• Natalie Slater, BakeandDestroy.com

      Natalie Slater

      Natalie Slater, BakeandDestroy.com 

      Creator of popular vegan food blog Bake and Destroy, Natalie Slater has been described as "Martha Stewart meets Motorhead," taking vegan cooking to places it has never been before. Influenced by slasher films, pro-wrestling, punk rock and heavy metal, her quirky-yet-delicious comfort foods are a refreshing take on vegan eating with award-winning flavors. Along the way, her off-color humor, irreverent rants and density of pop-culture references will make you laugh out loud. Natalie has appeared on Food Network, The Cooking Channel, and WTTW Chicago Tonight as well as on the pages of Time Out Ch

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    • Patrice Grell Yursik, Afrobella.com

      Patrice Grell Yursik

      Patrice Grell Yursik, Afrobella.com 

      Founder of Afrobella®. Some call her the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging. Trinidadian-born writer Patrice Grell Yursik created Afrobella.com to fill a void and to celebrate

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    • Andrea Metcalf, Author

      Andrea Metcalf

      Andrea Metcalf, Author “Naked Fitness” 

      Andrea is passionate about fitness, health and wellness and inspiring people to live their best lives.. With over 30 years experience in the healthy lifestyle industry, she has become recognized by national media outlets as a trusted expert and adviser. As a nationally requested speaker representing American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association among many other leading health authorities, she is a best-selling author, "Naked Fitness" (Vanguard Press), fitness DVD choreographer and trainer, as well as a force in the business media world. Most

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    • Jessica Murnane, onepartplant.com

      Jessica Murnane

      Jessica Murnane, onepartplant.com 

      After changing her own diet four years ago to avoid getting a major surgery, designer Jessica Murnane has become a wellness advocate and self-described plant-vangelist, spreading the good word on good food. Jessica is the creator of the website and restaurant program, One Part Plant, with the mission of making good food more accessible and less intimidating. From a popular steakhouse in Chicago to one of NYC’s favorite bakeries, she’s worked with some of the best restaurants and chefs in the country to get more plant-based items on their menus. With her design-driven, laid back approach, she’s

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    • Erik Deutsch, ExcelPR Group

      Erik Deutsch

      Erik Deutsch, ExcelPR Group 

      Erik Deutsch is a media strategist, instructor and PR agency principal who has focused his entire career on helping redefine public relations in the digital era. Before launching ExcelPR Group in 2004, he spent nearly a decade working for global PR firms and boutique agencies. By linking core PR strategies with the latest digital tactics, he has created award-winning campaigns for blue chip and startup clients in fields ranging from technology and entertainment to healthcare. An

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    • Dr. Sandy Goldberg

      Dr. Sandy Goldberg

      Dr. Sandy Goldberg 

      Dr. Sandy Goldberg has been a regular contributor to NBC5 News since 1994. Her regularly scheduled series “Food for Thought” is featured on NBC5 twice weekly. Throughout the years she has appeared in several special series, notably Real Life Weight Loss and One Woman’s Story, a history of her own struggle with breast cancer. Dr. Sandy Goldberg is a clinical nutritionist specializing in nutrition counseling and the treatment of eating disorders. Her treatment mode is intensely personal working one-on-one with clients to develop an individual plan for healthy eating specifically tailored to t

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    • David Hammond

      David C. Hammond

      David Hammond 

      David Hammond, a corporate communications consultant and food/travel journalist living in Oak Park, Illinois, is a founder and moderator of LTHForum.com, the approximately 15K member Chicago-based culinary chat site. David has produced segments for Chicago National Public Radio, including two seasons of the “Soundbites” series on the James Beard-nominated Eight Forty-Eight. David was featured on "Good Morning, America," "Chicago, Tonight," and Nippon TV when he developed recipes for preparing seasonal cicadas. He is the food blogger for Oakpark.com and provides a weekly food column in The Wedn

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    • Babette Pepaj, Founder, BakeSpace.com, TECHmunch & CookbookCafe.com

      Babette Pepaj

      Babette Pepaj, Founder, BakeSpace.com, TECHmunch & CookbookCafe.com 

      Babette Pepaj founded BakeSpace.com in August 2006 as the Web’s first food social network and recipe swap. With virtually no tech industry experience, the former TV producer (and avid baker) has built the site into the largest online community of its kind for food enthusiasts. In the process, she has earned some of the industry’s highest accolades, including back-to-back Webby Award nominations in 2009 and 2010 in the ultra-competitive “Best Social Networking” category. Prior to launching BakeSpace, Babette worked

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    • Beth Rosen

      Beth Rosen

      Beth Rosen 

      Beth K. Rosen is a leading edge Social Media strategist whose versatility and expertise in media and the promotional arts allows individuals and companies realize their full potential on Twitter, Facebook as well as through podcasting and blogging. Beth draws upon her vast experience as a radio, film and commercial producer to structure, implement and maintain highly focused and beneficial Social Media campaigns for businesses. Beth founded 4 Keys Media a digital media company specializing in online and offline campaigns. 4 Keys Media has worked with many brand to successfully build the bra

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    • Joelen Tan, What's Cookin Chicago?

