TECHmunch NYC 2011 Speakers

NYC Speakers, News, Slide Show — By admin on May 15, 2011 3:26 am

Want to see who’s speaking at TECHmunch? Check them out!

All panels, conversations and chats are conversational. Our goal this year is to do away with the stuffy “panel” feel and really incorporate the community in our chats. If you’re planning on joining us at TECHmunch, bring your questions and we’ll do our best to integrate them into the conversation. Feel free to ask a question via our TECHmunch Question form an we’ll pass them along to our moderators. See you on June 11th!

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Jacques Torres

Chef Jacques Torres (@JacquesTorres) aka “Mr. Chocolate,” is a Master Pastry Chef, Meilleurs Ouvrier de France (MOF), Chocolatier, Dean of Pastry Arts at The French Culinary Institute and author and the host of the Food Network’s Chocolate with Jacques Torres. You can learn more about Jacques Torres at

Babette Pepaj

Babette Pepaj (@BakeSpace) is the founder and CEO of (2010 and 2009 Webby Award Nominee for “Best Social Network”) and the founder and producer of TECHmunch (food blogger conferences). Prior to launching the, Babette worked for more than a decade producing and directing reality TV such as MTV’s “The Real World” and “Road Rules.” She is a recurring guest expert on Fox Business Channel and an expert on branded content. Babette is a featured speaker at SXSWi, Dealmaker LA and winner of the 2010 “Girls in Tech Top 5 Female Founders” award & 2011 Pepsico Woman’s Inspiration Award presented at SXSW/Digitini. In 2011, was honored with three Webby Honorees in the “Best Social Media Site,” “Community” and “Lifestyle” categories. She lives in Los Angeles and is very active in the L.A. Tech community.

Nichelle Stephens

Nichelle Stephens (@niche) is a blogger, cupcake enthusiast, editor, event organizer and social media strategist. She is currently the social media strategist of Nichelle is the co-founding editor of Cupcakes Take The Cake, the most popular blog about cupcakes. 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 the local NYC TECHmunch producer.

Chris Pearson

Chris Pearson (@pearsonified), (Creator of the Thesis Theme)

Since late 2005, I’ve been building websites and forging a presence online, and as time has passed, I’ve become obsessed with finding better and more efficient ways to do these things.

Eventually, this obsession led me to build a business around my desire to optimize and improve websites, and in March of 2008, I launched and the Thesis Theme Framework for WordPress.

Chris lives in Austin and is coming to NYC just for TECHmunch… we’re thrilled to have him.

Jessica Randazza

Jessica Randazza (@JessicaRandazza) is a long-time social media strategist and community manager. She joined the New York Digitas team in 2010 where she’s put her skills to use on the KitchenAid and Jenn-Air brands, leveraging her existing relationships to cultivate deep and meaningful communities. She also leads the agency’s efforts to develop strategies for many of the clients on the Digitas roster, including American Express, Kraft, Whirlpool, and Delta.

Lauren Drell

Lauren Drell (@drelly) is an assistant editor at Mashable, the preeminent source for digital, tech and social news on the web. She first forayed into social media as the social media and web manager for Luke’s Lobster, a Maine-style lobster shack. She single-handedly built the Luke’s Lobster social media campaign from scratch, and it has become the foundation of the company’s success. Lauren’s work at Luke’s Lobster has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal, Mashable and others, and she earned her current position as a result of her work at Luke’s Lobster. She has a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.

Lynn Andriani

Lynn Andriani (@landriani) is the food editor for Previously, she was the senior editor at Publishers Weekly. She lives in NYC and you can find her blogging at

Erik Deutsch

Erik Deutsch

Erik Deutsch (@erikdeutsch) is a media strategist with more than 15 years of experience in PR and buzz marketing. As principal of ExcelPR Group, he has created award-winning campaigns for tech, healthcare and entertainment clients. An early adopter of online tactics, he helped launch Interactive PR News in 1995 as the first national newsletter on new media for PR pros. Erik teaches social media best practices at UCLA Extension and currently blogs at

Karen Seiger

Karen Seiger (@marketsNYC), Publisher, and the author of the blog, Markets of New York City, and the guidebook, Markets of New York City: A Guide to the Best Artisan, Farmer, Food, and Flea Markets

Emily Clavalier

Emily Cavalier (@Ecava) is the founder of Mouth of the Border, an online community for lovers of ethnic food and culture in New York City. She’s also the hostess, chef and founder of Midnight Brunch supper club.Emily consults on social media/event projects with food and food media brands and develops and executes business development campaigns and major sponsorships in the corporate event industry. Emily currently consults on social media and event projects with Conde Nast’s Gourmet Live and The Vendy Awards, as well as with several boutique spirit brands.

Nicole Taylor

Georgia native Nicole Taylor (@foodculturist) has been an artisan candy maker, an activist, and a social media maven, and is currently the host of Hot Grease, a progressive food culture radio program on Heritage Radio Network. A member of Food Systems Network NYC, Southern Foodways Alliance and Slow Food USA, and a frequent panelists at New York City food events. Nicole is also a community outreach consultant for the Brooklyn Food Coalition and raises funds for the Urban Justice Center through the Vendy Awards. She is featured in America I Am: Pass it Down Cookbook. This special keepsake cookbook preserves African Americans’ collective food history through touching essays, celebratory menus, and over 130 soul-filled and soul-inspired recipes.

