As BlogHer continues to evolve, it is important to us to continue to celebrate the women content creators and entrepreneurs who are taking their businesses to the next level, and each of the following speakers are no exception. These baller women have created thriving food businesses online and offline through writing, video, photography, and innovation. Each of these women have established dedicated communities of fans and followers who come back to them regularly for new recommendations, recipes and more. Please join us welcoming Alexa Matthews, Ali Maffucci, Dara Pollak, Remy Park and Samah Dada to the #BlogHer19 Food stage!
Alexa Matthews, Founder, EatingNYC: Alexa Matthews is a born and raised New Yorker, a professional eater and the founder of @EatingNYC, a personal blog charting Alexa’s dining and travel experiences around the world. Founded in 2014, @EatingNYC has quickly become one of the most influential digital brands in New York, boasting over 325,000 followers on Instagram alone. Currently, Alexa works with F&B brands, retail designers, tourism boards and local eateries on a consulting basis. She recently launched her first show, “StrEAT Talk,” in collaboration with Pure Wow. Previously, Alexa worked as the Social Media Manager at marketing firm, Bullfrog + Baum and as the Director of Marketing and Communications at Tacombi Restaurants. Her unique position as both a hospitality professional and as an influencer sets her apart, and her keen understanding of the industry has been essential to her success in producing strategic brand content when across different sectors. Alexa was listed as one of the Top 30 People in Food by AdWeek in 2016 and has been featured by CNN, Wall Street Journal, CBS News and Zagat, amongst others.
Ali Maffucci, Founder, Inspiralized: Ali Maffucci is the founder of the culinary brand Inspiralized, the ultimate resource for cooking creatively, healthfully and deliciously with the spiralizer, the kitchen tool that turns vegetables and fruits into noodles. In June of 2013, Ali quit her corporate job to pursue Inspiralized, starting first with her blog, Inspiralized.com. Since then, Maffucci has been referred to as a “digitally savvy millennial entrepreneur”, as well as the creator of a “spiral empire” by Food & Wine. Maffucci has authored New York Times best-selling cookbooks (Inspiralized and Inspiralize Everything) and her latest cookbook, Inspiralized and Beyond is following suit. Maffucci launched her branded spiralizer called the Inspiralizer and continues to provide daily free recipes on her food blog and through her iOS mobile app. She currently lives in Jersey City, NJ with her husband, Lu, and her toddler son, Luca.
Dara Pollak, Founder, Skinny Pig NYC: Dara Pollak is a born and raised New Yorker, classically trained dancer, and professional writer. Following a devastating car accident where she nearly lost her leg, Dara was forced to give up her dreams of being a dancer on Broadway and chose a new career path in digital media, with a creative outlet in food. The Skinny Pig is a top New York food blog born in 2008, covering “the Three R’s”: restaurants, recipes, and rants. Dara started the Instagram account @skinnypignyc (90K+ followers) in 2014, attracting the masses with her sarcastic, witty humor and unapologetic honesty in tackling topics like depression and PTSD. A former ad sales and marketing executive, Dara now operates The Skinny Pig Inc. full time as a social media consultant and content creator. She is a recipe developer and brand ambassador for FreshDirect, and has made appearances on Thrillist, ABC, CBS, Zagat, Tasting Table, and more.
Remy Park, Founder, Veggiekins: I am a vegan holistic nutritionist, recipe developer and food blogger at Veggiekins. The origin of my blog and social media platforms was my journey to healing an eating disorder and mental health issues. I initially used my Instagram platform to log meals to share with my psychiatrist daily, and it soon grew to become a recipe resource, and community for healthy eating and living well. As the community I connected with grew, I started to incorporate more of the wellness expertise I was able to share from yoga, to herbalism and healing plants. 3 months into my first corporate job, stress and lack of sleep contributed to a return to ED behavior, addiction and substance abuse. I quit my job to heal, and have since taken Veggiekins full time and have created a successful, thriving business.
Samah Dada, Founder, DADAEATS: Samah Dada is the founder, recipe developer, and photographer for her food Instagram and health and wellness-focused food and travel blog, DADAEATS. She grew up in Newport Beach, California and spent four years in London, England where she first became enamored with the intersection of food, travel, and culture. After studying Media and Public Policy at UC Berkeley and solo-traveling through Europe, Samah pursued her dream of moving to New York to join the prestigious NBCUniversal Page Program. She has worked full-time in broadcast television production at the TODAY Show where she is also an on-air food contributor. She is the host of her own digital cooking show, a TODAY Show original series called #COOKING with @DADAEATS. She started @DADAEATS with the goal of sharing her culinary endeavors, food adventures, and passion for creating indulgent yet healthy eats with her audience.
These women are eager to inspire, inform and empower our attendees on May 8th, and we want you to be there. Make sure to register for your ticket today!