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Thank you to our speakers! Below is a list of our currently scheduled speakers for #IFBC17.
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.
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.”
Claire King | BuzzFeed’s Tasty
Claire King is the Head of Culinary for BuzzFeed’s food brand Tasty. She oversees Tasty’s content direction and partnerships in the food community, and consults on recipe development. Prior to joining BuzzFeed, Claire obtained a Diploma in Food and Wine from Leiths School of Food and Wine in London, and worked at The River Cafe as an Apprentice and Commis chef. Originally from Chicago, and after a stint in Los Angeles, Claire currently lives in New York.
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.
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.”
Stephanie Stiavetti | Fearless Fresh
Stephanie is a food writer, cookbook author, and cooking teacher. Classically trained in both savory and pastry, her top priority is creating epic home cooks through teaching. She’s also a business and marketing strategist for select culinary clients (a holdover from her 20-year management career in dot com), a regular contributor for Huffington Post, and has appeared in New York Magazine, NPR, Saveur, Serious Eats, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Readers Digest, and The Smithsonian.