BlogHer Food '11 Speakers

Speakers

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Alice Currah
Alice Currah is the writer, photographer, and author behind the popular food blog and cookbook of the same name. In 2010 Forbes named Alice as 'One of Eight of the Very Best Food Bloggers' and she also won Saveur's first ever cover photography contest. Her writing and photos have appeared in numerous media outlets online and in print including Martha Stewart, Real Simple, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Huffington Post, and many more. She also writes a weekly column for PBS Parents Kitchen Explorers. In her spare time she enjoys eating around town and spending time with her family.
Alicia C. Simpson

Alicia C. Simpson has been cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She is the author of Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food. Quick and Easy Vegan Celebrations and the forthcoming Quick and Easy LOW-CAL Vegan Comfort Food due out January 2012. Alicia is also the creator of the popular blogs Vegan Guinea Pig and The Lady and Seitan. Alicia lives in Atlanta.

Alisa Fleming
Author, Writer, and Recipe Developer
Alisa Fleming is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, the world’s largest informational website on dairy-free living, and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Beyond Go Dairy Free, Alisa keeps a personal recipe blog at www.alisacooks.com, is a special diet freelance writer for several publications, and does “free-from” recipe development for natural food manufacturers. Her specialties extend to other dietary needs such as soy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan.
Alison Lewis
Ingredients, Inc.
Alison Lewis is a nationally known Recipe Developer, Cookbook Author, Television & Media Food Spokesperson and Consultant, Mom Food and Fitness Blogger, Food Educator, Nutritionist, and President and Owner of Ingredients, Inc., a Food Consulting company in Birmingham, Alabama since 2001. She is known for creating healthy, family-friendly recipes that are easy to prepare on her food and lifestyle blog, http://ingredientsinc.net.
Amelia Pane Schaffner
Travel & food writer, photographer, Italian

I travel. I cook. I photograph. I entertain. I grow my own produce...And I write all about it. On my food blog: www.ztastylife.com. My non-food related photos are at http://www.ameliaps.com/.

Amy Johnson
A former art director in the advertising and marketing field, Amy Johnson now uses her creative prowess to share her life in vivid detail on her blog, She Wears Many Hats. Living in upstate South Carolina with her two children and loving husband, she is able to fully explore her passion for food both in the dirt and on the plate, bringing the fruits of her garden labor to culinary life at the dinner table.
Andrew Wilder

Andrew has loved real food long before the term "foodie" existed, and recently decided to make healthful living and eating a primary focus in his life. In early 2009 he had his "ah-ha!" moment, and started eating better and exercising regularly. It instantly started improving his life, and he wouldn't shut up about it.

Aran Goyoaga
Food Writer, Stylist and Photographer
Aran Goyoaga
Food Writer, Stylist and Photographer

Aran Goyoaga is the writer, stylist and photographer behind the award winning blog Cannelle Et Vanille. Named second best food blog in the world by the UK Times, Best food Photography in a Blog by Fine Cooking magazine, and one of Gwyneth Paltrow's favorites food blogs amongst others. Her blog is part of Martha Stewart's Martha's Circle of selected blogs. Some of her clients include ELLE Sweden, Hamptons Magazine, Mama, Ticings, Storey Publishing, Cravings Magazine, Cookies for Babies and many others.

Asata Reid
Chef, Writer & Culinary Educator
Life Chef Chef/Journalist Asata Reid started the culinary-education programs of Life Chef to help fill the gap between what you should be eating and the dilemma of how to eat healthfully. Life Chef is making the world a healthier place, one plate at a time.
Bettina Luescher
WFP Chief Spokesperson
Bettina Luescher
WFP Chief Spokesperson

Bettina Luescher is the Chief Spokesperson for North America of the World Food Programme.

Since joining WFP in 2004 she has worked in crisis areas like Darfur, Afghanistan, Gaza, Guatemala, Haiti and the Tsunami region of Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

Before joining the UN, Luescher worked for 15 years as an anchor, reporter and field producer for CNN International… based in Atlanta, Frankfurt and Berlin.

