BlogHer Food '13 Speakers

Speakers

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Addie Broyles
Austin American-Statesman

As the food writer for the Austin American-Statesman, Addie Broyles writes about everything from farmers and up-and-coming chefs to food trends in Austin and beyond in a weekly column and blog called Relish Austin. When she’s not chasing after her two young sons, the Ozarks native and University of Missouri graduate writes about women and food at The Feminist Kitchen and is the advisory council chair of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance.

Alexandra Williams, MA
Owner, Fun And Fit

Alexandra Williams, MA has been teaching, mentoring, presenting, emceeing, editing and writing for over 30 years. Currently teaching in the Dept. of Exercise Studies at UC Santa Barbara, she is a contributing editor and writer for IDEA Fitness Journal, columnist for AAA Westways magazine, and frequent freelance writer and guest blogger for numerous print and online health sites.

Alice Currah
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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.
Anna Lappe
Founder, Small Planet Institute

Anna Lappé is a widely respected author and educator, known for her work as a sustainable food advocate. The co-author or author of three books and the contributing author to nine others, Anna’s work has been widely translated internationally and featured in The New York Times, Gourmet, Oprah Magazine, among many other outlets. Named one of Time magazine’s “eco” Who’s-Who, Anna is a founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and the Small Planet Fund.

Ben Rhau
Writer and Publisher/You Fed a Baby Chili?

Ben think of himself as a serial beginner. He's worked as a trader on Wall Street, research scientist, and now digital media professional. He took up writing and photography in his late 30s, and it’s completely changed the way he lives. Ben writes things, mostly about food. He takes pictures, mostly of strange people. He can be found on most major social media platforms (and also some smaller ones).

Carrie Pacini
For The Feast

Carrie Pacini is a chilled glass of champagne, disguised as a mother, writer, entrepreneur and creative technologist. She is currently the co-creator and lead writer for For The Feast and co-founder of the Mom 2.0 Summit.

Prior to co-creating For The Feast and Mom 2.0, Carrie co-founded The Wine Conference — an intimate exploration of fine wine & food pairings, featuring national experts like Gary Vaynerchuk and award-winning regional chefs.

CATHERINE MCCORD
Foodie, television host, and founder

Catherine, mom to three children, launched Weelicious.com in 2007 as a platform to show parents around the world how easy and beneficial it is to expose children to wholesome, delicious homemade food. Weelicious now has over 1,300 original recipes and over 350 cooking videos. In 2015, she started One Potato, an organic, family-friendly meal delivery company offering three meals a week (which take around 30 minutes) to inspire families to cook and eat together. Catherine is author of two cookbooks: Weelicious: One Family.

Chef Ayinde Howell
Executive Chef / ieatgrassdotcom
Chef Ayinde Howell
Executive Chef / ieatgrassdotcom

Ayinde Howell is an executive Chef living and working in New York City. His recipes have been published in the New York Times, Essence Magazine, VegNews Magazine and many others. He is a fourth generation entrepreneur with two businesses and a 501c3 under his belt.

CHRISTINE PITTMAN
Editor, founder, and food photographer

Christine Pittman is the senior editor and founder of TheCookful.com, a successful contributor-based food site founded in 2015. She is also a professional food photographer and recipe developer who has worked for numerous national and local brands, and her work has appeared in various well-known online and print publications. Christine began her career by starting the blog COOKtheSTORY.com in 2010.

Christy Horton
Pastry Chef and Blogger Liaison at CookingPlanit.com, Philanthropy Chair for Austin Food Bloggers Alliance
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Christy Horton
Pastry Chef and Blogger Liaison at CookingPlanit.com, Philanthropy Chair for Austin Food Bloggers Alliance
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Christy Horton is a trained pastry chef and avid blogger. She graduated summa cum laude from the le Cordon Bleu Patisserie program in 2006 and worked at several local bakeries and restaurants around Austin. But her favorite gig was at the Central Market Cooking School where she had the opportunity to work with such culinary luminaries as Rebecca Rather, Nick Malgieri, George Geary, and David Lebovitz.

