Talk Toast Taste 2021 is Virtual

Talk Toast Taste 2021

Friday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.


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STL 50/50

STL 50/50 Charity Raffle

STL 50/50 Charity Raffle holds one raffle per month featuring a different charity each time. 50% of raffle sales will be awarded to the person with the winning ticket and 50% will be given to a charity improving our region. It’s a win-win!

As one of the last locally-owned newsrooms, we are rooted in the community on which we depend for support. We succeed only to the extent that we enrich the lives of listeners, inform and educate the community about important issues, reflect the rich diversity of our audience and engage them in meaningful conversations.

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Marco Werman

Marco Werman

Host and Executive Editor of The World

Marco Werman is the host and Executive Editor of the The World from PRX, WGBH and the BBC. Marco leads a team of producers, reporters and contributors who, every weekday, explain the unsettling events and diverse people of the planet for an audience hungry for perspectives from outside the US. On a daily basis, Marco might be talking to a refugee in Syria, a protestor in Hong Kong or Ronan Farrow, artist Ai We Wei or John Kerry in The World’s Boston studios.

Marco was part of the team that created The World and since then has won an Emmy award in 2006 for his Frontline documentary about political changes in Libya. He has reported around the globe in dangerous situations and spent years covering West Africa for the BBC and other news organizations. He also plays jazz and blues violin, and is currently writing a novel based on the life of his grandfather.

Miguel Cervantes

Star of New York’s Production of Hamilton

Don’t miss your shot to see a performance by Miguel Cervantes during Talk Toast Taste and bid on a chance to see Hamilton live in New York!

Our live program will feature an exclusive performance from Miguel Cervantes, currently starring as Alexander Hamilton in the Broadway production of Hamilton in New York. THEN join the live auction to bid on a pair of tickets to the return of Hamilton on Broadway, including an on-stage meet and greet with the stars and more!

Miguel Cervantes plays Alexander Hamilton in New York’s production of ‘Hamilton’

Virtual Auction

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Miguel Cervantes performs as Alexander Hamilton in a New York production of Hamilton

“Don’t Throw Away Your Shot” New York, NY Broadway Package

A three-level home built from stacked shipping containers

“Can’t contain myself!” Experience St. Louis’ First Container Home

Glen Echo Golf Course

A Glen Echo Country Club Golf Experience with Diane Sher

A hand-crafted guitar with a geode pattern

Hand-Crafted Blue Geode Guitar

Carol House Furniture, because you like nice things

Carol House Gift Card

A dinner setting, featuring Champagne, ribs, and pomegranate

Butler’s Pantry Holiday Meal package

A collection of Home oil paintings from artist Elizabeth Moreland

House Portrait

A meal kit with everything you need to prepare meat

Southern BBQ Kit with Chef Tregaye Fraser

A kit with everything you need to prepare professional hand-crafted cocktails

Mixology with Ian Phillips

Chef Michele’s Fresh Italian Gnocchi

Gnocchi Making with Chef Michele Ragussis

Chef Penny’s Mediterranean Braised Chicken, with rice

Plates of Persia with Chef Penny Davidi

The view from the Ocean View Villa Resort in Bali

Romantic Bali Escape “Bali Hai may call you” Amed, Bali

Some elegant rock structures on Medano Beach

Bahia Cabo Luxury Boutique Hotel on the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

A sun-lit view of the Fairmont Banff Springs

Fairmont Banff Springs

A sunrise seen past a vineyard in Napa Valley

Calistoga Getaway in Napa Valley

STLPR's Golden Ticket

Golden Ticket

We have gathered so many exciting auction packages for the St. Louis Public Radio annual gala, Talk, Toast, Taste! But any one of these could be yours if you buy a golden ticket! $100 gets you a 1 in 100 chance to win the auction item of your choice!

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Award Winners

Diane Katzman

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

For 50 years, Diane Katzman has been a passionate public radio ambassador. She has served St. Louis Public Radio as Board Chair, and she co-chaired the station’s Capital Campaign. She has served on nearly every board committee, organized station events, and pitched on-air fund drives. A 2007 Golden Microphone honoree, Diane Katzman Design, created branded jewelry and accessories for NPR and St. Louis Public Radio, as well as hundreds of other non-profits and Fortune 100 companies. Diane’s commitment to St. Louis is evident in the boards she serves and the art she creates for local institutions. She is a founding board member of the Touhill Performing Arts Center, ACLU’s Liberty League, Planned Parenthood’s Women’s Leadership Circle, and Concordance Academy of Leadership.

Shanti Parikh

Golden Mic Award Winner

Shanti Parikh, Ph.D., is Associate Chair of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Associate Professor of Anthropology, and a Fellow with the Institute of Global Health. As a feminist scholar, writer and activist, Professor Parikh is a highly acclaimed researcher, consultant and speaker of racial justice, gender inequalities, and community empowerment.

Dr. Parikh’s dedication to justice and rights-based causes dates to her high school and college days, when she was a leader in the local NCAACP youth chapter, in the student anti-Apartheid activities on her college campus, and in designing a community participatory manual as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in in Kenya. Since moving to St. Louis 20 years ago, she has been an active player in racial, reproductive and economic justice. She served as the Board Chair of Planned Parenthood, Vice Chair of St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Financial Chair of the Deaconess Foundation, Board Chair of Professional Organization of Women, and on the boards of St. Louis Public Radio, Safe Connections, Clayton Community Foundation, and the Danforth Plant Science Center Leadership Council.

