About Melissa Martin
Melissa Martin grew up in Cajun culture around the fishing town of Chauvin, Louisiana. Wanting to create a restaurant that celebrates the bounty of shrimpers, oyster fishermen, crabbers, and farmers who make up Cajun cuisine, Martin opened the Mosquito Supper Club. This New Orleans restaurant features a communal multi-course tasting menu filled with history and traditions of the Bayou. On April 21, 2020 Melissa published her cookbook of the same name with “Mosquito Supper Club — Cajun Recipes From a Disappearing Bayou.”
About Sue Zemanick
Chef Sue Zemanick knew from the young age of 15 that she wanted to be a chef after working in fine dining restaurants all through high school in Pennsylvania. She followed her passion and enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where she graduated at the top of her class and worked as an intern in the seafood department. Once she discovered her passion for cooking with fish and seafood, she knew she had to move to New Orleans. Once in New Orleans, Sue was named Executive Chef at Gautreau’s Restaurant in 2005, which led to national success, including being named 2013 “Best Chef, South” by the James Beard Foundation and “Top Ten Best New Chef” by Food & Wine Magazine in 2008. She has made regular television appearances, acting as a judge on Top Chef New Orleans and participating as a contestant on seasons 3 and 5 of Top Chef Masters. But to this day, her all-time favorite distinction was serving as the 2015 Honorary Muse in New Orleans’ premier all-female Mardi Gras parade, Muses. Zasu, Sue's restaurant, is her thank you to New Orleans for providing non-stop love and inspiration through all these years.
About Vintner Paula Kornell
Reviving a Napa Valley tradition begun by her father, pioneering winemaker Hanns Kornell of Kornell Champagne Cellars, Paula Kornell is carrying on the family legacy in her own inimitable way with Paula Kornell sparkling wines. Her father, Hanns, loved bringing home guests for impromptu dinner parties, and her mother, Marilouise, loved cooking simple, beautiful food and trading stories as the wine flowed. The launch of her own wine brand in partnership with Vintage Wine Estates brings Paula full circle. No longer the little girl who sold prunes, walnuts, and peacock feathers in front of the family tasting room, she is a consultant and community leader with 30-plus years of experience in the wine industry. As principal of Kornell Wine Company, she has consulted with esteemed wine brands and appellations throughout Napa and Sonoma Counties.
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