Cathy Brooks

Cathy Brooks (@cathybrooks) life-long passion for communications began well before her first job ripping wire copy in 1982 and has evolved over the years to encompass nearly every platform and aspect of media — from reporting and editing to broadcast management, talent casting and guest booking. She also has curated content for several of the technology industry’s most influential conferences. Currently running her own consulting firm in San Francisco, Cathy spends her days saturated in new media and the digital realm, helping companies navigate the crowded landscape of new technologies and platforms.

Jessica Lee Binder

Jessica Lee Binder (@FoodMayhem), Publisher, her blog: In a chaotic world of food, FoodMayhem is bringing order.

Written from New York City (mostly), is a food blog, and usually a recipe blog, but strays into a restaurant blog and sometimes a travel blog. We just love food: talking about food, writing about food, looking at food, taking pictures of food, making a blog about food, and, of course, eating food.

Eric Issac

Eric Issac (@ericisaac) is a NYC based photographer and Publsiher of Snap Food, a food blog.

From his blog: When I was a little kid I had a camera in one hand and a fork in the other. And for as long as I can remember I wanted to be either a photographer or a chef. Now I take pictures of food.

The purpose of this blog is to bring creative recipes, both found and original as well as other peoples creations to life through my photography. Hopefully you’ll see a balance of snapshot and professional work throughout its life time. I am so glad that you found this little blog of mine. I hope you enjoy it and come back often.

My professional work can be seen at

Eric Rochow

Eric Rochow (@GardenForkTV), Host & Producer of GardenFork.TV — a video show about cooking, DIY, gardening + other fun stuff; GardenFork Radio, a web radio show for all the other stuff thats swirling in my head; and Real World Green, a video show about practical green living – green tips for those of us who don’t live in a yurt.

Erik lives with his yellow Labradors, is a beekeeper and has an affinity for power tools. To learn more about Eric, visit him at www.GardenFork.TV.

Tricia Okin

Tricia Okin (@papercutny) is a designer based and working in Brooklyn since 2001 and founded papercut in 2004. papercut was resurrected in early 2009 by Tricia after realizing she wanted to make good work with tangibility & purpose. She also realized she couldn’t and would rather not do it alone in a design vacuum. From there, Tricia called on the best resources she could find and mustered up a gang of wily collaborators with as much passion for being their own bosses as she has. papercut’s main client focus is to work with individuals and companies in the organic, food and tech start up arenas. Oh, and in her spare time, Tricia loves making fresh sausages and other charcuterie bringing joy to all her meat-loving friends.

David Leite

David Leite (@davidleite) (pronounced leet) is the author of The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe’s Western Coast, which won the 2010 IACP First Book/Julia Child Award and for which he received the 2009 National Leadership Award from the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS). Freelance writer for such publicationsas the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Pastry Art & Design, Food Arts, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, Charlotte Observer,, and Ridgefield Magazine, where he was the food editor for three years. He’s also the resident food geek at The Morning News. David won the 2008 James Beard Award for Newspaper Feature Writing Without Recipes for his article, “In a ’64 T-Bird, Chasing a Date with a Clam” and was nominated in 2009 for his article “Perfection? Hint: It’s Warm and Has a Secret,” both from the New York Times. He’s also a four-time nominee for the Bert Green Award for Food Journalism, which he won in 2006. In addition, he was a 2007 and 2006 winner of an Association of Food Journalists Award. Leite’s Culinaria, which David created in 1999, won the 2007 James Beard Award for Web Site Focusing on Food, Beverage, Restaurant, or Nutrition and the 2006 James Beard Award for Best Food Web Site, a 2006 Food Blog Award, the 2005 World Food Media Award for Best Food and/or Drink Web Site, and was named Best Writer’s Web Site for 2002 by Writer’s Digest.

Cathy Erway

Cathy Erway (@cathyerway) is the author of The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove, based on her two-year mission to forego restaurant food in the city and her blog, Not Eating Out in New York. Last spring, she launched a rooftop garden at Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery with egg-laying chickens and repurposed kegs as planters, which is the basis of her second blog, Lunch at Sixpoint. She hosts a weekly podcast on Heritage Radio Network, Let’s Eat In, which has featured guests ranging from Reverend Billy to Mark Bittman. She co-founded the documentary food film screening series, Hungry Filmmakers. She has written for Saveur, The Huffington Post, Edible Brooklyn and Brooklyn Based, and teaches cooking classes at the Greenmarket, WholeFoods and The Brooklyn Kitchen.

Adam Salomone

Adam Salomone (@HCPDishes) is the Associate Publisher of The Harvard Common Press, a Boston-based independent focused on cookbooks and books on pregnancy/childbirth. Related to these verticals, Adam oversees the company’s digital strategy across individual book/author brands as well as company outreach as a whole. Digital initiatives currently underway include exploration of enhanced ebook and mobile platform applications to development of new business partnerships, especially related to working with food bloggers. He holds a BA in Communications, with a specialization in writing and publishing, from Emerson College in Boston.

