Ina Pinkney is a Chicago legend of the tastiest kind. Known as the “Breakfast Queen,” she fed Chicagoans for 33 years — first out of a small bakery and then from her beloved breakfast restaurant in the West Loop which she closed in December 2013.
An undeniably outstanding chef and astute businesswoman, Ina is so much more. She’s a community leader, a pioneer, a television personality, a columnist at the Chicago Tribune, the subject of an award-winning documentary called Breakfast at Ina’s, and author of a memoir cookbook called Ina’s Kitchen.
But most importantly, she’s the rare sort of person who’s found a way to transform her passion into a joy that extended to an entire city and beyond.
We are delighted NBC’s Lisa Parker is returning to host our annual Crisis Nursery fundraiser!
Lisa Parker joined NBC 5 as a consumer investigative reporter in 1996. Her work has garnered 15 Midwest Emmys, two Edward R. Murrow Regional RTNDA awards, three Gracie Allen awards, and several state and local broadcast awards. She brings a depth and dimension to NBC 5’s consumer reports, with a style aimed at bringing real benefit for viewers. She and her family live in the Chicago area.