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  • Join us on March 2-3, 2023

    • Tastemaker Conference 2023 takes place at the beautiful Revel Motor Row, a historic city landmark in downtown Chicago.
    • Registration includes breakfast, lunch, amazing snacks, beverages, and happy hour.
    • Receive $150+ full size swag bag from brand sponsors in our shoppable swag
    • When you register for a ticket, you also get a free media ticket to The Inspired Home Show, which takes place on March 4-7, 2023 at the neighboring McCormick Place—double the perks and access to thousands of brands and networking opportunities!

  • Valuable Education

    • There are 20+ classes, workshops, panels, and keynotes that focus on the topics of SEO + tech, revenue + business growth, content creation, and mindset + DEI.
    • Once the conference concludes, relax and unwind on one of our foodie excursions, where together we explore Chicago’s history and its amazing food scene. Enjoy delicious food and even better company with your Tastemaker friends.

  • Amazing Networking & Sponsors

    Network with like-minded foodies who will help take your business to new heights. Also visit with over 30+ brands—plus access to 50+ brands from the Show during a special speed networking session on the evening of March 4—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.

  • Over $5,000 in Value

    Whether you consider yourself kid chef level or a real pro, 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. It’s time to invest in yourself, and level up your food blog and content creator business.

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Testimonials

What People are Saying

  • “I LOVED the conference last year. In fact, because of the conference it launched me. When I came to Tastemaker I had less than 4,000 sessions a month and had been stuck in that for a long time. Thirty days after the conference, I applied for Mediavine, and have been growing since! Yeah me! I'm super excited to come back to Tastemaker!”

    - Rebecca Johnston,
    Devour Dinner

  • Tastemaker Conference was unforgettable and incredibly valuable. I got to meet a bunch of fellow bloggers that I am friends with on social media—I got to actually meet them in person!—and they understand the challenges and wins of being a food blogger and being in the industry.

    - Kat Higashiyama,
    The Heirloom Pantry

Speakers

  • Aleka Shunk (She/Her)

    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.

  • Alexandria Drzazgowski (she/her)

    Alexandria is the blogger behind The Foreign Fork, a food blog where she is cooking a meal from every country in the world. After backpacking to 15 countries in Europe and taking cooking classes in each one, Alexandria decided to take her project of cooking-around-the-world home with her. She started her blog in 2018 and to date has cooked over 400 recipes from 85 countries.

    Alexandria has been featured in Buzzfeed, The Detroit News, and Elite Daily and is the recipient of the Saveur Blog Award for Most Groundbreaking Voice. When she is not blogging, Alexandria loves to visit her cottage with her family, read, and travel to new places (sampling food along the way of course!).

  • Allea Grummert (she/her)

    Allea Grummert is an email marketing strategist & conversion copywriter who helps bloggers make a killer first impression through automated welcome & nurture sequences. She helps her clients create strategic email sequences that engage email subscribers, build brand loyalty and optimize conversions for sales and site traffic.

  • Andrew Wilder (he/him)

    Andrew is the founder and CEO of NerdPress, a collaborative team that provides WordPress support, optimization, and maintenance for hundreds of food blogs. He has been building, breaking, fixing, and maintaining websites since 1998, and started his first food blog in 2008. Andrew has spoken on various technical topics (in plain English!) at many conferences and is a regular contributor to the monthly "SEO for Bloggers" webinars. He lives in Santa Monica, CA with his husband Matty, and their dog, Harry.

  • Annie Singer (they/them)

    Annie is a multi-talented marketer and entrepreneur who has worked in the food blogging space since 2018. They spent the last 2 years working on a community-based recipe platform, and are currently focusing on experimenting with their own blog.

  • Arsen Rabinovich (he/him)

    Arsen is a Digital Marketer, an SEO, an International Speaker, a two-time Interactive Marketing Award and Search Engine Land Award Winner.

    He is also the founder of TopHatRank, a 12-year-old digital marketing agency that specializes in SEO.

    Recognized as a thought leader and an educator in the SEO space, his years of work with online publishers have uniquely positioned him and hist team to guide and coach bloggers of all sizes.

  • Ashley Segura (she/her)

    International speaker and content marketing expert, Ashley is the VP of Operations at TopHatRank and the CoFounder of TopHatSocial and TopHatContent. Ashley is also an author of the best-selling book, The Better Business Book, and writes regularly for Semrush and Search Engine Journal.

