The debut of the third season of public television’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals” in January of 2013 was the latest milestone in a storied career that stretches back more than 35 years. As a protégée of Julia Child, founder of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, executive chef of Gourmet magazine, Food Editor of ABC-TV’s ”Good Morning America,” and the host of several popular shows on the Food Network during that channel’s first decade, Sara Moulton has made her mark over and over again. A teacher at heart, Sara’s mission has remained the same for decades: to help the home cook get dinner on the table.
Although she says, “I’ve always liked to eat,” the idea of somehow becoming a professional didn’t occur to Sara until after she graduated from the University of Michigan with a liberal arts degree in 1974. And, indeed, it was at the Culinary Institute of America that Sara found herself.
She entered the CIA in the fall of 1975 and graduated with highest honors in 1977, then spent seven years in restaurants. She worked first in Boston, then in New York, taking off time only for a stint as a stagiare with a master chef in Chartres, France in 1979. Sara’s restaurant experience peaked with a gig as chef tournant at La Tulipe in New York in the early Eighties. It was also during this period that Sara co-founded the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, an “old girl’s network” designed to help women culinary professionals. The Alliance marked its 30th anniversary in 2012.
In the interest of starting a family, Sara left restaurant work in favor of recipe-testing and recipe-development, occupations which tend not to require 80 hours a week. She spent two years as an instructor at Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (now known as the Institute of Culinary Education). It was there that Sara discovered her love of teaching, a passion that would give focus to her subsequent work in television. In 1984 Sara took a job in the test kitchen at Gourmet. Four years later she became chef of the legendary magazine’s executive dining room, a position she held until the magazine’s demise in 2009.
Sara’s TV career began in 1979 when she was hired to work behind the scenes on public television’s “Julia Child & More Company.” Her friendship with Julia led eventually to Sara’s gig at “GMA,” where what started as another behind-the-scenes position ripened by 1997 into on-camera work. By then Sara had begun hosting the Food Network’s “Cooking Live.” Six years and over 1200 hour-long shows later, “Cooking Live” ended its run on March 31, 2002. “Sara’s Secrets” began the next day. “Other TV chefs may own famous restaurants and perform with theatrical flair,” noted TV Guide’s Herma Rosenthal, “But Moulton’s the one you can actually picture popping over to help you fix the lumpy gravy or the fallen soufflé.”
Sara is the author of several cookbooks including Sara Moulton Cooks at Home (2002), Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals (2005) and Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners (2010). In December of 2011, she launched “Sara’s Kitchen,” an iPhone app featuring 60 recipes, 60 photos, and ten videos. In August of 2012 she began writing a weekly column entitled “The Healthy Plate” for the Associated Press. Find Sara here: Website | Facebook | Twitter
Harris Rosen is president and COO of Rosen Hotels & Resorts and is Florida’s largest independent hotelier. Founded in 1974, Rosen Hotels & Resorts currently features a collection of seven Central Florida hotels offering a total of more than 6,300 guest rooms, approximately six percent of the Central Florida inventory.
Among numerous accolades, Rosen was named by the Orlando Sentinel “2011 Central Floridian of the Year” and “2011 Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year ” by his alma mater. He was inducted into Visit Florida’s Tourism Hall of Fame in 2010. He has received Sustainable Florida’s Legacy Award for his contributions not only for his environmental efforts, but for his contributions to the local community and has been named an Orlando Business Journal “Healthcare Hero” and featured on national media outlets for his innovative healthcare program.
In 2009, he was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel’s Culinary Hall of Fame for his works including creating the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at UCF and his Rosen’s Perfect Pizza, which was sold in schools for one year with all proceeds benefiting college scholarships, among other things.
When Mr. Rosen opened his first hotel in 1974, the now Quality Inn International, he was the jack of all trades, including chef. He still cooks meals for his family on a weekly basis. Find out more about Harris on his website.
Trained at Johnson and Wales in pastry arts, Chef David has appeared on the Food Network, has worked at five-star properties in Atlanta and Orlando and most recently, was named captain of the 2009 USA Team to the internationally acclaimed Coupe du Monde pastry competition in France. He has competed against pastry chefs from all over the world and won dozens of awards from American Culinary Foundation competitions.
This self-described “chocoholic” says that no matter where he is — whether strolling the toy aisles of Target with his three kids, attending a black tie event or visiting Orlando’s amazing theme parks, he views the world through “chocolate-colored glasses”— always wondering how every object he sees could be translated into an edible sculpture.
