Tastemaker Conference is the premier food blogger conference for influencers and content creators
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All attendees who previously purchased a General Admission ticket to Tastemaker Conference 2020 in NYC have had their ticket automatically transferred to Tastemaker Conference 2022 in Chicago.

Community. Education. Experience.

Registration for Tastemaker Conference 2022 is now open!

2019 Conference Recap

About Tastemaker Conference

Tastemaker Conference is a place where food bloggers don’t just meet, they make. You will make contact with incredible vendors and foodies. You will make career goals attaining invaluable information on the business aspects of the industry. Most importantly, you will make lifelong connections in a community of creatives who want to influence the world with their gift for food.
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March 3-4, 2022

Tastemaker Conference 2022 will be held at the beautiful Revel Motor Row in Chicago. When you register for a ticket, you also get a free media ticket to The Inspired Home Show on March 5-8, 2022—double the perks and access to thousands of brands and networking opportunities! Join the waitlist for Tastemaker Conference 2022 to get first access when General Admission tickets are released.

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Amazing Networking & Sponsors

Network with like-minded foodies who will help take your business to new heights. Also visit with over 40+ brands (plus access to brands from the Show) who are looking to work with content creators, teach you about their products, and provide amazing swag. Enjoy all the experiences of connection that are specific to our conference.

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Valuable EDUCATION

There are 30+ classes, workshops, panels, and keynotes that focus on the topics of revenue, SEO + tech, revenue growth, business building, mindset, marketing, and content creation.

Whether you consider yourself kid chef level or the real Martha Stewart (please stand up), Tastemaker Conference is for all levels of experience to socialize with a community of makers, dreamers, and influencers in this impactful and memorable two-day event.
“I’ve been fortunate to speak at over one hundred conferences and Tastemaker Conference is easily in my top five! Not only was the venue, the programming, and the organization top-notch, but attendees were engaged and clearly came to learn. From the quality of the speakers, to the detailed level of presentations and the incredible networking and foodie excursions, I would recommend going without hesitation!”
Casey Markee

Media Wyse

“The Tastemaker Conference is a dream come true for food bloggers who want to take networking as well as their businesses to the next level. The team has done such an incredible job of infusing the entire experience with a sense of community and lifting each other up. This spirit shines through in the quality of educators and sponsors that show up at the event every year to impart a ton of value and knowledge with foodie influencers.”
Megan Porta

Pip and Ebby and Eat Blog Talk Podcast

“Tillamook is dedicated to connecting food lovers to better made food, so being the Presenting Title Sponsor at the 2019 Tastemaker Conference was the perfect opportunity. We loved meeting future partners and learning from some of the best in the business!”

Sue Kapllani

Tillamook

2021 SPEAKERS

Liz Della Croce - Keynote

Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl®, a healthy food and travel blog. Since 2010, Liz has grown a loyal following of health-conscious readers from all over the world. Focusing on seasonal ingredients and whole foods, her collection of recipes is inspired by ethnic flavors from around the globe and the Lebanese dishes of her childhood.

Liz has appeared live on the TODAY Show and tapes regular cooking segments on her local NBC affiliate station.  Liz appeared on the cover of Woman’s World and has been featured in various national publications including Good Housekeeping Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Shape Magazine, Food Network blog, Fitness Magazine, The Cooking Channel, TODAY Food and more. 

Through healthy eating and regular exercise, Liz achieved long term weight loss success and has a passion for helping others reach similar goals. In 2013, Liz launched Healthy Habits, a feature on The Lemon Bowl where her loyal readers and growing audience can find practical advice, resources and information on creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Liz graduated from Boston University with a degree in Hospitality Administration and a minor in Marketing Management. She and her husband reside in East Grand Rapids, MI along with their two young boys ages 5 and 7.

Connect with Liz directly on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or via email: Liz@thelemonbowl.com

Shishir Malani

Shishir Malani is a Web Ecosystem Consultant at Google where he works on technologies that help modernize the web. He has most recently been involved in the Web Stories project where he collaborates closely with publishers and creators. Shishir, using modern tools, enables his partners to craft visually compelling and narrative driven stories.

 Shishir has over 13 years of experience in the technology industry and holds a Masters in Science from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Marie Haynes

Dr. Marie Haynes is known as a leader in the field of SEO, especially when it comes to understanding Google penalties, Google algorithm updates, Google’s Quality Raters’ Guidelines and E-A-T (Expertise, Authoritativeness and Trustworthiness). Her company, MHC is a group of intelligent and inquisitive SEO’s who work hard to determine what Google values and translate that into actionable advice for their clients.

