BlogHer Food '14 Speakers

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Amanda Rettke
i am baker

Amanda Rettke began her food blogging career in October 2010 with the introduction of her first surprise-inside cake, and since then she's been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Woman's World, Midwest Living, Brides, and Romantic Homes. A regular contributor to Food Network and HuffPost Food online, she has also been featured on the Martha Stewart Show and marthastewart.com. She lives with her husband and five children near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Andrew Wilder

Andrew Wilder is the blogger behind Eating Rules, where he tries to convince people that healthy eating doesn't have to suck. Each year he leads October Unprocessed, a challenge to encourage as many people as possible to eat no processed food for the entire month. Last year, more than 15,000 people took part! For his day job, he provides tech support and training for other bloggers at BlogTutor.com.

Angelica Colantuoni
Senior Vice President, Weber Shandwick
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Angelica Colantuoni
Senior Vice President, Weber Shandwick
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Angelica has over thirteen years of extensive experience in consumer engagement, digital and word-of-mouth marketing, strategic communications, media relations, crisis communications and event management. Currently working at Weber Shandwick Chicago, she has worked on social media and digital programs for ALDI, GoGo, The National Milk Mustache “got milk?” Campaign, Bird’s Eye vegetables, Aunt Jemima and The National Pork Board.

Angelica developed online social media strategies, provided strategic counsel on blogger relations and blogger conferences for Quaker Oats as well as handled the word-of-mouth campaign for AXE Hair which included influencer outreach, online sweepstakes and Facebook applications. She worked on the development of an online advocate program, community management training, a social media strategic plan and a Hispanic social media strategy for Disney Parks. Angelica also worked on strategic integrated marketing and PR campaigns for national brands including I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Subway, Warsteiner beer and Nissan. She led the Denny’s restaurant chain account by providing strategic communications and issues/crisis counsel, building the Denny’s brand through special events, partnerships and promotions, image initiatives and marketing support.

Angelica is a graduate of Indiana University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and Spanish.

Anita Edge
Chief Enchilada / Denver Green Chili
Anita Edge
Chief Enchilada / Denver Green Chili

Anita has been a web marketing consultant and designer and for over 15 years as well as a fearless mad scientist when it comes to Southwestern cooking in her kitchen. DenverGreenChili.com took root in 2006 when she showed up to buy fresh roasted green chiles from her usual vendor only to find a vacant parking lot. Armed with a notebook and a camera, she ferreted out the best green chiles in the Denver area, launched her blog in a weekend, and two weeks later was featured in The Rocky Mountain News. During chile season, she teaches chile classes around Denver, judges chili cookoffs, works at several chili fests, and fields endless questions about cooking with chiles. She has been featured in The Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Westword Magazine, and NBC News.

Anita works with Southwestern food brands on web marketing, recipe development, social media strategy, and Pinterest. In her boundless free time, she runs the Denver Internet Mastermind Group, providing education on Internet marketing to online business owners in the Denver area.

Arsha Jones
Creator, Capital City

After 15 years of working in technology fields related to web design, management, internet marketing and social media, Arsha Jones decided to take the leap into entrepreneurship in 2011, along with her husband and co-founder Charles.

As a Washington D.C. native who moved to the Maryland suburbs, she could no longer find her favorite condiment - mumbo sauce - to share with her children. So she began to make it in her home. Mumbo sauce has been a cultural staple in the nation’s capital since the 1950s, most often found in small mom and pop style restaurants. Instinctively, she knew that other displaced Washingtonians must miss their beloved mumbo sauce and decided to bottle it and sell it online.

Like her product, Arsha Jones is the true flavor of D.C. Capital City is her expression of a people often ignored and rarely heard. She is a champion for and an inspiration to minority, female entrepreneurs around the world. Her ability to develop, brand, market and operate a business based on a cultural, yet regional icon makes Capital City the only locally owned company to bottle and sell the flavor of mumbo sauce with national commercial success.

Within months of launching, her company was featured on the front page of the Washington Post, on FOX 5 DC, in various publications and on other media outlets. Capital City is still growing and now can be purchased in 20 brick and mortar shops, including a regional chain, and is a featured menu item on five restaurants.

Arsha is a creative force that has grown Capital City into an innovative regional brand, which connects customers with a homegrown product.

Capital City also supports the community by donating to local non-profits who fund research and provide social services, and by raising awareness of other minority-owned brands.

Cara Bedick
Senior Editor, Harlequin Nonfiction

Cara Bedick is a Senior Editor at Harlequin Nonfiction, where she works on a variety of titles including cookbooks and food narrative. She edited Chef Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby’s Vedge, which was named one of the best cookbooks of 2013 by the Washington Post, Cooking Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and Yoga Journal. Previously Cara worked for publishers including Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group, and The Experiment, an independent publishing company distributed by Workman Publishing. She has worked on cookbooks for just about everyone, from vegans to babies--dog owners, too. She thrives on working closely with authors, and has developed and edited projects by a number of BlogHer community members including Lisa Stander-Horel, co-author of Nosh on This, and Colette Martin, author of the upcoming The Allergy-Free Pantry (September 2014) and fellow speaker at BlogHer Food ‘14. Cara was recently featured in Restaurant Business m agazine, discussing the mise en place of cookbook development. A Brooklyn native who grew up eating Di Fara’s pizza decades before it was cool, she is always looking for the next great bite. Tweet your favorite to her @CaraBedick

Carla Cancio-Bello
Cuban Cuisine Uk

Native Miamian Carla Cancio-Bello grew up in a Cuban kitchen in Coral Gables learning her grandmother's recipes.
Carla graduated from Florida International University and was a social worker at Fellowship House for many years. She then practiced law in Miami after graduating from Duke University School of Law. Her family moved to the United Kingdom in 2001 and she has been inventing creative ways to share her love of Cuban food in England ever since.

