TECHmunch Atlanta Speakers



    Speakers in the order of appearance:

    • Angie Dudley,

      Angie Dudley

      Angie Dudley, 

      Angie Dudley is the creator of where she chronicles her adventures in baking. She enjoys focusing on fun and creative approaches to baking and decorating while inspiring others to do the same. In 2008, Angie created cake pops that took the internet by storm. The fascin

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    • Virginia Willis

      Virginia Willis

      Virginia Willis 

      Virginia Willis has cooked Lapin Normandie with Julia Child, prepared lunch for President Clinton, and catered a bowling party for Jane Fonda. She began her culinary career tossing pizzas in college, has since foraged for wild herbs in the Alps, made mustard in Dijon, crushed olives in California, and harvested capers in the shadow of a smoldering volcano in Sicily, but it all started in her grandmother's country kitchen. As a popular Southern food authority and writer, she is

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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 early

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    • Justin Moore-Brown, Beyond Meat

      Justin Moore-Brown

      Justin Moore-Brown, Beyond Meat 

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    • Babette Pepaj,, TECHmunch,

      Babette Pepaj

      Babette Pepaj,, TECHmunch, 

      Babette Pepaj founded 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 for more than a decade

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    • Denise Romeo, Atlanta Food Blogger's Society

      Denise Romeo

      Denise Romeo, Atlanta Food Blogger’s Society 

      Denise Romeo is the founding editor and primary author of the award-winning blog: We Like To Cook! Five years ago, Denise and her husband started chronicling all the recipes and tricks they used in their home kitchen for their boys when to have when they were grown; making memories and creating traditions with their own families. Needless to say the project snowballed. Known in the Atlanta area for her communications skills, Denise has turned her attentions to the At

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    • John Kessler, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

      John Kessler

      John Kessler, Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

      John Kessler is a dining editor and writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A graduate of Williams College, he attended L’Academie de Cuisine culinary school near Washington, D.C. and worked for several years as a restaurant cook and chef in Washington and Denver. As a food and travel writer, his work has appeared in many publications, including Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, the Oxford American, Cooking Light and Garden & Gun. His writing has been honored four times by the James Beard Foundation, and he has also received the National Headliner Award for Best Single Subject Columnist and numer

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    • Christopher Hassiotis, Editor, Zagat Atlanta

      Christopher Hassiotis

      Christopher Hassiotis, Editor, Zagat Atlanta 

      Christopher Hassiotis is an Atlanta-based food and music journalist. He is the editor of Zagat Atlanta and contributes to Creative Loafing, New Times and Flagpole Magazine, among others. He is the author and co-creator of the pun-filled viral sensation Bon Rappetite: The Hip-Hop Cookbook, Vol. 1. He eats and travels and writes, usually concurrently.

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    • Debbie Rosen, The Rosen Group

      Debbie Rosen

      Debbie Rosen, The Rosen Group 

      President of Atlanta-based Public Relations Agency, The Rosen Group, Debbie Rosen specializes in marketing clients in the restaurant and hospitality industries. As such, she has represented some of the most acclaimed Restaurants, Chefs and Hotel Properties in the South. A New York native, Rosen gained national public relations experience working at Grey Advertising’s Public Relations Subsidiary, GCI Group on accounts including M&M/Mars, Dannon Yogurt, Pinch Scotch and Dominos Pizza. She launched The Rosen Group 22 years ago and in that time has developed strong relationships with local, reg

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    • Serena Ehrlich, Business Wire

      Serena Ehrlich

      Serena Ehrlich, Business Wire 

      Over the last 20 years, Serena Ehrlich has worked closely with public and private companies providing guidance on IR/PR and overall consumer behavior relations trends. Before returning to Business Wire as the director of social and emerging media, in September 2013, Serena created and implemented successful local, national and international social, mobile and traditional marketing campaigns for a wide range of company and brands including docstoc, Mogreet, Kraft, Kohl's, Avon, Mattel and more. Serena started her career in advertising where she developed an understanding of branding from a l

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    • Danny Williams, Actor

      Danny Williams

      Danny Williams, Actor 

      Actor Danny Williams has appeared in a number of film projects, sharing the screen with many different talented actors, and has displayed a versatility and range that has allowed him to showcase his talents across an array of genres. The 24-year-old Cesar Daniel Williams popularly known as Danny Williams has always been interested in many aspects of the entertainment industry, but it was his love for acting that ignited that spark, which fueled his interests in becoming the top actor in the business.  He moved to Atlanta, Georgia from the Dominican Republic at the age of 10. When Danny finishe

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    • Danica Kombol, President & CEO, Everywhere Agency

      Danica Kombol

      Danica Kombol, President & CEO, Everywhere Agency 

      Danica Kombol founded the Everywhere Agency in 2009 and has since solidified it as one of the leading social media-marketing firms. With clients such as Macy’s, Cox Communications, Novelis and Coca-Cola, Everywhere is no stranger to big names and big projects. The Everywhere Agency works with the Macy's Culinary Council, a consortium of leading culinary masters, including Rick Bayless Michelle Bernstein, Cat Cora, Tom Douglas, Todd English, Marc Forgione, Johnny Iuzzini, Marcus Samuelsson, Stephanie Izard, Nancy Silverton, Ming Tsai, W

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    • Jaha Knight,

      Jaha Knight

      Jaha Knight, 

      Jaha Knight is an author, branding coach and speaker. She works with parallel-preneurs, entrepreneurs and creatives who are trapped between where they are and where they want to be in their businesses and their personal lives. As a result of working with her, Jaha’s clients rid themselves of self-limiting beliefs, develop more self-confidence in their goals; monetize their purpose and shine a light on their self-worth. Jaha enjoys helping her clients strategize and win their way forward using a five point system. She blogs at, stop by and get started on a free seven day stra

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    • Christie Glascoe Crowder,

      Christie Glascoe Crowder

      Christie Glascoe Crowder, 

      I am a Social Media Community Manager, Digital Marketing Consultant, Content Creator and Storyteller. My day job is managing social media profiles/communities and creating digital marketing campaigns for corporate clients & solo-preneurs.  My other day job is verbal and visual storytelling via published works, online journalism, and amateur photography and being a multi-tasking mom of two.

