Featured Speaker: Craig Walker!

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Craig Walker is the founder and CEO of FireSpotter Labs, a mobile applications and services developer which just released its first product, Nosh. Nosh is an iPhone and Android app that helps people find what’s good at restaurants with menu item reviews and photos from the community.

Prior to founding Firespotter, Walker was Entrepreneur in Residence at Google Ventures. Previously, Walker was the CEO and co-founder of GrandCentral Communications – which was acquired by Google in July 2007 (now Google Voice) – where he became the Group Product Manager for the Real Time Communications Group responsible for Google Voice, Google Talk and Google Talk Video. Craig was also the CEO of Dialpad Communications, where he transformed it into the most profitable VoIP company in the industry and acquired by Yahoo! in 2005 (now Yahoo! Voice).

Walker received his BA from UC Berkeley in 1988, and subsequently earned both an MBA from Georgetown University and a JD from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley.

Find Craig on Nosh: http://www.nosh.me/cwalker123
Follow Craig on Twitter @cwalker123
Follow Firespotter on Twitter @firespotter
Find Firespotter on Facebook!

Featured Speaker: Gwen Pratesi!

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The very lovely Gwen Pratesi will speak on the Blogging Your Values at IFBC New Orleans!

Gwen Pratesi began her blog, Bunkycooks, in 2009 as a way to share her lifelong passion for cooking with friends and family. Bunkycooks quickly grew, evolving into a food, travel and lifestyle blog.

In June 2010, Gwen transformed her website by creating her now well-known On The Road adventures and Chef Interviews series. These series highlight travel to unique local farms, producers, chefs and restaurants that compliment her food and recipes. She informs, educates and entertains her audience with stories about the people and places behind our food.

By building on her previous work experience as a Personal and Executive Assistant in Boston, she has created a new venture, On The Road Culinary Adventures. These premium events take guests on a culinary road trip to meet and work with some of America’s best chefs, visit unique farms, wine and spirits producers and other special destinations. She also organizes private dinners and cooking classes with award-winning chefs to round out these adventures.

Gwen has been featured on several food websites including Fine Cooking.com, and has been written about in several Atlanta area newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She organized and hosted Food Blog Forum in Atlanta, September 2010, the first food blogging conference to take place in the Southeast.

When she isn’t traveling, you can find Gwen in Atlanta or in the mountains of North Carolina writing, cooking, entertaining and spending time with her husband and Tibetan Terrier.

Learn about Gwen's upcoming  On the Road Culinary Adventures tour in September!

Follow Gwen on Twitter @BunkyCooks
Find her on Facebook!

Featured Speaker: Geoff Allen!

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Please welcome Geoff Allen, featured speaker on the Marketing Your Brand panel at IFBC New Orleans!

Geoff Allen is Founder and CEO of ZipList, a free, easy-to-use online and mobile grocery list and recipe search platform, with media partners ranging from AOL’s KitchenDaily to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, as well as food blog partners, such as Leite's Culinaria, Skinny Taste, Hoosier Homemade and Southern Plate. Geoff is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of technology experience spanning product development, sales, marketing and business operations. He is also a highly sought-after speaker on the topic of SEO for food blogs, having spoken at BlogHer Food as well as at multiple TECHmunch events, providing easy-to-implement advice to help food bloggers drive more traffic and better engage their readers. Geoff is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and formerly served as Vice President of Technology for the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization International Board of Directors.

Follow Geoff on Twitter @ZipList
Find him on Facebook!

Featured Speaker: Barnaby Dorfman

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It's a sincere pleasure to welcome Barnaby Dorfman to the Marketing Your Brand panel at IFBC NOLA!

Barnaby Dorfman is the CEO of Foodista and a passionate contributor to the website. Originally from New York City, he grew up with a love of variety in food and culture. That interest has only been enhanced over the years while living in and traveling throughout Mexico, Spain, Italy, and the United States. His first professional cooking experiences were in high school during summers at the Alpine Inn in the Catskill Mountains. Later he worked for Taste Catering in San Francisco during college at California State University. After a short stint in his "official" area of study, international business, Barnaby joined his first startup, Marsee Baking, Portland's first all-scratch European style bakery. He left Marsee to go to the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, followed by over a decade in technology management at startups and major companies, including Microsoft and Amazon.com. During 7 years at Amazon, Barnaby developed the first Gourmet Food category, created IMDbPro.com, and most recently served as Vice President of their A9 search division. Foodista.com, Barnaby's fifth startup, offers him the opportunity to combine a lifelong love of cooking and technology.

Featured Speaker: Robin Goldstein

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We're thrilled to welcome Robin Goldstein to IFBC New Orleans 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: Amy McCoy of Poor Girl Gourmet!