Carla carried around her grandmother's recipe box for years, without really realising what she had.....But one day, she rediscovered her grandmother's culinary legacy on these old weathered index cards, carefully hand written and indexed by her grandmother. Carla posted some of these newly found recipes to family members. These recipes were so well received, she decided to start a blog to share her grandmother's recipes. In her first blog, Margarita's Cuban Cuisine, she faithfully set forth and followed the handwritten Cuban recipe instructions left to her by her grandmother Margarita Saavedra Ajamil. 'It was just a way to reconnect with my past at first, but so many people enjoy her recipes, that I continued to enjoy sharing the best of her Cuban and Caribbean recipes.' At BlogHer, Carla's cuban brit blog focuses on Cuban recipes with an English twist...or sometimes English recipes with a Cuban twist.

Today, Carla continues to share recipes on her blogs and has opened Cuban Cuisine UK, an online Cuban and Caribbean grocery, http://www.cubancuisine.co.uk, to help people find those hard to find tropical ingredients.

Carla's decision to start carrying Cuban products this year has caused some controversy among supporters of the American Embargo on Cuba. She firmly believes that now that some private enterprise is being encouraged in Cuba, the end of the embargo will further empower the Cuban people to excel in private enterprise. The timing is right to support all things Cuban, and end the embargo.

When not reading about Cuban history, or writing new recipes, Carla enjoys ballooning, caving and hiking with her dogs.

Carrie Forrest
Carrie on Living

Carrie Forrest, MBA/MPH, is the author of the blog Carrie on Living (formerly Carrie on Vegan).

Carrie’s background is in non-profit healthcare fundraising. She holds masters degrees in business administration from the University of Southern California and in public health from the University of Massachusetts.

Carrie’s interest in wellness began over a decade ago to address the debilitating migraines, allergies, hormonal imbalances, and anxiety she was experiencing. After extensive research and study, she transformed her diet, substituting processed foods with whole, primarily plant-based ingredients.

In 2012, despite resolving most of her health issues, Carrie was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She underwent surgery and is now living cancer-free.

Now a professional blogger, Carrie shares information on how to make healthy cooking easy and delicious while also discussing topics of intuitive eating and stress management.

Carrie lives with her husband and tabby cat in California. When she’s not washing kale for a green smoothie, she can be found looking at food porn on Instagram or attempting to not hurt herself on the yoga mat.

Christy Denney
The Girl Who Ate Everything

Christy is a self proclaimed foodaholic. She grew up in Mesa, Arizona as the youngest of ten kids. She has 40 nieces and nephews and counting. Food and family were always intertwined in her childhood and most of her memories revolve around food. She took ballet and contemporary dance for 14 years and also played the viola for 10 years. Music is a big part of her life which is why on any given day you can her in the kitchen with the tunes cranking! She graduated from Brigham Young Uinveristy in Computer Science and worked at a Forensic Science software company until 2005 when she had her first son.

She always loved food but didn't really start cooking and baking until she got married and realized she needed to feed this huge man of hers. She loves running and ironically most of her recipe ideas are brainstormed during her runs. She started her blog, The Girl Who Ate Everything, in 2008 and worked as a freelance writer and recipe developer for General Mills starting in 2010. She's been married 13 years and has been living in sunny Florida for 9 years where her husband plays football for the Miami Dolphins. She is a mother to 5 kids and loves her crazy life.

Colette Martin
Writer and Allergen-Free Baker

Colette Martin is a cookbook author, food photographer, food allergy advocate and an expert on how to bake allergen-free. She is the author of the highly acclaimed Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts and the upcoming Allergy-Free Pantry: Make Your Own Staples, Snacks, and More without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts. When her son was diagnosed with allergies to wheat, milk, eggs, soy and peanuts in 2001, she had to reinvent how her family ate. Having first learned to bake in her grandmother’s kitchen with wheat, butter, milk, and eggs, Colette understands first-hand what it means to transform her kitchen to accommodate multiple food allergies. Colette is a member of the Kids with Food Allergies advisory board.

Danielle Tsi
Danielle Tsi Photography

Danielle Tsi is an artist who uses photography as a means to understand and experience other ways of looking at the world. With food as her muse, she stumbled into the magic that comes with uncovering the stories that lie beyond the delights of the plate. Translating that fascination into her award-winning blog earned her a nomination for Best Food Photography in Saveur Magazine's 2011 Best Food Blog Awards, for which she was a finalist. Her work has also been featured on Design*Sponge and Saveur. Client list includes San Francisco's Commonwealth Restaurant, Esin Restaurant and Food and Wine magazine. Danielle loves Ashtanga yoga, red wine, cooking for friends, espresso, winter's soft light and weathered wooden surfaces. In her free time she enjoys getting lost in the big wide world of Instagram. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, cat and their herb garden.

David Lebovitz

David Lebovitz has been living in Paris for over a decade. A pastry chef who trained at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, and attended culinary and confectionary schools in France, David started his blog in 1999. David's blog includes recipes and stories highlighting the quirks, characters, and foods of France.

Denise Tanton
Senior Community Manager, BlogHer.com

Denise is the BlogHer Community Manager who started her life on the internet by developing a serious addiction to chat at iVillage. From there she was employed at Women.com as a Message Board Moderator and WebMd as a Senior Community Moderator.

Diana Johnson

Diana Johnson is a professional recipe developer, food photographer, freelance writer and cooking instructor. She is the creator of EatingRichly.com, and a regular contributor at SheKnows.com. Diana is also the creative director for the husband and wife team of Diana Eric J, a media production company, and can be found in front of the camera as much as she's behind it.

Diana Eric J was formed when Diana and her husband Eric realized that her creativity and writing skills paired perfectly with his technical skills and eye for detail. They now work together, telling stories through video on a variety of topics. They share food and cooking stories, capture weddings, and even create book trailers, commercials, and video biographies. Their favorite topic though, is definitely their baby boy Corban.

Diana is also passionate about educating and equipping people for healthy eating on any budget, and is the creator of the Healthy Cooking on a Tight Budget Program in the Seattle area. She speaks regularly on food justice and nutrition education, and has been featured by several sites including Bay Area Bites. Her current focus is creating easy breastfeeding recipes for nursing moms.

Dianne Jacob

Dianne Jacob is the author of Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More. Now in its second edition, the book won the 2005 Cordon D’Or International award for Best Literary Food Reference Book and the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards for Best in the US in its category. She is also the author of Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas, a cookbook she co-authored with a chef.