In 2002 she won a “National Headliner Award – First Place” as member of CNN’s Investigative Team for the coverage of “Attack on America – 9/11”.

Caroline Campion
Food Writer and Magazine Editor
I’m a mom of two who happens to have a somewhat healthy obsession with cooking, eating, and noticing all things food. I live in New Jersey along with my husband, two children (which includes a voracious 7 year old and a chronically picky 4 year old) and my mother. When I'm not blogging on devilandegg.com I'm also working as a magazine editor. For the last four years I've been a contributing editor at Glamour magazine, and before that I was a senior editor at GQ and the food magazine Saveur. I'll also working on my first cookbook!
Casey Barber
Editor, Good. Food. Stories.

Casey Barber is the editor of the online magazine Good. Food. Stories., a contributing writer at ReadyMade magazine, and a freelance food writer and recipe developer who has written for Time Out New York, corporate and private clients, and other print/online publications.

Cathy Barrow
Cathy Barrow, a landscape designer by trade, and always an enthusiastic home cook, created Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen, a food blog where seasonal and locally sourced foods are the focus. Readers follow Cathy’s experiences cooking, baking, canning and preserving the freshest foods of the season, teaching cooking classes, and visiting local farmers and producers. In January, 2011, Cathy and Kim Foster launched Charcutepalooza, a year long rollicking good time making charcuterie and sharing their experiences with nearly 400 bloggers around the world.
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.

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.

David Leite
Leite's Culinaria

David Leite is the publisher of Leite's Culinaria and writer behind The David Blahg. He was the first winner ever of a James Beard Award for a website, a feat repeated the following year.
 

Debbie Koenig

Debbie Koenig is an award-winning food, diet, and parenting writer. She’s written for such publications as The New York Times, Parents, American Baby, Kiwi, Time Out New York Kids, Weight Watchers, and Natural Health. In January 2012 HarperCollins will publish her first cookbook, Parents Need to Eat Too: 150+ Simple, Healthy Recipes for Sleep-Deprived, Frazzled New Moms & Dads, based on a cooking class she teaches for new moms.

Diana Kuan
food writer and culinary instructor
Diana Kuan is a food writer and cooking instructor who is currently working on a Chinese cookbook for Random House/Ballantine. She grew up watching her family run Chinese restaurants and bakeries in Puerto Rico and suburban Massachusetts.
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.

Donna Pierce
Contributing Editor, Skillet Diaries

Donna Pierce is a national award-winning food and travel journalist, Contributing Editor for Upscale Magazine and the former Assistant Food Editor and Test Kitchen Director for the Chicago Tribune. She grew up with deep roots in Mobile, Alabama, where her family lived for five generations before her parents moved to Missouri.

Donna lived in San Francisco and Los Angeles before a return to Missouri where she was an adjunct instructor and Food Editor for the University of Missouri Journalism School.

Elaine Wu
Director of Corporate Communications, Vocera
Elaine Wu
Director of Corporate Communications, Vocera

Elaine spent more than 10 years in television and radio as a producer, writer and correspondent for places like MTV Asia and CBS in San Francisco. In 2003, she left broadcasting for Silicon Valley, working for companies like Intuit, BlogHer, and Rocket Fuel, managing wide-ranging corporate communications campaigns, customer reference programs, and social media efforts. She is currently the director of corporate communications for Vocera, a company whose communications technology is used in mission-critical environments.

Elissa Bernstein
17 and Baking & The Kitchen Generation
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Elissa Bernstein
17 and Baking & The Kitchen Generation
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Elissa Bernstein is a 19-year-old writer, photographer, and baker. Her blog 17 and Baking, launched in August of 2008, intertwines themes of family, home, and self-discovery with sunlit photography and sweet recipes. She is a co-founder of The Kitchen Generation, a site launched in February of 2011, which embraces young people learning and developing their culinary passions.
Garrett McCord
Garrett McCord began the blog Vanilla Garlic in 2006 as a way to learn about food and a means to practice his writing. His blog has been featured in numerous websites and publications such as The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. 

