NASHVILLE, TENN. – February 18, 2021 – Celebrity chefs Maneet Chauhan (Food Network's Chopped) and Tanya Holland (OWN's Tanya's Kitchen Table, Bravo's Top Chef) join Thistle Farms founder Becca Stevens in hosting a worldwide tea party in celebration of International Women's Day on Monday, March 8 at 5 pm ET/4 pm CT/2 pm PT. The online event, “Tea & Justice Virtual Tea Party, ”is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit https://thistlefarms.org/tea-and-justice.
The one-hour discussion will commemorate International Women's Day by exploring the mindful consumption of tea and its role in the growing movement for women's freedom around the world.
Becca Stevens remarks: “I am thrilled to welcome my good friend Tanya and my new friend Maneet in sharing a healing cup of tea with the world as we celebrate International Women's Day. The very ritual of tea and the community it fosters allows us to learn from one another, reflect on those who paved the way for us and initiate action towards justice and equality for all women.”
As part of "Tea & Justice," Stevens will highlight women artisan survivors involved in Thistle Farms' Global Shared Trade initiative. This multi-continent effort addresses sexual exploitation, trafficking and extreme poverty through an aligned network of business enterprises that supports women's dignity and economic freedom.
This is the second "Tea & Justice Virtual Tea Party" hosted by Becca Stevens and Thistle Farms. The first online event coincided with the 100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote, and was co-hosted by humanitarian Fiona Prine and celebrity chef Tanya Holland. For additional information on “Tea & Justice Virtual Tea Party,” visit https://thistlefarms.org/tea-and-justice. For additional information on Thistle Farms, visit thistlefarms.org
About Thistle Farms
Thistle Farms is an international nonprofit dedicated to helping women survivors recover and heal from trafficking, prostitution and addiction. Based in Nashville, the organization provides safe and supportive housing, the opportunity for economic independence through varying social enterprises, and a strong community of advocates and partners.
About Becca Stevens
Becca Stevens is a speaker, social entrepreneur, priest, founder of ten nonprofit justice enterprises, and president of Thistle Farms in Nashville, Tenn. She is the author of several books including of The Way of Tea & Justice and leads with an inspiring message that love is the strongest force for change in the world.
About Maneet Chauhan
Maneet Chauhan is an award-winning chef, author, television personality and founding partner and president of Morph Hospitality Group in Nashville, Tenn. She is a recipient of the 2012 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Award for her role as a permanent judge on Food Network’s "Chopped.” She is the author of two cookbooks, Flavors of My World and her most recent, Chaat: The Best Recipes from the Kitchens, Markets, and Railways of India.
About Tanya Holland
Acclaimed for her inventive take on modern soul food, as well as comfort classics, Tanya Holland is the Executive Chef/Owner of the internationally renowned and beloved Brown Sugar Kitchen restaurant, located in Oakland, Calif. The author of The Brown Sugar Kitchen Cookbook and New Soul Cooking, Holland competed on the 15th season of "Top Chef" on Bravo, appears on the new HBO Max show "Selena + Chef" featuring Selena Gomez and is the host of OWN’s "Tanya’s Kitchen Table." In 2020, Holland launched “Tanya’s Table” podcast with MuddHouse Media. She is on the Board of Trustees for the James Beard Foundation, and Brown Sugar Kitchen has received multiple Michelin Bib Gourmand awards. Additionally, she has teamed up with Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) to create a new café concept for the Museum: Town Fare by Tanya Holland in 2021. She is an in-demand public speaker and lecturer who frequently leads the conversation on inclusion and equity in the hospitality industry.
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