This year’s Visionary Dinner will be held as a virtual event, with a robust program and opportunities for discussion, engagement and networking, all online. Come join us!
A designer, urbanist and spatial justice activist, Liz is a global expert on engaging and transforming unjust urban environments. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, Liz has a long history of working with communities in need to leverage the power of design to catalyze sustained social impact. She is Founder and Principal of Studio O, a multidisciplinary design consultancy that works at the intersection of racial and spatial justice. She also previously served as the Droga Architect-in-Residence in Australia, investigating urban marginalized populations and community development practices in the country.
Liz has written for and been profiled in publications such as The New York Times, The Atlantic’s CityLab and the Journal of Urban Design. Her projects have been featured in museum exhibitions and received numerous design awards globally. Her honors include IDEO.org Global Fellow, TEDWomen Speaker, Aspen Ideas Scholar, Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and one of Public Interest Design’s Top 100.
Asha Gomez is the author of the cookbook “My Two Souths” which launched in 2016. My Two Souths was nominated as a finalist for a James Beard Award in the American Cooking category and won the prestigious Piglet Award for best cookbook.
Throughout her career, Asha has used food as a platform to connect people across countries and cultures and has seen firsthand how food and nutrition can enhance the lives of those facing poverty. Her engaging demeanor and remarkable ability to translate wonkish research into compelling personal narratives makes her a highly sought after speaker nationally and internationally as a panelist, presenter, and moderator – including the 2019 United Nations’ Global Nutrition Summit, which was held in partnership with a number of international stakeholders, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Asha Gomez launched Cardamom Hill Restaurant in January 2012 in Atlanta. An instant success, the restaurant received praising reviews, and Cardamom Hill was named one of Bon Appetit’s 50 Best New Restaurants, was included on the James Beard Semi- Finalist List of 20 Best New Restaurants, and was named one of Southern Living’s 5 Best Restaurants in the South.
Visionary Dinner raises awareness of and critical funding for Southface’s urgent work to provide healthy, affordable and resource-efficient homes, workplaces and communities.
For many of us, home cooking has taken on a new role in our lives during COVID-19. For this year’s dinner, you’ll have the opportunity to increase your culinary acumen as our hand-selected group of chefs demonstrate skills, techniques and innovative menus that you can try at home.
We will also replicate and enhance the unparalleled opportunity of past Visionary Dinners to network. This year, gather at virtual tables to discuss “what feeds you” with others who are committed to building resilient communities and hear from leaders in the sustainability sphere.