Dianne has judged books for the James Beard Foundation, the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards, and has judged writing for the Bert Greene Award for Food Journalism.

She teaches classes on food writing and book publishing at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA; The Writing Salon in Berkeley, CA; and Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. See her website, http://www.diannej.com, and blog, http://www.diannej.com/blog.

Elisa Camahort Page
Co-Founder and COO, BlogHer

Elisa Camahort Page co-founded BlogHer, Inc., in 2005 with Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, and serves as the company’s COO. Elisa leads events, marketing, public relations and research for the company and with her leadership, the BlogHer conference business has grown from a single conference hosting 300 attendees in 2005, to five diverse events that will host over 4,000 attendees in 2011. With more than 3,000 attendees expected at this year’s annual conference alone, the flagship event is the largest conference for women social media leaders in the world and has been described as “ComicCon for women who blog” by Variety magazine.

Elisa’s other major focus is to bring the story of BlogHer and the influence of the women in its community, to life via research, helping BlogHer’s customers glean critical insights about how women connect, share and behave online and off.  Elisa’s work leading BlogHer’s consumer insights team, as well as marketing and public relations, has resulted in coverage and profiles from many of the leading media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Advertising Age, Forbes, Fast Company, CNN, The Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, and many more.

Elisa is a frequent public speaker, bringing research data about women and online communities to life in recent keynotes at Marketing to Women, MediaBistro Circus, Fem 2.0, New Communications Forum, BlogPaws and WOMMA Marketing Summit and sessions at Web 2.0, SXSW Interactive and CES.

Prior to co-founding BlogHer, Elisa ran a marketing consultancy, Worker Bees, which was among the first companies to integrate corporate marketing strategies into the social media environment. Before bringing her marketing expertise to the Internet industry, Elisa was a senior-level high-tech marketer, helping develop digital infrastructures for voice, video and data delivery. Her last corporate position was as Senior Director of Product Marketing at Terayon Communication Systems, where she managed a team of product managers and five product lines.

Together, BlogHer co-founders Lisa, Elisa and Jory have been named among the most influential women in Web 2.0 and technology by Fast Company (2008, 2009 and 2010), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalists (2010) and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine (2009). In 2011 they were jointly awarded the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award and in 2008, the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award. Elisa has been honored as an NCWIT Hero.

As the co-founder of a mission-based for-profit organization, Elisa is a founding Fellow of the Society for New Communications Research and serves on the Board of Directors of the 42nd Street Moon Theatre in San Francisco, the programming advisory committee for SXSW Interactive and the Board of Advisors of the Anita Borg Institute. A native of the Bay Area, she lives in San Jose with her software developer husband.

Eric Johnson
Eating Richly

Eric Johnson is an all-around nerd, who’s paid to do everything from creating videos to fixing computers. He currently works at Grace Community Church running the video team, doing web development, and handling IT. Eric is the technical director for the husband and wife team of Diana Eric J, a media production company, and is always the one responsible for the important little details Diana never notices, like good audio. Diana Eric J was formed when Diana and her husband Eric realized that her creativity and writing skills paired perfectly with his technical skills and eye for detail. They now work together, telling stories through video on a variety of topics. They share food and cooking stories, capture weddings, and even create book trailers, commercials, and video biographies. Their favorite topic though, is definitely their baby boy Corban. While in food circles Eric is known as the husband of Eating Richly, on Reddit, he has a LOT more karma than Diana.

Giorgio Rapicavoli

Giorgio Rapicavoli is chef and co-owner of wildy successful Eating House Restaurant in Coral Gables, FL and just opened the doors to Taperia Raca, a Spanish tapas bar. Giorgio’s biggest influence comes from his hometown, Miami, and its unique mix of cultures—he is himself half Argentinean and half Italian. His bold, inventive style has earned him considerable national accolades: last year he was named a James Beard Rising Star semifinalist, and in 2012 he became the first Miami chef to win Food Network’s “Chopped” competition. In addition, Giorgio was also recently been nominated for Food & Wine's "The People's Best New Chef" award.

Hana Bieliauskas
Account Manager, CMA

Hana Bieliauskas is a public relations pro with experience working in agency, nonprofit and media environments, where she has worked with food, business-to-business, health care and nonprofit clients. Today, she leads digital projects for CMA, a national PR firm, including social media strategy and implementation, blogger engagement programs and digital promotions and advertising. Hana works closely with many national food bloggers and has planned award-winning events attended by leading food bloggers.

Hana lives in Columbus, Ohio, and serves on the Race Planning Committee of the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and on the Development Committee for the Central Ohio Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She is a Head Coach and member of the Marketing Committee for Girls on the Run of Franklin County and volunteers weekly at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Hana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, with a specialization in Political Science, from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. When she’s not busy tweeting, pinning or devouring news online, she enjoys running, traveling and volunteering. She recently launched her personal blog, www.FollowMyFootnotes.com.

Hannah Crum
Kombucha Kamp

Hannah Crum is The Kombucha Mamma, industry journalist, commercial brewing consultant, founder of Kombucha Kamp and mentor to thousands of homebrewers around the world. Over the last 7 years, she and partner Alex LaGory have documented the dramatic growth of the bottled Kombucha business, on pace to become a $500 million dollar segment by 2015, while helping shepherd companies of all sizes through the commercial Kombucha process. They recently founded Kombucha Brewers International, the first non-profit trade association dedicated to promoting Kombucha worldwide.

Their writings and workshops have been featured on the Veria Network as well as in Bev Net, Beverage Spectrum Magazine, Whole Life Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Best Bets, Elephant Journal, Vital Juice and many more. Their 400page Kombucha tome will be published in 2015 by Storey Publishing and will include history, science and how to brew Kombucha with full color photos and loads of recipes.

Learn to brew healthful, delicious Kombucha, find out more about Continuous Brewing (“The Ancient Method”), keep up on Kombucha industry news and enjoy videos, podcasts & brewing secrets at the #1 Kombucha site in the world KombuchaKamp.com!

Jadah Sellner
Simple Green Smoothies

Jadah wants to live in a world where your breakfast in the morning feels like a BIG yes.

