Mary Chamberlin Free Virtual Cooking Lessons Continue Each Week

Brickman Marketing's “Tips & Tricks with Mary Chamberlin, Author of The Traveling Soup Pot Cookbook”  

Free Virtual Cooking Lessons Continue on Thursday, April 9th, 16th and beyond


April, 2020. Monterey, CA. Wendy Brickman, owner of Brickman Marketing, is pleased to continue the new series of free cooking lessons with live Q&A: “Tips & Tricks with Mary Chamberlin, Author of The Traveling Soup Pot”  on Thursday, April 16th and beyond from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST. On the April 16th lesson, Mary Chamberlin will share two favorite recipes from her book: Brie & Crab Soup and Sweet Pea in detail. 

Wendy Brickman explains, “After the informative and fun lessons over the past two weeks, we are happy to continue with two recipes in future weeks shared by award-winning cooking expert, caterer and chef, Mary Chamberlin, whose book, The Traveling Soup Pot” has been well-received around the world and is in its 5th printing. Again, to keep it simple for everyone, those who pre-register by emailing [email protected] will receive the week’s recipe and call-in instructions. What makes this valuable experience unique is that Mary will be “live” on the phone and will be able to answer questions, including substitute ingredients and food safety." 

According to Mary Chamberlin, “As the weather warms up, it's fun to make a chilled soup and my Cucumber Soup is very popular. Everyone loves chili so I think they'll enjoy this recipe as well. I am enjoying some special tips for these recipes and answering the questions from people on the call." She adds, "Soups are easy to make and are simply nutritious and delicious. They are able to be frozen for several months to provide easy to reheat full meals for your family. During this challenging time, I am happy to share some of my best cooking practices to make it easy for you to cook and enjoy very flavorful soups. I’ll also welcome your questions for toward the end of the show. I look forward to sharing my decades of culinary experience with everyone!”

More information about Mary’s books are at You can also view an interview with Wendy Brickman and Mary Chamberlin at

About Mary Chamberlin

Carmel-based author/teacher and former caterer business owner and world traveler, Mary Chamberlin, has led a fascinating life with an overall theme of fine food and entertaining! She is the author of the self-published The Traveling Soup Pot: A Savory Journey Through Many Lands, a beautifully illustrated and spiral bound ‘must have’ soup resource for everyone, which was published in 2011. Mary has reprinted her book four times and has sold thousands of copies. The Traveling Soup Pot book features 139 unique recipes from 28 countries. Mary’s cookbook reveals some of the finest soup recipes, some kept secret for decades, gathered from years of travel and experience. She is also the author of Dining Theatrics and Low-Fat Foods.

Since 2006, she has been the U.S. Agent and Manager for the Escoffier Foundation & Museum in France. In 2007, she became Founder and President of Les Dames d’Escoffier International – Monterey Chapter. In 2012, she was inducted into the Disciples d’Escoffier and in 2015, she was appointed Western United States Representative of the Disciples of Escoffier International, a Society of Professional Chefs, Food & Wine Producers, Sommelier, Maître d’ Hotel, Restaurateurs, Hospitality Industrial Professionals, Epicures and Food Industry Media. Disciples of Escoffier International are by invitation only and are comprised of 25,000 members from all over the world, mostly professional chefs. 


She is a longtime friend and colleague of Michael Escoffier of Paris, the great-grandson of the internationally renowned Chef Auguste Escoffier who is considered the founder of modern French cuisine.  Mary serves on the August Escoffier School of Culinary Arts International Advisory Board.  The schools have locations in Boulder, Colorado and Austin. Texas. It also operates the Escoffier Online International Culinary Academy.


She is presently the National Vice Chair of the American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF), an organization founded by Julia Child and Robert Mondavi. She is the Chair of its Monterey Chapter and still serves on its Board of Directors. She is also a longtime member of the James Beard Foundation.


For over 20 years, Mary owned and operated Mission Gourmet Catering, Inc., Mission Gourmet Cooking School, Mission Delicatessen & Restaurant, in the Fremont area.  She had a staff of 80 employees and produced sales of $1.5 million per year from 1984 to 1990 until she sold the business. She also had a cooking school and brought chefs from all over the world to teach their style of cuisine.  She is the hostess of Kitchen Moments, offering private cooking classes and still does private catering for large companies in the Bay Area. She built an award-winning professional kitchen that was featured in the Fall 1998 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.


Born in a town in rural Illinois, Mary’s family moved to Chicago. She ultimately ended up in California and attended West Valley College, the College of San Mateo, University of California, Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School and La Varenne in Paris. She holds a California Community College Credential for Foods, Food Services and Related Technologies, and was a Food Instructor at Ohlone College in Fremont, California, from 1973 to 1994 focusing on teaching Foreign and Fancy Foods, Low Fat Foods, and Catering.


Mary has helped to fundraise for numerous organizations including the Mission San Jose Restoration and manage numerous events including the Tomato Fest, AIWF Golf Tournament and her husband, TWA Pilot Captain Roy Chamberlin’s, Air Force Pilot’s Reunion event in 1998. Rancho Cielo Drummond Culinary Academy yearly scholarships and donates money for cooking equipment for the school. Also serves on the advisory board.


Mary also was an active member of COSERVE (Community Service to International Visitors) which hosted and programmed foreign dignitaries (USIA program) and was California Director of World Educational Student Travel (WEST) for 10 years.


Mary also published “Vortices” Wild Winds from the Wings of Challenge:

From Kid to Captain. This fascinating book features the life of her remarkable husband, Captain Roy Chamberlin, who died in 2005. It includes one pilot’s collections and recollections of lessons learned through the conflicting winds of experience and the observations of others.  The book is archived at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio and at the Air Force Academy Library in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Most recently, Mary was selected as Woman of the Year by Meals on Wheels for her generous donation of Dinners for 10 to this local non-profit organization for their auctions.


Mary still does selected catering for private companies and also teaches cooking.


About Wendy Brickman

Wendy Brickman, President of Brickman Marketing, moved from Los Angeles to Monterey and established Brickman Marketing in October, 1990.  Since launching her award-winning firm, she has worked with hundreds of non-profit and for-profit organizations locally and throughout the United States and Canada. Wendy has an extensive background in the areas of marketing, publicity, advertising, social media campaigns, events, and market research. She worked in the management training film area for over seven years and held management positions in the home video industry for several years at Paramount Home Video, Media Home Entertainment and Pacific Arts Video. She also held marketing management positions for Salenger Films.

She holds an M.B.A. in Marketing/Management from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California, also in Los Angeles, and a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a graduate of Leadership Monterey Peninsula and the Leadership Santa Cruz County. She is the is the winner of four Business Excellence Awards (2010, 2007, 2003, 1998) from the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and a 1999 Small Business Advocate of the Year Award from the California Chamber of Commerce and a 1999 Robert C. Littlefield Award from the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.  Wendy was selected as the2008 Woman of the Year by the Professional Women's Network of the Monterey Peninsula, and as one of the Top Women in Monterey County in 2009 by the Monterey County Commission on the Status of Women.

She has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation, Monterey County Workforce Investment Board, Development Executives Network, Professional Women’s Network, Shelter Outreach Plus, Monterey History and Art Association, National Football Foundation, Monterey Celtic Arts Academy and USC Alumni Association of the Monterey Peninsula. Wendy is a recent member of the Monterey Chamber of the Les Dames d’Escoffier.

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