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Seafood Throwdown (2017)

Session 1 with Emcee Rose Arruda: 

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Witness our Seafood Throwdown at its finest andbring a friend to see if you can name the MYSTERY FISH? Come and listen to the sizzle of the seafood and the voices of your community and observe our community Chefs throw it down, Jamaican style.

11:00 – 11:30 am   Who Fishes Matters by Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance




12:15 – 2:15 pm      Seafood Throwdown!

Ivy Lawson, Owner of Iveeys & 2016 Vermont JerkFest Seafood Throwdown Champ


Chef Ricardo Monroy of Haley House Cafe, Take Back the Kitchen 

2:15-2:45  pm:       Ethnic Crops in MA by World Farmers



Ivy Lawson, Owner of Iveeys & 2016 Vermont JerkFest Seafood Throwdown Champ – Ivy Lawson is the founder and CEO of Logwood Company, LLC, DBA Ivyees “Everything Honey.” Ivy has called herself a “Bee Enthusiast” but she’s also known as the original “Queen Bee.”Ivy’s root is from the island of Jamaica. Because of the rich bauxite soil in Jamaica, vegetation grows in abundance for bees to pollinate and creates the best tasting honey. Ivy felt she found the perfect place to pursue her dreams.In 2008 she moved her family to Jamaica where she began bee farming.  From this operation she produces 3 to 4 distinctive pollination varieties of all-natural organic honey available for sale to premium organic retailers. As part of a natural progression Ivyees “Everything Honey” has expanded it’s business into making healthy products using honey and it’s derivatives.   These products includes hair, face and body care as well as condiments such as honey jerk and BBQ seasonings, salad dressing and chutneys. Ivyees hair, face and skin care line are currently being vetted by Whole Foods, and Target, Cambridge Naturals several other specialty body and wellness stores.


Chef Ricardo Monroy of Haley House Cafe, Take Back the Kitchen – Chef Ricardo has worked locally and internationally as a chef and cooking instructor for more 14 years.  Born and raised in Guatemala City, Ricardo has always loved discovering new things and has never been afraid to take risks.  By the age of 17, he owned his own cevicheria called Nerina. A few years later, he moved to Europe and began an 8-year adventure.  While in Switzerland, he was the head chef at Treibhaus Luzern, a youth and cultural center. During his time there, the Lucerne Cultural Scene honored him and his teamed as the “Best Cultural Kitchen of Lucerne.”  After many years abroad, he moved back to Guatemala, and spent time working and travelling throughout Central America. But the travel bug bit him again, and he decided to move to Boston for his next adventure.  While working at a few restaurants he started volunteering in the Haley House soup kitchen. A few months later, he was invited to be one of the chefs for Haley House’s Bakery Cafe’s Saturday evening pay-what-you-can meal (Community Tables) in Roxbury. He also recently joined the team of chef-instructors in Haley House’s Take Back the Kitchen (TBK) cooking program for youth, as well.


Colette Phillips, CEO, Colette Phillips Communications– Colette Phillips Communications (CPC) is a boutique public relations and marketing firm based in the financial district of Boston.  Colette has led CPC since 1986. She has represented Bank of America, Boston Red Sox, State Street, Major League Baseball, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Boston Foundation, TJX Companies, and Boston’s NBC network affiliate Station. Colette offers strategic public relations and stakeholder engagement advice and counsel in the form of media relations, custom crafted messages leveraging mainstream and urban multicultural communication channels and through the firm’s social and business networking platforms, strategic alliances and extensive local contacts.  She also provides Boston and executive on boarding services to corporations and individuals.  She has provided public relations and corporate social responsibility counsel across industries helping clients become integral partners in the communities in which the do business.   Colette not only understands the importance of influencing stakeholders but advocating on behalf of her clients.  Mayor Marty Walsh engaged the services of her firm to assist with his 2013 inauguration celebration and recently appointed her to a three- person Review Committee to review the City’s Office of Tourism. She was recently hired by Michelle Wu the President of the Boston City Council to provide PR and Community Engagement services to the Boston City Council.

Boston can be a provincial city. Colette has been part of the city’s fabric and inner sanctum community for decades.  She affords her clients unique opportunities to engage in and become strategically visible in this inner sanctum. She is highly respected for her amazing ability to create cross- cultural business and social relationships networks.  In 2008, she launched an innovative venture called Get Konnected! which has become the city’s premier inclusive business networking event that bring together urban and international professionals, business executives, entrepreneurs and graduate students across industries and sectors for the purpose of networking. Get Konnected! corporate partners include most of the major corporations who view this as a multi-channel platform to engage culturally diverse consumers and enhance their diversity and inclusion workforce pipeline.   She and her firm recently made history as the creators of Boston’s first compilation of the GK100 List of Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color. The Boston Globe covered this historic event on the front page of its Business section, citing Colette as changing the conversation on diversity in the city.

The Boston Globe cited her Boston’s “social connector,” and one of the “must-have” people in the room when there are important events. In 2016, she was one of Boston Business Journal’s Power 50: Game Changers and in 2015, the Boston Business Journal honored her with its Leaders in Diversity Lifetime Achievement Award.