Sweet, but never saccharine, Ramirez’s elaborate chocolate creations reflect his youthful outlook. In fact, he has been known to actually cut apart his kids’ toys in order to make a chocolate mold. The loving dad is always quick to replace what he borrows. Find out more about David at his website or on twitter.
Fabrizio was born in beautiful Lake Como, Italy where he began his culinary passion at the age of 9 working in his family’s pastry shop in Valle d’Aosta. Fabrizio followed his passion and attended the Como Monte Olimpino Culinary School in Italy. While in Italy, he worked at the gorgeous five star hotel Castello di Casiglio as well as many other hotels and restaurants in the area. Fabrizio’s culinary career led him to jobs in Lugano, Switzerland, Germany and finally New York City in 1996. After a successful career in the Big Apple working at Palio and other fine restaurants, he was on his way to the Mondrian Hotel in California.
Having worked internationally and on the different coasts of the US, Fabrizio began working as the Executive Chef of Bice, Palm Beach. He brought with him over 30 years of culinary experience gained from extensive travel and from working with many chefs specializing in various types of cuisine: American, Asian and Italian. Fabrizio followed his dream and opened his own restaurant, Café Sapori, which is celebrating its 7th year of operation. When he has a day off, you can find Fabrizio cooking in the kitchen with his children. Follow Café Sapori on Facebook.
Jaden Hair is a television chef, food columnist and award-winning food blogger at Steamy Kitchen.
Michael Green is one of America’s premier wine and spirits celebrities, serving as Gourmet Magazine’s wine and spirits expert for 19 years and making appearances on the Today Show, Food Network, MSNBC, and CNN. Featured in the New York Times, Fortune Small Business, and Entrepreneur Magazine, Michael is a long-time icon in the wine and spirits industry. He serves as the Wine and Spirits Director and lead presenter for the Food Network Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival and The Palm Desert Wine and Food festival and is the headlining wine and spirits personality on the national Buick Discovery Tour.
Michael travels the world thrilling guests and brands with his spirited wine and mixology performances, sharing his love of wine, spirits, and authentic experiences. He is also an accomplished playwright and is currently working on a new spirits-themed off-Broadway play. Michael’s first play, “Wine Lovers: The Musical” is currently touring the U.S. His new play, set during Prohibition, is slated to begin production in Spring 2013. He is currently working on his first feature length documentary on the Streit’s Matzo Factory and a new wine web series – The Wine Hero.
His numerous charity partners include the American Cancer Society, Hudson River Healthcare, World Resources Institute, The Reach Foundation, LUNGevity, the University Settlement and The Janus School. Michaelgreen.com Twitter: mgwine Facebook: michaelgreen
As founder, owner and President of Sunday Supper, LLC, she quickly realized she was not alone. Isabel works with passionate fellow food bloggers to encourage families to cook together and spend time around the family table. Sunday Supper starts off as one day a week and soon becomes a way of life. The Sunday Supper Team now reaches an audience of over 1.5 million followers every week and works with brands and cookbook authors.
Toby Srebnik is a Public Relations and Social Media Account Executive with Hospitality-Marketing in Fort Lauderdale. He manages PR and social media initiatives for properties such as Buena Vista Palace in Orlando, South Seas Island Resort in Captiva, Waldorf Naples Astoria & Edgewater Beach Hotel in Naples, Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, and Casa Marina and The Reach Resort in Key West. In addition, he has handled traditional PR initiatives throughout Florida for Skanska USA Building Inc. since 2007.
Prior to joining H-M, Toby served as Social Media Director for O’Connell & Goldberg PR in Hollywood, where he handled social media for clients such as Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza and Aventura Mall, and Social Media Manager at Tilson Communications in Boca Raton, where he handled social media for clients such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Truly Nolen and Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Company.
He has hosted several blogger and Twitter events both at H-M and his two previous PR firms, including #DDSpace, a food/lifestyle blogger event with partners Dunkin’ Donuts in Orlando and Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex, #MousecarParade, a South Florida Twitter event allowing a dozen Twitter users to ride in Truly Nolen Mousecars while visiting several South Florida landmarks, #WellDoneTour, a food/lifestyle food writer/blogger event with partner Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, and #AvuAvuCrew, a food/lifestyle food writer/blogger event for Buena Vista Palace’s new restaurant Avu-Avu.
