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Photo Credit: Jen Rynda

Photo Credit: Jen Rynda

David thomas

David Thomas is the Chef Partner of Ida B’s Table. Thomas is a career food professional with more than 25 years of experience. In 2012, Thomas along with his business partners, opened Herb & Soul: a farm to table, local and sustainable restaurant. Herb & Soul won numerous awards, and Thomas went on to be featured on "Tasty Travels," as well as several local television stations. His food and work have been featured in Food & Wine, Style Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, Foodservice Monthly, Black Enterprise, and Cuisine Noir. To learn more about Thomas, visit www.chefdavidthomas.com.


Eddie Conway is an Executive Producer of The Real News Network. He is the host of the TRNN show Rattling the Bars. He is Chairman of the Board of Ida B’s Restaurant, and the author of two books: Marshall Law: The Life & Times of a Baltimore Black Panther and The Greatest Threat: The Black Panther Party and COINTELPRO. A former member of the Black Panther Party, Eddie Conway is an internationally known political prisoner for over 43 years, a long time prisoners’ rights organizer in Maryland, the co-founder of the Friend of a Friend mentoring program, and the President of Tubman House Inc. of Baltimore. He is a national and international speaker and has several degrees.



As a child, Tonya was fond of watching the matriarchs of her family prepare meals on special occasions. Her fascination with food expanded and grew in Junior High School when she took her first cooking courses, and drove her to launch and operate a successful catering company for a decade. In addition to running the catering company, Tonya also worked in other service industries for 18 years.

Tonya began her restaurant career at Martick’s Restaurant and learned the ins and outs of the industry directly from Baltimore icon, Morris Martick. She went on to hold positions at the venerable Dogwood and Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge in Annapolis. With that wealth of experience, she led the front of the house staff at the award-winning Herb & Soul alongside her husband, Chef David Thomas. Tonya and David have been working together as a team for almost 25 years. Tonya manages front of house, and is responsible for baked goods & desserts. They share a common bond for the love of food, family, cultural heritage, food sustainability and strengthening bonds in the community.  


Derrick J. Purcell PCII, FPM, is the Director of Operations and Partner at Ida B’s Table (a venture of The Real New Network).  Innovation, excellence and evolving with current trends is Derrick Purcell’s culinary creed. Derrick has used his talents to foster an impeccable reputation within the catering and hospitality industry.  Professionally developed at the Culinary Institute of America, where he received a dual certification of Pro Chef Level II (CIA), and Certified Chef de Cuisine (ACF, 2009). Derrick brings to the partnership over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.  Strongly established as a leader in both the front and back of the house, Derrick has proven strengths in project management, operations, team leadership, development, and excellent communication skills. Derrick is known for setting benchmarks with his innovation and strategic vision in client-focused environments. Dedicated to serving the community, Derrick has served on the Board of the Samaritan Women Baltimore for over 10 years.



Our employees are the backbone of Ida B’s Table. We realize the potential in our staff and respect them for the contributions that they make here every day. Which is why we guarantee a fifteen dollar an hour wage for all our staff and offer each employee full benefits. We know that without their hard work and dedication, Ida B’s Table would not be the success that it is. If you’re interested in joining the Ida B’s Table family, please send your resume to hello@idabstable.com.