We have an excellent group of Advisory Board members that provide us with advice on content, speakers, excursions, and everything else. Thank you!
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.
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.
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.
Margaret Andrews | Sacramento Bloggers
Margaret co-founded and runs Sacramento Bloggers. She is a freelance writer and the author of Adventures in Blogville: A Creative Writing Guide for Teens. Her humor blog, Nanny Goats in Panties, was voted both “Best Local Blogger” and “Most Valuable Blog” for the Sacramento area. She is also the founder of Sticky Readers, a blogging tutorial site.
Melanie Weir | Freelancer
Melanie works as a creative consultant and service designer. She’s collaborated on many projects related to food, such as Feat for Kids, developed at a Kids Food Tech Hackathon (how cool!). Melanie recently attended a Design Thinking in Food Innovation program in Messina, Sicily sponsored by the Future Food Institute and currently accepted a chair position with the North American Food Systems Network’s Social Network Platform Team.
Nicole Rogers | Nugget Markets
Nicole until very recently was director of the Farm-to-Fork program under the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, where she was charged with furthering Sacramento’s brand identity as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. Nicole recently moved to Nugget Markets, a Woodland, California-based regional store that provides “an extraordinary grocery experience.”
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.
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.
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.
Perry Perkins | MY KITCHEN Outreach Program
A five time IFBC alum, Perry is a third generation chef, freelance writer, and cookbook author who writes his own blogs at chefperryperkins.com and joinmykitchen.com, as well as blogging professionally for other food-related companies including Kenmore Grills, La Caja China Roasting Boxes, and Latin Touch. In 2010, he formed the non-profit MY KITCHEN Outreach program with two fellow chefs, teaching free nutrition, shopping, and hands-on cooking classes for at-risk, special needs, and foster kids, as well as cooking for local homeless shelters and charity fundraisers. Perry’s latest book, “The Home Chef: Transforming the American Kitchen,” is due to be released this Spring.