Christy Morgan
The Blissful Chef

Christy Morgan, The Blissful Chef, has been tantalizing taste buds for years as a vegan chef, cooking instructor, food writer, and cookbook author. Christy’s mission is to show that a whole food plant-based diet can be delicious, easy and will bring more energy and bliss into your life! Her fun and informative classes teach amateurs and seasoned veterans alike how to create simple yet delicious, sustainable, “green” meals using local organic produce and seasonal cooking techniques.

Claudia Kousoulas
Founder, Appetite for Books

Claudia Kousoulas is a freelance writer, cookbook author, and editor who blogs at Appetite for Books, where she reviews cookbooks and reports on food adventures. Many of those adventures involve culinary history. As a former president and current board member of the Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C. she contributes to the group’s examination of the ways food, in different times and places, unites us, divides us, and ultimately defines us.

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.

Corinne Fay
Social Networking Associate / The Lisa Ekus Group
Corinne Fay
Social Networking Associate / The Lisa Ekus Group

As Social Networking Associate, Corinne oversees The Lisa Ekus Group’s various internet incarnations, including the website and social media. She also works on PR campaigns, promotes TLEG’s many accomplished authors and the culinary media training program, and reviews incoming book proposals.

Corinne has been proudly working for the only full-service culinary agency to offer Public Relations, Media Training, Literary and Talent Representation, as well as Career Consulting—all within the culinary realm—since 2009.

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.
 

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.

Diane Cu
White On Rice Couple

Diane Cu is a professional photographer, stylist and filmaker based in Los Angeles. Fueled by her love of local culture and a home cooked meal, she loves sharing stories of amazing people from her travels. Diane's advertising and editorial work can be found in Oprah Winfrey Network, Whole Foods, Williams Sonoma, Cooking Channel, Sunset Magazine and published cookbooks.

Diane Lang (aka Momo)
Social Media Manager, BlogHer

Diane (aka Momo) is the Social Media Manager for BlogHer, the premium cross-platform media network and publisher for women. A former lunch-lady, and self-taught social-media professional, she is proof that you can change your life at the age of 40.

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.

Dresden Shumaker
Writer, CreatingMotherhood.com
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Dresden Shumaker
Writer, CreatingMotherhood.com
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Dresden chronicles her adventures in single parenting (including the awesome story of how the internet got her pregnant) on CreatingMotherhood.com.

For the last few years she has worked in new media for a tech startup in Philadelphia, as a web designer and graphic artist, and as a freelance writer. She also covers entertainment news at Babble.com and is a contributor to Kids in the House. Dresden's writing has been featured or syndicated in The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, AimingLow, Parenting, Type-A Parent, and BlogHer.

Edie Goodwin
Co-Owner, Princess & Moose's Sister Bakery
Edie Goodwin
Co-Owner, Princess & Moose's Sister Bakery

Edie Goodwin and her sister, Stephanie, officially started Princess & Moose's Sister back in July of 2012 when they took their brownies to Live Oak Market to sell to the public. They kicked it all off with Kickstarter in December 2011. It allowed them to get the needed funds to take their business to the next level. They were no longer "home bakers!"

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.

Elly Spinweber
Marketing and Communications Director, Partnership for a Healthier America

Elly Spinweber is marketing and communications director at the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to end childhood obesity in a generation. Elly leads PHA’s daily communications strategy, including digital and social efforts like the MyPlateRecipes Pinterest partnership, which brings together PHA, Let’s Move!, USDA’s MyPlate, and the nation’s top recipe creators to offer thousands of tasty recipes to anyone looking for healthier meals.

Hana Bieliauskas
Account Manager, CMA
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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.

Hank Shaw
Hunter Angler Gardener Cook
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Hank Shaw
Hunter Angler Gardener Cook
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Hank Shaw runs the James Beard Award-winning website Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, which explores wild food whether it's foraged, fished or hunted. He is also the author of two cookbooks and his work has appeared in magazines ranging from Field & Stream to Food & Wine. He lives near Sacramento, CA.