Aleka Shunk

Aleka is the founder of the food blog ‘Aleka’s Get-Together’. She has a Master’s Degree in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum from Drexel University and has been teaching for 10+ years. After researching keywords ineffectively for over two years, she finally figured out how to find the right keywords that allowed her to rank on the first page of Google tripling her organic search traffic in under four months. Aleka then took her expertise as both a food blogger and teacher to create ‘Cooking With Keywords’, a keyword research course dedicated to food blogging. Since then, she has recently retired from teaching to run her blog and keyword coaching businesses full-time.

Arsen Rabinovich

Arsen Rabinovich is a Digital Marketer, SEO, Internationa Speaker, and the founder and managing partner of TopHatRank, an award-winning SEO agency that specializes in delivering measurable results without all the unnecessary fluff.

Casey Markee

Casey Markee is the Founder of San Diego-based consultancy Media Wyse and the on-staff SEO Expert for Food Blogger Pro. Casey has over 20 years’ experience in the field of SEO, has trained digital marketing teams on five different continents, and has done some of the most popular webinars for SEM Rush ever recorded. A noted speaker with credits including Onward by Yext, Pubcon, Everything Food Conference, SMX Advanced, State of Search, and more, Casey has worked with hundreds of food & lifestyle bloggers and has taken sites from less than 20,000 sessions a month to over 5+ million! He also believes bacon should be its own food group.

Media Wyse

Andrew Wilder

Andrew Wilder is the founder of NerdPress, a digital agency that provides WordPress maintenance and support services for publishers and small businesses, placing an emphasis on site speed, stability, and security. He has been building, fixing, and maintaining websites since 1998, and has spoken on a wide variety of technical topics (in plain English!) at conferences such as WordCamp LAX, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Food & Wine, Techmunch, BlogHer, BlogHer Food, and Mediavine.

Skylar Bowker

Skylar brings a decade of marketing and web development for food and beverage brands to Feast – helping food bloggers implement best practices and focus on blogging rather than the technical aspects of running a food blog.

Keila Hill-Trawick

Keila Hill-Trawick is the Founder + Principal of Little Fish Accounting, a boutique CPA firm dedicated to the accounting and tax needs of service providers and small online business owners. Little Fish Accounting was born out of the desire to create a safe space for entrepreneurs that are often overlooked by larger accounting firms. After over a decade of experience in the government and private sector, she decided to apply her accounting expertise to advise small businesses in reaching their financial goals.

Little Fish believes in partnership, and the power of using financials to help entrepreneurs create the business of their dreams. Her firm aims to guide business owners who want hands-on assistance with visioning and mapping, beginning with the accurate foundational numbers to determine next steps.

In addition to her full-time work with Little Fish, she is co-founder of Accountants of Color, a safe space for Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) accountants to engage, grow, and build their firms. Keila also donates time and support to various charitable organizations, including service on the boards of Brown Girls Do, Inc and All-Options.

Abbey rodriguez

Abbey Rodriguez is the founder of Tastemaker Conference, and The Butter Half, a food blog that combines gluten-free recipes, herbal cooking, and holistic nutrition and wellness education for the whole family. After three years of growing her community online, she was inspired to create a real-life community where other creators could come together. Tastemaker Conference was born in 2017 out of this mission to empower bloggers and influencers to build sustainable businesses and relationships through food.

Abbey has worked with dozens of brands and organizations, providing recipe development, food photography, and influencer marketing consulting. She has also been published in The Huffington Post, eHow, and Shape Magazine, to name a few. A graduate of the Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine, Abbey is a certified herbalist and holistic nutritionist, and is the coauthor of a forthcoming cookbook on herbal wellness, Root & Nourish.

Abbey resides in the D.C. metropolitan area, with her husband and three boys.

Chandice Probst

Chandice Probst is the bubbly personality behind This Vivacious Life. She is a food and entertaining blogger and the co-author of Gluten-Free on a Budget. Chandice’s work has been featured in print and online industry publications, most notably Mingle Magazine, Women’s World, and Kara’s Party Ideas. As someone with celiac disease and a degree in health science, she has led the charge in hosting celiac awareness nights with MLB and NBA teams around the nation raising money for research. While she loves to cook and entertain, Chandice loves being a wife and mother most.

Learn more about Chandice at This Vivacious Life.