  • Candice Ward (she/her)

    "Candice is a sales expert, blogger, food photographer, business coach and online educator.
    Candice has over a decade of successful sales experience, hitting large quotas at Fortune 500 companies. She now teaches those exact business strategies to food content creators looking to monetize and or scale their business.
    After coaching hundreds of entrepreneurs, she founded The Confident Pitch Program, teaching aspiring and established food photographers & bloggers simplified sales strategy to build a consistent funnel of paid opportunities in less time so they gain back more time to create.

    She is passionate about helping other creatives reach their full potential and turn their dreams into a thriving business but her biggest loves are her two boys and husband.

    She is also the creator of EAT MORE CAKE, a blog dedicated to easy dessert recipes for the home baker with a focus on quality ingredients."

  • Cara Harbstreet (she/her)

    Cara Harbstreet is a Kansas City based registered dietitian, author, and nutrition communications expert. She is the owner of Street Smart Nutrition, actively sharing messages about fearlessly nourishing meals across social media, YouTube, and her blog as well as working in private practice. With past experience in clinical and community nutrition, and an interest in agriculture, food systems, and culturally inclusive cooking, Cara enjoys candid conversations that helps dispel myths around food & wellness and breaking down the science of nutrition. She's the author of "Healthy Eating for Life: An Intuitive Eating Workbook" as well as two cookbooks, and when she's not in the kitchen you can find her enjoying a workout, exploring local coffeeshops and restaurants, or caring for community cats in her neighborhood.

  • Chantel Rodriguez (she/her)

    "Chantel Rodriguez is a Latina entrepreneur, creative consultant & content creator. Her mission is centered on encouraging others to thrive in wellness, success and travel. Chantel is best known for her ability to authentically connect with her audience while serving as a resource for health, business and travel gems.

    Some of Chantel's most notable achievements include serving as a founding member for the Food + Wellness Equity Collective, an active panelist for HP, former member of the 2021 Ulta Beauty Collective, Google Web Story Creator's Cohort member and most recent participant in the Pinterest Creator Fund 2022. Chantel was also awarded the ""Most Impactful Tiktok Creator"" Award by Cohley Creators Platform."

  • Charity Lighten (she/her)

    Charity Lighten is a mindset an “change coach”, mediocre golfer, and sourdough baker. Canadian by birth, German by work ethic, American by citizenship, and French by her love of pastries, Charity has a passion for life, wellness, business, and food! She is eager to share the lessons she has learned as a mother, entrepreneur, CEO, widow, and recent newlywed. Charity combines a business degree, a graduate degree and is an expert on fortitude and creating change.

  • Haley Janicek (she/her)

    An email marketing expert, Haley Janicek, has been on the ConvertKit team for 6+ years teaching and watching Creators, of all types, earn a living creating content around their passion. As the daughter of a Pastry Chef, food blogging is naturally her favorite type of digital Creator. She has attended every Food Blogging conference for the last 6 years representing ConvertKit and loves this tight-knit community of Creators. As a Creator herself, Haley enjoys photography, throwing clay, and teaching her oldest daughter, Millie, manual mode on a 1980s film camera.

  • Izzah Cheema (she/her)

    In late 2016, Izzah started Tea for Turmeric on a whim while my 6-month old daughter was napping. Two years later, Tea for Turmeric was lucky to be a finalist for the Saveur Blog Awards in the Most Inspired Weeknight Dinners category. Since then, with the help of a small team of amazing people, it’s grown to millions of views a year. Izzah holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, which fuel her analytical approach to blogging.

  • Jazzmine Woodard (she/her)

    Jazzmine Woodard is a career DEI practitioner, entrepreneur, and speaker with 10 years of
    experience creating solutions that drive inclusion as part of fortune 500 companies. As a solo entrepreneur, Jazzmine develops digital content that reaches over two million people on a monthly basis, aiming to impact, amplify, and educate women of color. In cultivating this dual career, Jazzmine has served as a trusted advisor to senior leaders in tech, energy, higher education, and media, while establishing herself as an inspirational figure for a digital audience.

