Meet Our Event Staff and Instructors
Beverage Baron Drew Smith
Drew Smith is our resident beer, wine, spirit, and kombucha expert here at My Fresh Basket. Drew started his wine journey by waiting tables. He soon realized to sell wine that he needed to know a lot more about wine. Drew spent the sixteen years learning and teaching about wine, and is still learning to this day! Drew has excellent pairing expertise and can help you figure out what kinds of wine will be best for you. He also is an excellent cook and creates fabulous cocktails and infusions. Drew’s mission is to help his customers discover, learn, and love beer, wine, and spirits! Drew has taught numerous wine and beer dinners, cocktail classes, wine classes, and soon will be teaching kombucha and fermentation classes at My Fresh Basket!
Korrin is founder and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist of Northwood Nutrition in downtown Spokane. She completed her training in whole foods nutrition from Bastyr University where she earned a Masters Degree and completed a Dietetic Internship. Her background supports an integrative and functional medicine approach to nutrition where Korrin works closely with other healthcare practitioners to deliver individualized and evidence based nutrition interventions. Her specialty areas include eating disorders, food allergies and intolerances, autoimmune conditions such as Celiac disease and Crohn’s/Colitis as well as digestive issues like Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Korrin especially loves to work with children and their families to develop a foundation of balanced eating habits. What sets Korrin apart from other dietitians is her ability to talk about nutrients in terms of specific foods and her love for creating and sharing delicious whole foods recipes. Korrin has taught several classes here, including Anti-Inflammatory cooking, Prebiotic/Probiotic cooking, and much more!
Chef Charmaine Vierra
Charmaine is a 14-year double-negative breast cancer survivor. She believes the nutrients healthy foods contain have a positive and impactful influence on the quality of her life. Charmaine Vierra enjoys creating living brushstrokes of flavor in the kitchen. She is an author and creator of the EAT MORE RAINBOWS program for children that help children build confidence with plant-based culinary skills and healthy choices. She has instructed cooking classes around the world.
Charmaine’s educational background includes a BA in Sports Sciences, Master of Public Administration, training through the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine as a Food for Life Nutrition & Cooking Class Instructor, Stanford Prevention Research Center as a Stanford Healthy Lifestyle Program® Facilitator, as well as a CHIP® Facilitator. She is a Certified Massage Practitioner. Her passion in raw food led her to pursue hands-on training at Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, the world’s premier organic raw vegan chef training school, she graduated as an Associate Chef and Instructor. Currently, Charmaine is completing a Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion. Charmaine has taught classes on Detoxing Smoothies and Juices at My Fresh Basket.
Chef Jack Beechinor
Chef Jack started his sushi journey 13 years ago at Sushi.com. In 2005, he left his life of serving and began learning the art of making sushi as a sushi roller. Collectively, he worked at Sushi.com for 11 years. Chef Jack branched intermittently and to work at other Spokane sushi restaurants like Ginger Asian Bistro and Wasabi Bistro. After seeing Chef Jack at work and tasting his creations, he was invited to become part of My Fresh Basket’s team in July as our Sushi Manager. His favorite thing to make here at the store are our combo platters because of the colorful array of fish used.
When Chef Jack decided to dive into the sushi world (pun intended), it became a significant part of his life. He loves testing out new sushi restaurants when he travels. His favorite thing to eat is yellowtail sashimi, and the craziest thing he has eaten is pickled sea slug (which he does not recommend). So far, the best place he has had sushi was in Hawaii, but Chef Jack is excited because he gets to travel to New Zealand next year, and, of course, he’ll try even more sushi while there!
Chef Rob Torno
Chef Rob Torno is one of our fabulous chefs at My Fresh Basket and Spokane Produce. He specializes in research and development. Chef Rob has been cooking professionally for over a decade. His accolades include being a gold medal winner in the 2001 Culinary Olympics, being a featured chef for both a Heart Act to Follow and the Women and Children’s Restaurant Dinner, and being a published chef in the Nordstrom Family Table Cookbook. He has had the pleasure of cooking for Johnny Depp, Rod Stewart, John McCain, Peter Dinklage, John Travolta, Tipper Gore, and Kelly Preston. His accomplishments coupled with his personable demeanor are sure to have you simultaneously learning and laughing!
Chef Eva Roberts
Eva H. Roberts is the co-founder and owner of the Spokane area bakery, Just American Desserts. Her experience and expertise derives from a life-long interest in the culinary arts. Growing up in an Air Force family allowed her the opportunity to be exposed to the world of cooking across the globe. Returning to Spokane in the late nineteen-seventies, she began her career as the head Pastry Chef for the historic Spokane restaurant, Patsy Clark’s. Although not professionally trained, Eva quickly became well known for her quality homemade confections. This newfound recognition led Eva, her sister, and mother to open the doors of Just American Desserts in 1986. Thirty-one years later the Spokane staple is stronger than ever, using only the freshest and finest ingredients, never compromising with modern shortcuts. This nod to the past has earned Just American Desserts many awards and accolades, including the 2009 AGORA Award for Small Business of the Year. Despite her great success, Eva can still be found daily at the bakery’s flagship location, helping create what residents of the Inland Northwest have come to depend on. Eva remains dedicated to the Spokane community and is also involved in various organizations and entities across the region. In addition, she has branched out into education and teaches a variety of local hands-on classes to help pass along her knowledge and expertise to the everyday gourmet. Eva has taught several baking classes here at My Fresh Basket.