Heather Nauta
Holistic Nutritionist/Healthy Eating Starts Here
Heather Nauta
Holistic Nutritionist/Healthy Eating Starts Here

Heather Nauta is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, showing you how to have fun while making simple, fast, healthy and incredibly delicious meals that leave you and your family satisfied and full of energy. She posts free videos with vegan recipes and nutrition advice every week, and offers nutritionally-balanced online meal plans and health-oriented video cooking classes.

Henry Fong
Co-Founder, Nom Nom Paleo
Henry Fong
Co-Founder, Nom Nom Paleo

Henry Fong co-founded and works behind the scenes at Nom Nom Paleo, a popular and award-winning food blog authored by his wife, Michelle Tam.

A busy lawyer by day and sleep-deprived graphic artist by night, he’s responsible for Nom Nom Paleo’s distinctive design and photography, which won a Homies Award from Apartment Therapy for Best Food Photography on a Blog in 2012.

Hetal Jannu
Co-founder, Show Me the Curry
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Hetal Jannu
Co-founder, Show Me the Curry
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Hetal Jannu is the co-founder of ShowMeTheCurry.com, a blog dedicated to teaching Indian cuisine through the visual medium.  She, along with her friend and business partner Anuja Balasubramanian, has been producing simple, easy to follow cooking videos for the past 2 years.  With the increasing popularity of video based cooking blogs, ShowMeTheCurry.com is rapidly growing with visitors from all corners of the world.

Hilah Johnson
Publisher/Vlogger, Hilah Cooking
Hilah Johnson
Publisher/Vlogger, Hilah Cooking

Hilah Johnson started HilahCooking in January 2010 with her partner Christopher Sharpe. They produce two how-to videos a week and she has written four cookbooks so far. Her focus is mostly on simple recipes with a Texas touch that cooks of all skill levels can create at home with confidence.

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.

Jackie Stone
Social Media Editor, Austin American-Statesman
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Jackie Stone
Social Media Editor, Austin American-Statesman
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Jackie Stone is the social media editor at the Austin American-Statesman, running social media accounts, training and strategies for the Statesman and its life and entertainment side, Austin360. She worked as a reporter and editor with various news organizations before coming to her current position in social media.

Jan Ziff
CEO, Broomstick Productions, Inc.
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Jan Ziff
CEO, Broomstick Productions, Inc.
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A feisty, trail blazing BBC correspondent, Jan made her career pulling no punches and telling the story as she saw it. An overriding quest for the truth, coupled with the rock solid belief that women can go anywhere and do anything regardless of race, color and creed took her from the Middle East, to Mongolia from Spain to the US State Department.

What a change!

Jennie Y Chen
Director of Research and Content, Trendline Interactive
Jennie Y Chen
Director of Research and Content, Trendline Interactive

Jennie’s diverse interests surprisingly all come together. Jennie started creating web content in 2001, but it wasn’t on food yet! Jennie started Keep Austin Dog Friendly for her own dog, Mouse. The site expanded into a community hub for Austin, and Jennie eventually launched it as an iphone app on the the 9th anniversary of the of the site. 

Jenny Rosenstrach
Dinner: A Love Story
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Jenny Rosenstrach is the creator of the blog Dinner: A Love Story, now a book published by Ecco. She was the features director at Cookie magazine for four years and special projects editor at Real Simple for six. Her essays and articles have appeared in numerous national publications and anthologies including Cookie, Real Simple, Martha Stewart Living, Whole Living, and the op-ed page of The New York Times. She has appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition and NBC’s Today. She and her husband, Andy Ward write “The Providers” column for Bon Appétit.

Jim Lin
VP, Digital Strategist/Ketchum PR
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Jim Lin
VP, Digital Strategist/Ketchum PR
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Jim Lin is a VP, Digital Strategist at Ketchum PR. In addition to relishing the fact that he gets to legitimately hang out on Twitter all day, Jim’s job is to push the boundaries of digital and social media to ensure that his clients break through the chatter to become the conversation, whatever or wherever that may be.

John Knox
Senior Software Developer, Evernote
John Knox
Senior Software Developer, Evernote

John has been building native mobile apps since the iOS SDK became publicly available. He currently develops iPhone, iPad, and Android apps for Evernote. In the past John has developed tests for microprocessors, made software for hearing aids, consulted independently, and authored the book "Crafting Beer with (512) Brewing Company."

