Below is our list of 2019 speakers. We will issue a Call for Speakers for 2020 in the coming months.
Jordan Catapano | This Girl Walks Into a Bar
Jordan founded and runs with her sister This Girl Walks Into a Bar, a service in Los Angeles that provides high quality bartenders for private functions. Jordan is also the author of three books: “Cocktails for Cougars & Cowgirls: Simple and Delicious Drinks for EveryWoman”, “This Girl Walks Into a Bar: A Women’s Guide to Professional Bartending and Home Mixology”, and “This Girl Minds Her Ps and Qs: Etiquette for the Home, Restaurant,and Bar.” Jordan started as a bartender, became a cocktail blogger, and eventually started her own successful business.
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. Toni is also on the IFBC Advisory Board and is intimately connected to the food blogging community.
Shannon Epstein | Fit Slow Cooker Queen
Shannon Epstein blogs at Fit Slow Cooker Queen, which is not surprisingly about healthy recipes for slow cookers. In a very short time she has released three cookbooks and attracted 76,000 Instagram followers. Shannon will be presenting an Intro to Food Blogging before the conference starts for those new to blogging.
Heather Johnson | The Food Hussy
Heather Johnson has been a food and traveler blogger at The Food Hussy for over a decade. She covers restaurant reviews, recipes, road trips, DIY projects, and product reviews. In addition to her time acting as an influencer for her own account, Heather has worked on the other side for four different marketing agencies. She currently is the Influencer Director for MMI Agency based in Cincinnati.
Trish Lindemood | KitchenBloggers
Trish is an experienced digital media consultant with over 25 years of diverse sales and marketing experience. Since 2008, Trish has helped hundreds of local businesses and online entrepreneurs become more successful with a winning combination of strategic web development, search engine optimization, content marketing, and paid advertising campaigns. Today, Trish manages KitchenBloggers.com, where she helps her dynamic community of food, lifestyle, and health & wellness bloggers build profitable and fun web-based businesses.
Jason Logsdon | Amazing Food Made Easy
Jason is successfully blogging at Amazing Food Made Easy, which has more than 150,000 monthly pageviews generated by more than 100,000 unique visitors, newsletters with over 22,500 subscribers, and an active Facebook group with 28,000 people. He is also the author of 12 (!) cookbooks on modernist and sous vide cooking. Jason has become a master at creating a passive revenue stream from his blog that includes kitchen products, traditionally publishing books, recipe licensing, paid cooking courses, self publishing cookbooks, e-books, patronage, affiliate sales, wholesaling books, selling brand swag, and ad networks.
Laura Müller | Las Recetas de Laura
Laura runs the blog Las Recetas de Laura in Spanish and also the blog Spicy Latina Mom in English. She has written for the Editorial Organization Mexicana, with a regular Sunday column, as well as for a number of newspapers and magazines in both English and Spanish. She is the author of the book “Urban Roulette”, has been a special guest on various radio programs on the Univision chain, and shared her cooking recipes at Mundo Fox, Telemundo, Televisa and Canal 67 in El Salvador.
Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack | Muy Bueno Cookbook
Yvette is an Emmy-winning producer and writer, award-winning food blogger, and author of Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor co-written with her mother Vangie and sister Veronica, and Latin Twist: Traditional & Modern Cocktails, co-written with Vianney from Sweet Life. She won her Emmy award (go, Yvette!) for her video Day of the Dead Celebration. Yvette is a native Texan, born and raised in El Paso, but now lives in Colorado.
Dr. Julia Nordgren | Dr. Julia Cooks
Dr. Nordgren is not only a doctor but a trained chef and cookbook author; The New Family Table was published in early February. After years of treating patients for cholesterol disorders and childhood obesity, she was motivated to inspire people to make healthy eating part of their daily lives. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Dr. Nordgren practices medicine at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and leads hands-on culinary medicine teaching at the Stanford Teaching Kitchen. Dr. Nordgren will provide a keynote on the topic “Should Food Bloggers Consider the Health Effects of What They Write?”