    Jazzmine first learned to speak with authority as the oldest of five kids and has since expanded on this early spark to influence audiences that include students, creatives, and CEOs. She synthesizes complex information with confidence and clarity and uses real-life examples to drive consensus across leadership levels. Jazzmine presents in a way that helps people “connect the dots” and underscores data with empathy.

    As a strong believer in lifelong learning, Jazzmine holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and several certifications, including SHRM-SCP and IDI Qualified Administrator. Outside of her private sector DEI work, she runs a digital women’s food and travel destination, Dash of Jazz®, sits on the Advisory Board for Tastemaker Conference LLC, and is a founding member of Eat the Culture.

  • Jess Larson (she/her)

    Jess Larson is the Founder & Chief Content Creator behind Plays Well With Butter, a food blog founded in 2015 with the core belief that life is too short for a bad meal. Jess specializes in sharing thoroughly tested weeknight recipes that deliver maximum flavor with minimal effort for PWWB’s audience of food-loving home chefs. When she’s not in the kitchen, Jess enjoys spending time with her husband & their 2 German Shepherd pups, exploring all of the fun & deliciousness that their home city of Minneapolis has to offer.

  • Julie Tran Deily (she/her)

    Julie Tran Deily started her blog, The Little Kitchen (https://www.thelittlekitchen.net), in 2009. She's a former software engineer and a nerd at heart, she has been blogging and running her business full-time since 2012. She loves to share recipes that are easy to make and are accessible to home cooks looking to learn new tips and tricks.

    She has spoken at various conferences over the years including Tastemaker Conference and Mediavine Conference as well as WITS and TBEX. She loves sharing her knowledge and actionable tips for content creators and small business owners on her other site (https://www.juliedeily.com). She lives in Central Florida with her husband and rescue pets.

  • Kate Ahl (she/her)

    Kate Ahl is the owner and founder of Simple Pin Media, a Pinterest management and marketing agency. Her company has worked with over 1000 Pinterest accounts over the last 9+ years. Their goal is to help business owners understand how to leverage the platform to grow their email list, find cold leads, and make more sales. Kate is a Pinterest speaker, teacher, podcaster, and strategist.

  • Kyle Halvorson (he/him)

    Leading the PR and partner marketing efforts at ThermoWorks, Kyle is both a food enthusiast and a student of business. He holds an MBA from Utah Valley University which he earned while working at ThermoWorks and has been there ever since. Kyle has held positions in Technical Support, Commercial Sales, and Marketing at ThermoWorks which gives him a well rounded view of ThermoWorks products, customers, and applications.

  • LaKita Anderson (she/her)

    LaKita Anderson is the 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 full-time business and leave her corporate career in 2016.

  • Laurie Buckle (she/her)

    Laurie Buckle is the CEO + founder of CookIt Media, a digital talent management company with expertise in the food and lifestyle space. CookIt is Laurie’s second act, following a career in traditional print – one that included leadership roles at some of the most highly regarded publications in the industry: Bon Appétit, Better Homes & Gardens and the Kitchn.Since its start in 2015, CookIt has grown to become the only full-service talent agency with expertise in both the business of influencers and the world of food. CookIt has worked with household brands like Walmart and Bob’s Red Mill, and has gained accolades such as Inc 5000 fastest-growing company. CookIt’s success, along with Laurie’s food media veteran status, make her a sought-after panelist at industry conferences and a frequent guest on top food podcasts.

  • Lisa Childs (she/her)

    Lisa Childs is a Youtuber, food blogger, and cookbook author. She started her website, triedtestedandtrue.com and Youtube channel in 2019 where she started out doing Instant Pot recipes. In February 2020, Lisa was named Youtube's Creator on the Rise and she is now a full time Youtuber first. In 2021, she published her first officially licensed Instant Pot cookbook with Simon and Schuster. Lisa and her team of employees love to help their readers have confidence and joy in the kitchen.

    Outside of the kitchen, she loves to eat ice cream (Jeni's in Chicago is her favorite!!), watercolor or gouache paint, nap, listen to podcasts, volunteer, and travel to eat!

    Lisa resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with her two kids and husband.

  • Liz Marek (she/her)

    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.

