Featured Speaker: Robin Goldstein!

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We're thrilled to welcome Robin Goldstein to IFBC Santa Monica as featured speaker on the Blogging Your Values panel!

Robin Goldstein is an author, food and wine critic, founder of the Center for Sensory Perception and Behavioral Economics at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, and visiting scholar in the Department of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley, where his work focuses on perceptual bias, price signals, and placebo effects in the cognitive processing of sensory experience. Robin is a regular contributor to the New York Times’ Freakonomics blog and is the author of nine books, with a total of more than 175,000 copies in print, including The Wine Trials, the world’s bestselling book about inexpensive wine, and The Beer Trials. He has also written for more than 30 Fodor’s travel guides, from Italy to Hong Kong. Robin has an A.B. in neuroscience and philosophy from Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, a certificate in cooking from the French Culinary Institute, and a WSET advanced wine and spirits certificate.

Check out Robin's blog, Blind Taste
Follow him on Twitter @RobinSGoldstein

Featured Speaker: Cybele Pascal!

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Cybele Pascal will be speaking on the 'Removing One Food and Finding Many Others' panel at IFBC Santa Monica!

Cybele Pascal has been pioneering Allergen-Free Cuisine for the past ten years. She is the author of two bestselling cookbooks, The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook, and The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook, for which she has made appearances on The Martha Stewart Show, the Food Network, the Today show, Good Morning America Health, and NPR. She also writes two popular allergy-free food blogs; “Food Allergy Recipe Challenge” on Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Daily, and “Cybele Pascal: Allergen-Free Cuisine.” Cybele lectures and teaches nationally, and makes cooking videos for people with food allergies and intolerances. She is the mother of a food allergic family, and a Celebrity Ambassador for FAAN (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network), working to make sure nobody is ever deprived of their favorite foods, just because they have food allergies. Cybele specializes in creating gluten-free recipes that are free of all top allergens (dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and sesame). For more information, see www.cybelepascal.com.

Follow Cybele on Twitter @CybelePascal
Find her on Facebook!

Featured Speaker: Jun Belen!

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Jun Belen will be speaking on the Writing about Food and Culture panel at IFBC Santa Monica!

“The steam billowing out of my hand-me-down rice cooker kept my cold, clammy hands warm. The rice was cooking while the pork was simmering slowly in a delicious vinegar bath teeming with garlic and black peppercorns.”

Ever since I cooked my very first pork adobo in my tiny Stanford graduate student kitchen a few weeks after I moved to California many years ago, I have become deeply fascinated with the flavors of my heritage. Jun-blog is my mouthwatering Saveur-nominated collection of Filipino recipes, stunning photographs, and heartwarming narratives about cooking Filipino and being Filipino away from home. Every ingredient and every step, every photograph and every story bring back fond memories of friends and family, my hometown and my childhood.

I am a Philippine-born, San Francisco-based food photographer, food stylist, and food writer. My blog is a finalist for Best Regional Cuisine in Saveur Magazine’s 2011 Best Food Blog Awards. It has been featured in Saveur’s “the Best of the Web”, Foodista, Gojee, the Food News Journal, and the Kitchn.

I have appeared on Food Network Canada’s Eat Street and have judged cooking competitions like the Philippine Tourism Department’s Kulinarya. My food photographs have been featured in Florida’s Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations Magazine, San Francisco’s SF Weekly Magazine, San Francisco’s 7x7 Magazine, San Francisco’s Professional Travel Planner’s Guide and the Photographer’s Forum.

I moonlight as a Silicon Valley engineer. I live in Oakland, California with my partner, calamansi tree, and corgi.

Follow Jun on Twitter @JunBelen
Find him on Facebook!

Featured Speaker: Brona Cosgrave!


We are so happy to welcome Brona Cosgrave, Vice President, Lewis & Neale, to the 'Marketing Your Brand' session at IFBC New Orleans!

Upon realizing that there was more to cooking than preparing cabbage 40 different ways, Brona left the shores of Dublin Bay to explore a career in food (her passion) communications (her expertise) here in the US.

Brona honed her expertise in strategic public relations and food marketing working in culinary organizations and full-service agencies. Her experience spans foodservice, retail and consumer arenas. Her ability to think strategically and execute creatively has produced results for blue chip companies, commodity boards and start-ups. Her extensive client roster has included: National Honey Board, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation, Epic Roots (specialty produce), Nestlé, Nestlé Waters (SanPellegrino & Perrier), US Apple Commission and The US Catfish Institute. Current partners include Avocados from Mexico, North Carolina Sweet Potatoes, Legends of Europe and Duda Farm Fresh Farms.

