Culinary Wonder Women share tips with local girls at Homewood Public Library, April 30—register now


GirlSpring creates friendships. (GirlSpring)

Calling all girls in fourth grade to high school and their caregivers! GirlSpring is teaming up with four local culinary experts for a special Wonder Women: Chef’s Edition event on Saturday, April 30 at the Homewood Public Library. Read on to learn what makes this event a MUST ATTEND, plus more ways you can be part of GirlSpring’s positive impact on girls in Birmingham.

About GirlSpring

GirlSpring team leaders participate in many community and volunteer events. (GirlSpring)

Unfamiliar with GirlSpring? I am truly impressed by the many things this local organization does and the positive impact it has on girls across Birmingham and beyond. Needless to say, I am thrilled to tell you all about them.

GirlSpring is a local nonprofit whose mission is to provide access to reliable information, inspiring events and positive role models so girls ages 9-18 are empowered to reach their full potential. To fulfill their mission, they launched to provide an online community created by girls for girls.

The digital platform covers a broad range of topics affecting teen girls like body image, bullying, dating and more. There are even fun quizzes to take like Direct a Movie & Reveal Which Female Movie Director You Are and Where or what should you do for spring break based on your personality? And be honest, what girl can resist a fun quiz?

Since its launch in 2016, the digital platform reaches an average of 13,000 girls per month in Birmingham and across the globe through its many programs, camps and education opportunities. Amazing!

Calling Birmingham’s future and current wonder women!

Mother and daughter fun. (GirlSpring)

Don that chef hat for GirlSpring’s upcoming event—Wonder Women: Chef’s Edition. Taking place Saturday, April 30 at the Homewood Public Library, girls in 4th grade through high school have the exciting opportunity to meet four local wonder women in the culinary industry like chefs, restaurant owners, catering company CEOs, dietitians and more! Why? So they’ll know they can one day become wonder women themselves, of course!

Along with learning the many ways to become involved in the culinary world, participants also get sample recipes to try and exclusive recipes to take home and make. Bonus: moms, aunts and caregivers can also take part in the event! Talk about a wonderful way to spend time together.

Who are the local wonder women you’ll have the chance to meet? All are members of the Birmingham Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, a philanthropic organization of women leaders in the food, beverage and hospitality industries. Cool, right? Read on to meet them.

1. Andrea Kirkland | Registered Dietitian & Culinary Expert, Owner/Founder of Culinary Med Ed

Andrea Kirkland, owner and founder of Culinary Med Ed. (GirlSpring)

Andrea Kirkland, MS, RD is a registered dietitians and culinary expert as well owner and founder of Culinary Med Ed, which provides online courses for registered dietitians to help them better equip and educate patients about food, cooking and meal planning. 

As a content creator of nutrition, food and culinary topics for media and education platforms, she’s created over 1000 recipes for those wanting to make delicious, health-boosting foods at home. 

2. Crystal Peterson | Co-Owner & General Manager of Yo’ Mama’s Restaurant

Yo Mama's
Crystal Peterson, Co-Owner and General Manager of Yo’ Mama’s. (GirlSpring)

When it comes to waffles, Yo’ Mama’s is a favorite in The Magic City—and the state. This is thanks to Co-Owner and General Manager Crystal Peterson. Under her leadership, the restaurant’s repeatedly been voted the Best Lunch in Birmingham by Best in Birmingham, recognized as one of the Top Black Owned Restaurants in the US and has been featured in many major Birmingham publications. 

3. Kristal Bryant | Designer Chef of K & J’s Elegant Pastries

K & J's Elegant Pastries
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Kristal Bryant’s been wowing dessert fans across Alabama and the nation with beautiful, decadent cookies and cupcakes and jaw-dropping Kollosal Shakes decked with everything from fruit and whipped cream to cookies and snack cakes.

Founder and owner of K&J’s Elegant Pastries, Kristal’s eye for detailed perfection and outrageous milkshakes have been a trendsetting creation that’s been featured in publications like Food Network and Southern Living

4. Stefanie Maloney | Private Chef & CEO/Owner of Scrumptious

Stefanie Maloney, CEO/Owner of Scrumptious. (GirlSpring)

Private Chef and CEO/Owner of Scrumptious, a catering company in Birmingham, Stefanie Maloney specializes in individually-crafted menus for intimate affairs to large parties. A graduate of the French Culinary Institute, she honed her culinary skills training with some of New York’s elite chefs, and has also spent many years as a freelance recipe developer and food stylist for national publications, television networks and production companies, including Rachael Ray Every Day, Saveur All You and Food Network

Event Details:

What: Wonder Women: Chef’s Edition
When: Saturday, April 30 | 10AM-Noon
Where: Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Rd, Birmingham, AL 35209
Cost: Free | RSVP Required

Apply now to become a Springboarder

GirlSpring’s 2021-2022 Springboarder Class. (GirlSpring)

Love what you’ve learned so far about GirlSpring? Applications are now open for teens ages 13-18 to be part of the 2022-2023 Springboarders Class.

Springboarders are a group of local girls that make up GirlSpring’s Teen Advisory Board and play a vital role in GirlSpring’s online community created by girls, for girls. 

Here are some of the exciting things they get to do?

  • Serve as editorial board for by helping create content and ideas
  • Work together as a group to volunteer at community events
  • Help plan GirlSpring programs
  • Serve as GirlSpring ambassadors at their schools and in their communities

What are GirlSpring members saying?

Local girls making an impact. (GirlSpring)

“Through GirlSpring, I’ve met so many inspiring women role models and exceptional girls. It’s opened up so many opportunities for me and I’m so proud to be a Springboarder. Through GirlSpring I found my voice.”

Ariel, GirlSpring Member

“Being a girl is hard… You’re not typically encouraged to go out and be bold. I’m so lucky to learn from girls who can’t wait to make a mark in the world. The only thing you have to do to be liked at GIrlSpring is be yourself. Everyone should join!”

Alex’ah, GirlSpring Member

To be a Springboarder, fill out this application and submit it no later than May 15, 2022.

Have questions? Email

What else is GirlSpring up to? Find out by visiting their website and following them on Facebook and Instagram

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