Submitted by Sheri Wetherell on April 26, 2016
Stephanie Stiavetti is a classically trained personal chef, cooking teacher and cookbook author who’s passion is to help everyday home cooks learn how to be proud of each and every meal they make. After spending the past decade reclaiming her health by changing the way she cooks, and then putting herself through culinary school, she started Fearless Fresh to help her readers become the badass home chef they’re meant to be.
She gets fired up about cooking and eating, and she knows SO many people who are strangers in their own kitchen or at war with what they eat. She used to be the same way, until she realized her own chronic health struggles could be dramatically changed through diet and lifestyle. She made it her laser focus to re-learn to cook.
Today everything she writes, shares, or teaches is to help others do three things: learn to cook, love their food, and find joy in the kitchen.
She offers group culinary coaching to help home cooks get un-stuck in the kitchen, helping them fight cooking boredom, guilt, fear, and overwhelm. For those looking for more personalized help, she also works one-on-one with clients to take their culinary skills to the next level – next stop ninja status!
In addition to her website Fearless Fresh, Stephanie’s work has appeared in the Huffington Post, New York Magazine, NPR, Saveur, Serious Eats, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Readers Digest, and The Smithsonian.
She will be co-hosting the Learning About Corporate and Professional Blogging session on Sunday morning.
Kristen Doyle is the creator of the award winning website, Dine & Dish. Since early 2006, Kristen has been sharing her favorite recipes, photographs and life stories with an ever growing audience of engaged readers.
Kristen has expanded her reach to include working with major brands (Bush’s Beans, Green Mountain Coffee, Hallmark, Zatarain’s…just to name a few) as well as providing editorial content and direction for nationwide print publications and websites. Her freelance writing career spans working with magazines on a local and national level as well as creating valuable web content for a variety of sites across the web.
Kristen is a busy mom of 4 young kids, loves to entertain, has a passion for photography, and believes in keeping things simple. An avid reader, a kind of runner, a horrible gardener, and the wife of an outstanding man, Kristen’s ultimate life goal is to connect and create meaningful relationships with others.
She will be co-hosting the Deep Dive Into SnapChat session on Saturday.
As Director of Public Relations for Visit California, Jennifer Sweeney is responsible for overseeing global public relations strategy and public affairs outreach and messaging. Under her direction, Visit California has expanded its international media missions, adding media training in Mexico, Brazil and China, and developed global strategies for working with digital influencers and bloggers.
Jennifer acts as a spokeswoman for the organization, interacting with the media and carrying out campaigns to both promote California as a premier travel destination and position travel and tourism as a key economic driver in California.
Prior to joining Visit California in 2010, Jennifer served as Director of Communications for the California Department of Housing and Community Development for two years. For several years, Jennifer served on the board of directors for the Sacramento Public Relations Association, and was the recipient of the organization’s PR Professional of the Year award in 2010.
Jennifer began her career in public relations as Vice President at Halldin Public Relations, where she worked for four years. Earlier in her career, Jennifer gained media experience working as a producer for several news stations around the country, including Sacramento’s KCRA, Salt Lake City’s KTVX, and Reno’s KTVN.
She will be co-hosting the Culinary Travel Writing session on Saturday.
Sean Timberlake is a professional writer, amateur foodie, avid traveler and all-around bon vivant. He has penned the blog Hedonia since 2006 and is the creator of Punk Domestics, a content aggregation site for the hardcore DIY food community. Community members contribute and share their experiences in home food preservation in areas such as canning, preserving, pickling, dehydrating, curing meats, making cheese, home brewing, foraging and microfarming. Founded in 2010, Punk Domestics aspires to evangelize and enable the home DIY food enthusiast by curating and presenting best-of-breed content from individuals and experts in their respective arenas.
Who Should Attend
Bloggers, Food Writers & Cookbook Authors
Publishers, Agents & Editors
Food Brand / Restaurant Marketers
Public Relations Professionals