Toby has presented at numerous universities and businesses about the influence of social media, and is a Social Media Club South Florida board member and the 2013 President for the Public Relations Society of America’s Greater Fort Lauderdale chapter. Find Toby on Twitter.
Katie Workman is the author of The Mom 100 Cookbook and the creator of The Mom 100 blog. She is also the founding Editor in Chief of Cookstr.com, the website that shares tested, trusted recipes from cookbooks created by respected chefs and cookbook authors.
Katie was a kid who loved to cook, and a kid who loved cookbooks. She grew up teaching herself how to cook from the Silver Palate Cookbook, making bumpy homemade pasta following Marcella’s Hazan’s instructions in The Essentials of Italian Cooking to the letter, and asking for the entire Moosewood trilogy for holidays.
Her first job after college was with Clarkson Potter Publishers, specializing, naturally, in cookbooks, and she remained there for 12 years learning every part of the cookbook publishing world while becoming a Senior Editor. Katie worked with individual authors as well as companies—like Pillsbury and The American Heart Association—to develop their publishing programs. After a shorter stint as Associate Publisher at Workman Publishing, Katie left to help launch Cookstr.com in 2008. This was also the beginning of her career as an active food writer. She established the popular Cookstr weekly newsletter, and wrote for many websites and publications, including The Daily Beast, AOL Food, KitchenDaily.com, AARP.com, bravo.com, Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Magazine. Katie has appeared on The Today Show and she currently writes a bi-weekly column for The Huffington Post.
Katie sits on the board of City Harvest, New York’s leading food rescue nonprofit, and for the past 20 years has been an active supporter of Share Our Strength, a hunger relief organization dedicated to eradicating childhood hunger. Katie lives with her husband and two children in New York City, where she’s developed such an open-house reputation that all sorts of friends, neighbors, and families with kids in tow wind up at her table. Find Katie on Twitter or Facebook.
Chef Dennis Littley is a Working Chef, Culinary Instructor, Photographer and Food Blogger. When he’s not cooking for his girls at the Mount, you can find him at his blog “A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis” where he shares his recipes (as he likes to put it) for “Real Food for Real People”.
Chef Dennis can also be found on Google plus where he has become the resident expert for Food Bloggers around the world on how to use G+, and as one of Google’s Top Chefs. Dennis is also the founder of the G+ Food Bloggers Community, and a Chef Instructor for ChefHangout.com, teaching live cooking classes via Google Hangouts. You might say Dennis is Google obsessed!
At Catalyst Online he is responsible for staying up to date on industry trends and provides guidance on how Catalyst can prepare for the future.
Dan is an industry veteran with 10 years of SEO experience, and has led the search strategy for numerous large brands across various industries.
Catalyst Online is a leading search engine marketing firm that delivers digital marketing solutions to Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies. A WPP company, Catalyst has offices in Boston, Chicago, New York, Seattle, and Toronto. The firm is the search agency of record for many of the world’s top companies, including Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, and Novartis. For more information about Catalyst Online, please visit the company’s website at www.catalystsearchmarketing.com. Find Dan on Twitter.
Nicole Cook owns and operates Blog Consulting Services where she works with bloggers on web design, SEO practices, Social Media, PR and Marketing, among other things. She has 20 years of web experience and works hard to stay up to date on current news, trends and other issues relating to bloggers in particular.
Her main passion is food and Nicole is the voice behind Daily Dish Recipes, a food blog dedicated to family style meals and feeding hungry teenagers, of which she has 5. She talks about saving money, growing your own food, fantastic recipes, menu planning and more.
She got involved with SundaySupper back in February 2012, because of her own mission to eat dinner every night with her family of 7. Within a few months she was fully involved in the SundaySupper operations and is now the technical support and designer for the website and forums, as well as many administration duties. Her passion comes through and is obvious as she see’s her own teenagers telling their friends about it and making sure that they eat meals with the family as frequently as possible. In a few months, the importance of these dinners will become even more apparent when her oldest daughter leaves for the US Navy and her oldest son begins his first year of college. You find out more about her by following her on facebook, twitter or Google +.
Rachelle Lucas, who is known as an avid traveler and culinary enthusiast, has delivered over 50 television and radio interviews reaching more than millions of consumers. She has a combined personal social media following of over 50k with average impression over 1 million.