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    • Tasha Edwards, The Sweetest Vegan

      Tasha Edwards

      Tasha Edwards, The Sweetest Vegan 

      My vegan journey started in the summer of 2009 when, after reading the book Skinny Bitch, I decided to give the vegan lifestyle a chance. I challenged myself to 30 days, succeeded, and lost 10 pounds. That 30 days, solidified my choice to live a vegan lifestyle, but it was not as easy to transition as the 30 days had made it seem. I would relapse, start over, relapse, start over, relapse,  sta . . . .you get the pattern. I had to think to myself, what keeps tripping me up? Fried chicken and dessert. I figured out quickly that it was not the chicken I loved, it was the deep fried – ness and

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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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    • Nichelle Stephens, Cupcakes Take the Cake

      Nichelle Stephens

      Nichelle Stephens, Cupcakes Take the Cake 

      Nichelle Stephens is a blogger, cupcake enthusiast, editor, event producer and social media strategist. Nichelle is the co-founding editor of Cupcakes Take The Cake, the most popular blog about cupcakes. She is a freelance social media strategist and publicist. She was formerly editor of the NAACP Image Award winning Pepsi We Inspire, a branded lifestyle blog and community for African American women. Nichelle is also the NYC and Atlanta co-producer of TECHmunch. Nichelle is also the founder of

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    • Lina Skandalakis, Everywhere Agency

      Lina Skandalakis

      Lina Skandalakis, Everywhere Agency 

      Lina works as a Digital Account Manager at the Everywhere Agency, managing client relations, researching and pitching new business opportunities, developing client content, and cultivating brand ambassadorships via our blogger community, Everywhere Society. Currently, her primary client is the Macy's Culinary Council (Twitter: @CulinaryCouncil), a consortium of 13 leading culinary masters who perform cooking demos and more for Macy's. Lina came to Everywhere with d

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    • Anne-Marie Nichols

      Anne-Marie Nichols

      Anne-Marie Nichols 

      Anne-Marie Nichols is a healthy food and lifestyle blogger and social media consultant. She started her blog, This Mama Cooks! On a Diet™, back in 2004, and shares healthy recipes and lifestyle tips for busy moms and their families. She specializes in gluten free and dairy free recipes and the challenges of having a family member who has food allergies or sensitivities. Anne-Marie currently works as an Udi’s Gluten Free Living Ambassador and a CafeMom Blogger. She has worked with brands like Invisalign, Cascadian Farm, Californi

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    • Rick Griffin,

      Rick Griffin

      Rick Griffin, 

      Rick Griffin, is the founder/creator and co-host of the Midlife Road Trip, an unscripted food, travel and adventure series. Rick’s website, was named by The Luxe Insider as one of the “Best Travel Blogs for 2014” and named by “TripIt as one of the “15 must read travel blogs for 2014.”  Rick has been designated by The Travel Media Group as one of the “Top 2

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    Who you’ll meet:

    • Food, beverage and lifestyle bloggers
    • Celebrity Chefs
    • Brands who want to work with you
    • Trendsetters
    • Food
    • 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,,, TECHmunch & KitchenParty Live

    Sarah Carey

    Editor-in-Chief, Everyday Food

    Jane Goldman


    Adam Salomone

    Harvard Common Press

    Amanda Hesser

    Former Food Editor, New York Times & Food52


    Kate Gold

    Social Media Director, The Food Network

    Kasey Hickey


    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


    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,

    Catherine McCord

    Cookbook Author,

    Jaden Hair

    Food Blogger, Cookbook Author, Discovery Columnist,

    Nadia Giosia


    Nichelle Stephens

    Co-Founder, Cupcakes Take the Cake

    Danielle Gould

    Sara O’Donnell


    White on Rice Couple

    Carolyn Scott–Hamilton

    Cookbook Author,

    Jenny Park & Teri Lyn Fisher

    Kristin Guy

    Liza de Guia

    Food Curated

    Andrew Wilder

    Blog Tutor

    Eric Gunnar Rochow


    Jackie Dodd

    Cookbook Author,

    Aida Mollenkamp

    Host, Yahoo’s “In the Pantry”

    Daniel Klein

    Creator/Host, The Perennial Plate

    Gaby Dalkin

    Cookbook Author,

    Manouschka Guerrier

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

    Shaina Olmanson

    Cookbook Author & Food Blogger,

    Ray Lampe

    Food Blogger, Dr. BBQ

    Merry-Jennifer Markham


    Sandi McKenna


    Julius Mayo, Jr.


    Marla Meridith





    Beyond Meat


    The Fresh 20

    Driscoll’s Berries

    Harvard Common Press

    Idaho Potato Commission



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    TECHmunch is a series of conferences in cities across the U.S. designed to help food bloggers gain the hands-on digital media, marketing and business skills they need to make their blogs more personally and financially rewarding. Each conference features leading experts in a range of disciplines -- from digital publishing and search engine optimization to public relations and online advertising. Created by Founder Babette Pepaj (@bakespace), who serves as its producer and host.
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