Jackie Gordon

Jackie Gordon (@divathatateny) is an award-winning singing chef, speaker and producer who is passionate about putting food, music and humor together with the facts to explore the ways they can be used to empower, inspire and entertain people. Her value driven “eatertainment” shows like, The Fried Chicken Theory According to Jackie Gordon and Say Cheese: a tongue titillating tasting of artisanal cheeses, wines and the songs they inspire have received rave reviews and millions of media hits for her brand partners. Also a business coach, she helps food professionals develop essential business skills they won’t learn in a kitchen. She has presented workshops for the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the New York Womens’ Culinary Alliance and the American Personal Chef’s Association. She is currently developing her first cookbook + CD: No Singing At The Dinner Table”: Lip smacking foods, toe tapping tunes and tongue wagging tales from the diva of deliciousness, singing chef Jackie Gordon. She blogs under The Diva That Ate New York and tweets as @divathatateny

Emily Schildt

A fervent foodie, born with the gift of gab, Emily Schildt (@Chobani) has found a home with Chobani as their Communications Manager. Emily received her B.A. in Business Administration from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. Her love for food and passion to chat propelled her career in the food communications industry. After interning for several non-profits, Emily discovered the great impact that social media had on community awareness and quickly became obsessed with its business application. She went on to provide social media consultancy for several small businesses and later as the Social Media Manager for the Memphis Music Foundation. Now, working for Chobani has allowed her to incorporate her passion for social media, her love affair with food and her admiration for the blogging community. Emily is a former food blogger herself, and hopes to spend more time on her new blog, Dressing Food.

Jennifer Perillo

Jennifer Perillo (@JenniferPerillo) is a recipe developer and Publisher of Some of her credits include: Consulting Food Editor Working Mother Magazine, Recipe Developer for Cuisinart and Contributor for Relish Magazine, Parenting and Kiwi magazines.

Danielle Gould

Danielle Gould (@dhgisme) is the founder and editor of Food+Tech Connect, an information company that connects innovators at the intersection of food and information technology. Her expertise includes food systems, urban agriculture, open government, open research, the semantic web, open innovation, social entrepreneurship, and social media.

Over the past year, her cross-disciplinary events have connected over 850 changemakers, including representatives from IBM, USDA, Rensselaer Polytechnic institute, O’Reilly Media, Nike, Agchat Foundation, Gourmet Live, GOOD, and Kauffman Labs. She is a contributor to Grist and her work has been covered in GOOD, The Atlantic, front page of Google News, techPresident, TechCrunch, PSFK, Grub Street, Serious Eats, Gothamist, Gizmodo, and Michael Pollan’s Link of the Day.

"Practical SEO Tips to Build Your Blog traffic" with Josh Unseth of The Jar Group

Josh Unseth

Joshua Unseth is President of SpiderMarket SEO Consulting. His firm does search marketing for numerous public companies from around the country. As a young marketer and entrepreneur, Joshua loves taking risks, finding out what works in this new connected world where everything changes all the time.

Last year, Joshua spoke about the importance of building links for your site. Get ready for an info packed session this year. He’s going to give you all the super secret internet tools that you can use to make your blog/business/magazine/whatever take off. And all he asks for in return is a sample of your favorite recipe (that’s right, bring
him food… if you want…).

An active Twitterer, Joshua would love to see some of your sites before the concert. Go ahead and tweet him a link(@junseth). He can’t wait to hear from you.

Tameeka Ballance

Tameeka Ballance (@TameekaTime) is a NYC based Producer for one of the city’s leading Editing Houses, she believes that resourcefulness not budget is what limits small scale web video production.

Her work includes shooting and editing time lapse video of Independent Artists as they paint to hosting her own Video Series Tameeka Time. These videos and her supporting blog cover the latest in Lifestyle and Pop Culture. You can read about her at

Geoff Allen

Geoff Allen (@ziplist) is Founder and CEO of ZipList, a free, easy-to-use online and mobile grocery list and recipe search service, with partners ranging from AOL’s KitchenDaily to Martha Stewart Living. Geoff is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of technology experience spanning product development, sales, marketing and business operations. He is a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and formerly served as Vice President of Technology for the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization International Board of Directors.

Tanya Edwards

Tanya Edwards (@Misstanya) is the Director of Recipes and Cooking at A former Editorial Director at AOL, where she launched,, and contributed to the overall creative vision of AOL Living. She also managed AOL Food and the Slashfood blog, and spearheaded the strategy and vision behind the new cooking offering

Marc Matsumoto

Marc Matsumoto (@norecipes) is an food blogger and photographer who spreads his passion for food through his websites and For Marc, food is a life long journey of exploration, discovery and experimentation and he shares his escapades online, in the hopes that he inspires others to find their own culinary adventures. Having successfully grown the technical infrastructure of his own blog as traffic has increased, Marc helps other bloggers secure and scale their blogs to minimize their downtime, regardless of spikes in traffic.

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