Many thanks to our featured speakers from #IFBC17, listed below! We will be putting out a Call for Content and Speakers in the coming months. Please add your email address to the Get IFBC News box to the right to stay updated.
Margaret Andrews | Sticky Readers
Margaret is the founder of Sticky Readers, a blogging tutorial site. 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 also co-founded and runs Sacramento Bloggers.
Jennifer Bourn | Inspired Imperfection
Jennifer Bourn is an award-winning designer and founder/partner at Bourn Creative, a full service design agency, specializing in premium web design, brand development, messaging, and content strategy services, with WordPress as her platform of choice. She speaks regularly at live and virtual events around the country, and when not working with clients, Jennifer blogs at Inspired Imperfection, where she shares recipes, family-friendly adventures, and candid commentary on work/life balance.
Stephen Chavez | Latino Foodie
Taking his passion for food into the culinary blogosphere, Stephen Chavez co-founded and edits the popular LatinoFoodie, a source for original and adapted recipes featuring a mix of traditional and modern interpretations of Mexican dishes. Stephen began his career as a staff writer for two daily newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times before moving into public relations. Today he owns, ChavezPR, which helps food and beverage brands connect with the growing and dynamic Hispanic community. He is a Board Member for the National Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), a member of Food Bloggers of Los Angeles and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of La Verne.
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.
Kathleen Flinn | From the Kitchen of Kathleen Flinn
A writer for more than 25 years in print and online, Kathleen’s writing has appeared in more than three dozen publications worldwide. She is the author of three books including the New York Times Bestseller The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry, as well as The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Women into Fearless Home Cooks and Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Story of Food & Love from an American Family.
Melissa Johnson | Best Friends for Frosting
Genuine, bubbly, and most of all, relatable, Melissa’s down-to-earth personality connects readers with creativity and inspiration, all in the name of fun. Melissa shares engaging content to inspire readers for their everyday and most memorable occasions. From collaborations with lifestyle brands such as Martha Stewart and Better Homes & Gardens, Melissa has cultivated a loyal community of like-minded readers, straight from the heart.
Shanna Jones | Urban Swank
Shanna is one-half of the dynamic blogging duo, Urban Swank, a food and lifestyle blog. Representing the “urban” side, Shanna is a corporate chic by day, new momma by night, and blogs everywhere in-between. Urban Swank was named “Best Food Blog” by the Houston Press and recently appeared on the first season of Bravo TV’s “Best New Restaurant.”
Gabi Logan | Journalist and Blogger
Gabi Logan is an author, freelance blogger and journalist who left her writing job at MIT to work full-time on her food and entertaining blog. She then parlayed work on her own site into paid blogging gigs and print magazine assignments, a process she chronicles in her 400-page guide about launching a freelance writing career, The Six-Figure Travel Writing Road Map. Gabi is also the founder of Travel Magazine Database, Dream of Travel Writing and the Rosewood Writing Retreat Center.
Kelly “Midgi” Moore | Juneau Food Tours
After six years writing and blogging about Juneau, Alaska and its delicious food scene, Midgi started Juneau Food Tours. Her tour company selects tasting locations for vacationers throughout Southeast Alaska chosen to highlight the delicious food, intriguing culture, and beautiful scenery of the region. As a tour guide and business owner, Midgi loves to share her passion for food and love of Juneau.
Lennis Perez | Cook Dance Love Live
Lennis blogs healthy recipes, ideas on how to start living a more fulfilling life through food and provides guidance on how to make simple and fun dishes at home. Born in Venezuela, many of her meals have a Latin American influence. Her motto is go simple, go healthy, but don’t EVER sacrifice flavor.
Stefani Pollack | Cupcake Project
Stefani began her blog in 2007 to document her quest to master the cupcake in time to bake hundreds for a friend’s wedding. Since then, she’s been featured regularly in Huffington Post and Buzzfeed and been a contributor for Parade Magazine, Paula Deen, and Chowhound. She also freelances for magazines like Fine Cooking and AllRecipes. Stefani has made Instagram a top business priority and grown her account from under 20,000 followers to over 400,000 followers in under one year.
