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DLM CULINARY CENTER

DLM Culinary Center's Instructors

Bryn Mooth

Bryn Mooth

Bryn Mooth is the editor for Edible Ohio Valley Magazine and the author of The Findlay Market Cookbook. She shares fresh and seasonal recipes on her website, writes4food.com Bryn writes about food and wellness for local and national publications, and for food retailers and organizations. She's a passionate home cook, wine enthusiast, vegetable gardener and local food advocate.

Chef Carrie Walters

Chef Carrie Walters

Chef Carrie Walters is the Corporate Chef for Dorothy Lane Market and is responsible for researching and developing new recipes, menus, and programs. She plays a key role in our annual Food and Wine Show and other special events for DLM. As a food stylist, she has designed in-house food shots for the DLM website and electronic and print publications, in addition to television commercials and other multimedia venues. One of our most popular instructors in the DLM Culinary Center, Carrie teaches a variety of classes, always with her approachable demeanor, contagious enthusiasm, and interactive teaching style.

Chef  Dave Rawson

Chef Dave Rawson

Chef Dave Rawson runs the kitchen at the Meadowlark and helps create their delicious entrées. Dave is also a gifted baker and is responsible for the Meadowlark's wonderful desserts.

 

Chef David Kerg

David Kerg is the lead chef at Olive. He's spent the last twelve years working at fine restaurants and private clubs in and around the Miami Valley. After completing the Le Cordon Bleu program at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona, he returned to Ohio to begin his career in kitchens closer to home. After joining Olive late in 2013, he now works directly with the owner and the team to make sure they provide their guests with the freshest, most local fare possible.

 

Chef David Kim

Chef David Kim of McCormick & Schmick's Seafood

Dawn Somerlot Vaflor

Dawn Somerlot Vaflor

Dawn owns and operates Purely Sweet Bakery out of Second Street Market. She is passionate about making quality fine pastries and healthy treats. Purely Sweet Bakery offers a wide variety of sweet and healthy treats, and often uses fresh, organic ingredients when she can get them easily. Dawn specializes in healthy, clean-eating baked goods, vegan, gluten free, and traditional baked goods, utilizing local honey or healthier sweetening agents and less processed ingredients.

DLM Culinary Center Staff

DLM Culinary Center Staff

Classes taught by the DLM staff generally means two or three staff members teamed together to create a great culinary experience for our guests.

 

Dustin Wade

Dustin Wade manages the front of the house at the Meadowark. He is also a skilled mixologist, beverage pairer and craft beer expert.

Chef Elizabeth Wiley

Chef Elizabeth Wiley

Chef Elizabeth Wiley left The Winds Café in 2004 to open her own place. The Meadowlark Restaurant www.meadowlarkrestaurant.com is a small contemporary neighborhood restaurant that has Midwestern personality. To Wiley, this means when you walk through the door it smells like somebody’s cooking in the kitchen and you get a big “Hello!” Her goal is to make people feel at home with friendly service and offer straightforward, delicious food, made from scratch, using high-quality natural whole foods. We welcome Chef Wiley, a good friend of DLM, back to the School of Cooking!

Food Adventures with Big Ragu and The Crew

Food Adventures with Big Ragu and The Crew

Food Adventures with Big Ragu and The Crew are local food bloggers for Dayton Most Metro. They enjoy highlighting locally owned and operated restaurants and venues to help spread the word about our area's delicious eateries! Steve "The Big Ragu" Milano is the founder of Food Adventures and has been highlighting Dayton's best eats for the past 8 years. Chef Lee Anne House is a professionally trained chef and is the creator of the HouseMade Sriracha that is taking Dayton by storm! Jackie "Hungry Jax" Scanlan is a home cook, mom of two, that enjoys using her family as culinary lab rats as she tries out new family friendly meals. You can follow the Crew's adventures weekly at MostMetro.com and on their Facebook page where you can also get updates about upcoming food adventures!