When not at work, you might find him taking photos of the food and drinks at a local eatery, windsurfing on the Gulf Coast, or exploring someplace new.

Joy the Baker
Cookbook Author, Baker, Blogger
Joy the Baker
Cookbook Author, Baker, Blogger

Joy Wilson is the voice behind the popular blog, Joy the Baker.  She is a baker, food photographer, cookbook author, and curator of all things sweet.

Joy the Baker is a chronicle of everything from Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies and Spinach Avocado Salads, to kitten wrangling and nail polish.     

JULIE DEILY
Publisher, The Little Kitchen
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JULIE DEILY
Publisher, The Little Kitchen
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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 Gunlock
Independent Women's Forum
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Julie Gunlock
Independent Women's Forum
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Julie Gunlock is the Director of the Independent Women's Forum's Women for Food Freedom Project and also serves as a Senior Fellow covering food regulations and culture issues. Before joining the IWF, Gunlock served as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and on the House Homeland Security Committee.

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.

Kari Dilloo
Group PR Manager, Bing & MSN, Microsoft
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Kari Dilloo
Group PR Manager, Bing & MSN, Microsoft
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Kari Dilloo is a PR and integrated marcom pro with more than 15 years of experience promoting consumer brands. Currently, Kari helps drive consumer PR for Bing and MSN at Microsoft, including leading the team's social influencer and blogger programs. Prior to Bing and MSN, Kari also worked at Xbox (consumer and corporate PR), Expedia (consumer PR), Edelman (MSN, Cranium), Imagio/J.Walter Thompson (Atom.com) and Publicis (Washington State Potatoes, Nestle).

Kate Payne
Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking

Kate Payne is an author, freelance writer and educator.

Her writing includes non-profit grants writing, web content, essays and articles for publications like Edible Austin, HGTV Mag, Acres USA Mag, Canning Across America and the kitchn websites, and others.

KATHY STRAHS
Publisher, cookbook author, and blogger

Kathy Strahs is the author of The Lemonade Stand Cookbook, The 8x8 Cookbook, and The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook, and the voice behind the blogs PaniniHappy.com, CookingOntheSide.com, and SunnyDaysGoodFood.com.

A former marketer with an MBA from Stanford, Kathy founded Burnt Cheese Press, a food-focused independent publishing company, in 2015. Its first release, The 8x8 Cookbook, received the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Gold Award for Best First Book-Nonfiction.

Katie Jasiewicz
Publisher, Katie's Cucina

Katie Jasiewicz is the author of KatiesCucina.com. She is a marketing professional by day and home cook, food blogger, and recipe developer by night. Katie’s Cucina is a place where she shares her love for food – developing and cooking mouthwatering recipes weekly, baking indulgent desserts, and sharing foodie travels from coast to coast.

Kelly Cox
Co-Founder, Original Fare
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Kelly Cox
Co-Founder, Original Fare
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Kelly Cox, co-founder of Iron Way Films, a leading online video production company, loves to tell stories for people, brands, and ideas that have something meaningful the world needs to know about. Recently, she launched her original content platform, Original Fare, dedicated to discovering America’s greatest local craft fare. Previously, she created Disney’s "Imagine Your Planet" web series featuring classrooms around the country working to improve their planet. She's created video campaigns for Cisco, John Hardy, Participant Media, US Open, and more.

Kristen Doyle
Dine & Dish

Kristen Doyle is the creator of the award winning website, Dine & Dish. Since early 2006, Kristen has been sharing her favorite recipes, photographs and life stories with an ever growing audience of engaged readers.

Kristin Guy
The Cuisinerd
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Kristin Guy is a Los Angeles based food & lifestyle expert with over a decade of experience working in the design and entertainment industries. With a New Media degree from UC San Diego, she has her finger on the pulse of all things social media and a love for new technology. Kristin has worked with brands such as Walt Disney, DC Comics and Warner Brothers, which have given her a leading edge in brand development, creative forecasting and award winning digital/new media advertising campaigns.

