Fine Living Gourmet: Style and Elegance in Entertaining


Claudine Shannon McDonald is a retired teacher from the Montgomery County Public School district in Rockville, Maryland, where she taught Family and Consumer Science for 40 years.  A graduate of Alabama A&M University, she began her career as an Early Childhood Education teacher in The Huntsville, Alabama Public School System.  She later did graduate work in Family and Consumer Science at the University of Alabama, University of Maryland, and Hood College.

Claudine is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, the heart of the South and the Civil Rights Movements.  She is a former member of The Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery.  As a, young girl her pastors included the late Vernon Johns and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  In 1955, she and her family participated in the legendary bus boycott of Montgomery, which was organized to protest the injustice of segregation on city buses in the south.

Claudine’s family was one of the few Afro-American families in the early 60’s in Montgomery that owned their own business.  Her parents owned a small family restaurant called “The Shrimp Boat”.  The meals were wonderful and people came from near and far to eat at their restaurant.  Her mother was an excellent cook and she taught Claudine and her sisters to cook at an early age.  Meal time in their home was always very special.  All seven children had to work in the restaurant after school and on weekends.

Claudine has received many honors during her career, including “Outstanding Teacher In Fashion Merchandising in 1985, selected “Home Economics Teacher Making a Difference, 1995, Excellent Teacher Award, 1996, Distinguished Mother of The Year Award, from The Potomac Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. 1997, Who’s Who Among America High School Teacher, 1998, 2004 and 2005, Basileus of the Year Award, 2nd Place Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, North Atlanta Region 2003.  Claudine will be honored at the 2012 Boule in San Francisco California as one of the Unforgettable, Sorors of the Civil Rights Movement.for the North Atlantic Region.  At the close of the Boule, the exhibit of her work and her two cookbooks,, Simply Elegant Southern Cooking and Fine Southern Living Gourmet Cookbook will be donated to Mooeland-Springarn Research Center in Howard University’s Founders Library.

Some of the courses Claudine taught as Family and Consumer Science teacher include Fashion Merchandising, Child Development, Culture Cuisine, Gourmet Foods, Baking and Interior Design.  She has planned and organized dozens of major fashion shows for high school students and churches.  She also escorted fashion students from the Montgomery County Public School System on over nineteen trips to New York City for fashion shows and fashion studies.

Claudine is the founder of the 40 yr old Les Bon Viviants Gourmet Cooking Club.  She has also served as Vice President of Xi Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for 6 years, and held many other offices in the chapter.  She served as president of Theta Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. in 2003-2004.

Claudine is the president and CEO of Claudine and Company, and counts wedding coordinating, decorating and floral arranging among her many talents.  She is a member of The People’s Community Baptist Church, the Montgomery County chapters of  the National Negro Council of Women and the NAACP.

Claudine is married to Earl J. McDonald, an Electrical Engineer/Scientist. The mother of three wonderful children, Eric Deshan McDonald, MD (a medical doctor); Shandra McDonald Bradford (a college professor and movie director) and Sherri McDonald- (a Sr., Producer). Claudine also has a wonderful son-in law, Asante Bradford, and a  daughter in –law Marina McDonald three grandsons, Quincy Bradford, Amare DeShan Bradford and James Andrey, Sophia Victoria and Luke David McDonald.

After teaching gourmet foods for 35 years Claudine decided to share the recipes that has enriched the heart and soul of her cooking for many years. Her new gourmet cookbook will help you become the gourmet cook that you have always dreamed of becoming.  Your menus are planned for your special occasions.

Bon Appetite!