JSS Artists (WMOS): Tanya Howard

Tanya, of Homestyle Gourmet, gave a food demo and tasting in the Jerome Street Studios’ kitchen on Sunday during West Medford Open Studios… 

(I don’t actually have a photo of the event to share right now, but here is one of Tanya with her cooking class for kids group)


I received a B.A. in Art with a certificate in education from UMass Boston in 1993. After which I worked for the Boston Public Schools as an art educator before I had children. I decided to become a stay at home mom after after my first son was born. When my children were young I helped found the West Medford Open Studios and have been a organizer and board member of this annual event since 1999. I have also been involved with several arts based business. Most importantly to me, however, has been the time I have gotten to spend with my children as they have been growing up. I have been lucky to have the time to share and teach them about all of my creative passions. We have spent many hours together drawing, painting, playing, and of course being in the kitchen creating homestyle food made with love. Having two sons with several food allergies has shaped the way I approach cooking. In particular, I have spent time customizing recipes, reading labels carefully, and learning more about ingredients. While my passion for cooking has moved to the forefront of my creative outlet I know that my other creative experiences will always influence and assist me in the kitchen. Today I work for myself as a culinary professional teaching cooking and offering a variety of other culinary services.


Tanya the Homestyle Gourmet, based in Medford, MA, offers several professional culinary services: I cater and prepare meals. I offer party assistance, and cooking lessons. I am a graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. I have had a passion for cooking, entertaining, and event planning for over twenty years. As a former public school teacher, I have also combined my background in education with culinary arts to offer lessons in your home and other locations. Look for my Tanya the Homestyle Gourmet page on facebook.


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