  • Marta Rivera Diaz (she/her)

    Marta Rivera Diaz is a formally trained chef with more than 25 years of cooking and baking experience. Marta owned and operated a catering and cake decorating business for more than ten years before deciding to write and self-publish her first cookbook. Her love of writing led her to create Sense & Edibility®, her “online culinary school,” to encourage advanced and novice cooks alike, to explore- and succeed at executing- culinary fundamentals and techniques never before explained to them. Marta melds her multi-cultural background and extensive travel history as a lifetime military family member into creative recipes that inspire others.

    As a bi-racial woman, who grew up and married into the military, and one who lives with a disability, Marta is a staunch advocate for under-served communities, especially in the food space. Marta’s desire to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the food and hospitality industry is a direct response to the discrimination she has faced for decades. Marta is often asked to speak and educate individuals and brands alike on how to be a better ally for those who are often overlooked, especially people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and military family members.

    In her spare time, Marta enjoys building furniture and traveling. She is the proud wife of a retired U.S. Army soldier and mother of 17-year-old twins who are completing their first year of college. Marta currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Mary Cressler (she/her)

  • Megan Porta (she/her)

  • Meiko Temple (she/her)

    Meiko is a self-taught home cook and the vibrant personality behind the food blog MeikoAndTheDish.com where she serves up “comfort food and communion.”

    She is deeply dedicated to making culture-centric cuisine more accessible and celebrated. She is equally committed to uplifting and creating opportunities for Black food makers.

    As the founder of EatTheCulture.com, an organization devoted to amplifying the voices of Black creators and preserving Black foodways, Meiko and her team develop programming that supports over 300 creators, including the widely popular Black History Month Virtual Potluck and Juneteenth Virtual Cookout.

    When not thinking about food, she’s probably still eating it alongside her husband, chef Kenenth Temple.

  • Pailin Chongchitnant (she/her)

    Pailin is the creator behind the popular YouTube channel Pailin's Kitchen and the website hot-thai-kitchen.com where she teaches Thai cooking to millions of people worldwide. She has authored 2 cookbooks and hosted a TV cooking show in Canada. She regularly contributes to Serious Eats and has been featured in various publications including the New York Times.

    She was born and raised in Thailand, and now lives in Vancouver, Canada with her husband and son.

  • Rebecca Shostak (she/her)

    Rebecca Shostak is an international award-winning designer, entrepreneur, and Co-Founder/Chief Design Officer at Flodesk. With a degree in design from UCLA and a background designing merchandise for famous rock bands (such as Rihanna and Linkin Park), e-commerce platforms for multi-million dollar brands, and bestselling business resources for creative entrepreneurs—it comes as no surprise that she is the creative visionary behind Flodesk’s intuitive design. Rebecca is passionate about building a platform that is as beautiful as it is functional—empowering creatives to create stunning emails and sales pages that convert

  • Melissa Rice (she/her)

    Melissa, our webinar host, comes from sunny Los Angeles, CA. She is TopHatRank’s Client Success Manager; those who have chatted with her know how awesome she is. As she dives into the digital space, Melissa likes to discover new online marketing techniques and practices, UX design, and more. When she’s not working, you can find Melissa exploring the world with her young son or at home documenting her DIY projects.

  • Robert F. Finkelstein, Esq. (he/him)

    Rob Finkelstein has been practicing law in New York City for more than 20 years. While operating his own law firm, Finkelstein Platt LLP, Rob attended and graduated in 2018 from culinary school for pastry arts. He then launched his recipe blog, Cinnamon Shtick (www.cinnamonshtick.com), took up food photography, and landed several deals with various brands. He has represented numerous food photographers in connection with drafting and negotiating contracts with large and small brands. Combining all his background, Rob recently launched an online, on-demand class, “Understanding Food Photography Contracts”. (https://contractlegalease.com/) The course provides food photographers with a food photography contract template, detailed explanations of what every word means, how and what to negotiate, templates for a proposal and contract amendment, a primer on social media and the law, and much more.

  • Rosalynn Daniels (she/her)

    Rosalynn Daniels is a lifestyle personality and food content creator. On her journey as a wife and mother, Rosalynn found herself challenged with fusing her love of a cosmopolitan lifestyle with her new and rewarding family roles. Her passion grew for recreating great dinning and entertaining experiences for her everyday life with her family. That passion birthed the Rosalynn Daniels brand, complete with television appearances, food demonstrations, brand partnerships and website, RosalynnDaniels.com. She created the site as a place to inspire other millennials that it is possible to have it all. Rosalynn’s aspirational lifestyle is presented to her audience by encouraging them to simplify, think outside the box and never sacrifice quality.