He also writes as a contributing author on Simply Recipes and Food Blog Alliance, and is a staff writer for Edible Sacramento magazine. His food writing has also appeaered in the Sacramento News and Review, The Sacramento Bee, Sierra Style, and Sacramento Magazine.

Geoff Allen
Founder and CEO
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Geoff Allen is Founder and CEO of ZipList, a free, easy-to-use online and mobile grocery list and recipe search service, with partners ranging from AOL’s KitchenDaily to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Geoff is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of technology experience spanning product development, sales, marketing and business operations. He is a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and formerly served as Vice President of Technology for the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization International Board of Directors.
Georgia Pellegrini

Georgia is the author of the critically acclaimed book "Food Heroes," and the upcoming book "Girl Hunter." She has worked in three Michelin restaurants, in New York and in France and chronicles her adventures in gathering her ingredients from field to stream to table at GeorgiaPellegrini.com. Her work has been featured in Food and Wine Magazine, ESPN, Daily Candy, Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Radio, Gilt City, and various other TV and radio programs. In any given city, on any given day, you can find her posted up with her laptop and a glass of rosé. 

Hank Shaw

I write. I fish. I dig earth, forage widely, live for food and hunt wild animals. I think daily about new ways to cook and eat anything that walks, flies, swims, crawls, skitters, jumps – or grows. Who the hell am I? I am a former line cook, I’ve caught fish and dug clams for a living and, after 18 years as a political reporter, I now pay the bills writing and catering around Northern California.

Hannah Queen
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Hannah Queen is a 20 year old photographer, baker and blogger from Georgia. In late 2008 she launched honey & jam, her blog dedicated to sharing favorite baking recipes, and her passion for photography. She is a co-founder of the site The Kitchen Generation, a place to share passion, stories, tips and tricks with other young people. Hannah has been featured in Artful Blogging Magazine, Real Simple, Gourmet Live, Foodies of the World, Food News Journal and many other places across the web.
IRVIN LIN
Photographer, food writer, and cookbook author

Irvin Lin, the man behind the nationally recognized blog Eat the Love, is a graphic designer and art director turned IACP award-winning photographer, acclaimed food writer, experienced recipe developer, blue-ribbon baker, public speaker, occasional social media consultant, and cookbook author. His work has been featured in Best Food Writing 2014, Better Homes and Gardens, The Kitchn, Food 52, PBS Food and the official Pinterest Blog.

Jenny Flake
Picky Palate
Jenny Flake is the author of the family friendly food blog titled Picky Palate where you can find at www.picky-palate.com. She is a self-taught home cook and an on the go mom to 2 little boys and wife to her high school sweetie. Before Jenny started writing Picky Palate she was a Registered Dental Hygienist, a Certified Pilates instructor and participated in cooking contests all over the country. She's been on Food Network's Build A Better Burger, The Ultimate Recipe Showdown, The National Chicken Cook-off and The Pillsbury Bake-Off.
Kamran Siddiqi
The Sophisticated Gourmet & The Kitchen Generation
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Kamran Siddiqi
The Sophisticated Gourmet & The Kitchen Generation
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Kamran Siddiqi is a teen food writer, recipe developer, web developer and food photographer. He began his website, The Sophisticated Gourmet in April of 2009. Since then, he has become one of the most respected teen voices in the food blogging community. Siddiqi focuses on sharing simple, sophisticated recipes that anyone can tackle without pretentious ingredients or expensive equipment.
Katie Webster
Food Nerd, Culinary Artist at HealthySeasonalRecipes.com
Katie Webster
Food Nerd, Culinary Artist at HealthySeasonalRecipes.com

Katie Webster is a cookbook author, food blogger, recipe developer and former food stylist who focuses on healthy eating and cooking with locally sourced seasonal ingredients. She studied art and photography at Skidmore College and is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute. She is a current contributing editor, and former stylist and test kitchen alum at EatingWell Magazine.

Kelly Senyei
Content Producer, Gourmet Live

Kelly Senyei is Content Producer for Gourmet Live, a new digital experience that lets users express, share and explore their passion for food and food culture in a brand new way. As Content Producer, Ms. Senyei is responsible for packaging, creating, styling and orchestrating content programming in the form of text, recipes, photos and videos for both the Gourmet Live app and the Gourmet Live blog. She also maintains Gourmet Live’s social media presence on the Web.

