Tara Chapman is a founder and owner of Two Hives Honey. Tara is a native Texan, born and raised in the small West Texas town of Smyer. After high school she moved to the East Coast, but after 13 years, she raced back to Texas to satisfy a longing for Texas BBQ, breakfast tacos, and mild winters. Tara’s fascination with bees began with an 8th grade science unit on the workings of a colony. Today Tara not only sells honey but also teaches beekeeping classes to help people start and manage their own hives and gives hive tours.
Harold Whit Williams is guitarist for the critically acclaimed rock band Cotton Mather, a prize-winning poet with four published collections, and a music cataloger for The University of Texas at Austin.
Jesse Sublett is an author and musician in Austin, Texas. He’s the author of 13 published books and a legend in the Austin music scene. In 1978, Jesse founded The Skunks with Eddie Munoz and Bill Blackmon, while simultaneously, he was a founding member of the Violators, with Kathy Valentine, Carla Olson and Marilyn Dean—these two bands being the first punk bands in Austin. Their first gigs at Raul’s marked the birth of the Austin punk/new wave scene.
I started Bouldin Creek Café in a 700 square foot shack in the summer of 2000. We were basically a coffee bar with a small menu of vegetarian food prepared in a tiny kitchen. We employed the artists, musicians, queers that had always had my heart. Over the years we gained a loyal following and our menu grew with the demand. By 2005 we were a full blown restaurant with lines out of the door on weekends.
I’m a professor of statistics and data science at UT, where I teach both in the McCombs School of Business and in the Department of Statistics and Data Sciences. I grew up in Katy, Texas and went to college here at UT, just like my mom before me. After graduating in 2004, I lived in England for two years to study math at Cambridge. Then I did my PhD in statistics at Duke University, and finally I got back to Texas as fast as I could.