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Jessica van Dop DeJesus is a travel media specialist living in Washington, DC and the editor of the foodie travel blog The Dining Traveler.  Jessica’s passion for traveling began 19 years ago when she was a young US Marine, since then she has been to 42 countries on and off duty.  Jessica is from a bi-cultural upbringing having split her childhood between Puerto Rico and Western NY State. These experiences and her background give Jessica a broad perspective on food and travel.  Her content has been published by the Travel Channel, USA Today, Budget Travel, Edible DC, Telemundo, Where Traveler, and INK361. She's currently working on her first book, Dining Traveler Guide to Puerto Rico.

Jessica will be co-hosting Culinary Travel Writing on Saturday, July 30.

Megan Meyer, PhD is the Manager of Nutrition Communications at the International Food Information Council (IFIC). At IFIC, she develops educational materials and stimulates conversations surrounding nutrition related issues. Coupling her training in basic scientific research with her passion for communication, Megan strives to serve as science liaison to promote and discuss public health related topics and materials to various audiences. To learn more, go to or follow us @foodinsight.

Dr. Meyer will host Meet the Millennial- Reaching Gen Y with Food and Health Messages on Sunday the 31st.

Garrett McCord is a freelance food writer, writing teacher, and recipe developer. He has a master’s degree in English Composition & Rhetoric from California State University, Sacramento. His writing and recipes has been featured in Gourmet Live, Huffington Post, Smithsonian, The New York Times, The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento News and Review, Epicurious, and many other online and print publications. In addition, he has worked for food and spirit companies such as Gallo Family Vineyards, Bob's Red Mill, Spice Jungle, Beanilla, J Vineyards and many more. His previous bestselling cookbook, Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese, was released in 2013. He lives in Sacramento with his husband, Brian; their two needy cats; and a Corgi named Jack. Find out more at

Garrett will be co-hosting Learning About Corporate and Professional Blogging on Sunday morning.

Amber K. Stott is founder and chief food genius of the nonprofit Food Literacy Center. She's creator of the California-wide Food Literacy Month and a freelance food writer. She's been named “Food Revolution Hero” by Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, Food Tank’s 20 Innovators Protecting the Planet and a TEDx Sacramento Changemaker Fellow.

Amber will be co-hosting "From Blog to Business" on Friday afternoon.

Catherine Enfield started her blog, Munchie Musings, in December 2007. She was born in Canada to a Filipina mother and a British father and left at the age of two weeks to live in Oregon, Washington, and Maine before her father took a job in Saudi Arabia. This great opportunity led to a life of world travel and culinary experiences. Her blog specializes in the Sacramento region and farm-to-fork posts. She's a founder of Sacramento's food truck movement, the creator of the Sacramento Food Film Festival, and also started Have an Offal Day, an annual dining event built on the love of those extra bits of the animal.

Catherine will be co-hosting "From Blog to Business" on Friday afternoon.



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