Lauren McMillan
Celiac Teen & The Kitchen Generation
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Lauren McMillan
Celiac Teen & The Kitchen Generation
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Lauren McMillan is a baker, writer, photographer and high school student. At eighteen, she's in her final semester of high school, soaking up the last few months. Since her fifteenth birthday, Lauren has written Celiac Teen - a place where she shares gluten-free recipes, musings, photos and snippets of life as a teenager with Celiac. She considers being diagnosed with celiac disease one of the greatest gifts, as going gluten-free alleviated her health issues and encouraged her to fall in love with food.
Laurie David
Producer and Author

Laurie David has produced numerous projects that bring the issue of global warming into mainstream popular culture, including the Academy Award-winning documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth, based on former Vice President Al Gore’s thirty years of research on global warming. She is author of the bestselling Stop Global Warming: The Solution is You!, co-author of The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming, a children’s book that received the Green Earth Book Award in the nonfiction category.

Liz Weiss, MS, RD
Food Blogger and Co-author, No Whine with Dinner
Liz Weiss champions good nutrition and healthy meals with kid appeal on her award-winning food blog, Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen. She is co-author of two cookbooks, No Whine with Dinner: 150 Healthy, Kid-Tested Recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms (M3 Press, 2011) and The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers: Improving the Way Your Family Eats, One Meal at a Time (Broadway Books, 2004). Liz co-hosts the weekly radio podcast, Cooking with the Moms, and her website features over 50 cooking and mealtime tips videos.
Liza Barry-Kessler
Attorney

Liza Barry-Kessler is an attorney and academic whose work focuses on Information Policy, particularly barriers to information access, privacy, and intellectual property.

Lori Lange
RecipeGirl, Inc.
Lori Lange is a former elementary school teacher with a passion for cooking, travel, regional food discoveries, fine wine and entertaining. She shares all of that and more on her website- RecipeGirl.com, which was established in 2006. Now a trusted recipe developer for companies such as Gold Medal Flour, McCormick, Kraft, Pepperidge Farm and Tabasco, Lori will publish her first cookbook, “The Recipe Girl Cookbook,” in April 2013. Lori cooks from her kitchen in Southern California, where she lives with her husband and food-blogging son Brooks (RecipeBoy.com).
Marge Perry
Marge Perry writes, broadcasts, teaches and speaks about cooking, food and nutrition.
Mark Levine
VP, Emerging Brands - Food Category at Scripps Networks Digital
Mark Levine
VP, Emerging Brands - Food Category at Scripps Networks Digital

As VP, Emerging Brands at Scripps Networks Digital, Mark Levine leads digital initiatives including web and mobile for Cooking Channel, Food.com and Food2.com. Levine started at Scripps in 2008 when he launched Food2 from inception and then did the same with CookingChannelTV.com in 2010. He added Food.com to his roster in 2011 which is currently the largest user-contributed recipe site in the country.
 

Melissa Clark
Write
Melissa Clark writes about cuisine and other products of appetite. After brief forays working as a cook in a restaurant kitchen, and as a professional caterer out of her fifth floor walk-up, Clark decided upon a more sedentary path. She earned an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University, and began a freelance food writing career in 1994. Since then her work has been honored with awards by the James Beard Foundation and IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals), and been selected for the Best American Food Writing of 2007.
Melissa Lanz
Founder, The Fresh 20

Melissa is the author of The Fresh 20 Cookbook and founder of the online subscription service, The Fresh 20.

Melissa believes the path to health and happiness runs through the kitchen. Her healthful menu plans help thousands of people across Northern America every week to get wholesome food on the table.