Her personal story of success starting as a next gen owning a boutique bed and breakfast in Central Florida to her entrepreneurial endeavor to become an international travel video journalist and blogger is well documented in magazines and newspaper publications. Find out more about Rachelle by visiting her website or on twitter.
Janet K. Keeler is the award-winning food and travel editor for the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times) in St. Petersburg, Fl. She is the author of “Cookielicious: 150 Fabulous Recipes to Bake & Share,” which was published in 2010 by Seaside Publishing. Her newspaper work has been recognized by the Association of Food Journalists, the Society of American Travel Writers, Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, the Society of Newspaper Design, the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors. She is an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
Janet’s story, “The Crock-Pot That Saved Dinner Time,” appears in an anthology of work by American writers, “Best Food Writing 2001. Twitter: @keelerstircrazy or @roadeats | Facebook: facebook.com/janet.keeler
Jeff Houck has been a food editor and writer for the Tampa Tribune since 2002. He also writes The Stew food blog and hosts the Table Conversations podcast on TBO.com.
On Thursday nights, he co-hosts the “Kitchen Party” hangout on Google+. The tailgate of his truck reads, “I Brake for Bacon.”
He lives by the words: “Everything crunchy is good.”
Pamela Settle is the owner of Light Shine Media, LLC, a media company that produces GoodLiving Magazine, TheFamilyPages.net, Partners for Good Living and the Healthy Happy Family Expos. Pamela serves as Editor-in-Chief for GoodLiving, a magazine that encourages, inspires and celebrates healthier and more meaningful living. This family-friendly publication has a local focus on good people, good business, good events and good eating.
Before starting her own company, Pamela spent more than twenty years in marketing communications, public relations, advocacy and non-profit management. Most recently she served as Vice President of Marketing for United Way of Tampa Bay and Marketing Manager for Pinellas County Government, where she earned the Governor’s Award for the “Know Your Zone” hurricane preparedness program and the county’s official hurricane guide.
The Harvard Common Press is a Boston-based publisher focusing on primarily cookbooks. The company has maintained an award-winning publishing program for over thirty years, with such notable titles as Smoke & Spice, The Not Your Mother’s series of appliance cookbooks, The Joy of Pickling, The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, The Bread Lover’s Bread Machine Cookbook, and others. While much of their focus has been on print cookbooks, over the past 3-4 years, the company has delved more deeply into the arena of food innovation, especially as it relates to food and technology startups. Working with entrepreneurs, investors and innovators, the company has developed an extensive network of people who are interested in and evolving the future of food, and Harvard Common Press is poised to play a leading role in that conversation. Through investments in food startups (including one in Yummly, an intelligent recipe search engine) and strategic partnerships with these companies, Harvard Common Press is working more closely at the forefront of food + technology. Find HCP on Twitter.
Mary Goodbody is an award-winning writer, cookbook editor, consultant, and recipe developer who has worked on more than 50 books with many well-known chefs, cooks, and food celebrities. She is a senior editor for the culinary website, Cookstr.com, and is the editor and content provider for Familytime.com. She recently completed a year-long project with the editors of Cooking Light magazine to name the 100 Best Cookbooks of the last 25 years to mark the magazine’s 25th anniversary. She edited Jacques Pepin: New Complete Techniques, which was released in the fall of 2012. Two of her books were published this spring: Healthy Comfort by Art Smith and The Dinnertime Survival Cookbook by Debra Ponzek. Mary was the collaborator on both. Upcoming titles include books written with Fritz Knipschildt and Scott Garvey. Visit her website.
Christine Pittman grew up in her family’s restaurants. Her role started with childhood naps on top of the backroom chest-freezer progressing to teenaged summers in hot kitchens and then college years spent scouring trendy menus for new ideas to take back home. Christine’s life in food continues today with her budding career as a professional recipe developer, food photographer and writer. She is also the creator of the blog Cook the Story, where it’s all about the story (except when it’s about the food!).
Christine is always on the lookout for new ways to promote her blog and to engage with the food community. Her most recent endeavour is to bring a new level of engagement to Pinterest through the use of PinChats. She is co-founder of PinChatLive.com, which aims to help others conduct PinChats on their own Pinterest Boards and helps to bring sponsors and PinChat hosts together.