As the co-founder of SimpleGreenSmoothies.com and a world changing mom, in less than 8 months after launching her website, she's grown her social media platforms to over 200,000 Instagram followers, 60,000 Facebook fans, 4 million page views, and 100,000+ subscribers who receive leafy love notes every week.

Jadah primarily teaches people how to rock the green smoothie lifestyle with plant-based recipes, and she's experimenting with helping moms build their passion business, but ultimately her work is about giving people permission to say yes to themselves.  

Her next two exciting projects: World Changer Profit Lab and Mamapreneur Mastermind Retreats, are coming to a city near you.

Jadah co-facilitates the Mamapreneur Mastermind Retreat at Bloom Retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area and also does touring workshops around the world with World Changer Profit Lab. With these two projects, Jadah helps people (especially moms) rethink the future of their business with creative ideas and step-by-step guidance.

Visit SimpleGreenSmoothies.com and fall in love with a healthy lifestyle with The FREE 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge!

When's the last time your breakfast in the morning felt like a BIG yes?

Jaden Hair
Steamy Kitchen

Jaden Hair is a television chef, food columnist and award-winning food blogger at Steamy Kitchen. She is one of the chef stars on this season's Recipe Rehab show on ABC.

You can also watch her cook monthly on Daytime Show, syndicated in 140 markets. Jaden has been a food columnist for Discovery Health, TLC and for The Tampa Tribune. Jaden is a cookbook author of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook and the Steamy Kitchen's Healthy Asian Favorites.

Jane Bonacci
Founder, The Heritage Cook

Jane Bonacci is a food writer, recipe developer and editor, and the author of The Heritage Cook, a food blog where she shares favorite recipes and the lessons she has learned during a lifetime in the kitchen. After a successful career in the high tech industry, she switched directions to pursue her lifelong passion for cooking and baking. Jane worked at local cooking schools where she had the opportunity to cook with and learn from many of the country’s finest chefs.

Jane grew up near both San Francisco and the Napa Valley, so she was destined to become involved with food and wine. Surrounded by some of the finest ingredients in the world, a trip to the farmer’s market is inspiration for creating new recipes that run the gamut from fresh and healthy to old-fashioned comfort foods. Since getting diagnosed with gluten-intolerance, gluten-free options are included for all of her recipes on The Heritage Cook.

Jane is a regular contributor to the Food Network’s FN Dish, a member of Char-Broil’s All-Stars, a contributing chef for Gourmet Garden, manager for the 2014 IACP Digital Media Awards, and a presenter at BlogHer Food 2014. She is on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Professional Food Society, group manager for the Secret Recipe Club, member of IACP, Baker’s Dozen, and Slow Food organizations.

Jeanette Chen
Jeanette's Healthy Living

I’m a mother of four rambunctious boys and wife to a loving husband, who serve as taste testers for all my creations in the kitchen. My blog features healthy recipes that I make for my friends and family, including women with cancer, and my youngest son who has food allergies. I have a motto that the recipes on my blog live by: every recipe has to taste great – to be eaten, not left untouched, appeal to the eye (hopefully make your mouth water), and provide the nutrients your bodies need. 

I am passionate about showing companies how they can use social media to raise brand awareness, promote wellness within their organizations, and engage in a conversation with their customers and employees.

Jennifer Giambroni
Director of Communications, California Milk Advisory Board
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Jennifer Giambroni
Director of Communications, California Milk Advisory Board
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As Director of Communications for the California Milk Advisory Board, Jennifer Giambroni oversees consumer and trade communications outreach on behalf of California’s 1500 dairy farm families to build awareness and preference for dairy products made with California milk and that carry the Real California Milk or Cheese seals.

Jenny Sprague
Founder, Food Allergy Bloggers Conference LLC
Jenny Sprague
Founder, Food Allergy Bloggers Conference LLC

I started my blog, Multiple Food Allergy Help, in 2010, to help other people find their way after getting a food allergy diagnosis. Both my boys have multiple food allergies. We deal with asthma, eczema, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, ADHD. My youngest son has a feeding tube and fewer than 15 foods he can safely eat. He also was diagnosed with bilateral kidney cancer at the age of 2. [He is doing well, but goes for scans every 3 mos; he is high risk for relapse]. I also serve as an elected member of our local school board since 2012.

In 2013 I founded the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference LLC, which put on a first of it’s kind conference in Las Vegas for Food Allergy Bloggers and the businesses which support them. It was a tremendous success, pulling together Food Allergy experts, doctors, advocates, book authors, and businesses to learn, share, and strengthen our common goals and bonds of creating a safer world for people dealing with life threatening allergies.

Jessie Johnson
Founder & Executive Director/The Sustainable Seafood Blog Project
Jessie Johnson
Founder & Executive Director/The Sustainable Seafood Blog Project

Jessie grew up with professional foodies who taught her to love cooking and to see food as a catalyst for community. She spent her undergrad years researching what we eat, why we eat it, and what food means to us both as individuals and as a society. After college, Jessie started Life As A Strawberry to share recipes, practice photography, and keep herself immersed in the food world while she worked for non-foodie non-profits.

In May 2013, she launched The Sustainable Seafood Blog Project (SSBP), an organization dedicated to helping food bloggers and businesses promote sustainable food systems. Jessie continues to blog and manage the SSBP while she works on her Master's at Cornell University, and she firmly believes in the power of food to change the world.

JL Fields
Author, Cook, and Coach

JL Fields is a vegan cook, lifestyle coach and educator at Go Vegan with JL! She is co-author of Vegan for Her: The Woman’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet (Da Capo Press, July 2013), author of the forthcoming Vegan Pressure Cooking (Fair Winds Press, January 2015), and a restaurant critic for the Colorado Springs Gazette.

JL provides in-person vegan cooking services, lifestyle coaching and classes in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area as well as Skype and/or phone coaching throughout the U.S. and internationally. She leads online marketing strategy for The Soyfoods Council, strategic fund development for the Soy for Life Foundation, is on the fitness faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership, the Education Coordinator for Nourish Organic Juice, and served as Plant-Based Team Leader for Attune Foods.

