Tamar Fleishman

It takes a Renaissance woman to cover the cool, shocking, tasty, and thought-provoking things on this planet. Tamar started life as a professional violinist and was the youngest girl to solo with the Chicago Symphony. Her teachers included Daniel Heifetz at the Peabody Conservatory. However, after earning her BA in Political Science from Goucher College, her JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law, and membership in the Maryland Bar, she discovered there was a whole world out there beyond classical music and courthouses. Or, perhaps it was when appearing on TV with celebrities such as Bill Maher, Greta Van Susteren, and Peter Frampton. Possibly, it was after she judged the Roadkill Cookoff, the International Water Tasting Fest, or the Mason-Dixon Chef Tournament. Tamar is a Kentucky Colonel, a beauty pageant winner, and has managed several Southern rock and alt-country bands.

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