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Susan Feniger

About Susan Feniger

Susan FenigerGuest speaker for Entertainment Day brought to you by Cindy (Macho) '81 and Neville Johnson

Iconic culinarian, author and entrepreneur Susan Feniger may be best known for her Modern Mexican concept, Border Grill restaurants, trucks and catering; BBQ Mexicana and Pacha Mamas, fast-casual eateries in Las Vegas; and Socalo, an all-day California canteen and Mexican pub in Santa Monica all created with her business partner Mary Sue Milliken.

Feniger has co-authored six cookbooks, starred on The Food Network’s popular “Too Hot Tamales” and competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.”

In 2018, Feniger and Milliken were named the recipients of the Julia Child Award and honored with the Gold Award from the LA Times for culinary excellence and innovation in Southern California.

Feniger is an active member of the community, and currently sits on the boards of the Scleroderma Research Foundation, Los Angeles LGBT Center and L.A. Tourism & Convention Board; she also works closely with the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, a panel of culinary leaders committed to innovative outreach to promote sustainable seafood. 

2022 NW Media Fest

Attend one of Feniger's sessions

"Cooking Up Entertaining TV and Film"

Friday, Nov. 11

9 a.m.

Austin Reading Room, Nicholson Library

Open to the public

Feniger is joined by Liz Lachman, a writer, director and composer. Lachman is currently working on a documentary on Feniger's recent foray back into the restaurant business. Join the pair for a lively discussion on creating content for TV and film.

"Succeeding as an Entrepreneur"

Friday, Nov. 11

11 a.m.

Austin Reading Room, Nicholson Library

Open to the public

Feniger provides insights into the practices and experiences that have made her successful in business. She currently owns and operates Border Grill restaurants, trucks and catering; BBQ Mexicana; Socalo; and Pacha Mamas.