JL speaks on plant-based food and vegan activism, fitness, body image, making big changes post-40, blogging, and nonprofit management at vegetarian festivals, expos, farm markets, community organizations, and colleges and universities. She has been interviewed for TV, radio, and podcasts including FOX-31 Denver’s Everyday, KVOR’s Table Talk, Main Street Vegan on Unity.FM, Our Hen House, and Erin Red Radio.

JL shares plant-based education, recipes and cooking techniques, as well as animal rights information and resources, on the popular blog JL goes Vegan and launched the first vegan weekly online column “I Eat Plants” for the Life and Style section of The Journal News (Westchester, NY). She is the editor of the community blog Stop Chasing Skinny.

A devoted culinary student, JL has studied at the Natural Gourmet Institute and Organic Avenue, and completed the Intensive Study Program at The Christina Pirello School of Natural Cooking and Integrative Health Studies.

Joanne Ozug
Founder, Fifteen Spatulas LLC
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Joanne Ozug
Founder, Fifteen Spatulas LLC
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Joanne created Fifteen Spatulas in 2010 with the goal of showing people that cooking from scratch can be simple and delicious. Fifteen Spatulas now has 500+ recipes from scratch and includes step-by-step photos and tutorial videos. Joanne also created a weekly Youtube cooking show in December 2012 and accrued nearly 30,000 subscribers in her first year. Joanne and Fifteen Spatulas have been featured in numerous media outlets, including live and taped television appearances, and print and online publications, such as Cooking Channel TV, Fine Cooking, Glamour, Redbook, Better Homes & Gardens, and more. You can follow her cooking from scratch adventures at www.fifteenspatulas.com or say hello on Twitter @fifteenspatulas.

Jocelyn Brubaker
Baker, Photographer, Writer, Inside BruCrew Life
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Jocelyn Brubaker
Baker, Photographer, Writer, Inside BruCrew Life
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Hi,my name is Jocelyn, and I am the baker, photographer, and writer behind Inside BruCrew Life. I have been married to my best friend for over 15 years, and we have three great kids and one treat stealing dog.

Inside BruCrew Life started as a place for me to share photos and crafts. Over the years I realized how much I enjoyed sharing recipes, so we slowly transitioned into a full time dessert blog.

On our blog you will find plenty of sugar and treats to blow your diet with. Occasionally I do like to throw out a dinner recipe and surprise our readers. Most days you will find me in the kitchen baking cookies or cupcakes. I enjoy making creative and simple recipes that are easy to recreate in your kitchen using baking mixes and sprinkles. Turning pre-made into homemade with flair is what I do best.

Because of this crazy dessert habit, I now have a love/hate relationship with the gym. I do have to admit that I kind of, sort of like running and working out now. But don’t hold me to that because I will deny it every time. I am also a huge procrastinator, and I drink too much coffee and Diet Dr. Pepper. It’s that caffeine high that helps me get all my projects finished. I love my family and I love my job. Please come over for a visit and bake, eat, and repeat with us as we share life from our kitchen.

Jory Des Jardins
President of Strategic Alliances, BlogHer

Jory Des Jardins co-founded BlogHer, Inc. in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Lisa Stone, and serves as the company’s President of Strategic Alliances and lead evangelist to top revenue partners. With Jory’s leadership, BlogHer has developed its own distinctive, brand of strategic partnership, helping to facilitate constructive dialogue between some of the world’s major brands and women who are social media leaders and their readers.

Jory frequently gives private presentations and training sessions to Fortune 500 companies and their internal and external strategy teams, bringing community insights and case studies directly to companies and agencies that are navigating the social media space. Leveraging her prior experience in both print and online media, Jory works within brand teams to deconstruct media models and to develop messaging and campaigns that resonate with bloggers, blog readers and brands.

BlogHer’s integrated sponsorship model, which combines live events and media channels, has grown to revenue of eight figures trailing for the past two years, during which BlogHer, Inc. was named among the AlwaysOn OnMedia Top 100 for 2011 and Global 250 for 2010, and as one of America’s Most Promising Start-ups by BusinessWeek. BlogHer’s flagship site, BlogHer.com, was named one of the Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes in 2010.

Jory is BlogHer’s representative on the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Board of Directors, and serves on the advisory board of start-ups FeedBlitz and Juno Baby.   Jory also represents BlogHer at public speaking engagements, having keynoted such events as ad:tech Chicago and the Marketing to Moms Conference, and spoken on panels at events for the IAB, ANA, AMA and WOMMA and at Web 2.0, SXSW Interactive, BlogWorld Expo, the Monaco Media Forum, Girls in Tech and CES.

Prior to co-founding BlogHer, Jory helped high-technology start-ups Pluck and Rojo develop the models to launch successful blog syndication initiatives and served as producer as Third Age transitioned from traditional web destination to a network of bloggers.

Together, BlogHer co-founders Lisa, Elisa and Jory have been named among the most influential women in Web 2.0 and technology by Fast Company (2008, 2009 and 2010), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalists (2010) and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine (2009). In 2011 they were jointly awarded the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award and in 2008, the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award. Jory lives in the Bay Area with her husband Jesse and their young daughters.

Julie Deily
Publisher, The Little Kitchen

Julie Deily was a software engineer for ten years before making the transition to full-time blogger at The Little Kitchen as well as freelance recipe developer and food photographer.

She started her food blog in December 2009 and has had the opportunity to work with amazing brands such as, KitchenAid, Land O'Lakes Butter, Duda Farm Fresh Foods and Sierra Mist. She has helped organized three Food Blog Forum Orlando events, co-organized three food blogger cookie swaps, has spoken at the Florida Blogger Conference and BlogHer Food.

Julie Ross Godar
Executive Editor, BlogHer

Julie Ross Godar is the executive editor of BlogHer. She's been at the best job in the world since 2008. Some highlights (so far) include co-editing the community food anthology Roots: Where Food Comes From and Where It's Going; covering the political conventions in 2012; and discovering new talent every day.

Julie has over 20 years' experience in the editorial biz. Before BlogHer, Julie worked as a managing editor and freelance writer, mostly of food and travel stories.

Julie is also an obsessive reader, culinary camper, word nerd, and Jeopardy! champion. She lives in San Francisco.

