years building culinary influence in Bronzeville. He’s the owner of Rome’s Joy Companies, including Peach’s Restaurants, Rome’s Joy Catering, Blanc Art Gallery, and Mise en Place, his culinary/hospitality training program. Chef Rome has received numerous awards and recognition from local, national, and international media alike.
Gwendolyn Perry Davis is the is the Chief Operating Officer at the MCA. She provides direction and oversight for the MCA’s daily operational functions, including the museum’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program. Gwendolyn joined the MCA in 2011 and previously led the MCA’s Development Department.