Join us for Season 4, Episode 11 of our Eat Pray Run podcast. Today Dorina chats with Tanorria Askew, founder of Tanorria’s Table and author of the Staples +5 cookbook! Tanorria’s Table is a Black woman-owned business that works to amplify the intersection of food and social justice, a creative space that empowers people through food and authenticity.
Dorina and Tanorria dish about:
-her time on the Master Chef show
-her cookbook, Staples +5
-access to quality food that won’t break the bank
-experiencing God’s glory through food and hospitality
-her faves for serving up on Thanksgiving
Each episode of Eat Pray Run includes a meaningful story, an engaging conversation, and a little prayer. Come chase God’s glory with us!
Tanorria Askew is a chef, podcast host and cookbook author. Her credentials are simple: she comes from the “Culinary Institute of Her Parents & Grandparents.” Born in Chattanooga, Tn., and raised in Indianapolis, Tanorria traveled often to be with loved ones. Growing up there was always entertaining and cooking, sharing and telling stories along the way. She got to witness, firsthand, how food can build tradition and show love, compassion, unity, and fun.
Tanorria spent 15 years at Teachers Credit Union (TCU) before leaving to follow her culinary dreams. While at TCU Tanorria was the champion and practitioner for the institution’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative, leading the charge in winning the Indianapolis Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Award. She blended her passions for cooking and DEI to create Unity Tables, a safe space for women of different races, cultures, and backgrounds to sit around a dinner table and share their heart as a way to create unity.
An avid home cook turned chef, she launched Tanorria’s Table right before a 2016 appearance as a contestant on MasterChef season 7, where she walked away as the fourth best home cook. Her personal chef services at Tanorria’s Table are highly sought after for dinner parties, celebrations and other private events. As an expert instructor, her work also extends to engaging cooking demonstrations and classes for corporate and social events. She has had the privilege of speaking to audiences as a keynote speaker, emcee, and panelist about her significant career shift, anti-racism and social justice work, and the courage it takes to chase dreams.
In January 2021 she launched a podcast, Black Girls Eating, with co-host Candace Boyd where they celebrate sisterhood, food, and Black culture.