Julie Van Ullen
Vice President, Member Services, IAB
Julie Van Ullen
Vice President, Member Services, IAB

Julie Van Ullen is a veteran of the IAB, having worked in various roles since 2006. As Vice President of Member Services, Julie is responsible for attracting new members to the IAB and developing a portfolio of opportunities and initiatives to keep current members engaged. As a part of serving IAB’s membership, Julie oversees a number of IAB’s elite Committees and Councils, charged with putting industry best practices and thought leadership into the marketplace. Those focal areas include Native, Programmatic, Digital Video, AdvancedTV, Digital Audio, Social Media, Games and more. Julie’s team is committed to listening to the membership and extracting the most pressing industry issues and responding. Julie and her team create and manage opportunities for members to collectively solve industry problems and build a hub for networking with and learning from other IAB members.

Additionally, Julie is the Co-Founder and Chief Almond Officer of Brooklyn-made, artisanal nut milk manufacturer, OMilk. OMilk provides a truly all-natural and delicious dairy alternative to the NYC area, selling at Whole Foods stores, Dean & DeLuca stores and numerous local grocery stores and markets.

Prior to making her transition to the digital space, Julie was an Editor at The Taunton Press in the books division of Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding. When not on the job, ex-opera singer Julie sings with the classic rock cover band.

Kelly Jaggers
Founder, Evil Shenanigans

Kelly Jaggers is a cookbook author, recipe developer, photographer, and founder of The FoodBuzz Blog Awards nominated recipe blog EvilShenanigans.com. She began blogging in 2006 to document her culinary school adventures.  Today she specializes in creating indulgent recipes featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients ... and lots and lots of butter.

Her first cookbook, Everything Pie, was released in September 2011 and her second book, Not So Humble Pie, is scheduled to be released in May 2012.  Aside from her writing, Kelly has also worked as a caterer, personal chef, and cake designer. Her recipes have been featured on the Gourmet Live Blog, The Cooking Club of America, and Fine Cooking. Kelly lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and three dogs.

Laura-Jane Koers
Publisher, The Rawtarian

Laura-Jane The Rawtarian is a leading creator of simple, satisfying raw food recipes and is the author of "The Rawtarian's Raw Food Favorites." Her decision to ‘go raw’ five years ago has transformed her life. She hosts a popular raw food recipes website. There you will find 100+ simple, satisfying recipes, as well as a wide variety of podcasts, video tutorials, e-books and online courses. When not uncooking in the kitchen, Laura-Jane lives the good life in the country, tending her garden, and hiking with her husband and dog.

Lisa Leake
100 Days of Real Food

Lisa Leake is a wife, mother, foodie, blogger, and (future) author who chronicles her family’s journey on 100daysofrealfood.com as they seek out the real food in our processed food world. What started as a simple pledge has turned into a valuable and practical resource that’s now read by millions around the globe. Lisa has appeared on Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, and CNN.

Lisa Stone
Co-Founder and CEO, BlogHer

Lisa Stone co-founded BlogHer, Inc. in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins, and serves as the company’s CEO. With Lisa’s leadership, the company has grown from an idea for a grassroots conference into a diversified media company and a Top 5 women’s network  online, according to comScore, with 2,500+ premium blog contributors, the world’s largest in-person events for bloggers, and an award-winning social hub at BlogHer.com. As principal architect of BlogHer’s distributed, cross-platform media business, Lisa developed innovative models for profitable, premium online media, and for recognizing and compensating a new wave of content creators.

Lisa has shepherded the company to revenue of eight figures trailing for the past two years, during which BlogHer, Inc. was named among the AlwaysOn OnMedia Top 100 for 2011 and Global 250 for 2010, and as one of America’s Most Promising Start-ups by BusinessWeek. BlogHer’s flagship site, BlogHer.com, was named one of the Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes in 2010.

A traditional journalist who left CNN for the Internet in 1997, Lisa began developing new social media business models during her tenure as the first Internet journalist awarded a coveted Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University in 2002. Lisa first blogged as part of her 2004 election coverage for the Los Angeles Times, the same year she developed and launched the first sponsored blog network for Law.com. Lisa’s expertise and vision has led to numerous innovations in the social media space.

Prior to the Nieman Fellowship, Lisa was among the early drivers of some of the most successful online communities and interactive programming for women. As the executive producer and Editor in Chief/VP, Programming for Women.com, Lisa grew the 18-channel network to a Top 30 site and oversaw all original programming and the development and integration of content community initiatives with Hearst and Rodale magazines, E! Television/Online, HBO’s Sex and the City, Bloomberg, and Gallup and Knight Ridder. 

Together, BlogHer co-founders Lisa, Elisa and Jory have been named among the most influential women in Web 2.0 and technology by Fast Company (2008, 2009 and 2010), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalists (2010) and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine (2009). In 2011 they were jointly awarded the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award and in 2008, the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award.

Lisa has been honored among the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company (2010), the Most Powerful Moms in Media by Working Mother Magazine (2010), AlwaysOn Top 25 Women in Tech (2009) and the Influencers of Silicon Valley by the San Jose Mercury (2009). She is a frequent speaker at leading industry events, including the Montgomery Technology Conference, Online News Association Annual Conference, EconWomen Summit, Fairchild|WWD Summit, Web 2.0, SXSW Interactive, Supernova and the AlwaysOn Summit.

As the co-founder of a mission-based for-profit organization, Lisa is a member of the Advisory Boards for both the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships and the Knight Digital Media Center of the USC Annenberg School for Communications. She lives in Silicon Valley with Christopher Carfi and their children.

Lisa Wells
Cook Eat Paleo

Lisa Wells is a marketing executive turned food blogger, who has amassed over 15,000 Pinterest followers in 14 months. Her lifelong love of food took a twist when she had to give up gluten, grains and dairy to address an autoimmune disease. Since December 2012, Lisa has been creating and sharing simple paleo recipes made from real food ingredients on her award-winning blog, Cook Eat Paleo [http://cookeatpaleo.com]. Her recipes have been featured on BuzzFeed, theKitchn and Redbook. Lisa can be found on Pinterest [http://www.pinterest.com/cookeatpaleo], where she reads the ingredient list of every recipe she pins.