George Punter

George Punter

George Punter, CSW, came to DLM in 2002 after a long career at NCR. His love of wine has helped him to create a new career as the Beer & Wine Manager of our Washington Square store. George is also a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW).

Chef Gerrie Bielefeld

Chef Gerrie Bielefeld

Chef Geraldine Bielefeld is a seasoned culinary expert with more than 25 years experience as an Executive Chef, and Culinary Consultant. She holds both an Associate of Science in Culinary Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management degree. Chef Gerrie marches to a different drum, to her, "down home cooking always has a little magic... sprinkled with some dirty little secrets... just to tap into your talents to cook fearlessly." She wants to provide a learning environment that is fun, exciting, thought provoking and challenging and that encourages the student to pursue further learning.

Ghyslain Maurais

Ghyslain Maurais

Ghyslain Maurais received a diploma in Culinary Arts and Administration from the Institut de Tourisme et d’Hôtellerie in Montréal. He has worked in the finest of 5-star hotels and won first-place awards in many events and contests. He is certified in French Pastry, Chocolate Décor and Candy Making, Blown and Pulled Sugar, and Bread Making. He has served as head chef for the Canadian Delegations in New York and London, and as executive chef at The Inn at Versailles in Ohio. In 1998 he opened his own shop in Union City, Indiana and has since opened two more restaurants in Louisville, KY and Richmond, IN.

Jack Zindorf

Jack Zindorf

Jack Zindorf has been teaching cooking classes throughout the community for over 25 years. An avid cook and teacher, his favorite cooking specialties are Asian, Cajun, and Creole cuisines. He has made a hobby of researching, replicating, and refining recipes for the best dishes he has discovered along the way.

Chef Jenn DiSanto

Chef Jenn DiSanto

Chef Jenn DiSanto is the chef/owner of Fresco, offering catering and carry-out meals with a daily selection of menu items made to order, using the highest-quality seasonal ingredients. A classically trained chef, Jenn earned her culinary degree in Connecticut. Her style of cooking can be best described as simple and uncomplicated, but with a great depth of flavors. She has traveled extensively and believes in honoring the various cultures through their cuisines. She believes that cooking should be simple and learning should be fun. Jenn’s website is www.frescofood.net

Jiffie Hart

Jiffie Hart

Jiffie Hart has a Level 3 certification from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET). She is a "foodie", wine lover, US Air Force retiree, traveler, mother, and wife. While in the Air Force, she was stationed in Spain and Portugal and has traveled back often, as well as to France and Italy, enjoying the great food and wine of these countries. She has also traveled to and tasted wine in the Central Coast, Napa, Sonoma, and the Sierra Foothills regions of California. Her mission now is to help people grow in their knowledge and appreciation of wine and learn of the enhancement the right glass of wine can be to a great meal.

John Chico

John Chico

John is a culinary enthusiast and engineer and the product of four Italian grandparents. He turns breakfast and dinner for his wife and teenage children into a culinary adventure. John has been involved with the Culinary Center as a student,as a volunteer, and now as a Culinary Instructor. He loves foods that are rich with history an flavor.

 

Chef Joshua House

The Golden Lamb

Julia Hoy

Julia Hoy

Originally from northern California, Julia received her BS in Food Science and went on to work for food industry leaders like Seneca and Sunkist Growers. After moving to Ohio, Julia began working at Dorothy Lane Market in 2006 developing recipes for the Produce Department in the Springboro location. Pursuing a passion for all things food-related, she completed her Culinary Arts degree and Culinary Certification from Sinclair Community College in December, 2013. Meanwhile, Julia continues to serve as an instructor and Culinary Assistant at the DLM School of Cooking.

Kate Kennard

Kate Kennard

Kate Kennard is an entrepreneur, business owner, wife, and mom. She co-founded Kate's Plate which is an in-home healthy meal prep service that allows busy families and individuals to eat fresh, super-healthy, and delightful meals without fuss. With her background deeply rooted in osteopathic medicine, and passion for fitness and nutrition, she guides clients to clean up their acts! You'll get a very straightforward approach with Kate, with a dose of enthusiasm and empathy too. Get inspired at katesplate.com.