As Director of Communications for the International Association of Culinary Professionals for several years, Brona built an extensive network of media contacts and industry leaders, which she actively maintains and has been dubbed a ‘networking warrior.’ She tweets from @bronacos and is a contributor to The Buzz Bin Blog. When not exploring all the epicurean treats her new home town of New York has to offer, Brona can be found cooking up a storm in her kitchen.

Featured Speaker: Kevin McCaffrey!

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Nationally recognized documentary film producer Kevin McCaffrey is a James Beard Award finalist in broadcast media, and a writer, editor, oral historian, publisher, reviewer and consultant, with a long history of both commercial and volunteer service and collaboration.

McCaffrey is owner of e/Prime Media LLC, specializing in research and media products relating to culture, history, environment and design in Louisiana and around the rim of the Gulf of Mexico. e/Prime has done research work for the State of Louisiana, produced video for such disparate clients as The Historic New Orleans Collection, the Louisiana State Museum, The New Orleans Museum of Art, Galatoire’s Restaurant and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Kevin produced a documentary in 2011 for television on Acadian Food Traditions, partially funded by grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the National Park Service in collaboration with the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. It has appeared on regional PBS and screened at the Wood’s Hole Film Festival and the New Orleans Film Festival. Also he produced a documentary for television: “A Common Pot: Creole Cooking on Cane River”, a study of Creole Cuisine funded by the Creole Heritage Center and Cane River Federal Management Area, and “Celebrating Tradition, 100 Years of A Galatoire’s Restaurant,” funded by private donors through the Louisiana Restaurant Association Foundation. For videos on the arts McCaffrey wrote and produced profiles of New Orleans based artists Michael P. Smith for THNOC, and on Alan Gerson, and Shirley Masinter in collaboration with Lemieux Gallery and funded by the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation. Most recently he produced an exhibit film on “Great Collectors, Great Donors,” for the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Kevin was named the first male Visiting Scholar for 2009-2010 at the Newcomb Center for Research on Women at Tulane University mentoring in the Sophielab Media program and researching food issues. In studying foodways in Louisiana, McCaffrey has worked as co-director of an oral history project on culinary issues and foodways and recorded many hours of food related interviews for the archive at the Newcomb Center for Research on Women. He was also a consultant with the Deep South Regional Humanities Council on foodways related programs and recognized as a foodways scholar by the Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities. He currently sits on the board of the Louisiana Folklife Society and is working with the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission on planning the foodways segment of the state’s celebration.

His 2009 documentary television program, “We Live To Eat: New Orleans’ Love Affair With Food,” produced for The Historic New Orleans Collection, was a finalist for a James Beard Award in broadcast media after airing on WYES and the Louisiana Public Broadcasting Network.

Among his writings are a regular column in Cultural Vistas magazine on stories found in archives and many articles ranging from foodways, recipe pieces to helping a partner cope with breast cancer. e/Prime has also published The Incomplete, Selectively Quirky, Year By Year Prime Facts Edition of the History of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. (ISBN 0-9766154-0-1). He has also conducted oral history for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Archive, interviewing the participants in the origin of its Festival. In 2010 he conducted an oral history project interviewing members of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame for the Louisiana State Museum.

He is currently under contract with the University Press of Mississippi to create a book on the meat culture of Acadiana.

Visit Kevin's website: www.eprimemedia.com
Find him on Facebook!

Featured Speaker: Dr. Jean Layton!

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We happily announce Dr. Jean Layton as a featured speaker on the 'Removing One Food and Finding Many Others' panel at IFBC SaMo!

In diverse jobs from chef to doctor with stops along the way in Candyland- as assistant candy buyer for Macy's Northeast and marketing, I've used my analytical skills to address an ongoing goal, "There has to be a better way."

Currently I maintain a private practice with my husband, Ed the acupuncturist at Layton Health Clinic in Bellingham, Washington. When not seeing patients, I work to give the gluten-free people a voice in the social media world, educating and encouraging them to thrive gluten-free.

I provide educational materials from research to recipes at my two Gluten-Free blogs www.GFDoctor.com and www.GFDoctorRecipes.com. I happily develop recipes to highlight the amazing flours and foods that are gluten-free, then go in and help restaurants with setting up a proper work space to keep their clients happy and healthy.

Pre-order Jean's fantastic book here: Gluten-Free Baking for Dummies!

Follow Jean on Twitter @GFDoctor
Find her on Facebook: GFDoctor and Healthy Gluten-Free Kids

Featured Speaker: Ann Gentry!

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We're so happy that famed restaurateur, author, TV host, and blogger, Ann Gentry, will speak on the 'Sustainable Eating' panel at IFBC in Santa Monica!