Marisa Moore
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist/Marisa Moore Food & Nutrition Consulting
Marisa Moore
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist/Marisa Moore Food & Nutrition Consulting

A regular contributor to CNN Health and Good Day Atlanta, Marisa has almost 10 years working with the media from TV to print outlets. She provides media training to working professionals and teaches a graduate level Nutrition in the Media course at Georgia State University. With her passion for food and health and ability work with diverse audiences, Marisa can help food bloggers prepare for the day that a reporter calls and wants to feature her in a story.

More about Marisa:
Marisa Moore is a registered dietitian nutritionist and national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As a food and nutrition consultant, Marisa works with groups and organizations to improve outcomes in general wellness, weight management and chronic disease prevention through healthy recipes and health communications.

Marisa loves working with the media and has been featured in hundreds of interviews in media outlets including the TODAY Show, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, SHAPE magazine and is a regular on-camera contributor to CNN Health, Accent Health and Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta. She's also a contributing editor to Food and Nutrition Magazine. In addition to working with the media, Marisa speaks and writes on a variety of food and nutrition topics.

She holds a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from Georgia State University where she also earned an MBA in marketing. Connect with Marisa via her blog or on twitter and instagram @MarisaMoore.

Matt Lee
Cookbook Boot Camp

Siblings Matt and Ted Lee grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. When an editor of a travel magazine asked them to write a story about road-tripping their home state in search of great food, they embarked on a career as food journalists and cookbook authors. Their three books, The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern and The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen have won a combined six James Beard and IACP Awards. In 2013 they began Cookbook Boot Camp, an intensive 2-day program that trains professional chefs, bloggers and historians how to publish cookbooks.

Melanie Palomares
Assistant Professor, Population Sciences and Medical Oncology at City of Hope

Melanie. R. Palomares, MD, MS, is Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology and Population Sciences, in the City of Hope Beckman Research Institute and serves as Co-Director of the City of Hope High Risk Breast Clinic. She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine and Preventative Medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.
Dr. Palomares earned her bachelor degree in mathematics at Boston University, and doctorate in medicine at Emory University. She did an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, followed by fellowships in Hematology at Harbor-UCLA, and Medical Oncology and Clinical Cancer Genetics at University of Washington.

In addition to being board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology, Dr. Palomares has a masters degree in Epidemiology, completed during a postdoctoral fellowship in the Cancer Prevention Research Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. This unique multidisciplinary training has led to her specialization in the care of both patients who are at increased risk for cancer and cancer survivors. Her research focus is in breast cancer prevention and early detection, and she has particular expertise in small translational breast cancer chemoprevention trials, including trials using natural products.

Dr. Palomares is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO), the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO), the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.

Melanie. R. Palomares, MD, MS, is Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology and Population Sciences, in the City of Hope Beckman Research Institute and serves as Co-Director of the City of Hope High Risk Breast Clinic and Staff Physician in the City of Hope Clinical Cancer Genetics Program. She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine and Preventative Medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. In addition to being board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology, Dr. Palomares has a masters degree in Epidemiology. She specializes in the care of both patients who are at increased risk for cancer (primary cancer prevention and screening) and cancer survivors (secondary cancer prevention and surveillance). Her research focus is in breast cancer prevention and early detection, and she has particular expertise in small translational breast cancer chemoprevention trials, including trials using natural products.

Melissa Joulwan
Smudge Publishing

Melissa Joulwan is the author of the best-selling cookbooks "Well Fed: Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat" and "Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat," and the blog The Clothes Make The Girl, where she writes every day about her triumphs and failures in the gym, in the kitchen, and in life.

After decades of yo-yo dieting and food as the enemy, Melissa found the paleo diet in 2009 and has been happily following it ever since. That year, she also underwent a thyroidectomy. In the aftermath, she became particularly interested in how diet affects hormones, body composition, mood, and motivation. These days, Melissa’s workouts are just as likely to include yoga and meditation as lifting heavy things and sprinting to stay ahead of the stopwatch.

"Well Fed 2" was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon.com and was a Washington Post best seller. Her first cookbook "Well Fed" was listed on the Wall Street Journal best sellers list, and she’s the author of the recipes in the New York Times bestselling book "It Starts With Food" by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. She writes a featured column for Paleo Magazine, is a Community Ambassador for Experience Life magazine, and has been a featured chef for U.S. Wellness Meats and Lava Lake Lamb, as well as an instructor at Whole Foods.

Meseidy Rivera
The Noshery

I’m Meseidy (Meh-say-dee). Wife and mother to three four-legged children (including an ornery Terrier). Graduate of Platt College Culinary Arts Institute. Landlocked Puerto Rican who must be within a five-mile radius of a plantain at all times.

I created The Noshery in 2008 after realizing how much my husband and I missed the food back home in Puerto Rico. Here you’ll find recipes that are always from scratch, ideas inspired by my travels, and cooking techniques I’ve learned along my journey from home-cook to chef—plus some life misadventures, DIY and craft tips, and doggie shenanigans thrown in to keep you on your toes.

And a Canon 5D Mark II camera is the accomplice in my evil plan to make your mouth water by the photos on your screen.

My dishes reflect life as a former military brat with a pinch from here and dash from there. But Puerto Rico and its authentic cooking will always be home. I love pairing interesting ingredients together and am always on a mission to create the perfect bite.

As a chef, recipe developer, caterer, event planner, and food stylist, I’ve worked with Bush’s Baked Beans, Land O’ Lakes, and the Pioneer Woman.

Pam Jordan
Author, Food Blogger

Pam Jordan was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in January 2011 after struggling for fifteen years with symptoms. She is a working wife and mom to three young kids. Her blog provides simple Gluten Free recipes, product reviews, restaurant reviews, and giveaways.

Pam has a cookbook called Family Approved Gluten Free Recipes that is filled with easy to make Gluten Free recipes using ingredients you already have in your pantry. She has also written a beginners guide to the Gluten Free lifestyle and a second cookbook focused on family gatherings.

To keep on track Pam creates weekly Gluten Free menus to stay on budget and feed her active family.

Pam speaks to groups about recipe creation, menu planning, and the Gluten Free lifestyle.