  • Sean Martin (he/him)

    Sean Martin is the business development director for Vindulge and husband of founder, Mary Cressler. A food and wine brand focused on great food, great wine, and a great outdoor cooking experience. He is co-author of the cookbook Fire + Wine cookbook, now in it’s second edition. Sean oversees culinary and beverage brand partnerships, SEO, and the behind the scenes work for Vindulge Wine, a direct-to-consumer wine marketplace and wine club.

  • Sharon Nge (she/her)

    Sharon Nge is a food photographer and art director based in Toronto, Canada. Prior to working in the food space, she was a fashion designer in the New York City, but had the dream of making her true love, food, her career. Loosing her job, and moving back home during the pandemic, gave her the push she needed to launch her blog Whiskfully So. What started as a way to document her quarantine bakes, has evolved into a space to share her food photography learning journey, provide transparent resources for growing food photographers/bloggers, and support a community of creatives who aren't afraid to dream big.

  • Shweta Garg (she/her)

    Shweta is the recipe developer, photographer, videographer, and writer behind Masala and Chai - a food blog showcasing accessible and comprehensive Indian recipes for home cooks. She also works full-time as a cloud consultant at a large consulting firm. She uses her food blog to teach its readers about Indian techniques, ingredients, and the culture she's grown up with as part of the Indian diaspora in the U.S.

  • Stephanie Loaiza (she/her)

    Stephanie Loaiza is one of the founders of the food media empire, Six Sisters' Stuff. She has co-authored 10 cookbooks which have sold over 500,000 copies. For over a decade, she has worked alongside her sisters to grow a hobby blog into a flourishing 7+ figure a year business with over 4 million followers on social media.

  • Susie Bulloch (she/her)

    Susie Bulloch started Hey Grill Hey in 2015 to help people make better BBQ at home. In the years since, she's been fortunate to reach millions of home BBQ enthusiasts, host her own Food Network special, teach Shaq how to cook his holiday turkey, launch an online BBQ school, and create a product line with international distribution.

  • Tanya Geisler (she/her)

    Tanya Geisler is a certified Leadership Coach, in-demand international TEDxWomen speaker, and writer who teaches leaders how to combat their Imposter Complex and lead with ICONIC impact so they can achieve their ultimate goals. Her clients include best-selling authors, heads of industries, MPs, public speakers, leaders, entrepreneurs and rockstar motivators.

  • Tim Clowers (he/him)

    Chef Tim Clowers was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He began as a restaurateur learning the craft for 14 years as a line cook, bartender, and server. Chef Tim has now been a professional caterer for the last 8 years running his own business in Knoxville, TN.

    Tim is passionate about cooking and has a love for people and cultures all around the world. As a missionary living abroad in Southeast Asia for 3 years, he found his inspiration of food through culture. Having traveled to over 60 countries, and Chef Tim can deeply capture flavor in new ways. Fusion dishes is what he calls as one of his favorite things to make.

    He is married to the woman of his dreams, and being the father to five children, (4 of which are grown) and being a full time Content Creator showcasing his passion of food and family through Food...

  • Yoli Ouiya (she/her)

    Yoli Ouiya is a driving force in the Global Sustainability and Wellness movement. As an independent brand, Yoli builds audiences as a media personality, consultant, and spokesperson. She covers thought leadership on subjects ranging from personal wellness to environmental sustainability, and its’ intersection with technology. She has collaborated with leading retailers, brands, and organizations from Toyota's Green Initiative as their national spokesperson to being nationally recognized as the  “Queen of Green” by Black Enterprise Magazine. In 2020, she was highlighted as the Top 100 Responsible Health & Wellness Influencers by New Hope Media.

    A passionate entrepreneur and visionary, Yoli’s current venture is co-founder of the Food + Wellness Equity Collective with Sonja Overhiser of A Couple Cooks blog. The Food + Wellness Equity Collective, which launched July 2020 with 20 founded members and now has over 300 members, is diverse group of content creators and entrepreneurs committed to being change agents for equity, diversity and anti-racism in the food and wellness industry.

    Yoli is also the producer of In Color Network Podcasts. In Color Network is a multi-platform content production agency that seeks to promote wellness in underrepresented communities. Podcasts include “Wellness in Color”, “Sustainability in Color”, and “CPG in color” with additional shows debuting in Fall 2023.

