H3irloom Food Group, Baltimore MD


Chef Tonya Thomas is a chef and entrepreneur from Baltimore Maryland who has always worked to combine her love of food, family and community with culture and tradition . Tonya has been in the industry for over 25 years, and alongside her husband, Chef David Thomas, has operated a catering company, and has opened and operated several restaurants including the nationally recognized and award-winning Herb & Soul Gastro Café and Ida B’s Table. Their aim is to reclaim the narrative around African American cooking and soul food traditions, sharing this legacy and being part of its evolution. Tonya has been fortunate to assist with a dinner at the James Beard House, travel to Ireland for Meatopia, travel with well-known chefs to Senegal, be a 2021 JBF Bootcamp Alum and cook at the Bayhaven Food & Wine Festival. In March 2020 Tonya with her husband David stepped away from Ida B’s Table to partner and start the H3irloom Food Group with Floyd and Linda Taliaferro of the Maesner Group. H3irloom Food Group is rapidly growing and includes catering, dining experiences, products and food concepts. They are currently working on several projects such as Tastewise Kids in Maryland and joining other chefs and cultural to establish the Muloma Heritage Center on 38 acres on St. Helena Island, South Carolina.