Julia O’Malley | Anchorage Daily News
Julia O’Malley is an independent journalist, teacher, editor, and blogger who lives in Anchorage. She writes about Alaska’s politics, culture, environment and food. Julia has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, High Country News, Today.com, The Guardian, National Geographic News, Eater, Saveur, and Edible Alaska, among other publications. She writes a weekly food newsletter for the Anchorage Daily News. Julia received a James Beard Award in 2018 for a story about a young whale hunter, Chris Apassingok, who was cyber-bullied by environmentalists after he took a whale in the village of Gambell.
Christine Pittman | COOKtheSTORY
Christine has got it together. In addition to blogging at COOKtheSTORY, she authors TheCookful.com and the brand new IsThisThatFood.com. More importantly, together her three sites reach over 2.3 million people every month. Christine has developed a system for hiring contributors and focusing on SEO that has allowed her to grow her first site from 250,000 page views a month to 1.2 million a month in about two years; to launch her second site and grow it to 100,000 page views in just nine months and to above 500,000 a month in 1.5 years; and to launch a third site that is on target to hit 10,000 monthly page views in six months — the same pace that each of the other sites met on their ways to success.
Dara Pollak | The Skinny Pig
Dara runs The Skinny Pig NYC, a food blog born in 2008 that covers recipes and restaurant reviews. Her recipes and photos have been featured in many publications including Food & Wine, Coastal Living, Thrillist, Food Network, ABC, CBS, and more. Dara now operates The Skinny Pig Inc. and is a social media, marketing, and branding consultant for hospitality groups and restaurants around the country, as well as a recipe developer for national brands. Dara is known to express her opinions and recently authored a post called “Why Instagram Can Fuck Right Off in 2019”.
Vianney Rodriguez | Sweet Life
Vianney is the founder, recipe developer, and South Texas foodie behind Sweet Life. She is also the Author of Latin Twist, a collection of nearly 100 delicious Latin-inspired cocktails, and the forthcoming The Tex-Mex Slow Cooker. She is a regular contributor to Parade Magazine and has appeared in The Huffington Post, Buzz Feed, iVillage, Yahoo Shine, Women’s Day, Cooking Light, NBC Latino, Latina Magazine, Glamour, Fox News Latino, Mamiverse, The Latin Kitchen, Tastespotting,Foodgawker and Liquirious.
Jana Seitzer | Whiskey + Sunshine
Jana is a lifestyle blogger at Whiskey + Sunshine where she writes about travel destinations, beverages (wine/beer/cocktails), food, parenting, tech gear, entertainment, home, DIY, crafts, travel gear, fitness/health, children, and more. Is that not enough for you? She’s also a full-time mom to four amazing kids—including two with special needs; married to her husband for 16 years, although she identifies as bi-sexual; writer, speaker, and photographer; marketer, designer, former Disney podcaster, and social media maven.
Jessica Stier | Desserts With Benefits
Jessica has been blogging about healthy desserts for the last seven years, which is quite impressive considering she is not that long out of college. Even more impressive is her monthly website visitors and the size of her social media community. To top it off, Jessica has already successfully self-published two cookbooks with a third on the way. Jessica currently lives in Austin, Texas where she works full time on her blog and associated business.
Raj Thandi | Pink Chai Living
Raj blogs at Pink Chai Living, where she blogs about all things lifestyle including food, and is the founder and creative director of Pink Chai Media, a visual content creation studio & digital marketing firm. She is also a founder of the South Asian Bloggers Network. While she would consider her blog only semi-successful in terms of monetization, it has helped launch her to a series of paid contracts representing food-based companies. Raj lives in Surrey, British Columbia with her husband and two children.
Katie Workman | The Mom 100
Katie is a columnist for the Associated Press – she wrote the “Cooking on Deadline” column for AP for 3 1/2 years, which reached hundreds of thousands of readers a week, and is now starting a new column called “Kitchen Smarts”. She has written for FoodNetwork.com thespruce.com, SimplyRecipes.com, Cooking Light, Eating Well, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Parents Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, thekitchn.com, Food52.com, Better Homes & Gardens, Parents Magazine, and Food & Wine Magazine. She is also author of two books and her own The Mom 100 Blog, which won the BlogHer Voices of the Year award in 2013.