We have an excellent group of Advisory Board members that provide us with advice on content, speakers, excursions, and everything else. Thank you!
Elise Bauer | Simply Recipes
Elise, considered a pioneer among bloggers, founded Simply Recipes as a food blog in 2003 and has grown it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Her passions include food photography, recipe development, writing, website design, brand building, reader engagement, social media, and public speaking. A Silicon Valley tech executive before starting Simply Recipes, Elise has a MS and MBA from Stanford University, as well as a Masters in Food Research from the same institution. Having lived both in Mexico and Japan, she loves the cultures and cuisines of both of those countries. Elise lives in Sacramento, California.
Catherine Enfield | Munchie Musings
Catherine’s blog Munchie Musings covers restaurants, food trucks, events, and the farm-to-fork scene in her hometown of Sacramento. She created the Sacramento Food Festival and SactoMoFo, food truck events and catering. Born to a Filipina mother and a British father with a childhood spent in Saudi Arabia, Catherine has a love for both food and culture. Catherine is also a contributor to Eater.com, Sacramento Magazine, and Edible Sacramento.
Toni Dash | Boulder Locavore
After a personal experiment of over-wintering in Colorado sourcing her produce and protein exclusively from a 100-mile radius, Toni started Boulder Locavore to share her food finds. Her blog quickly evolved to focus on seasonal food and cocktail recipes (all gluten-free), as well as travel, and has garnered a national and international following. Her work has been featured by the Huffington Post, The Today Show, Shape magazine and more.
Tim Gast | Have You Eaten, SF?
Tim, a native Californian, blogs about recipes, events, and restaurants in and around his home town of San Francisco. He has worked for the past 31 years for Roberts Market, a local two-store grocery that has been in operation since 1889! Tim is a passionate cook himself and will be attending IFBC in 2017 for his fifth year in a row.
Doug Levy | Wine And Food World
Doug is a five-time alum of the IFBC and an eight-time alum of the Wine Bloggers Conference! Doug was a full-time journalist for 20 years including a stint with USA Today and freelance work in the San Francisco Chronicle. His investigative work garnered him a Peabody award for “distinguished and meritorious public service” by a journalist. He launched his blog, Wine and Food World, way back in 2004.
Wendi Spraker | Loaves and Dishes
Wendi lives in Danbury, North Carolina where she unapologetically blogs about comfort food. Her site has nearly 300 home-tested recipes. (Wendi also happens to be good at SEO, as her blog has an Alexa rank of just over 500,000.) In addition to time spent on her blog, Wendi is a mom, a nurse, and a town councilwoman.
Julia Stambules | JS Public Relations
Julia is a seasoned public relations professional with more than 25 years experience in consumer marketing PR. She created her own New York-based PR company, JS Public Relations, in 2002. She has a long list of clients, including many in the food industry, and has attended the IFBC four times, generally on behalf of her clients Wüsthof and Anolon.