Ann Gentry is a visionary, pioneer and food educator who continues to raise the standard of vegan cuisine. For two decades her restaurants, Real Food Daily remain the premiere gourmet organic vegan eatery in Southern California, CA. Ann is the author of Vegan Family Meals, real food for everyone and The Real Food Daily Cookbook. Ann can be seen on The Dish Network and Verizon Fios on the Veria channel hosting her own cooking show, Naturally Delicious. Ann has also appeared on the Today Show, the Discovery Channel and various segments on the Food Network. Ann is the executive chef to Vegetarian Times magazine where she contributes recipes and articles about healthy eating and lifestyle and her recipes have been published in The Los Angeles Times, Veg News, Junior: The World's Finest Parenting Magazine as well as other national magazines and food industry trade publications. Ann blogs about everything green: from her culinary travels, to her life as a restaurateur and mom, and she shares her invention of new recipes at www.realfood.com.

Follow Ann on Twitter @AnnGentry
Find her on Facebook!

Keynote Speaker: Pulitzer Prize Winning Jonathan Gold!

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We are beyond thrilled to announce our keynote speaker, Pulitzer Prize winning food writer, Jonathan Gold.

Jonathan Gold is a food critic who currently writes for LA Weekly and is a regular guest on KCRW's Good Food radio program. In 2007 he became the first food critic to win the Pulitzer Prize.

Gold often chooses small, ethnic restaurants for his reviews, although he covers all types of cuisine. A collection of his articles can be found in his book, Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles.

Gold started out at the L.A. Weekly in 1982 as a proofreader while he was studying art and music at UCLA, and by the mid-’80s became one of the paper’s most popular writers. He’s had several jobs at the Weekly over the years, from caption guru to editor of several of the paper’s Best of L.A. issues. As music editor in the ’80s, he wrote groundbreaking pieces about new-music composers, thrash metal and the L.A. rap scene just as it was going national: Boulez, Metallica and N.W.A. But restaurant criticism is where he really captured people’s imagination in the city. With the encouragement of Weekly founder Jay Levin, he started his Counter Intelligence column in 1986 as a way of exploring Los Angeles’ ethnic neighborhoods, places that often go underreported in other papers. He took the column to the L.A. Times from 1990 to 1996, all the while writing “proper” restaurant reviews of high-end places in California and Los Angeles magazines, as well as music stories for Blender, Spin, Rolling Stone and Details. In 1999, he left Los Angeles to become Gourmet magazine’s New York restaurant critic and was the first food writer to be honored as a National Magazine Award finalist in criticism by the American Society of Magazine Editors. In 2001, he moved back to Los Angeles, where he revived Counter Intelligence for L.A. Weekly.

Follow Jonathan Gold @thejgold
Read his column: http://www.laweekly.com/restaurants/



Featured Speaker: Steve Ellis!

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We're happy to welcome Steve Ellis, of Rouxbe, as speaker on the Video panel at IFBC New Orleans!

Steve is a veteran of Vancouver's bustling film industry. He manages the day-to-day operations at Rouxbe, so we can keep the camera's rolling.

In addition to his production and operational roles at Rouxbe, Steve oversees Rouxbe's affiliate program and social media efforts, managing relationships with food bloggers and publishers from around the world. He also helps develop and implement strategic plans, including tracking mechanisms and metrics that ensure Rouxbe stays on course and ahead of other major players in the food space.

Featured Speaker: Jay Ducote!

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Much-loved Louisiana native, Jay Ducote, will be speaking in the Writing about Food and Culture session at IFBC New Orleans!

Jay Ducote is a talented writer, an avid traveler, a philanthropist when he gets the chance, an entrepreneur at times, and one heck of a good guy. He is the author of the food blog Bite and Booze, which chronicles his culinary and indulgent cultural experiences as he eats and drinks in South Louisiana and around the world. He also produces and hosts the Bite and Booze Radio Show presented by Calandro's Supermarket where he interviews local chefs and other food personalities, discusses restaurants and culinary events, and much more. He also co-hosts a radio program called "Raise a Glass" which features history, culture, production, and enjoyment of alcoholic beverages. Jay served as the chairman on the charter board of directors for the Baton Rouge Social Media Association whose mission is to promote Baton Rouge to both its citizens and potential visitors through blogs and new media. In May 2011 the Baton Rouge Advocate declared, "If there is a king of the local food-blogging community, it is Ducote, who in just 18 months has established as one of the leaders of the local social media movement, and one of the bigger names in the national food blogging community."

Jay is the winner of the Tony Chachere's Tailgating Cookoff in 2010 as well as the victor in numerous competitive eating contests. In 2011 he was named one of the "Top 100 Amateur Chefs in America" as he competed on the FOX reality show MasterChef with Chef Gordon Ramsay, Chef Graham Elliot, and Joe Bastianich. In July 2011 he accepted the position of Viking Chef at the first ever Viking Cooking School - Outdoors in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Follow Jay on Twitter @biteandbooze
Find him on Facebook


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