Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Aug 17, 2018
Guest Speaker:  Sara Waxman, Friday, August 17, 2018
Topic: An Accidental Publisher
Location: National Club, 303 Bay St., Main Dining Room
Host: Krystyna Benyak

Sara Waxman is an award-winning restaurant critic, best-selling cookbook author, food and travel journalist, and magazine publisher. She has eaten her way through much of the free world, and from 1979 and continuing, and writes about it in books, newspapers and magazines. With four best-selling cook-books and restaurant guides to her credit, daily food columnist for 2 years at the Toronto Star, restaurant critic at the Toronto Sunday Sun for 25 years, a weekly, international Dining Out columnist at the Financial Post and National Post for 10 years; freelance writer at The Globe and Mail; 6 years as contributing editor at Flare, enRoute, Elle magazines, 16 years at Fodors Travel Guides. Today, in a natural progression, her experiences have culminated in DINE and Destinations magazine where she is owner, Publisher and Editor in Chief.  
But one cannot live on food alone. During the course of her writing career, Sara worked as a Verbatim Court Reporter for 5 years at trials and tribunals; Vice-Chair and member of the Ontario Film Review Board for 10 years: Instructor, Ryerson University School of Continuing Education for several years.

Sara and her late husband Al were strong believers in giving back to the community and were participants in more city, national and international cultural and charitable causes than can be listed here. For decades she was personally involved in fundraising galas: Canadian Opera Company (Chair), National Ballet, Bnai Brith (Chair), Shaare Zedek Hospital, CanFar and Bloor Street Entertains (Chair), Brazilian Ball, Cancer Society, Variety Club Telethons, Muscular Dystrophy Telethons, Barbra Schlifer Clinic (Chair), ORT and countless other worthy organizations.

She has been honored with the designation of Dame of Magistral Grace, The Byzantium Order of the Holy Sepulcher.