LAURA FUENTES
CEO, cookbook author, and entrepreneur
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LAURA FUENTES
CEO, cookbook author, and entrepreneur
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Laura Fuentes is the CEO of MOMables.com. She’s the author of three cookbooks, a public speaker, and a spokesperson. Laura makes regular television appearances, competed on the Food Network in 2014 (and won!), and is a successful entrepreneur. She works with numerous brands on food and lifestyle campaigns, contributes recipes to print magazines, is a "Today" show and TODAY.com food and parenting contributor, writes for Parents.com, and has a column in the Huffington Post.

Laura Watt
Cubit's

Between posting pixels and planting purple carrots, fine-artist-turned-farmer Laura Watt is an entrepreneur and owner of organic seed company, Cubit's. As author and photographer of the blog, cubitsorganics.com, she shares her appetite for local food, ethical food production, organic gardening and whole foods cooking. As mother to a young family she considers every meal a miracle.  

Laura Williams
Social Media Manager, Urbanspoon
Laura Williams
Social Media Manager, Urbanspoon

Laura Williams is the enthusiastic Community Manager for Urbanspoon, cultivating a dynamic trifecta of bloggers, diners, & restaurants who share a passion for good food.

She also works with philanthropic causes & social enterprises to discover their influencers online and build interactive experiences to inspire engagement.

Lea Webb
Managing Principal, Webb Consulting

Lea Webb is an award-winning activist, working to bridge the gap between local and state government to bring about positive change in her community.  Her greatest achievement includes being the first and youngest African American representative on the Binghamton City Council.

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.

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).
Mallory Dash
Writer, Total Noms
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Mallory Dash
Writer, Total Noms
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Mallory is the creator and writer of Total Noms, a recipe blog dedicated to delicious, easy-to-prepare appetizers, meals and desserts. Mallory works full-time as a project manager at a premium cable network by day, along with owning an online bake shop, Mile End Bakery. She lives with her fiance in Jersey City, NJ and loves food, Star Wars, and photography.

Marla Meridith
Owner, FamilyFreshCooking

As the creator of the highly successful lifestyle blog Family Fresh Cooking, Marla has great experience in healthy recipe development, food styling, photography, social media and graphic design. She has been published in various print publications, around the web and been on TV. She has an upbeat, fresh style and personality that is captured in her vibrant, whole food recipes. She is well recognized in the field for her food, lifestyle & travel photography. Marla is the proud mother of two small children.

MARY HELEN LEONARD
Author, crafter, and whole foods cook
MARY HELEN LEONARD
Author, crafter, and whole foods cook

Mary Helen Leonard is a creative lifestyle writer with a focus on natural living, whole food cooking, and natural beauty. Her first book, "The Natural Beauty Solution," was published in Spring 2015. Her second book, "The Natural Mama & Baby Solution," will hit stores in 2017. In addition to working as a writer and recipe formulator, Mary Helen also teaches culinary and craft classes in and around Austin, Texas.

Melisa Wells
Social Media Researcher, BlogHer

Melisa is a social media researcher for BlogHer, a job which seemed like a natural career step for her after she became addicted to platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.

Melissa Skorpil
Photographer
Melissa Skorpil is a commercial photographer specializing in food photography. Melissa combines her love of the culinary arts with her art and photography education to create tantalizing food imagery. Based in Austin, Texas, Melissa's clients include restaurants, advertising agencies and editorial publications. She is a member of American Society of Media Photographers, the Professional Photographers of America, and currently serves as the Photo Editor for the Austin Food Blogger Alliance community cookbook.
Merry-Jennifer Markham
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Merry-Jennifer Markham is a self-taught home cook and writer who has been blogging since 2006. She founded her food blog, The Merry Gourmet, in early 2010 after discovering that much of her creative writing was centered on food. Merry-Jennifer’s blog and food writing have been featured online in The Huffington Post, The Florida Times-Union, Gourmet Live, and Fine Cooking. 