LaKita Anderson

LaKita Anderson is the chief content creator of Simply LaKita (simplylakita.com), a food blog that shares simple weekly recipes with a modern twist on comfort food. She began blogging as a way to share her family recipes and love of food photography. What began as a creative hobby, developed into a small business and she was able to grow her creative passion into a six-figure business and leave her corporate career in 2016. Since then she has partnered with major brands such as Target, Instant Home, and Colgate.

Chelsea Cole

Chelsea Cole is the blogger behind A Duck’s Oven, founder of the Cookbook Lab, and a former marketing director turned full time food blogger from Portland, Oregon. She self-published her first cookbook all about sous vide cooking in 2018 and is working on her second to come out later this year. You can find her at aducksoven.com and @aducksoven.

Liz & Dan Marek

Liz Marek is an award-winning cake decorator, author, founder, and CEO of Sugar Geek Show. Liz is well-known for teaching the science behind baking, cake decorating, and creating gravity-defying 3D cakes. 

Dan Marek is the Chief Architect and co-founder of Sugar Geek Show. Dan was one of the first people to create an online membership site centered around unlimited cake decorating tutorials combined with free YouTube content and blog content. Dan is also passionate about coding, SEO, UX, and data analytics. 

Barbara Hobart

Barbara Hobart is a television writer/producer and has invented a wide range of products through her company HomePlates Worldwide. From the first UK decorative light switchcover which required no rewiring to the lightweight, waterproof, and stain resistant brand known as Best Ever Backdrops. Her specialty is working with businesses to identify, create, source, and manufacture custom products to build brand awareness and generate revenue.

Eva Kosmas Flores

Eva Kosmas Flores is an educator, author, blogger, and photographer based in Portland, Oregon. She’s helped thousands of creatives grow their visual skillsets + creative businesses through her online courses, in-person workshops, and signature Creative Business School program. She’s also an avid gardener, beekeeper, and is currently rehabilitating 29 acres of clear-cut forest in the Columbia River Gorge. You can learn more about Eva + her upcoming classes at evakosmasflores.com.

Martie Duncan

Martie is the host of the Allrecipes’ podcast – Homemade. She is an author, home cook and Food Network Star Finalist.

Ashley Segura

Ashley Segura is the Managing Partner at TopHatSocial. Speaking both internationally and throughout the US, Ashley regularly teaches workshops and speaks at conferences like Pubcon, BrightonSEO, SearchLove, Digital Summits, Retail Global, and the prestigious SMS Sydney. Ashley has also co-authored the best-selling book “The Better Business Book V.2” and is a contributing writer to industry blogs such as Search Engine Journal and AuthorityLabs.

Jason Logsdon

Jason Logsdon is a best selling author, public speaker and passionate home cook who loves to try new things, exploring everything from sous vide and whipping siphons to blow torches, foams, spheres and infusions. He has published 15 cookbooks which have sold more than 60,000 copies. He runs AmazingFoodMadeEasy.com, one of the largest sous vide and modernist cooking websites, MakeThatBacon.com, a website dedicated to helping bloggers succeed, and is the president of the International Sous Vide Association. He has been blogging for over a decade and making his living full time as a blogger for the last 6 years.

Rose Siders

Rose attended Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, before deciding to pursue a less traditional path. She started her own blog in 2012 and became a Mediavine publisher in 2017. She immediately fell in love with the company and decided to join the Mediavine team as a Support Specialist in early 2018. Rose lives in Minnesota (by way of New York and a brief detour in Oregon) with her husband Andrew, their rescue pittie Thomas, and cats Charlie and Hela.

2021 SPONSORS

presented by

Tastemaker Conference is the place to meet and make connections. We offer unique experiential marketing opportunities for food, tech, and houseware companies, who are looking to network and partner with influential food bloggers and content creators. Please contact Chandice to inquire about sponsoring Tastemaker Conference 2021 and 2022 – Contact Chandice Here

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is the event?

Since 2020, we have successfully converted our conferences to online virtual conferences due to Covid-19 safety precautions.

Our next in-person event is on Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4, 2022 in Chicago, with an additional option for an exclusive excursion on Saturday, March 5, as well as access to The Inspired Home Show on March 5-8, 2022. It will be at Revel Motor Row in Chicago, IL. Limited tickets are now available until they sell out.

What is the return policy?

Tickets are non-refundable, however they are transferable up to 30 days before the event.

What does a general admission ticket include?