Penny Sansevieri

Penny C. Sansevieri, CEO and founder of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the innovative Social Media/Internet book marketing campaigns. She is the author of five books, including Red Hot Internet Publicity which has been called the "leading guide to everything Internet" AME is the first marketing and publicity firm to use Internet promotion to its full impact through The Virtual Author Tour™, which strategically works with social networking sites, micro-blogs, blogs, book videos, and relevant sites to push an authors message into the virtual community and connect with sites related to the book's topic, positioning the author in his or her market. AME has had nine recent books top the bestseller lists including New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal.

To learn more about Penny’s books or her promotional services, you can visit her web site at www.amarketingexpert.com. To subscribe to her free ezine, send a blank email to: subscribe@amarketingexpert.com.

Sally Ekus
Manager and Literary Agent at The Lisa Ekus Group

Sally Ekus, Agency Manager and Literary Agent, joined The Lisa Ekus Group in 2009. She represents a wide range of culinary talent, from first-time cookbook authors to seasoned chefs, professional food writers, bloggers, and television personalities. Sally loves being the liaison between an author and their publisher. She takes great pride in guiding authors towards their dreams of publication. From concept to contract, she has brokered more than forty book deals.

After graduating from Ithaca College, Sally worked in the mental health field. An unexpected turn of events, and some great food along the way, led her to return to New England (Massachusetts) to join her mother, Lisa Ekus, in the eponymous family business. Sally often credits her formal training in listening, communication, and negotiation in the mental health field as her foundation for success with her authors.

As part of the first official culinary delegation, Sally has made two trips to Vietnam where she cultivated a deep love of phở. Sally spends what little free time she has cooking spicy food and running marathons. She is a dedicated supporter and advocate for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and especially their Team in Training program.

The Lisa Ekus Group is a full-service culinary agency, the only agency of its kind to offer Public Relations, Media Training, Literary and Talent agency services, as well as Career Consulting, all within the culinary realm.

For pictures of tacos, phở, spicy food and an occasional sunset or tree follow Sally on Instagram and Twitter.

Stacy Morrison
Editor in Chief and Director, Content Programming, BlogHer, Inc.

Stacy Morrison is editor in chief and Director of Content Programming for BlogHer, as well as a writer, author, blogger, mother, and consultant in New York City. Before moving to BlogHer, Morrison was a magazine editor for 20 years, most recently editor-in-chief of Redbook magazine (2004-2010), Executive Editor of Marie Claire, Founding Editor in Chief of ONE (a short-lived dot.com-era design magazine), Editor in Chief at Modern Bride, and more. During each of those positions, Morrison oversaw digital properties for each. Morrison is a sought-out expert on women in America, and has made numerous appearances on the Today Show, among other TV programs. She is author of Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist’s Journey Through the Hell of Divorce, which Kirkus Reviews called “candid and inspiring.” http://www.fallingapartinonepiece.com She is at work on her second book.

Morrison is also a dedicated domestic violence awareness advocate and has received numerous awards and honors for her work in this field, including the Safe Horizon Champion Award and the National Domestic Violence Hotline Vital Link Award. She recently became a founding board member of the non-profit Violence UnSilenced, a safe online community where abuse survivors can share their stories and receive community support. Her personal blog is called Filling In The Blanks.

Utokia Langley
Blogger & Entrepreneur

Food blogger and entrepreneur, Utokia Langley, is the creator and author of She’s Got Flavor, a site dedicated to all the recipes she has created over the years. Ranging from upscale, gourmet dishes to home style cooking; from completely from scratch meals to quick and easy eats—She’s Got Flavor has got it all. Having been featured in Parents, Better Homes & Gardens, Everyday with Rachael Ray, Uptown and Upscale Magazines; as well on The Dr. Oz Show and The CHEW, Utokia is showcasing just how far a self-taught cook can go when she is passionate about her food.

Vani Hari
Activist and Writer

Vani Hari started FoodBabe.com in April 2011 to spread information about what is really in the American food supply. She teaches people how to make the right purchasing decisions at the grocery store, how to live an organic lifestyle, and how to travel healthfully around the world. The success in her writing and investigative work can be seen in the way food companies react to her uncanny ability to find and expose the truth.

Impassioned by knowing how food affects health, Vani loves sharing her message on the blogosphere to 3 million unique readers across the globe. Vani convinced the biggest fast food chain in the world, Subway, to remove a controversial ingredient after receiving 50,000 signatures in 24 hours on her petition to the chain. After receiving tremendous attention on her posts about Chick-Fil-A, she was invited by the company’s leadership to meet at its headquarters to consult on specific improvements to ingredients used by the national chain, which they later implemented. 7 months after Vani petitioned Kraft to remove harmful petroleum-based artificial food dyes from Mac & Cheese, Kraft responded by removing the dye from all products aimed at children.

Other major food companies that have responded to her writings include Whole Foods, Lean Cuisine, McDonalds, General Mills, Coca-Cola, Chipotle, Yoforia, and Moe’s South West Grill.

Vani’s activism brought national attention at the Democratic National Convention when she used her status as an elected delegate to protest in front of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on the issue of GMO labeling. Vani has been profiled in the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Times, Chicago Tribune, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, Doctors Show, NBC News, Fox News and is a regular cooking contributor on NBC’s Charlotte Today and food expert on CNN.

Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, MA, RD
Bazilian's Health

Wendy is a writer, researcher, educator, food enthusiast and award-winning journalist. She brings extensive experience in nutrition science and counseling to her work. Dr. Bazilian received her doctorate from the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University and was awarded the prestigious Chancellor’s Award. Dr. Bazilian graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts University, and received her Master’s Degree from the University of California, San Diego. She is a registered dietitian and American College of Sports Medicine-certified Health and Fitness Specialist. Dr. Bazilian led the nutrition program at Golden Door fitness resort and spa for more than a decade and is co-owner of Bazilian’s Health Clinic in San Diego. She is author of “The SuperFoodsRx Diet” and has contributed to a number of books including the James Beard- and IACP-nominated “Golden Door Cooks at Home,” and the original New York Times bestseller “SuperFoodsRx.”