Very Asian round table of the week + Japchae noodles by chef Tory Miller

Join us during Madison’s Very Asian Week on Thursday, July 7 for an evening panel discussion presented by Madison Magazine and The Very Asian Foundation. An hour of networking with an appetizer from chef Tory Miller will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by News 3 Now evening presenter Charlotte Deleste.

Panelists will discuss what it means to be very Asian and very American. Guests will learn about how they bring all of their humanity to the table, what their challenges are as a collective, how to move conversations forward with equity, and how to work with allies and community partners. While guests network, they can enjoy a vegetarian japchae noodle appetizer prepared by Chef Tory Miller of The star and Graze.

Tickets are $25 for an individual ticket/$145 for six corporate tickets and can be purchased by clicking here. We only have a limited number of seats, so get your tickets before they sell out! A portion of the ticket price will be donated to The Very Asian Foundation and will be used to reserve access to literature at Wisconsin libraries, as there is no mandatory curriculum. If you would like to donate beyond the ticket price, you can do so by clicking here, or make an additional donation at the event. Thank you to our amazing event venue host, the American Family Institute for Corporate and Social Impact! The Institute, which is on a mission to close equity gaps in education and healthy youth development, will offer a matching incentive for Very Asian Week and Panel Event proceeds up to 10 $000.

WHEN: Thursday, July 7, 2022
American Family Institute, 821 E. Washington Ave. in The Spark building (8th floor)
TIME: 5-6 p.m. — Networking + vegetarian appetizer with japchae noodles by chef Tory Miller
6-7:30 p.m. — Round table
CAR PARK: There is a municipal parking lot directly behind The Spark building on South Livingston and East Main streets.


Charlotte Circle

Charlotte Deleste
Charlotte Deleste in an award-winning veteran journalist and evening presenter of News 3 Now at Six and Ten. Deleste will be our moderator for the Very Asian & Very American roundtable. She is also co-founder of Gio’s garden, a non-profit therapeutic respite care organization for children with special needs in Middleton. The first-generation Filipino-American is also a board member and lifetime member of Wisconsin Women of Color Networkand member of PAMANA (Filipino-American Association of Madison and Neighboring Areas).

Michelle Circle

Michelle Li
Michelle Li is an award-winning veteran journalist who co-launched The Very Asian Foundation in January 2022 alongside a friend and fellow journalist Gia Vang. Her response to a racist voicemail became a worldwide movement for unity and caught the attention of The Ellen Show. Ellen’s monetary donation of $15,000 helped start the seed capital to create a nonprofit organization focused on shining a light on Asian life through advocacy and celebration. Not only has The Very Asian Foundation raised tens of thousands of dollars for AANHPI nonprofits in its first 100 days, it is also launching a national awareness campaign called The May Book Project. A Korean adoptee, Michelle has spent many years supporting adoptees through heritage camps and volunteer tours of Korea. She also started a program to support Missouri children in foster care. This work led to a congressional award in 2010. Michelle’s reporting has won a national Peabody Award, four national Murrows, and several regional Emmys — often for covering topics related to racial or gender inequality. Michelle has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and The Washington Post. She is releasing a children’s book this fall with Gloo Books titled A Very Asian Guide to Korean Food. Michelle currently resides in St. Louis with her family. She is @michellelitv on most platforms.

Alice's Circle

Alice Choi
Alice Choi is the creator of the culinary blog, Trendy foodie mom. She is a food content creator and recipe developer. Alice is a proud Korean American, wife, mother of two, and loves to cook and eat. Her recipes can be found on her website: Hip Foodie Mom and her videos on social networks: mainly Instagram and TikTok. Alice focuses on Korean food, Asian food, viral food trends, and easy weeknight meals. In March 2021, as Asian hatred and violence reached an all-time high, Alice made the decision to use her social media platform to amplify and share stories and events from the AAPI community. She also made a conscious decision to share more Korean and Asian food recipes and show more of her face in videos for AAPI representation. After that, Alice Instagram account grew and she gained more than 40,000 new subscribers. She also has more than 200,000 subscribers on ICT Tac. The community of AAPI food content creators on social media is the largest it has ever been and Alice is proud to be a part of it. Alice and her recipes have been featured on Channel3000 (News 3 Now), Better Homes and Gardens Magazine,,,,,,,, Feedfeed .com, Midwest Living Magazine, People Magazine and Food Network Magazine, BRAVA Magazine, The TODAY Show, Good Morning America and The Drew Barrymore Show. Alice lives in Malvern, Pennsylvania with her husband, Paul, and their two daughters, Phoebe and Madeline. Her love for Wisconsin cheese and all things Madison remains constant.

French Circle

Francesca Hong
Francesca Hong (she) is a mother, service worker, small business owner, community organizer, and the first Asian American elected as a Wisconsin state representative. She represents the 76th Assembly District in Madison. Hong is the co-founder of the Collective of Culinary Ladies, an organization that empowers women and non-binary food and beverage professionals through resource sharing, networking, and fundraising for equity-focused nonprofits. Hong is a strong advocate for the representation of Asian American Pacific Islanders, sponsoring and co-sponsoring legislation condemning anti-Asian hatred, recognizing Desi Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and expanding benefits for Laotian War Veterans. Vietnam. She sits on the executive committee of the Wisconsin AAPI Coalition. Co-author of the Economic Justice Bill of Rights, the Healthy School Meals for All Act, and Homeowner Due Diligence, Hong has a vision to reshape the state around a care economy and workers’ justice. When she’s not working at her restaurant, fighting in the capital or connecting in the community, Hong shares space with her son, George, in the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood.

Conservative Circle

Tory Miller
Tory Miller took his passion for food to the French Culinary Institute, leading to jobs at several high-end restaurants in New York, including Eleven Madison Park and Judson Grill, before arriving at L’Etoile to work as a as head chef of Odessa Piper. . Now, as executive head of The star and Graze, Miller is fulfilling his dream of taking locally farmed ingredients to the next level. Preferring old-world cooking methods, its kitchens produce a variety of homemade products like artisan charcuterie, pastas, breads, butters, fruit preserves, pickled vegetables and more. His creativity and talent have garnered him notice everywhere with accolades such as the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef in the Midwest 2012 award, Health magazine’s “Culinary Hospitality of the Year” grand prize, “Top 50 restaurants of America” ​​from Gourmet magazine, the “Top 50 Restaurants of Flavor”. 100” and Madison Magazine’s “2010 Chef of the Year”.

Learn more about Very Asian Week here.


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