|The ChefsJenny Breen
has been cooking and baking professionally in the Twin Cities for more than twenty years. She is a co-owner of Good Life Catering (previously Good Life Café) and is a passionate advocate for local and sustainably raised foods. She received a Bush Leadership fellowship in 2009 and returned to school to study public health nutrition and continue her pursuit of healthy food for healthy families in healthy communities on a healthy planet. When not biking or canoeing with her family, she is in her home laboratory, passing along the pleasures of food to her husband, Jon, and their daughters, Solana and Frances.
Nalini Mehta Nalini teaches Ayurvedic cooking, a food science and philosophy with the same ancient origins as Yoga. She began her career as a culinary instructor at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health, 15 years ago, followed by Whole Foods Culinary Center, Institute of Culinary Education, Open Center in New York City. She has been a speaker at several institutes like San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Rubin Museum of Art, United Nations and Princeton University.
Through her company Route to India she offers culinary experiences like ayurveda pop up dinners, wellness retreats and guides annual Ayurveda Culinary trips to India. She is a recent recipient of the James Beard Foundation's Women in Leadership Grant program for her work to promote wellness amongst food service professionals.
Shannel Winkle was born and raised in Washington, IA where she learned the foundations and appreciation for local, farm grown products. Growing up in a farming community taught her invaluable lessons about quality and care for livestock and produce, which is at the heart her work in the culinary industry.
Winkel received a BS in Health Sciences and Nutrition focusing on specialty diets and allergens in May 2014 and then moved to the Twin cities to pursue her passion for cooking at Le Cordon Bleu. Upon completing her culinary education, she worked under the direction of James Beard award winner Paul Berglund of Bachelor Farmer and in June of 2017 received a scholarship with the Beard Foundation for the Women in Culinary Leadership program, and she apprenticed with Miami Chef legend Cindy Hutson. She also assisted Top Chef season 13 winner Jeremy Ford with the opening of his South Beach restaurant Stubborn Seed. Shannel is excited to be back in the Twin Cities at the helm of The Bird on Loring Park bringing her passion for sustainability and responsible farming practices together with a variety of regional influences to the menu at Early Bird.