Michelle Ferrier
Founder/Publisher, LocallyGrownNews.com
Michelle Ferrier
Founder/Publisher, LocallyGrownNews.com

Michelle Ferrier is founder and publisher of LocallyGrownNews.com, an online community focused on local food and food policy. She is a farmers' market fanatic and is passionate about growing local communities through good food. She's affectionately called "The Plant Whisperer" by friends and neighbors who seek her guidance on gardening and cooking with seasonal foods. She started her kids off on "The Ferrier Smell Garden", an extravaganza of culinary herbs and has moved to full-scale backyard urban agriculture in Greensboro, NC.

Mria Dangerfield
Supervising Producer - Everwell TV
Mria Dangefield supervises and coordinates story development, field production and post production for Everwell TV. She began her career in the mid-1980s as a video journalist with the then relatively new CNN. She spent 11 years with Turner Broadcasting as an editor and supervisor, traveling extensively and serving as part of CNN's political and features units. In addition, she has written for Travelgirl magazine and produced programs for HGTV. She is a graduate of James Madison University.
Mrs. Q

Compelled by her own frustration with school meals — both as a mother and a teacher — one teacher known anonymously as “Mrs. Q” committed to eating school lunch every school day in 2010 just like her students. Mrs. Q documented her experience and described the meals by blogging, tweeting and sharing photos on her blog Fed Up With Lunch: The School Lunch Project.

Nancy Baggett
Cookbook Author

Nancy Baggett is an award-winning author of numerous cookbooks, including her most recent Kneadlessly Simple, a work on no-knead breads, and her International Chocolate Cookbook, an International Association of Culinary Professionals "best baking book" winner. She blogs at http://www.kitchenlane.com on a wide range of food writing and culinary topics. Recent posts range from how to get a food writing assignment and what not to EVER say to an editor to how to create recipes good enough to satisfy magazine test kitchens.

Pamela Braun
Owner
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Pamela Braun is now a food writer and recipe developer moonlighting as a tech geek in Los Angeles. While she has spent the last 6 years working in the online world of websites, programming, writing and statistics, in a past life she was a corporate sales rep traveling around 11 states. Unable to maintain any semblance of a real life or indulge her geek tendencies, she left the corporate world for internet consulting. So what does she do?
Rene Lynch
Asst. Food Editor, Los Angeles Times
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Rene Lynch
Asst. Food Editor, Los Angeles Times
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I've been at the Los Angeles Times more years than I care to recall. I've worked in Sports, Arts, Entertainment, Home, Business, Metro... and now I'm in the yummiest section of all: Food.
Sabrina Modelle
The Tomato Tart

Sabrina Modelle started The Tomato Tart in 2010. Since then, her handmade, homemade, gluten free recipes and photographs have been featured on The Huffington Post, The Discovery Channel, The Jerusalem Post, Cosmopolitan, Hannnaford Fresh Magazine, and in The Green Market Baking Book (Sterling Press, 2010).

Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan
Founding Editor, Apartment Therapy's TheKitchn.com
Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan is a food writer based in New York City. She is the founding editor of Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn (www.thekitchn.com), an award-winning cooking website. Published daily since 2005, The Kitchn now has over one million monthly readers. Her most recent cookbook, published with Williams-Sonoma, is called Good Food To Share: Recipes for Entertaining with Family and Friends.
Sarah Breckenridge
Senior Web Producer, Fine Cooking
Sarah Breckenridge
Senior Web Producer, Fine Cooking
Sarah is the senior web producer for Fine Cooking Magazine, where she oversees all interactive content, including videos, blogs, recipes, and the award-winning Recipe Maker widget. Sarah has been a magazine and web writer and editor for twelve years, and besides Fine Cooking, her work has appeared in such publications as Saveur, Esquire, Smart Money and Self.
Sarah Olson
A Beach Home Companion started simply as a forum to share the adventures of my boyfriend and I in gardening, cooking and travel with our friends and family, many of whom live far from us. My love of food and cooking soon converged with my background in photography and A Beach Home Companion evolved into the blog it is today, focusing on quality photography, but throwing in some favorite recipes too. Last year I launched Sarah Olson Photography, specializing in food, travel and restaurant photography.
Sarena Shasteen
Recipe Developer
Sarena has always had a passion for healthy cooking, nutrition and food writing. Upon graduating from culinary school, she spent most of her career as a menu designer and catering consultant. When she eventually discovered there were multiple restrictions from dairy, gluten and soy within her family, Sarena decided to change her food focus to learn more about food allergies and intolerances to help others find a balance due to these restrictions.
Stacey Ferguson
Writer, FOODe
Justice Fergie is an attorney and mother of three spunky children, ages 6, 5, and 2. Her blog, FOODe showcases her love of food and social media. She is currently a 2011 Blog Ambassador for ConAgra Foods and is on the Shared Tastes Panel for ReadySetEat.com. She is also co-founder of The Social Niche, a company devoted to celebrating diversity in social media. TSN is a trailblazer in the social media sphere, curating the Be Blogalicious online community and annual conference for multicultural women bloggers.
Stephanie Shih
Food+Travel Photographer, Dessert Designer
Stephanie Shih
Food+Travel Photographer, Dessert Designer