Coryanne Ettiene is a Nationally recognized Kitchen Living Expert sharing cooking, entertaining and kitchen lifestyle inspirations with audiences across the US. She works closely with a variety of media producers and consumer brands to provide expert content that sparks conversation on kitchen living for a modern lifestyle. Coryanne is a featured expert for Cultivate.com and Celebrations.com, is the host of Cooking with Craftsman and the new iFood.TV cooking show Cooking with Coryanne. She has been featured in Traditional Home Magazine, More Magazine, Working Mother Magazine and other national magazines. Her blog, Kitchen Living with Coryanne shares behind the scenes glimpse into her adventures as a kitchen living expert. Find out more on CoryanneEttiene.com. Find Coryanne on Facebook or Twitter.
Mary is a 30-year public relations professional and president of DPR, an 11-year-old firm that provides marketing communications programs that bridge traditional and new media with social media and digital marketing for travel, hospitality and lifestyle clients including the conference host Rosen Shingle Creek.
When they aren’t hosting food and travel bloggers and traditional media for hotel tours, restaurant openings, chef interviews or tweet-ups, the DPR team can be found in a sun-lit office in Orlando brainstorming new ideas to feed their culinary passion.
DPR has an insatiable appetite for staying on top of the latest food and dining digital trends and techniques. Most recently, DPR tapped social and traditional media to draw more than 1,200 fans who eagerly waited in line for the opening of the first Pinkberry premium frozen yogurt store in Florida. A measured mix of social media fan and blogger engagement and online promotions helped set a record 90,000 slices of pie recently served up at the APC Great American Pie Festival. From the Food Network to The Today Show to usatoday.com and epicurious.com to Facebook and foodspoting, DPR inspires food, travel and related media, bloggers and fans to share stories about culinary clients.
DPR is honored to provide the publicity for the Food & Wine Bloggers Conference and the chefs and restaurant partners of the American Cancer Society’s Central Florida Cattle Barons’ Ball. You can find Mary on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Pinterest and related online review sites. www.deatrickpr.com
Maggie Battista is the founder of Eat Boutique, an online magazine and gourmet market that discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. Selling out of their first gift box of independent food in 2009, Eat Boutique has since been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Gilt Taste, The Boston Globe and Daily Candy. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious small batch food in monthly tasting subscriptions and gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, beautifully designed, convivial events where she spotlights cookbook authors and food and drink makers. Her Markets have gathered more than 3,000 guests and have sold out of cookbooks. Maggie regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide and homemade gastronomic adventures at eatboutique.com or on Twitter at @mizmaggieb.
Michele Northrup, aka Saucy Queen has been burning down the competition within the fiery food industry. Her all-natural gourmet hot sauce company has won more than 50 national awards within five years.
Irvin Lin is a graphic designer and art director turned photographer, writer and baker. His nationally recognized blog Eat the Love was a finalist in the 2011 Saveur magazine Best Food Blog Awards in the category of Best Baking and Dessert Blogs, as well as featured in numerous places like Food New Journal/Food52 News, Bon Appétit‘s Daily Links, The Cooking Channel, US Masterchef Magazine and PBS Food’s 11 Food Blogs We Liked in 2011. He has taught and presented at a number of conferences including the Annual BlogHer Food conference, Foodbuzz Fest, Book Passage Travel and Photography conference and the San Francisco Social Media Club. He currently freelances, dividing his time between design, photography, recipe development and writing, as well as consulting with start-ups and individuals about the power of social media. You can read about his baking, travel and other life exploits at www.eatthelove.com or connect with him via twitter at @eatthelove.
Jackie Gordon is an international award-winning singing chef as well as a songwriter, speaker and event producer who creates multi-sensory “eatertainment” shows where she combines food, music and humor to delight audiences and make tasting and learning about food a ton of fun and yum.
Her “eatertainment” repertoire includes: The Fried Chicken Theory According to Jackie Gordon: a soul food and soul music dinner show and Say Cheese: A tongue-titillating tasting of artisan cheeses, wines and the songs they inspire. She’s currently producing “Chocabaret: a tasting of New York artisan chocolates set to music” which will debut in New York in October 2013.
Jackie loves connecting people who love food. She creates food community events where food bloggers and food professionals come together and network over food they’ve made, like Chinese New Year Potluck, Pie Party Potluck LIVE!, and the upcoming Tea Party – Dance Party.
