For more than a decade, journalist and chef Kim O’Donnel has dispensed cooking advice at numerous publications, including The Washington Post, Culinate and USA Today. Kim is the author of The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook and the forthcoming Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations (Oct. 2012). Based in Seattle, she is the founder of Canning Across America and a member of the James Beard Journalism Awards Committee.
Fueled by insatiable curiosity to uncover every food-related spot and meet every foodie in Seattle, Keren Brown began by enrolling in cooking classes. She would spend mornings in class, afternoons scouring the shelves of the city’s cookware shops and specialty grocers or judging food contests, and evenings in restaurants, all the while chronicling her journey on her blog, FranticFoodie.com.
Driven by relentless energy, she created the Seattle FoodBlogger Events—monthly meet-ups for local food bloggers—and launched a series of networking and educational events, known as Foodportunity, for the entire Seattle food community, bringing together writers, culinary industry professionals, restaurateurs, food companies and food-passionate people.
In addition to her own blog she writes for SeattlePi.com and MyNorthwest.com. Keren Brown was named “Doer of the Week” by MarthaStewart.com and featured numerous publications such as Puget Sound Business Journal, Portland Business Journal, SeattleTimes and Sunset Magazine.
Keren Brown is the author of “The Food Lovers’ Guide to Seattle” (Globe Pequot Press), a guide to all the best restaurants, bakeries, and specialty shops in Seattle.
Rajashree Karwa (Raj) is an engineer, entrepreneur, technologist and food blogger. She has merged her passions to create Velvet Aroma, a website that takes your online cooking experience beyond the recipe search into the vibrant world of food bloggers.
Rajashree's career includes over a decade of technical leadership in the financial and media-entertainment industries. She loves applying her skills to solve large scale technology challenges as well as teaching young children the intricacies of math and computers. She writes about her gluten-free, attempts-to-be-healthy lifestyle on her food blog Flip Cookbook.
Stephanie Stiavetti is a food writer, radio producer, videographer, and social media consultant. With fifteen years experience in corporate information technology, she continues her tech-peppered culinary wanderings by digging deeper into video, radio, and a vast array of web outlets.
Besides her blog at TheCulinaryLife.com, Stephanie can be found on NPR, KQED, and the Huffington Post.