Michelle Berger Marshall
Director of Nutrition, Feeding America

Michelle Marshall, MS, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian and the Director of Nutrition at Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, where she oversees the nutrition strategy and supporting initiatives. She has been at Feeding America for the last 4 years and currently supports food banks in their efforts to increase healthy food access, raise awareness of food insecurity as a public health issue and promote nutrition education.

Michelle Tam
Founder, Nom Nom Paleo

Michelle Tam is the sardonic foodie and working mom behind Nom Nom Paleo, a popular and award-winning food blog devoted to Paleo food porn and recipes galore.

Mike Antares
HONK!TX

As a co-founder of HONK!TX, a principal committee member for HONK! Fest West, and a self-employed creative generalist, Mike*Antares has been integral to successful crowdfunding campaigns using Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and GoFundMe. He also recently participated in a conference on the future of entrepreneurial crowdfunding.

In his downtime, M*A makes merry with the Minor Mishap Marching Band, tweets at @mikeantares @honktx @minormishapmb and @hackgrowth, and cruises the intersection of big ideas in print and web form.

Molly Wizenberg
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Molly Wizenberg is the voice behind Orangette, named the best food blog in the world by the London Times, and her first book, A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table, was a New York Times bestseller. Her work has been published in the Best Food Writing series and The Art of Eating, and she wrote a monthly column in Bon Appetit from 2008 to 2011.

Natanya Anderson
Director, Social Media, Whole Foods Market
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Natanya Anderson
Director, Social Media, Whole Foods Market
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Natanya Anderson is the Director of Social Media at Whole Foods Market as well as the President of the Austin Food Blogger Alliance, a non-profit organization established to promote blogger philanthropy and education. Prior to joining Whole Foods Market, she was the Vice President of Content and Community at Austin-based Powered, Inc., a social marketing agency.

Rachel Matthews
Publisher, A Southern Fairytale
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Rachel Matthews
Publisher, A Southern Fairytale
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Rachel Matthews is the publisher of A Southern Fairytale, a food blog and journal of her happily-ever-after with one cowboy boot wearin', Harley ridin’,Texan Prince Charming and their two 8th generation Texan children.  Since 2008, Rachel has been sharing her favorite family recipes, stories, and photographs on her blog, which has received accolades from Babble, Southern Living and Social Luxe, and was featured in the Think Food cookbook.

Rachelle King
Owner & Founder, Blinded by the Bite
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Rachelle King
Owner & Founder, Blinded by the Bite
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At the crossroads of food & conversation people connect - and this is where Rachelle King, author of Blinded By The Bite! ™ a freelance food writer, is navigating her way through gluten-free lifestyle, with an emphasis on healthy & sustainable eating. Eating locally & sustainably is healthier for you and for our environment.

Rebecca Otis
Marketing Consultant, Salesforce; TheRebeccammendations
Rebecca Otis
Marketing Consultant, Salesforce; TheRebeccammendations

Rebecca Otis has a passion for bringing lesser-known, impressive stories into the spotlight, whether through blogging about how her favorite hidden gem restaurants got their start or highlighting success stories of effective brands. In 2009, at the age of 26, she founded LocalizeAustin, a small business marketing consultancy. She continues to believe in the power of connecting people online and offline, sharing her strategies for success through writing, speaking, and advising clients in Chicago as a Marketing Consultant at Salesforce.

Regan Jones, RD
Owner, ReganMillerJones, Inc.

ReganMillerJones, Inc., offers nutrition-based support in food communications & marketing, recipe development & photography, social & traditional media relations, and is the parent company of the Web’s most prominent dietitian-owned healthy food site portfolio with brands including Healthy Aperture, The Recipe ReDux, The Professional Palate blog and RDs4Disclosure. The company is owned and managed by Regan Jones, RD.

Ruth Harding
Freelance Writer
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It took Ruth Harding seven tries to find the right college major. She dabbled in musical theater, interior design, library science, and a few more majors before realizing that there was a reason she usually aced the essay portions of tests in any subject. She stayed put as an English major long enough to earn a degree. Soon after, Ruth and her husband had the first of their four children. For the next few years, the only thing Ruth used her degree for was the composition of very descriptive Christmas family newsletters. 