Jackie has spoken and led workshops that help food professionals sharpen their business skills for the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, the American Personal Chefs Association, Tech Munch, Cookbook Conference, and more.
Jackie has owned Divalicious Chocolate Events, Fountain Rentals and Tastings in New York City for ten years.
Jackie shares her recipes and more on her The Diva That Ate New York Blog. Find her on Twitter and Instagram as @divathatateny. Her websites are JackieGordon.com, Chocabaret.com and DivaliciousChocolate.com.
Carla Cardello is a self taught home baker from Pennsylvania who develops creative and easy recipes from scratch. She started blogging in 2007 during her semester studying abroad in Ireland when she was feeling homesick. Her favorite desserts are chocolate chip cookies and s’mores. Although she spends most of her time concocting sweet treats, she also has an arsenal of simple dinner ideas that require minimal effort. Carla has her Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia and currently works as a videographer. When she isn’t in the kitchen, Carla loves to travel and take photographs. Her favorite travel spots are Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland and the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Visit her at chocolatemoosey.com or on twitter.
Cheri Alberts is the creator of TheWateringMouth.com, a deliciously entertaining food blog. She has developed her social media channels by leaps and bounds and grew her blog traffic from 0 to 40,000 unique visitors per month within the first 6 months. Cheri was an early adopter of video in food blogging and has had great success with the medium. The current videographer for SteamyKitchen.com and working on two new exciting projects to be launched very soon, Cheri continues to set trends in the video food blogging world. Find Cheri on Twitter.
Renee is a self-proclaimed Domestic Goddess in the South who loves to eat, drink, and dig in the dirt. When not cooking, baking, sipping wine, and gardening, she is blogging about her adventures on Magnolia Days. Her goal is to taste the world with wines and foods from all countries. She believes a balanced diet comes from moderation, enjoyment of all foods, and willingness to try new things.
She has been a part of Sunday Supper since its inception back in 2011. Meals enjoyed around the family table have been a major factor in her life. She wants to spread the word and encourage everyone to get back to sharing Sunday Supper and more with family and friends. She serves as editor and administrator to The Sunday Supper Movement along with being a regular contributor to the weekly events.
Gayle Guyardo co-anchors News Channel 8 Today with Rod Carter each morning from 4:30-7am. Gayle also does weekly segments on interesting people places and fact about the Tampa Bay Area – As a 3rd generation Tampa native Gayle is passionate about shining the spotlight on our community.
Doe Coover opened The Doe Coover Agency in 1986, where her earliest clients included cookbook authors Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby, authors of the highly acclaimed book Thrill of the Grill and six other titles, including the forthcoming Just Grill it Already.
Other cookbook clients include Deborah Madison, author of Greens and Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone (an IACP Book of the Year), Rick Bayless, author of Rick Bayless’s Mexican Kitchen (an IACP Book of the Year) and the bestselling Mexican Everyday, legendary chef and PBS star Jacques Pepin, whose new series, “Heart and Soul: a Life in the Kitchen,” will be broadcast in 2015, the late Marion Cunningham, author of Learning to Cook with Marion Cunningham, Jane and Michael Stern of Roadfood fame, Bill and Cheryl Jamison, authors of several books on American cooking, and family supper evangelist and blogger Isabel Laessig and her collaborator, Mary Goodbody . The agency also handles a wide variety of other fiction and non-fiction titles.
A Chicago native, Coover is married and the mother of two children. She is an annual faculty resource person at the Columbia Publishing Course at Columbia University and volunteers with the local A Better Chance program in her home town.
Michael Levine is a New York-based filmmaker and the founder of Rivington Pictures. His current documentary, “Streit’s:Matzo and the American Dream”, produced by Michael Green and funded via Kickstarter, tells the story of a fifth-generation family food business on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
He has directed, produced, filmed, and edited content for Showtime Networks, A&E Networks, The History Channel, HGTV, and a number of award winning independent filmmakers. His first feature-length documentary, Losing Ground, about the impact of suburban development on local agriculture, screened at the US Library of Congress and numerous other venues, and was featured at length in The New York Times.
Deborah Bowen, Ph.D., is the social media director for Datz, in Tampa, FL. She manages a growing lineup of social media accounts including the Twitter profiles and Facebook pages for all segments of the Datz family of brands including the restaurant, bakery and catering division. She also manages the social media efforts of Chat, the Datz social media division launched earlier this year. A self-described social media addict, she loves chatting it up in the social sphere no matter who she’s representing.