Katherine Dean

Katherine Dean

Katherine Dean manages Love Cakes by DLM, our specialty cake department focused on bringing our customers custom-made birthday, anniversary, graduation, holiday, retirement, and wedding cakes. She enjoys the challenge and opportunity to use her creative talent in helping our customers celebrate their Delicious Life Moments.

Kathy Neufarth

Kathy Neufarth

Kathy Neufarth is the Director of Customer Resources at Dorothy Lane Market. An avid cook, she especially likes to prepare new recipes using a wide variety of ingredients. She also enjoys casual entertaining, particularly with themes. Kathy earned her B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Cincinnati.

Chef Liz Valenti

Chef Liz Valenti

Chef, Pizzaiola Extraordinaire, Catering, and Private Party Director. If you could invest in human physical energy, Liz would be a blue-chip stock!

 

Chef Maria Walusis

Chef Maria grew up in Dayton and her Hungarian roots run deep within the historic Kossuth Colony of Old North Dayton. The rich food culture of city and family fostered a love not just to cook but to feed friends and family, and to celebrate together around the table. Maria trained in the European fashion under many of the top chefs in Dayton and Cincinnati, including stints at L'Auberge, Aroma, and Cumin. Much of her early success was built on her skill with pastry, highlighted by unique and delicious desserts. Nibbles integrates traditional French techniques with a wide range of cuisines and flavors to create unique and memorable dishes, including superb desserts. Original craft cocktails and a selection of fine wines compliment a unique menu, which changes regularly.

Mary Cooney

Mary Cooney

Mary Cooney is a first-generation Italian-American who has a passion for teaching that is hard to equal. She loves to share her knowledge of authentic Italian dishes as well as baking pies and desserts. She has been on staff at the SOC since 2005.

Matthew Somich

Matthew Somich

Matthew Somich has been cooking professionally for over fifteen years. While studying culinary arts in college, he honed his cooking skills in the budding Cleveland restaurant scene. During that time, he worked for the Cleveland Indians, The Foundation Room at the House of Blues, and a handful of small, trendy, independent restaurants. What he loves most about cooking is the creativity involved in transforming simple ingredients into delicious culinary masterpieces. He relocated to Dayton in 2011 and divides his time between caring for his young children and working in various departments at Dorothy Lane Market.

Sandy Bergsten

Sandy Bergsten

Sandy Bergsten, a former professional chef and caterer, is a writer, photographer, and blogger. On her blog, andshecooks2.com, she shares what she's learned over the past three decades of entertaining, whether in her tiny Manhattan apartment, her new hometown of Dayton, or her house in the California desert. She passes on the tricks of the trade to help even the most harried pull off the perfect party.

Sherry Monaghan

Sherry Monaghan

Sherry is an avid foodie, teacher and traveler. She enthusiastically takes food experiences from her travels and integrates them into her cooking to share with those at home. Sherry has been involved with the School of Cooking first as a student-turned volunteer, now as a kitchen assistant. Taking simple whole foods and creating healthful meals is her passion.

Stephanie Madliger

Stephanie Madliger

Stephany Madliger, Beer and Wine Manager, CSW, Oakwood

Stephany began her career with Dorothy Lane Market as a part-time cashier at Washington Square. At the time, she was a full-time mom, music student and professional opera singer. When a position became available in Beer and Wine at Oakwood 18 months later, she discovered a passion for the history, skill and artistry of winemaking equal to her love of music. Now, after 13 years with Dorothy Lane Market, she is affectionately known as the “Wine, Beer and Song Lady.”

Zebbie Borland

Zebbie Borland

Zebbie Borland has been on the DLM School of Cooking team as a kitchen assistant since 1990. She has taught our Kids’ classes since 1998. She loves food and people of all ages. Her specialties are cheesecakes, children’s parties, and growing and cooking herbs. Zebbie holds a B.S. in Business and earned her teaching certification from Miami University.