Toni has been invited twice by First Lady Michelle Obama to the White House. She was the first African American Food Editor of a major daily newspaper, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and she was the nutrition writer for the Los Angeles Times and a contributing editor to Heart and Soul Magazine. Toni supports the food industry through service on several professional boards as a member of the James Beard Awards Committee and as a founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and Foodways Texas. She also is on the Advisory Board for Oldways’ African Heritage Diet Pyramid.
Toni has been a guest instructor at Whole Foods Culinary Center, and a featured speaker at Fearrington Village in N.C.; the Austin History Center; the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, the Longone Center for American Culinary Research at William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan; Culinary Historians of Southern California; the International Association of Culinary Professionals; Les Dames D’Escoffier; Webster College; Prairie View A&M University; Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Foodways Texas, the College of Charleston; Mississippi University for Women; and Austin Foodways. She is an advisor to a grassroots peace movement that is rekindling the pie social as a vehicle for racial tolerance.
Toni is a wife and the mother of four. She splits her time between Austin, Texas and Denver, Colorado.