      Joelen Tan

      Joelen Tan, What’s Cookin Chicago? 

      Joelen Tan is a Chicago area private caterer and former restaurant chef behind the 'What's Cookin, Chicago?' website. Joelen has been recognized in both local and national media and has worked with celebrity chefs including Rick Bayless, Spike Mendelsohn, and Marcela Valladolid. Since 2007, she has been teaching culinary classes, hosting culinary events in Chicagoland and does recipe development work with major food brands including Sara Lee, Pepperidge Farms, Campbell's, Kraft, Frito Lay and Starbucks to name a few.    

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    • Hope Bertram, Digital Megaphone

      Hope Bertram

      Hope Bertram, Digital Megaphone 

      Hope Bertram, Digital Megaphone Founder and CEO, is an Emmy nominated interactive marketing strategist from the Chicagoland area. She holds a Masters in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University and has worked as a Direct / Interactive Marketer at top companies such as GE Consumer Finance, Discover Card and Sears Holdings. Most recently she’s become well versed with working with brands and bloggers on live and virtual events that produced results.  Creating integrated programs and partnering with top players has been a key to her success while working with clients and

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    • Chef John Sarich, Culinary Director, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates/Columbia Crest

      Chef John Sarich

      Chef John Sarich, Culinary Director, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates/Columbia Crest 

      Chef John Sarich, Culinary Director, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates/Columbia Crest Few chefs enjoy access to a greater bounty of world-class wines and fresh foods than Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ Culinary Director, John Sarich. “The Pacific Northwest is a chef’s paradise,” says John. “Not only do we have an outstanding variety of ingredients from the land and sea, we also have exceptional wines from Washington’s Columbia Valley, where long summer days and crisp autumn nights produce ideal conditions for well-balanced wines.” John’s innovative approach to pairing food and wine has delighted d

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    • Steve Green, Founder of #Foodiechats

      Steve Green

      Steve Green, Founder of #Foodiechats 

      Steve Green is the Founder and CEO of #Foodiechats, LLC. #Foodiechats amplifies Food and Beverage Brands worldwide, and #Foodiechats is the top trending Twitter Chat for three years. The Highlight of #Foodiechats is our Monday night Twitter chat at 8:00 p.m. ET. Steve has been working in social media and making connections since 2001. Steve has been a foodie his entire life and #Foodiechats allows him to combine his passion of food and making connections worldwide on social media.  Join him on Twitter @steveGOgreen and

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    • Cait Weingartner,  prettyandfun.com

      Cait Weingartner

      Cait Weingartner, prettyandfun.com 

      Hi, I'm Cait. I'm a digital strategist by day, lifestyle blogger by night. Pretty & Fun was started in 2011 as an outlet for me to share all that inspires me, which happens to mostly be things that are pretty and fun. Expect to see posts that cover my interests and current happenings, ranging from outfits and interior design to DIYs and beauty product reviews. Cait has over 46K followers on Pinterest. See more at Prettyandfun.com

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    • Scott Norton, Sir Kensington's

      Scott Norton

      Scott Norton, Sir Kensington’s 

      As head of marketing and creative for Sir Kensington's, Scott focuses on re-imagining condiments, along with the way they are understood and positioned in American culture. Beginning only with a concept Sir Kensington's has grown to work with thousands of retail stores and hundreds of celebrated restaurants. A devotee of experience design, he support's the company's dual focus on both nourishing and entertaining customers. Previously, Scott co-founded AsiaWheeling, traveling to 23 different countries the eastern hemisphere over ten months on a folding bicycle.  During this adventure, he ate

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    • Maris Callahan

      Maris Callahan

      Maris Callahan 

      Maris Callahan has nearly a decade of PR & Marketing experience culled primarily in the food and restaurant industries. Maris is a skilled media expert and longtime believer in the power of social media. She is passionate about finding the creative story angles that will captivate readers and get her clients on the radars of her vast media connections in Chicago and nationally. Maris is passionate about two things: PR and food. Maris gets excited when it comes to helping a company find its story, and then she loves sharing that story with the world through her PR work. She is also passi

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    • Desiree Smith, Wilton

      Desiree Smith

      Desiree Smith, Wilton 

      Desiree Smith is the Public Relations Manager for Wilton Enterprises. She grew up in the western suburbs and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Desiree gained experience working in both print and broadcast media from the campus newspaper and television station and through internships with local media. Desiree then worked for a video production company that specializes in videos for recruiting and HR professionals. She moved on to actually working in the staffing and recruiting industry but soon realized she wanted to be working in a more creat

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    • Evi Abeler, Food Photographer

      Evi Abeler

      Evi Abeler, Food Photographer 

      Evi Abeler is a professional food, product and interior photographer. Working in her New York City studio or on location, Evi uses natural light and simple staging to create gorgeous compositions that showc

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    Who you’ll meet:

    Other bloggers
    Celebrity Chefs
    Brands who want to work with you
    Experts in content, SEO, monetization, photography
    Cookbook Authors
    Video Creators

    TECHmunch has attracted some of the foremost speakers in food publishing, tech and social media.