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It's a pleasure to introduce Amy McCoy as featured speaker during the Eating on a Budget session at IFBC in New Orleans!

Amy McCoy is the author of Poor Girl Gourmet: Eat in Style on a Bare-Bones Budget (Andrews McMeel, 2010). The Poor Girl Gourmet cookbook arose from the Poor Girl Gourmet blog, which Amy began in October 2008 when work in her first career as a broadcast producer of graphics and promos for cable networks dried up, and she found herself with an increasingly diminished bank account. Not wanting to sacrifice her food standards, she set forth to make high-quality food on a tiny budget and documented each meal. The blog led to the book, which features recipes serving at least four for $15 or less, a chapter of "splurges" - company-worthy entrees that serve four for $15-$30, a chapter on value wines, and a menu planner to help craft complete meals from the recipes in the book while staying on budget.

Amy is the chairperson of Slow Food Rhode Island. She and her husband, JR, live on a tiny gentleman's farm in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, where they have kept bees for honey since 2000, have raised hens for eggs since 2004, maintain a large vegetable and herb garden, and have recently started raising heritage chickens and turkeys for meat. They are committed to supporting local farmers and farm stands, and have found that shopping local and shopping on a budget are not mutually exclusive.

Follow Amy on Twitter @PoorGirlGourmet
Find her on Facebook!

Featured Speaker: Joe Girard of Rouxbe!

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Joe Girard, co-founder and VP of product development at Rouxbe, will speak on the Video panel at IFBC in New Orleans!

Joe Girard started cooking when he was 13 and has cooked at several four- and five-star hotels in all areas of the kitchen.

Joe is a serial entrepreneur, having come from a family of successful entrepreneurs. He has founded three successful business ventures over the past 15 years. Joe has a unique ability to assemble top talent, carve out new business models and execute well thought out business plans.

Prior to Rouxbe, he and Rouxbe Co-Founder Dawn Thomas, owned a specialized mobile film catering operation, which they built from the ground up and served over 250,000 cast and crew members.

Follow Rouxbe on Twitter @Rouxbe
Find Rouxbe on Facebook!

Featured Speaker: Seattle Food Geek Scott Heimendinger!

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Scott will be leading the Food Science session at IFBC New Orleans. We can't think of anyone better for the job!

Scott Heimendinger is the blogger behind SeattleFoodGeek.com. His mission is to boldly explore modernist cooking techniques and make them accessible to home chefs everywhere. Scott may be best known for his $75 DIY sous vide machine, which has been featured in MAKE Magazine and the New York Times, as well as the kitchens of hundreds of enthusiastic food geeks around the world.

Scott moved to Seattle to work as a Program Manager at Microsoft in 2005. Although he’s only been a Seattle resident for just over five years, he has come to love the city so much that he decided to put it in his domain name. Scott is also a regular contributor for Seattle Weekly and appeared on the cover of their Specialty Food Guide last year.

Seattle Food Geek is focused on the pursuit of new and innovative ways to prepare food, including sous vide cooking, the use of hydrocolloids and other modernist ingredients, the culinary applications of centrifuges, liquid nitrogen, lasers, high-voltage electricity, as well as anything else potentially dangerous and awesome.

Scott’s work appeared in the Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook, he was named the number one food blog in Western Washington, and for two years in a row he’s been nominated for Seattle’s Sexiest Geek, and been robbed of the title.

Follow Scott on Twitter @SeattleFoodGeek
Find him on Facebook!

Featured Speaker: Shauna James Ahern

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Shauna James Ahern will lead the session "Removing One Food and Finding Many Others" at IFBC New Orleans. We could not be happier to have her!

Shauna is the award-winning author of the blog Gluten-Free Girl and author of the books Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back…And How You Can Too and Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef.

Follow Shauna on Twitter @GlutenFreeGirl
Find her on Facebook!

Featured Speaker: Deb Perelman!

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The fabulous Deb Perelman of SmittenKitchen will be speaking during the Recipe Writing and Development session at IFBC New Orleans!

Food writer Deb Perelman is currently a writer and the home cook, photographer, and publisher behind Smitten Kitchen, though in past versions of her so-called career she's worked at a bakery, coffee shop, ice cream shop, record store, a nursing home, and an information technology magazine. She has written for Martha Stewart Living, Parenting and NPR. She lives in the East Village with her husband Alex and her 7-month old son, the incredible edible Jacob Henry. She likes bourbon, artichokes, things that taste like burnt sugar, and baked goods with funny names.

Her multiple award-winning blog, SmittenKitchen, has garnered praise from Martha Stewart, Saveur, Bon Appetit, the NYTimes, the LA Times, and many more.

Follow Deb on Twitter @SmittenKitchen
Find her on Facebook!


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