Originally from Maryland, Dr. Parikh received her B.S. in Finance from the University of Virginia and a PhD from Yale University in sociocultural Anthropology. She was the first Black woman to be promoted to tenure in Arts & Sciences at Washington University. Her husband Jason Wilson owns Northwest Coffee Roasting Company and is on Clayton’s Board of Education, and they have two sons Jason (13 years old) and Julian (11 years old)

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Vantage Credit Union

Golden Mic Award Winner

Vantage Credit Union has been a sponsor of St. Louis Public Radio for the last 5 years. Their initial sponsorship was $16,000, however since then they have increased their sponsorship with their 2020 total being $30,000. In 2019, they sponsored the first Photojournalism Prize event. Since the beginning of their sponsorship in 2016, they have given a total of $110,580 net. As a credit union, it’s part of their mission to support and give back to the community. (‘People Helping People’ is the credit union philosophy.) For Vantage specifically, their core stated purpose is ‘Enhancing your life, strengthening our community.’ Their employees and members come from all walks of life, regardless of their race, gender or socio-economic background.

Jia Lian Yang

Mary Edwards Award for Staff Excellence

Jia Lian Yang holds both a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. She is the co-founder of the St. Louis-based Who Raised You? podcast, which explores culture and family with a focus on stories from people of color. The show won the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis’ 2018 stARTup competition. And this year, St. Louis Magazine’s editors named it the best local podcast. Previously, Jia served as the Public Programs Manager at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

Daryl McQuinn

Mary Edwards Award for Staff Excellence

Daryl McQuinn is a 35-year veteran of radio engineering, having worked at stations and radio groups in Texas, Illinois and Missouri (including, coincidentally, a couple of years in the 1990s at KMST-Rolla, now part of St. Louis Public Radio). Early in his career, Daryl realized that that radio was rapidly evolving from tape players and vinyl records to computers and hard drives and has since made it his mission to stay on top of the latest and greatest technology. With the help of his team, his goal at STLPR is to keep the state-of-the-art equipment and computers in top shape, so that the rest of the staff can do their jobs without frustration. He’s happiest when everything is working properly!

In his free time, Daryl enjoys listening to and playing music; he started learning the guitar when he was eight years old and played in bands throughout high school, college and beyond. He still likes to perform and is keeping his skills up by currently teaching himself the electric upright bass. When not working, playing music, attending concerts or mixing music that he records in his “laboratory,” Daryl likes to travel with his wife Liz; they have visited more than 40 countries as far-flung as Greenland, Bali and Antarctica. He also likes to edit their travel videos down to something someone would actually like to watch. They really like living in the St. Louis area and the city’s many cultural institutions, especially the Missouri Botanical Garden, which his father-in-law headed for many years. He also likes helping others with their audio projects, most recently volunteering with the International Institute to help them with their broadcasting initiatives.

A native of Edwardsville, Illinois, Daryl graduated from Lewis and Clark Community College with an associate’s degree in radio and TV technology and then earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communications and music from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. As a student, he worked at the university’s public radio station, WSIE, in a variety of roles, from music librarian to on-air announcer. He is delighted to have come full circle back to public radio.

2021 Event Co-Chairs

John Brase & Ed Giganti

Elizabeth & Ian Larson

Katherine & Dan Mauzy

Event Committee

Jane Arnold

Anne & Brad Bishop

Sara & Joseph Bosco

Erika & Anthony Brown

Sally & Thomas Cohn

Michelle & Peter deSilva

Jerry Dow

Chris & Tom Eschen

Molly & Steven Frank

David Franklin

Jason Hall & Justin Kern

Karen Handelman & Marc Hirshman

Nancy Hawes

Rachel & Jake Hirshberg

Peggy & Mark Holly

Linda & Michael Honigfort

Molly Hyland & Curt Ittner

Diane & David Katzman

Megan & Paul Kohnen

Ida & Jake Kohut

Tom Livingston

Charlotte & John Martin

Keri & Matt McBride

Margaret McDonald

Sultan Meghji

Stacey & Stuart Morse

Harvard Muhm

Libbyanne & John Nguyen

David Ott

Eriko Clevenger & Anthony Pope

Nancy & Al Rose

Linda Sandell

Claire Schenk & Richard Greenberg

Jenifer & Willem Schilpzand

Pam & Andrew Schlichter

Patricia & Ken Schutte

Diane Sher

Gina and Travis Sheridan

Cristy & Emery Skolfield

Rochelle & Jonathan Smith

Sarah Smith & Dick Fleming

Kristin Sobolik & Scott Peterson

Donald Suggs

Jeff Tucker

Susanne Franza Valdez

Phyllis & Terry Weiss

Patricia Whitaker & Dick Miles

Miriam Wilhelm & Eric Friedman

Jennifer Williamson & Allan Connolly

Kiley & Tim Yeaglin

As of February 25, 2021