Lyn Deardorff, Owner & Creator of Preserving Now






For more about Lyn, see the “About” Menu Page



Here’s our talented pool of Instructors:

 Will J. Acosta

Will Acosta has had a love and passion for food since he was a young child.

He watched his grandfather preserve the fruits of his and other’s North Louisiana garden. Tomatoes, figs, blackberries… the varieties were endless. His Mother was a caterer and owned a restaurant and he washed dishes, cooked and served.

As an adult, he searches out food experiences and sees food as not only the way we nourish our bodies, but also as a way to connect people.


Curtis Ross

Chef Curtis Ross is a world renowned Eco-Lifestyle Consultant and Chef. Born and raised in Trinidad, he has traveled and studied throughout Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Inspired by these cultures, he developed the unique Africala cooking style, best described as an elegant fusion of the regions’ cuisines.

His eclectic blend of flavors call to mind the traditional African feasts, Latin celebrations, and Caribbean rituals he encountered. Chef Curtis had served as private chef and consultant for celebrities and dignitaries for over 25 years.



Cara-Lee Langston

Cara-Lee Langston is a South African-born Nutritionist, Herbalist, and Wellness Cook. An Exercise Science undergraduate, she also holds a Certificate in Medical Herbalism from the Botanologos School of Herbal Studies and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health from the Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Cara strives to build relationships with local farmers and engage community interest in integrative health and wellness.

As Teaching Kitchen Coordinator for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, Cara-Lee works to develop nutrition and culinary education programs for adults and kids in need.



Miss Ladybug

Miss Ladybug of Ladybug Events is a whimsical educator who excels at blending learning, entertainment, and wonder.

She provides enrichment programs to schools around metro atlanta and is also a children’s entertainer for birthday parties and community events.  Miss Ladybug is teaching and entertaining at The Learning Kitchen’s Camps for Kids

Find out more about her and Ladybug Events at



Marisa Moore

Marisa is a registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Marisa Moore Nutrition. Using a food first, mostly plant-based approach, Marisa helps people eat better, one morsel at a time, through group classes, writing, and developing healthy recipes.

A former national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Marisa is a trusted food and nutrition expert and has appeared in most major media outlets including the Today Show, The Dr. Oz. Show, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and has had regular appearances on CNN. Marisa is a contributing editor for Food & Nutrition Magazine, contributor to People magazine and blogger for the Huffington Post and US News and World Report.

Before launching her consultancy, she worked as an outpatient dietitian, corporate nutritionist for a restaurant chain, and managed the employee worksite nutrition program at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Always ready for new passport stamps, Marisa loves to explore new countries, but in her spare time you might find her dancing salsa or on a jog with her dog, Biscuit.  Learn more and get her recipes and tips at



David Patton

Southern born, David is a 20+year resident of Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward (home of Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn).  
David came to soul food and southern cooking the old fashioned way, by watching his grandparents, aunts, uncles and his parents grow and cook food for their families friends and neighbors.
Their passion for feeding their loved ones was practically genetic as David now enjoys vegetable gardening and turning what he grows into regular meals for his family and friends.





Christine A. Seelye-King

Chef Christine Seelye-King is a professional Chef Instructor and Cookbook Author, teaching culinary skills to students of all ages from small children through senior citizens. She is the co-author of Easy Gluten-Free Entertaining, and author of the ebook Mrs. Claus Cooks for Holiday Entertaining. She has worked with the Hope Scholarship Program through Chattahoochee Technical College, teaching the first year of culinary basics and management to advanced placement high school students, and as a Chef Instructor to the public at the Viking Cooking School and Cook’s Warehouse.  She is a certified ServSafe instructor and proctor for the National (and Georgia) Restaurant Associations.

Christine served a 3-year chef’s apprenticeship through the American Culinary Federation, becoming the first woman to graduate from the program in the SE in 1984.  Since then her job titles have included Restaurant and Bar Manager, Personal Chef, Health and Education Coordinator for Sevananda Natural Foods, Mad Scientist, and Mrs. Claus.  She currently teaches with the LEAD Homeschool Organization as a Chef Instructor and teacher of Living History and Domestic Sciences.



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