Your Tastemaker Conference 2022 ticket includes full General Admission access to our two-day conference, Media Registration to The Inspired Home Show, and a complimentary ticket to September Virtual Tastemaker Conference 2021! (Yes, we know it’s good, too!)

,There are 25+ classes, keynotes, and panels that focus on the topics of SEO + tech, revenue growth, content creation, business building and marketing, and more. You will get the choice of attending up to eight different breakout workshops and classes, digital replays to all classes, access to panels led by food influencer experts, a swag bag worth over $150, and access to our sponsor exhibitor hall, where you will make connections with brands who want to work with YOU. There will also be breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages served both days.

Will there be allergy-free foods available?

Of course! We will be providing amazing gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan food options, as well as any other accommodations requested.

I’d love to speak at the conference!

Our submissions are limited, but we would love to hear your ideas! Please email your pitch to abbey@tastemakerconference.com.

Where do I stay?

We will have a hotel room block available to purchase a room at a special rate. The room block will be available August 2021.

Is there parking available?

There are parking garages in the area. However, we recommend walking, ride sharing, taxi, or public transportation to get to the venue.

When do tickets go on sale?

Early Bird tickets for Tastemaker Conference 2022 are sold out.

Geneal Admission tickets are now available. We have historically sold out of all of our events, and don’t want you to miss out! Register now!

How many people will be attending the conference?

There will be 450 like-minded food bloggers, influencers, and brands attending. A great place to network and make new foodie friends!

I’m interested in sponsoring the event. Whom should I contact?

We would absolutely love to work with you and offer affordable and unique marketing opportunities! Please email chandice@tastemakerconference.com to receive our current sponsorship deck.

Which airport do I fly into?

Chicago O’ Hare International (ORD) and Chicago Midway International (MDW) are the two main airports.

How do I get to the venue?

The 2022 conference venue is at Revel Motor Row. The address is 2400 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616. We recommend you walk, use public transportation, taxi, or ride share.

I have a question that wasn’t answered! What’s your contact information?

Please reach out to abbey@tastemakerconference.com for any additional questions.

Meet The Team

Abbey Rodriguez

Abbey Rodriguez is the founder of Tastemaker Conference, and The Butter Half, a food blog that combines gluten-free recipes, herbal cooking, and holistic nutrition and wellness education for the whole family. After three years of growing her community online, she was inspired to create a real-life community where other creators could come together. Tastemaker Conference was born in 2017 out of this mission to empower bloggers and influencers to build sustainable businesses and relationships through food.

Abbey has worked with dozens of brands and organizations, providing recipe development, food photography, and influencer marketing consulting. She has also been published in The Huffington Post, eHow, and Shape Magazine, to name a few. A graduate of the Green Comfort School of Herbal Medicine, Abbey is a certified herbalist and holistic nutritionist, and is the coauthor of a forthcoming cookbook on herbal wellness, Root & Nourish.

Abbey resides in the D.C. metropolitan area, with her husband and three boys.

Chandice Probst

Chandice Probst is the bubbly personality behind This Vivacious Life. She is a food and entertaining blogger and the co-author of Gluten-Free on a Budget. Chandice’s work has been featured in print and online industry publications, most notably Mingle Magazine, Women’s World, and Kara’s Party Ideas. As someone with celiac disease and a degree in health science, she has led the charge in hosting celiac awareness nights with MLB and NBA teams around the nation raising money for research. While she loves to cook and entertain, Chandice loves being a wife and mother most.

Learn more about Chandice at This Vivacious Life.

Leslie Jackson

Leslie Jackson is the Operations Manager at Tastemaker Conference. She has over 6 years experience in planning and organizing dozens of community, corporate, and influencer events.  In 2018, she successfully managed a campaign for a seat in the Utah House of Representatives. She’s happily married to her husband of 10 years and a mom to three. During her free time she enjoys cooking and experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.

Susie Bulloch

Susie Bulloch is the creator of the BBQ food blog Hey Grill Hey. She has appeared on Food Network, and is a true leader and influencer in the BBQ industry. Along with running a successful full-time blog, Susie and her husband, Todd, own the BBQ product line, Patio Provisions.

Learn more about Susie at Hey Grill Hey.

Erin Collins

Erin is the author and photographer behind the blog Meaningful Eats. Erin is passionate about creating and sharing healthy, family-friendly gluten-free recipes. Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in food science from BYU and a master’s degree in nutrition from University of Utah. She resides in in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and three children.

Learn more about Erin at Meaningful Eats.

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