In addition to her work for Datz, Deborah is a member of the highly prestigious Disney Parks® Moms Panel (a division of Walt Disney® World Social Media). As a liaison for Disney Parks®, Deborah has made numerous radio and television appearances. She also interacts with Guests on- and off-line, and has produced a variety of written content for third-party Web sites.
Before tweeting her way into the hearts of Disney and Datz, Deborah earned a Ph.D. in English Literature, with a specialization in Cultural Studies. Her dissertation, a chapter of which is to be featured in an upcoming book on women bloggers, was a critical examination of women using cyberspace as a place for the creation of written product.
She is also an achiever of all manners of random awesomeness. She was a member of an Academy Award®-winning video game team, has run a marathon, and is a published author. She’s also an avid reader, singer, pop culture geek, and unapologetic word nerd.
Brooke Palmer is the creative mastermind behind r.s.b.p. Events +PR. With the exquisite taste she inherited from her mother, and an entrepreneurial spirit instilled by her father, she has dabbled in event planning and business since she was a toddler. Creating tea parties for friends at five, and discovering a knack for event design at her and her twin sister’s birthday pool parties, all while managing a profitable lemonade stand, her hidden talent was noticed early on by her inner circle.
A self-proclaimed ‘closet nerd’, with a spunky identical twin, Ms. Palmer graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Molecular Biology and is finishing at The University of South Florida with a Master’s in Environmental Science, all before pursuing her MBA at the University of Florida. An accomplished student, golfer, lacrosse player and drummer, beneath those blonde locks, she has a beautiful mind, and furthermore, it is a known fact that she can run in high heels.
Born and raised in Washington, DC, this happy-go-lucky femme fatale has committed the last six years pursuing philanthropic endeavors with all sorts of charitable organizations including The Arts Center, the 13 Ugly Men, the Tampa Theatre and most recently she was tapped as the scene columnist for Tampa Bay Metro Magazine after stints with TBT* and Bay News 9, and as a party planning expert on Daytime, Tampa’s NBC Affiliate’s syndicated morning show, in over 100 markets.
As President of r.s.b.p. Events+PR, she handles high profile clients, public relations efforts, and foundation events for professional athletes and celebrities as well as manages various hospitality and lifestyle clients. Her repertoire also includes planning high-end weddings and private events. Celebrity events she has planned include events for: Joe Maddon, Olivia Newton John, Ryan Nece, Vincent Lecavalier, Warren Sapp, Jared Jeffries, Mike Peterson and Simeon Rice, and managed celebrity events for FHM, Stuff, Heineken, Moet Hennessy and Ciroc Vodka.
Hospitality clients include the legendary Bern’s Steak House, The Epicurean Hotel and it’s subsidiaries, Postcard Inn Brands of Florida, Donatello Restaurant, and the Irish 31 franchise group among others.
For Super Bowl XLIII, Brooke was tapped to plan the P. Diddy Good Life Experience for Diddy, Deion Sanders and Winky Wright, as well as managed Sponsorships for the NFL sanctioned Super Bowl Breakfast and handled details for Michael Clayton’s celebrity gala at Saks Fifth Avenue. For the 2012 Republican National Convention, held in Tampa, she planned the Huffington Post Oasis, as well as events for Attorney General Pam Bondi and Governor Jeb Bush.
Brooke was named 30 under 30 by the TBBJ in 2005, and was a finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2009 and 2010 Young Businesswoman of the Year. In 2010, she was named an Up and Comer by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She was a finalist for National Rising Star 2010 and a finalist in 2011 for Event Planner of the Year by Event Solutions Magazine. Concurrently she was also nominated for Event Planner of the Year 2011 by Biz Bash Florida. She also is a Three-time winner of Best of the Knot, Florida. Most notably however, was her win as the 2008 Suncoast Woman of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society raising $60,000 in a ten week fundraising campaign, setting the chapter record for a female. Her additional interests include her dogs, traveling, good books, golfing and pilates. She remains active through her volunteer work, golf lessons, lacrosse, the occasional good bottle of champagne, teaching herself French, and being ‘crafty’– all while trying to save the world from its perils… or its event mishaps.
Music for the event will be provided by Braden Palmer