Our 2023

Sponsors

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 fill out our contact form to inquire about Tastemaker Conference sponsorship.

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Schedule

Everything you need to know about our upcoming events

Day 1 - Thursday, March 2

Morning Sessions

7:00 - 8:50 am

Welcome Breakfast + Check in

We will also have early check-in available Wednesday, March 1 from 2 – 4 pm CT.

Details in the Attendee Guide.

9:00 - 9:10 am

Welcome Kick Off

9:10 - 9:25 am

Sponsor Speaker

9:25 - 9:50 am

Opening Keynote - Advancing Equity in Pay: Why It's Critical for the Future

Beyond the widely accepted reality that women are paid less than males, pay disparity is a complicated problem. The significance of achieving pay fairness in the future will be covered in detail in this session. Participants will gain knowledge about the advantages pay equity has for people, businesses, and society as a whole. Unconscious bias and discrimination are only a few of the difficulties and obstacles that must be overcome in order to achieve wage fairness. The objective is to inform and inspire people to take initiative to advance pay equity in their companies and communities.

Attendees will learn:

  • To talk about how pay fairness might enhance the general well-being of people, businesses, and society.
  • To support participants in comprehending the complexities of the pay equity issue and how it is related to other forms of discrimination.
  • To give participants real-world examples of how to develop policies and procedures that promote equal pay.
  • To promote conversation among participants about how to cooperate and promote pay equity at the personal, professional, and societal levels.

This session is for anyone who has ever wondered if they are getting paid what they deserve, wants to learn more about pay equity and its significance, and wants to take steps to promote pay equity in their own workplaces and communities is welcome to attend this talk.

9:50 - 10:50 am    /    Networking

Speed Networking

10:50 - 11:00 am

Break

Content Creation: Breakout Sessions

11:00 - 11:50 am    /    Content Creation

A Beginner's Guide to Artificial Light for Food Photography

Level: Beginner/General

Are you tired of rushing to finish your shoots before the sun sets? Are you struggling to achieve cohesive lighting in your photographs and are frustrated with how long the editing process takes? Maybe you’ve even thought about learning artificial light, but you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin. This beginner’s session on using artificial light for food photography will provide you with the basic tools, knowledge, and set-up so you can begin shooting at any time of the day; take back your creative control, and speed up your work flow.

What you will learn in this session:

1. Clear understanding of the types of artificial light and which is best for your needs

2. A tried & tested list of essential artificial light equipment for beginners

3. Foundational camera settings for shooting artificial light with a DSLR

4. A simple one-light artificial light set-up to create bright and moody photographs

This session is for: the intermediate food blogger or food photographer who is comfortable shooting with natural light, and is familiar with using DSLR cameras in manual mode, but is ready to level up their photography and workflow by learning artificial light. 

11:00 - 11:50 am    /    Content Creation

Make the Most of Your Content: How to Create Systems for Effectively Repurposing Content

Level: General

Remembering what you’ve posted about when can be challenging as a content creator, and we all know how much content we have that’s ripe for repurposing on other platforms. In this session, we’ll cover how to create systems that allow you to easily track what’s where.

You’ll leave this session with:

1. An understanding of what repurposing opportunities look like

2. How to manage them effectively using a spreadsheet or program like Airtable

3. Examples of AirTable templates to automate this process for you

This is for any overwhelmed content creator attempting to manage multiple platforms, including social media, a blog, and email.

11:00 - 11:50 am

Tech Hall Workshop

The entire 3rd floor will be our “Tech Hall”. The Tech Hall will be filled with all our tech sponsor booths. The hall will be open during all sessions with sign-ups with tech sponsors – more information available in the Attendee Guide. 

10:50 - 11:00 am

Break

Revenue + Business Growth: Breakout Sessions

12:00 - 12:50 pm    /    Revenue + Business Growth

Business & Finance Basics: Protect Yourself and Your Business

Level: General

Every food blogger and food photographer should be operating through a business entity. This session will explain why and how easy it is to form an entity. We will discuss LLC formation and maintenance, choosing a name for your business, and bookkeeping importance. We will also discuss the costs involved with business formation.

