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The final TEDxDaytonSalon event was held on August 22, 2019 at The PNC Arts Annex from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Eight local Speakers took to the stage, going in depth about food, and the many ways it brings us all together.

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Thanks to Natalie Kratz & The New Media Incubator at Wright State University!


MODERATOR: Alexis Larsen – Creator

External Affairs Director, The Dayton Art Institute. Alexis is currently a member of the Dayton Art Institute’s leadership team. She is also an award-winning Journalist, with award-winning pieces appearing in publications across the country; and is currently the food critic for The Dayton Daily News. She guides the DAI’s Oktoberfest and Art Ball. She is an active member of the Dayton Sister Cities Committee, and volunteers at several non-profits.

SPEAKER: Diana Cuy Castellanos, PhD, RDN, LDN – Inquisitive

Redefining Food Insecurity: Let’s Talk Health

Professor, University of Dayton. Diana is a registered dietitian and nutritionist. She enjoys teaching an array of nutrition-related courses, mentoring students and engaging in scholarship. One of her favorite aspects of her job is partnering with community members and colleagues from across disciplines to seek solutions to issues related to food security, sustainability, and exploring dietary behavior in diverse populations.

SPEAKER: Thomas Johnson – Kitchen Liaison

Life is a Pineapple

Executive Chef, Dayton Cooks. Chef Thomas leads a non-profit culinary arts training program, which is in its fourth year of operation, that is a partnership of Grace United Methodist Church and Wesley Community Center. It provides cooking skills, knife skills, kitchen safety, sanitation practices, team building, and retention skills. Chef Thomas is a Naval veteran, certified ServSafe Instructor/Proctor, and has a B.S. in Food and Nutrition from San Diego State University.

SPEAKER: Casey Moninghoff – Thought Provoker

The Joy of Burping Kraut

Mechanical Engineer and Officer, WPAFB. Casey lives by the mantra, “Always Go In The Water.” He finds core fulfillment through gardening, hiking, playing the Native American flute, and giving attention to family and close friends. He’s passionate about maintaining a healthy mind, body and soul, healthy cooking, community interaction, and experimenting with new routines. He says that the greatest gift of learning is being able to share the knowledge with others.

SPEAKER: Jazmin Perez – Passionate

A Love Note You Can Eat

Match Support Specialist, Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Jazmin is currently a graduate student at Wright State University pursuing her Master’s degree in International and Comparative Politics, with the hopes of continuing her education in Political Science at the PhD level. She enjoys living in Dayton where she spends time with her family, boyfriend, friends, going to the gym, and trying out local coffee shops and restaurants in the Dayton area. Jazmin proudly grew up working in a family restaurant business.

SPEAKER: Rachel Riddiford, MS, RD, LD, FAND – Servant Leader

Relationships (with food) are Complicated

Clinical Nutrition Director, Dayton Children’s Hospital. Rachel is a seasoned nutrition practitioner where she puts an emphasis on disordered eating, weight, food equity, and positive, empathetic communication. She keeps a consistent message; that a relationship with food is as complicated and fulfilling as a relationship with a human. She hopes people feel encouraged to explore their own relationship with food, seeking ways to intuitively nourish their cells, mind, and palate.

SPEAKER: Mary Rogero, RA, CPHC – Patient Agitator

Opening Up the Kitchen

Associate Professor, Architecture and Interior Design, Miami University. At the age of 18 Mary had big aspirations: to be a full-time sculptor and a singer in a rock band, but things got a little sidetracked for her. For 15 years, Mary worked to positively impact the Miami Valley through her architecture firm. Now, as an Associate Professor, she teaches students how to design beautiful and energy efficient sculptures.

SPEAKER: George M. Sideras, CEC, AAC, HGT – A Curious George

Arouse Your Senses

Corporate Executive Chef, Nestlé Professional. Chef Sideras started his food service career working in white tablecloth restaurants, private clubs, and as a corporate chef. George has developed training on multiple topics including Contemporary Sodium Reduction Strategies, The Physiology of Taste, Flavor Development and Umami, and Managing Vocabulary for Precision Culinary Results. He received training at the Greater Cincinnati Culinary Arts Academy; and has presented at numerous conferences including the American Culinary Federation.

SPEAKER: Carrie Walters – Hungry

The World is Your Oyster – Go Taste It!

Corporate Chef and Culinary Director, Dorothy Lane Market. Chef Carrie works at Dorothy Lane Market, where she is the driving force behind recipe development, and food and wine events. She helps shape DLM Culinary Center’s culinary classes, where she shares her passion for food as an instructor. She is also passionate about food trends, and styling trips from around the world where she can bring them to life and share them in any number of multimedia ways.



Dayton Metro Library
The New Media Incubator at Wright State University


Mark Bailey*
Randy Cech
Diane Farrell – Event Chair
John Farrell
Tonia Fish
Kristen Gartland
Kelly Geers
Lesley Johnson
Marilyn Klaben

Sierra Leone*
Emerie Lukas
Lizz Mahar
Heidi Milne
Sean Mitchell
Jessica Reinsmoen
Fran Robinson
Lance Salyers*
Lisa Von De Linde

*denotes past TEDxDayton Speaker


  • What is TEDxDaytonSalon | Food?
    • TEDxDayton continues to expand the idea of social engagement with Salon event #3: “TEDxDaytonSalon | Food.” We’ll explore all things Food related: from the social and relationship connections, to fermentation and architecture. Join us for an evening that will be sure to stimulate your senses and feed your soul
  • What is a TEDxSalon event?
    • Salon events are smaller, more intimate and informative events centered around a single topic. Salon events keep a TEDx community engaged between regular TEDx events.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxDayton, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxDayton event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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