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Passed & Present with Allison Gilbert and Alvin Clayton

Passed & Present with Allison Gilbert and Alvin Clayton
Just in time for the holidays! Join renowned chef Alivn Clayton and author Allison Gilbert to explore the many ways food connects us to our loved ones.

Alvin shares his favorite meal-centric recollections (and even passes along a famous recipe or two!) while Allison reveals how our senses can guide us in remembering the family and friends we never want to forget. By taking the time to be part of this event, you will also learn creative strategies for keeping the memory of your loved one alive.

Bring your most pressing questions to our next event in the Passed and Present conversation series. Gilbert will host a new discussion the last Thursday of every month.

Alvin Clayton is a Trinidad-born artist, restauranteur, and model. Alvin and his wife, Gwen, are the owners and operators of the award-winning Southern and Caribbean Restaurant, Alvin and Friends in New Rochelle, NY. Alvin’s restaurant experience started with an investment partnership in the famed Georgia Restaurant, on the trendy Melrose Ave in Los Angeles, headed by Restauranteur Brad Johnson and several celebrities, including Denzel Washington, Norm Nixon, Debbie Allen, and other celebrities.

Alvin Clayton is a self taught artist. He is heavily influenced by Matisse and the French Impressionist movement. His paintings exudes bright bold colors of life in the African experience as it relates to the pasted and present conditions. Alvin has had several groups and one-man shows featuring his work, most recently, Unapologetically Me: a virtual political show at Iona college’s Brother Kennith Gallery. His work has been featured at the Smithsonian Institute of African-American Art, has been featured in several films, including The Best Man Holiday, and has been collected by several celebrities, and collectors, including Ken and Kathy Chenault, New York University,Denzel Washington, Blair Underwood, Hill Harper, CC H. Pounder, Lorraine Toussaint, to name a few. Alvin’s focus is now on being acquired by museums! Gaining status as a “Super Model,” Alvin’s modeling career started at Wilhelmina Models and ended with the Ford Modeling Agency, just eight years a go. As a supermodel he has graced the pages of the top publications such as GQ, Vogue, Glamour, Elle, Ebony, Essence, EM, to name a few; countless catalogues, including Nordstrom’s, Bloomingdales, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s J-Crew, L.L. Bean. Alvin has also done major ads on TV and billboards including banana republic, AT&T, Haynes, and countless others.

Allison Gilbert is an Emmy award-winning journalist and author of numerous books, including the much-anticipated, forthcoming biography of Hearst newspaper columnist Elsie Robinson, to be published by Seal Press, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, in 2022.

On 9/11, Allison was a television news producer in New York and was nearly killed by falling debris when the second tower collapsed. She is the official narrator of the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s historical exhibition audio tour, the only female journalist to be so honored. To mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks, she is executive producer of two film projects in collaboration with the 9/11 Museum and Wondrium: a documentary called, "Reporting 9/11 and Why It Still Matters,” and a 20-part series entitled, "Women Journalists of 9/11: Their Stories.” Both projects explore what it was like to be a working journalist covering the terrorist attacks 20 years ago and how the aftermath changed journalists and media forever. Featured journalists include Tom Brokaw, Savannah Guthrie, Maggie Haberman, Linda Wertheimer, Scott Pelley, and many others.

Allison writes regularly for the New York Times and other publications. On her popular grief and resilience blog, she features Q & A’s with some of the most notable names in our culture today including, Arianna Huffington, Jon Stewart, and bestselling authors Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Dani Shapiro, and Susan Orlean. She is co-editor of Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11.

You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Learn more by visiting

The Passed and Present series, named after Gilbert’s inspiring book, is sponsored by Domani for Grief, a platform created with a single goal in mind: to provide in one place the best and most trusted resources, support, and information available to begin the healing process. “Domani” means tomorrow in Italian. Domani for Grief believes there’s always hope in a brighter tomorrow.

Registrants will be added to the Domani for Grief & Reimagine e-newsletter lists.


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