Sabra Krock

Sabra Krock is a Manhattan-based photographer specializing in two of the best things in life: food/still life and children. Her work can be seen in numerous cookbooks, magazines, and in print/on the web for private clients. Recent clients include Food and Wine Magazine, The New York Times, Knopf, Workman Publishing, Harvard Common Press and Crumbs Bake Shop.  She writes the blog Spoonful (www.spoonfulblog.com).

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).

SALLY EKUS
Literary agent for culinary professionals
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.

Samantha Seeley
Publisher and Photographer, Sweet Remedy
Samantha Seeley
Publisher and Photographer, Sweet Remedy

Samantha Seeley is a published food and lifestyle photographer, blogger, recipe developer and busy student. While mainly self-taught she is currently taking photography courses at Suny Orange in Middletown, NY. Samantha is also anxiously awaiting acceptance into the Photography program at Suny New Paltz. Her love of food and photography has helped her grow into her camera and has pushed her to pursue photography.

Sara Tetreault
Creator, Go Gingham

Sara Tetreault writes and speaks about simple, healthy, and less expensive living. From fishing and canning salmon in Alaska with her grandparents while growing up, to picking and preserving fruit with her children today, Sara cooks from scratch in her small kitchen without a microwave, grows vegetables in her urban garden, and meal plans every week as a way to save money and reduce food waste.

Sean Timberlake
Founder, Punk Domestics

Sean Timberlake is a professional writer, amateur foodie, avid traveler and all-around bon vivant. He has written the blog Hedonia with his photographer husband DPaul Brown since 2006, and he launched Punk Domestics, a content aggregation and community site for DIY food enthusiasts, in 2010.

Shannon Traeger
Communication Manager, Entertainment & Media Relations, Feeding America
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Shannon Traeger
Communication Manager, Entertainment & Media Relations, Feeding America
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Shannon Traeger is Communication Manager at Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity. She works primarily on the Entertainment Outreach and Media Relations teams for any Feeding America opportunity that involves our Entertainment Council, celebrities, and media of all kinds, including TV, radio, print, and social.

Sommer Collier
Publisher, A Spicy Perspective

Sommer is best known for her popular recipe blog ASpicyPerspective.com. She's a former cooking instructor turned blogger, food wrter, recipe developer, food stylist and photographer.

Stacie Billis
Founder, One Hungry Mama

Stacie Billis is a parenting expert with a focus on family nutrition dedicated to helping busy parents fit healthy family eating into their packed schedules. In her practice, Stacie works with parents one-on-one, leading them through her “Real Food in Real Family Time” program. The 3-month program helps parents achieve their healthy eating goals by serving up personalized pantry and planning solutions, as well as empowering them with parenting tools to get their kids on board with a new, healthier approach to food.

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

Stephanie Quilao
Founder and Chief Storyteller, Thriving Media

Stephanie Quilao is the Founder and Chief Storyteller of Thriving Media. She is well-known for her (now retired) healthy living blog Back in Skinny Jeans, and healthy eating blog Noshtopia. She has produced two mobile apps on iPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile, and is launching In October 2013 an iPhone food photo editing app. Her personal blog is StephanieQuilao.com.

Todd Porter
White On Rice Couple

Todd Porter is a Southern California based photographer and filmmaker. After 14 years in restaurant management, he found another calling in photography and film by documenting food, people, and their stories. Todd is the co-founder of EvoMultimedia.com and co-publisher of WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

Vianney Rodriguez
Founder, Sweet Life

Vianney Rodriguez is the founder and recipe developer for Sweet Life. A Proud Tejana who feels lucky to have the best of both worlds, Vianney was happily raised in Texas by Mexican parents. Her blog name, Sweet Life, refers to living a Sweet Life enriched with the spice of two diverse worlds enveloped with the memories of growing up in a Mexican household.

Whitney Lauritsen
Founder, Eco-Vegan Gal

Whitney Lauritsen is many things: journalist, filmmaker, photographer, social media guru… but most of all she is an eco-conscious vegan. She dedicates her time and energies to spreading awareness about how to make healthy eating choices and develop a planet-friendly lifestyle.

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