BlogHer Food '14 Speakers

Speakers

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AMANDA RETTKE
Baker, Snapchatter, and Author

Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.

Over the course of her 10+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

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.

ANITA EDGE
Web Designer, Chili Expert, and Southwestern Chef
ANITA EDGE
Web Designer, Chili Expert, and Southwestern Chef

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.

ARSHA JONES
E-commerce Leader and Blogger, BrandBuildSell.com
ARSHA JONES
E-commerce Leader and Blogger, BrandBuildSell.com

Arsha Jones is a creative soul with a penchant for marketing, sales, technology, social media, and popular culture. An emerging leader in the e-commerce industry, she has built multiple, highly profitable brands, one of which has seen revenues approaching nearly a three-quarters of a million dollars in less than two years. Known for her quiet demeanor and business prowess, Arsha’s brands have been featured in or on media outlets such as Buzzfeed, The Washington Post, Black Enterprise, FOX, CBS, and TV One.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Dianne Jacob
Will Write for Food

Dianne Jacob is the author of the multiple award-winning book, Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes and More. She also writes a blog aimed at food bloggers at www.diannej.com/b. Follower her on twitter @diannej. Previously a newspaper, magazine, and publishing company editor-in-chief, Dianne became a full-time writing coach, author, and freelance editor in 1996.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

JADAH SELLNER
Spoken Word Poet, Dreamer, and Movement Starter
JADAH SELLNER
Spoken Word Poet, Dreamer, and Movement Starter

Jadah Sellner is a community builder, movement starter, spoken word poet, dreamer, entrepreneur and co-founder of SimpleGreenSmoothies.com, which has a rawkin' online community of 415,000 Instagram followers, 315,000 Facebook fans, 350,000 email subscribers, and over 30 million website page views. She's the co-author of "Simple Green Smoothies" and has been featured on The Doctors TV show, O Magazine, and is also an international keynote speaker.

Jaden Hair
Steamy Kitchen

Jaden is an author of 3 cookbooks, a television chef and publisher of www.SteamyKitchen.com. Jaden and her husband, Scott, have run Steamy Kitchen as a full time family business for the past 8 years.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

JULIE DEILY
Publisher, The Little Kitchen

Julie Deily was a software engineer for ten years before making the transition to fulltime blogger at The Little Kitchen as well as food photographer and social media consultant.

JULIE ROSS GODAR
Executive Editorial Director of SheKnows, Jeopardy! Champ, and Culinary Camper
JULIE ROSS GODAR
Executive Editorial Director of SheKnows, Jeopardy! Champ, and Culinary Camper

As the Executive Editorial Director for SheKnows Media, Julie leads the editorial content and vision for the SheKnows community platform, where she's focused on just how compelling people can be when they're passionate about something, be it a technique that's going to change your dinner, a TV show that's going to change your binge-watching habits, or an idea that's going to change the world. Julie also oversees editorial for BlogHer.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

PENNY SANSEVIERI
Book Marketer, Media Relations Expert, and Publishing Insider
PENNY SANSEVIERI
Book Marketer, Media Relations Expert, and Publishing Insider

Penny C. Sansevieri, Founder and CEO Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a bestselling
author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations
expert. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching Self-Publishing for NYU.

Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some
of the most innovative Social Media/Internet book marketing campaigns. She is the
author of fourteen books, including How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on

SALLY EKUS
Literary agent for culinary professionals

The Lisa Ekus Group is a full service culinary agency specializing in talent and literary representation. Sally Ekus 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 internet and television personalities. Sally loves being the liaison between an author and their publisher, and takes great pride in guiding authors toward their dreams of publication.

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.

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.

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.

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