Food Blog Forum

Building a Better Community, One Blogger at a Time

Atlanta 2010

Speakers:

Todd Porter and Diane Cu are photographers and founders of EvoMulimedia.com, specializing in photography, video and multimedia. Their work can also be found in Los Angeles Times,  Edible Los Angeles Magazine, LA Weekly Squid Ink and Ngoui Viet Daily News. Todd and Diane are also regular video and recipe contributors to Good Bite and author their food and photography blog White On Rice Couple. Diane and Todd are frequent speakers on the subject of food photography, videography, and multimedia and have been featured at USC, BlogHer Food 2009 and Food Blog Camp 2010.

Jaden Hair is a television chef, food columnist and award-winning food blogger at Steamy Kitchen. You can watch her cook twice a month on Daytime Show, syndicated in 120 markets. Jaden is a food columnist for Discovery’s TLC and for Tampa Tribune. Jaden is a cookbook author of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook, which launched Fall 2009. With over 60,000 followers, Jaden is one of the most influential people in food on Twitter. She has been featured on the Today Show, CBS Early Show, Martha Stewart Living Radio, Oprah.com, and Parents Magazine.

Scott Hair is a web developer responsible for making sure things run smoothly on Food Blog Forum, Steamy Kitchen and New Asian Cuisine. He is also part of the core development team on Poker X Factor, one of the largest poker learning forums in the world. Scott is a professional poker player, and believe it or not, web programming keeps him sane. Previous to poker and computers, Scott was a full-time Trainer on staff at Anthony Robbins seminars held world wide, guiding hundreds of thousands of people how to design and live their dreams. As the lead trainer for all of the 3-day Unleash the Power Within seminars, Scott traveled the world several times around. and around. and around.

John Kessler has been a writer at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1997. For the first seven years he worked as the paper’s dining critic — until the day he got an overwhelming urge to put his fork in the dishwasher and press “sanitize.” He then began writing a column for the weekly Food & Drink section, which covered a broad range of topics in cooking, food shopping, dining and drinking around Atlanta. Currently he writes the Sunday “Restaurant Stories” column as well as this blog and food feature and news stories. Kessler graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts with a degree in the History of Ideas as well as L’Academie de Cuisine culinary school near Washington, D.C. Before he learned how to hold down a job, he taught English in the Kansai region of Japan and cooked in restaurants in Washington and Denver. He has never skydived but did once fall into a Chinese sewer. He lives in Decatur with his wife, three daughters and far too many housepets.

James Andrews is the managing partner/co-founder of Everywhere, a strategic communications agency that focuses in helping brands and individuals navigate the social media and online space to build better connections with their audiences. Their clients include CNN, Lexus, Macy’s, PGI, and Actress/Author/Activist Jane Fonda. Everywhere is a Guinness World Record holder for the most widespread social media message within 24 hrs for #BEATCANCER specializing in the creation of digital strategies, online communications, and web content production.

Lauren Thomas is a Digital Outreach Specialist who works with Everywhere. She manages the Macy’s Culinary Council account for Everywhere featuring such chefs as Emeril Lagasse, Tyler Florence, and Top Chef Master Marcus Samuelsson.  In this capacity, Lauren connects and engages with food bloggers around the country.

Virginia Willis is the author of the acclaimed cookbook, (Ten Speed Press, 2008). A graduate of L’Academie de Cuisine and Ecole de Cuisine LaVarenne, Virginia produced Turner South’s Home Plate and the DVD Shirley Corriher’s Kitchen Secrets Revealed! Previously she honed her attention to detail as the Kitchen Director for Martha Stewart Living Television where she supervised the food segments for the Emmy-award winning television show.

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