    Here is a small sampling of PAST speakers:

    Andrew Zimmern

    TECHmunch Minneapolis Speaker: Andrew Zimmern (Host of Bizarre Foods) – Photo by: Tracy E. Anderson


    TECHmunch NYC Speakers Jaden Hair (SteamyKitchen) and David Leite (Leite’s Culinaria)

    TECHmunch Austin Speaker Lee Odden

    TECHmunch Austin Speaker Lee Odden

    Who you’ll meet:

    Other bloggers
    Celebrity Chefs
    Brands who want to work with you
    Experts in content, SEO, monetization, photography
    Inspirational thought leaders
    Video Creators

    TECHmunch has attracted some of the foremost speakers in food publishing, tech and social media.

    Here is a small sampling of past speakers:


    techmunch panel sean percival robert scoble ben huh babette pepaj brett erlich


    J.M. Hirsh
    Food Editor, Associated Press

    Rene Lynch
    Food Editor, LA Times

    Jeff Houck
    Food Editor, Tampa Tribune

    Kat Kinsman
    Editor-in-Chief, CNN’s Eatocracy

    Ellen Morrissey
    Editorial Director, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

    Lee Svitak Dean
    Food Editor, Star Tribune

    Michael Klein
    Reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer

    Stephanie March
    Reporter, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine

    Heather McPherson
    Food Editor, Orlando Sentinel

    Addie Broyles
    Food Editor, Austin American-Statesman


    Andrew Zimmern
    Host, Bizarre Foods

    Evan Kleiman
    Host, KCRW’s Good Food

    Jason DeRusha
    Reporter, WCCO-TV

    Michael Barnes
    Columnist, Austin American-Statesman


    Babette Pepaj
    Founder/CEO, BakeSpace.com, CookbookCafe.com, TECHmunch & KitchenParty Live

    Sarah Carey
    Editor-in-Chief, Everyday Food

    Jane Goldman
    Editor-in-Chief, Chow.com

    Adam Salomone
    Harvard Common Press

    Amanda Hesser
    Former Food Editor, New York Times & Food52


    Kate Gold
    Social Media Director, The Food Network

    Kasey Hickey
    Editor, Evernote.com

    Ben Huh
    Founder, Icanhazcheezburger Networks

    Brian Solis
    FutureWorks, Author of Engage

    Rich DeMuro
    Tech Reporter, KTLA-TV

    Eric Schwartzman
    Host, On the Record

    Sean Percival
    Wittlebee, MySpace.com

    Sarah Evans
    Sevens Strategy

    Lee Odden
    Top Rank Marketing

    Robert Scoble

    Serena Ehrlich
    Business Wire

    Natanya Anderson
    Social Media & Community Team Leader, Whole Foods Market

    Nancy Lyons
    Geek Girl

    Veronica Chan

    Kat Popiel

    Brett Erlich
    CurrentTV, Host of Rotten Tomatoes

    Brett Pertesel

    Erik Deutsch
    Principal, ExcelPR Group

    Alexandra Locher
    Google+ Community Partnerships

    Natalie Gourvitch

    Chris Lamb
    Cup of Joe


    Chef Brian Malarkey

    Zoe Francois
    Cookbook Author & Food Blogger, ZoeBakes.com

    Catherine McCord
    Cookbook Author, Weelicious.com

    Jaden Hair
    Food Blogger, Cookbook Author, Discovery Columnist, SteamyKitchen.com

    Nadia Giosia
    Host, BitchinKitchen.tv

    Nichelle Stephens
    Co-Founder, Cupcakes Take the Cake

    Danielle Gould

    Sara O’Donnell
    Co-Founder, AverageBetty.com

    White on Rice Couple

    Carolyn Scott–Hamilton
    Cookbook Author, Helthyvoyager.com

    Jenny Park & Teri Lyn Fisher

    Kristin Guy

    Liza de Guia
    Food Curated

    Andrew Wilder
    Blog Tutor

    Eric Gunnar Rochow

    Jackie Dodd
    Cookbook Author, Thebeeroness.com

    Aida Mollenkamp
    Host, Yahoo’s “In the Pantry”

    Daniel Klein
    Creator/Host, The Perennial Plate

    Gaby Dalkin
    Cookbook Author, WhatsGabyCooking.com

    Manouschka Guerrier
    Host, Food Network’s “Real Chefs of Beverly Hills”

    Shaina Olmanson
    Cookbook Author & Food Blogger, Foodformyfamily.com

    Ray Lampe
    Food Blogger, Dr. BBQ

    Merry-Jennifer Markham
    Founder, MerryGourmet.com

    Sandi McKenna
    Founder, Midliferoadtrip.tv

    Julius Mayo, Jr.
    Founder, Droolius.com

    Marla Meridith


    Beyond Meat
    The Fresh 20
    Driscoll’s Berries
    Harvard Common Press
    Idaho Potato Commission


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