Stephanie Shih is a food + travel photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Her food photography work has been featured online on Fine Cooking, Gourmet Live, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Food & Wine, and Women's Health, and in print in Elle Girl Korea and Gastronomica. Shih also writes, styles, and photographs the desserts blog www.dessertsforbreakfast.com, which was a finalist in Saveur Magazine's 2011 Best Food Blog Awards. 

Stephanie Stiavetti
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Stephanie Stiavetti is a food writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. While she now makes her living as a culinary wordsmith, in another lifetime she spent nearly a decade working in the IT/tech field for such big names as Lucasfilm and the University of California, San Francisco. Unable to completely cast off her geek-side, she now has one foot in each camp: creative writing and blogging technology. Besides maintaining the writing career that she loves so much, Stephanie keeps her left brain in shape by acting as an internet social networking consultant. What does this mean?

Stephanie Stiavetti
Freelance Writer and Social Media Consultant
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Stephanie Stiavetti
Freelance Writer and Social Media Consultant
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Stephanie Stiavetti is a food writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. While she now makes her living as a culinary wordsmith, in another lifetime she spent nearly a decade working in the IT/tech field for such big names as Lucasfilm and the University of California, San Francisco. Unable to completely cast off her geek-side, she now has one foot in each camp: creative writing and blogging technology. Besides maintaining the writing career that she loves so much, Stephanie keeps her left brain in shape by acting as an internet social networking consultant. What does this mean?

Tami Hardeman
food stylist/blogger

Tami is an Atlanta-based food stylist who has been styling food for close to 7 years. As a former fashion stylist, she's merged her loves of food and photography to become nationally published - in both print and video. Clients include: Olive Garden, Publix Supermarkets, Arby's, McDonald's, and Coca-Cola. When not on set styling, Tami pursues her passions of food, writing and photography on her internationally recognized food blog, Running With Tweezers.

Tanya Steel
Editorial Director, Clean Plates

Tanya Steel is Editorial Director of Clean Plates. She’s also the Award Director for the Julia Child Award, a cookbook author, and conceiver of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” with former First Lady Michelle Obama, an annual event for five years at the White House. Formerly Editorial Director of Epicurious, Gourmet Live, and Gourmet.com; she was an editor at Bon Appetit and Food & Wine, and wrote for The New York Times for four years.

Tessa Arias
Blogger
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Tessa Arias is the blogger behind Handle the Heat, a food and recipe blog founded in April of 2009. A college student turned culinary student, Tessa focuses her passion for food on fun, fresh, and flavorful recipes. She loves to share recipes and techniques learned from culinary school with her readers. Handle the Heat has been featured on Food News Journal, Glamour magazine's blog, and Gourmet Live. Tessa also founded the website The Kitchen Generation in February 2011 with four fellow young food bloggers.
TOBY BLOOMBERG
CoFounder, Diva Foodies

Toby Bloomberg is no stranger to the world of social media. With the launch of her award winning blog Diva Marketing in 2004, she is considered one of the pioneers of blogging and social media marketing. She is recognized for her expertise in combining digital media with traditional marketing values (strategy, consumer insights, segmentation) while maintaining conversation authenticity.

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