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Table9 profile picture  Alabama salsa and chips

A youth program director in Greensboro, Alabama, Table9 inspires us in and out of the kitchen. She's an expert at making southern comfort foods (for winter breakfasts we're loving Sara's Famous Sausage-Apple Gravy), and has a knack for adding homespun twists to classic dishes (her Alabama Salsa and Chips and Hot Cocoa with Tipsy Peppermint Marshmallows are downright flirtatious), but don't let that fool you. Table9's skills extend far beyond the Mason-Dixon Line. We're still drooling over her Indian Spiced Potato Pancake with Mint & Yogurt Chutney.

At work, Table9's love of food motivated her to add a hospitality program to the YouthBuild curriculum. The grant-funded program teaches at-risk students about gardening, cooking, healthy eating habits, and nutrition, but it doesn't stop there. Thanks to Table9's leadership, another grant, and several community partnerships, YouthBuild students are learning valuable culinary and management skills running their own small business selling pecan butter and brittle, called Pecans! (last minute holiday gift for a good cause, anyone?).

So where did Table9's name come from, you ask? Her YouthBuild programs have been so successful, she has her sights set on creating a separate program that offers free after-school cooking classes.  The name of that program would be Table 9.

For more of Table9's tasty recipes, see her profile page and fan her here.

Read Table9's profile Q&A below:

What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?

What do you cook when home alone?
Butternut Squash Soup with a topping of Goat Cheese

Your most treasured kitchen possession:
Le Creuset Dutch Oven in Blue

Your ideal meal:
Grilled Rainbow Trout w/ Couscous, Grape Tomatos and Sweet Green Peas in a Butter Sauce

Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
Whole Lamb

The number of bottles of wine you own:

The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
6 (including myself)

Kitchen pet peeve:
Cluttered countertops

Your favorite cookbook:
My self-made binder of a cookbook


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Comments (20)


over 4 years ago monkeymom

So glad to see you get recognition for your work and your recipes! The kids in your programs are very lucky to have someone with such vision.


over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Like everyone else here, I love the work you're doing. It's really important work that there's such a great need for in the chicken mcnugget world we live in. Congrats on a well-deserved shout-out and on your life-work!


over 4 years ago betteirene

Here's to your work with the next generation. . .how delightful! I'm glad there are people like you.


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

Congrats on the spotlight! I have so enjoyed your profile from the very first recipe I volunteered to test. Keep us posted with all your progress!


over 4 years ago Table9

Thank you to everyone for your congrats! I really am flattered.


over 4 years ago luvcookbooks

Meg is a trusted home cook.

you're my role model in the youth/food/social justice/microenterprise department... who knew i would meet you on food52??


over 4 years ago Table9

I know luvcookbooks. We still need to have our skype session on food and youth!


over 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Thanks for uncovering gems.....food52. Congrats Table9


over 4 years ago Midge

Yay Table9! What a terrific program too.


over 4 years ago Chad.Lott

You've got a great set of recipes and you're mission with the kids is awesome. I can't wait to make that salsa.


over 4 years ago gingerroot

So nice to see you in the spotlight, Table9!


over 4 years ago Table9

To All: I am just so floored and honored to be in the Cook Spotlight. I was just scrolling down the front page of food52 and I said 'wait a minute that is my face?'.ha. Thank you all for your lovely comments...I really am just so honored (smiling ear to ear).


over 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

It's so well-deserved - congrats!


over 4 years ago healthierkitchen

What great work you do, Table9!


over 4 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Adding to that . . . anyone who does what Table9 is my hero!! What an amazing person. Glad to see her getting some love here. ;o)


over 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Howdy Table9! Nice to see you in the spotlight! (I ordered some nuts!)


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

me, too!


over 4 years ago thirschfeld

yay great to see you in the spotlight!


over 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations, Table9. It's so nice to see you here. You are very inspiring!


over 4 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Yaaaaay! I'm delighted to see this wonderful shout out to Table9. I'm a great fan of her and am thrilled that she's getting the recognition she deserves. Brava!!! ;o)