Nick “Nicky Bobby” Papadopoulos | CropMobster
Nick is the CEO and Co-Founder of CropMobster. CropMobster serves as a good vibes version of Craigslist for the food and agriculture communities. The idea for CropMobster emerged after working on his family’s farm and witnessing first-hand the toll food waste and other issues take on farmers, small food businesses and communities. His work and writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, TIME, Fast Company and he is a frequent speaker at universities and conferences. Nick also created and hosts CropMobster TV, a project in partnership with Food Tank and University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. His work has been recognized by organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, The Red Cross and Only Organic.
Lori Rice | Fake Food Free
Lori Rice is a food photographer, writer, pug-lover, runner, gardener, and craft beer fan. She spent the first decade of her career in public health and agriculture, which eventually evolved into her current role as a freelance writer, recipe developer and food photographer. Her new cookbook Food on Tap: Cooking with Craft Beer will hit shelves this October.
Abeer Rizvi | Cake Whiz
Abeer is the writer, photographer and recipe developer behind the food blog, CakeWhiz. It’s her small nook in cyberspace where she hopes that through her recipes, she can inspire others to bake, cook and get their kids involved in the kitchen. It’s a place that’s supposed to make entertaining simple, fun and easy. She also LOVES Pinterest and has over a 163,000 followers. Her work has been featured in multiple magazine publications and popular sites like Huffington Post, MSN, Today, BuzzFeed, Parade, Reader’s Digest and many more. She has also collaborated with popular brands like Baskin Robbins, Splenda, Jamba Juice, Starbucks, Ragu and many more.
Laura Sampson | Little House Big Alaska
Laura Sampson is the founder and creative force behind Little House Big Alaska, which originally began as the food blog “Hey What’s for Dinner Mom?” back in 2008. Little House Big Alaska came about |when Laura realized she wanted to share MORE about life in Alaska as well as recipes, crafts, DIY projects and so much more. She is a hobby farmer who raises pigs, meat birds, turkeys, egg laying hens and keeps bees while growing as much of her own produce as possible.
Felice Sloan | Urban Swank
Felice is one-half of the dynamic blogging duo, Urban Swank, a food and lifestyle blog. She brings the “swank” to the blog and while many consider her a maven in many areas, her love of food tops the list. Urban Swank was named “Best Food Blog” by the Houston Press and recently appeared on the first season of Bravo TV’s “Best New Restaurant.”
Sabrina Synder | Dinner Then Dessert
Sabrina Snyder is the blogger behind Dinner, then Dessert, a blog she started in 2015 after seven years of working as a private chef. In her first year, she concentrated on learning about Google, Pinterest and photography which helped her replace her previous income completely in the first year. When she isn’t in the kitchen on her marathon photo shoots (she shoots 10-15 recipes every day as she cooks for the blog), she is playing with her kids, and watching too much Bravo.
Cort Tafoya | Clear Marketing Analytics
Cort is a digital and search marketing consultant with numerous corporate and startup clients in San Francisco and other Bay Area locations. He has been a guest speaker at the Startup Leadership Program, the Customer Analytics and Intelligence Summit, various co-working spaces and other locations on topics such as SEO, analytics, AdWords & content marketing. He consistently increases organic search rankings for high value keywords, optimizes AdWords campaigns to achieve a lower cost-per-acquisition & configures Google Analytics accounts so marketing teams can make data driven decisions.
Maggie Zhu | Omnivore’s Cookbook
Born and raised in Beijing, Maggie now calls Texas home. Her passion is introducing cooks to delicious and healthy meals that are bursting with bold flavors and made with real food. Combining her knowledge of Chinese cooking with her adventures living in the US, she shares her enthusiasm for food via personal stories, reliable recipes, and beautiful photography. She spends most of the day time sitting in front of a computer writing, or in her kitchen testing recipes. In the evening, she enjoys TV shows with a glass of wine. Her goal is to build a successful online business so she can travel and live in any part of the world. Her favorite foods are pizza, fried chicken, and steak that is very rare.