Food Blog Forum

Building a Better Community, One Blogger at a Time

Nashville 2011


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 Health, TLC and for Tampa Tribune. Jaden is a cookbook author of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook. With 90,000 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,, and Parents Magazine. Jaden was recently named one of the hottest women in food by SlashFood and also one of the best food bloggers on Twitter: SteamyKitchen

Todd Porter and Diane Cu are professional photographers, food stylists and filmmakers who specialize in food, travel, special events and portrait work. They are founders of, based out of Los Angeles. Fueled by their love of local people and culture, they strive to document powerful food stories from around the world. Diane and Todd share their personal food stories and other behind-the-scenes snippets of their professional work on their award-winning food and photography blog,

Kelly Senyei is Associate Editor for Gourmet Live, a Condé Nast digital experience that lets users express, share and explore their passion for food and food culture in a brand new way. She is also the creator of the food blog Just a Taste and is the author of the forthcoming Food Blogging For Dummies (Wiley, 2012). In addition to her published work in Gourmet Live, Kelly has written for, Recipe Zaar, and She has also externed in the Food Network Kitchens, where she cross-tested recipes, prepared food for TV productions and photo shoots and had the opportunity to cook in a practice battle of Iron Chef America. When she’s not busy blogging or keeping up with the latest food media news and trends, Kelly can be found in her kitchen in New York City, experimenting with ingredients and creating recipes.

Alison Lewis is a nationally known Magazine and Internet Journalist, Recipe Developer, Cookbook Author, Television and Social Media Food Spokesperson and Consultant, Food Educator, and President of Ingredients, Inc., a Food Media Consulting company in Birmingham, Alabama. She is known for creating healthy, family-friendly recipes that are easy to prepare, and she offers great entertaining ideas on her blog, Her first cookbook, 400 Best Sandwich Recipes: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments, was published by Robert Rose Books in April of 2011. Her second cookbook, “Best of Ingredients, Inc.” is also in the works (date TBA). Alison’s professional Journalism work has appeared in Cooking Light Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Diabetic Living,, Clean Eating, Oxygen, Julep Online, Relish Magazine and many others.

Amanda Green Bottoms is the author and photographer of Kevin & Amanda. What started as a small blog to keep in touch with friends and family quickly became a collection of her photography tutorials, favorite recipes, and original kitchen creations. Among the diverse content of her site, you’ll also discover her favorite fashion finds, home decor projects, and even the free handwriting fonts she makes from her readers’ submissions. Amanda loves interacting with her online audience and works hard to make Kevin & Amanda an entertaining place to visit, learn, and check in on her life and adventures.

Amanda Virgillito Saad is an account supervisor at The Andrews Agency, a full service strategic public relations firm based in Nashville. She oversees a variety of accounts, with special emphasis on branding food and restaurant clients through targeted local and regional efforts. Her passion for good food is the foundation for the PR campaigns she creates, and she takes an organic approach to public relations by building relationships with writers, editors, bloggers and lovers of food. People who like to write about food are more likely to do so if they get to taste it first. Consequently, she’s likely to pitch writers when they’ve got full bellies.  Amanda has a blog, too. You probably haven’t heard of it because she would rather read yours than build her own.  She’s a mother to three finicky eaters and a wife to a man who loves butter more than that other lady.  It should be known that Amanda thinks nachos are the world’s most perfect food.

Jenny Flake is the author of the family friendly food blog titled Picky Palate. She is a self-taught home cook and an on the go mom to 2 little boys and wife to her high school sweetie. Before Jenny started writing Picky Palate she was a Registered Dental Hygienist, a Certified Pilates instructor and participated in cooking contests all over the country. She’s been on Food Network’s Build A Better Burger, The Ultimate Recipe Showdown, The National Chicken Cook-off and The Pillsbury Bake-Off. Creating original recipes and capturing food photography is Jenny’s new passion and she loves sharing her journey with her readers. Jenny is thrilled to be writing her first cookbook that will be available in 2012. Picky Palate has been featured on sites such as,, and Shine by Yahoo. Jenny was born and raised in AZ but now lives in Sunny Southern California with her Disneyland loving, picky eating beach bums!

Arianna Bastianini heads OXO’s social media efforts as part of the Brand Communications team. As a company that has grown primarily through word of mouth over the past 20 years, OXO believes that bloggers are an invaluable resource, making blogger outreach one of Arianna’s main objectives. Originally from Venezuela, Arianna received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in New York City and has held PR and advertising roles at Columbia. Additionally, she specialized in social media while running online campaigns and outreach for CNN International in their Hong Kong offices.

Arnold Myint (our Friday night Celebrity chef demo) is the Executive Chef and Owner of three popular restaurants in Nashville, TN: PM, Cha Chah, and Suzy Wong’s House of Yum, all of which have been recognized locally on numerous occasions as the “best of”. He also recently opened a fourth business, a gourmet grab ‘n go, cleverly named AM @ FM, inside the Market House at the Nashville Farmers’ Market. Arnold was recognized by GQ Magazine in 2009 as one of the nation’s most inspired bartenders. In 2010, Arnold competed on the 7th Season of the popular television program Top Chef. In addition to Arnold’s contribution to the food scene, he is also a savvy event planner and skilled mixologist. Outside of the kitchen, Arnold is very active in the community, supporting charities and the growth of Nashville’s independent dining scene.

Additional Round Table Speakers include:

Lindsay Landis – Web/Graphic Designer and Food Blogger – Purr Design / Love & Olive Oil
Geoff Allen – Ziplist Founder/CEO and SEO Expert – ZipList
Courtenay Rogers - Marketing Coordinator & Social Media Expert

Blogger Recaps:


Event Sponsors:

OXO Just a Pinch Recipe Club Nashville Farmers' Market
The Patterson House Calphalon Girard's Dressings Chicago Metallic Swissmar
Whole Foods Farm Flavor Kitchen Aid
Artisan Books The Loveless Cafe Lindsay Olives
Goo Goo Clusters Amco Houseworks
Nashville Toffee Company
WestBend Olive and Sinclair Jarlsberg
Beanilla Lifetime Brands Betsy's Cheese Straws