You will leave this session understanding:

• why every business owner should form a business entity
• why being a sole proprietor exposes you to liability
• how easy it is to form a business entity
• why the name of your business matters
• the benefits of an entity in the event of your disability or death
• the importance of tracking your expenses and income

This session is for every content creator, blogger, and food photographer. If you are already operating under a business entity, this session is also for you, as we will discuss the advantages of your business entity for growth and how your business entity can be maintained
in the event of your disability or death.

12:00 - 12:50 pm    /    Revenue + Business Growth

Reinvesting for Growth Panel

Level: General/Advanced

Learn how to level-up your business. We’ll hear from experts in the field who have taken their small businesses and reinvested in parts of their own business to flourish and reach the next level of success.

This session is designed for anybody who wants to build a business with purpose and direction. Those who are ready to take their business to the next level.

12:00 - 12:50 pm

Tech Hall Workshop

The entire 3rd floor will be our “Tech Hall”. The Tech Hall will be filled with all our tech sponsor booths. The hall will be open during all sessions with sign-ups with tech sponsors – more information available in the Attendee Guide. 

Lunch + Networking

1:00 - 1:50 pm    /    Networking

Lunch + Networking

Afternoon Sessions

2:00 - 2:50 pm    /    Panel

The Influencer Advantage

Level: General

In an environment where traditional ads aren’t performing the way they used to, creator content IS performing. More and more, consumers are scrolling past paid ads, choosing instead to engage with the influencers they follow. Their advice and recommendations have significantly more value than ad content. Given that, influencers have a unique opportunity now to prove their value — and up their content game.

This panel will explore the process of creating truly engaging content — a process that begins with a deep understanding of your community’s problems, challenges and goals. We’ll discuss the process and potential of a content plan that both serves their followers and performs for their brand clients.

 

2:50 - 3:00 pm

Break

  • Sponsor:

Content Creation: Breakout Sessions

3:00 - 3:50 pm    /    Content Creation

Pinterest Panel

Level: General

Pinterest has been changing a lot over the years. We’re going to have experts in the field on this panel go over best practices for 2023. What are Idea Pins? How do you utilize them for your business? How should you be utilizing the Creators section to get paid?

What you will take away from this session:

You will leave the session with a better understanding of how the Pinterest platform operates. Pinterest is structured differently than other social platforms which will provide insight along with best practices to utilize the app best.

3:00 - 3:50 pm    /    Content Creation

Expanding Your Blog by Becoming a YouTuber

Level: General/Advanced

This session will talk about how running a YouTube channel can be another pillar of your business. We’ll talk about how to use YouTube, not as a marketing tool for your blog, but to build a sustainable business in and of itself, using the content you already have as a starting point.

What will you get out of this session:

– An understanding of YouTube channel as a business, not a marketing tool

– What kinds of videos to create for YouTube.

– How to monetize the YouTube channel, including sponsorships

This is for: Advanced bloggers who are looking for ways to expand their business

3:00 - 3:50 pm

Tech Hall Workshop

The entire 3rd floor will be our “Tech Hall”. The Tech Hall will be filled with all our tech sponsor booths. The hall will be open during all sessions with sign-ups with tech sponsors – more information available in the Attendee Guide. 

3:50 - 4:00 pm

Break

4:00 - 4:50 pm    /    DEI

Joint Session: Why DEI Matters and Influences Your Content Creation

Level: General

Only recently have Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) become buzzwords in our society, though the need for DEI has long been a factor in the day-to-day lives of people who, for years, have been overlooked. In content creation, we find ourselves toeing the line between the appreciation of cuisines or cultures and what appropriation is. Often, brands and content creators miss the boat on creating content that is genuinely inclusive of the society in which we live.

This session aims to open the discussion on how to truly be an ally that promotes and lives a life of authentic inclusion and equity to all and celebrates the diversity that makes our world and industry fascinating.

In this session, you will learn what Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are, how they relate to content creation, and why they should be an important focus in your work. Individuals, teams, and brands will better understand how to incorporate DEI in an authentic, enduring way. This session will equip you to recognize the difference between appreciation and appropriation regarding content creation and your personal lives. You will leave this session with a desire to promote respect for the cultures, cuisines, and recipes of those who have been underserved for generations in the content creation industry and the world at large.

End of Day One

4:50 pm- 5:00 pm

Day 1: Closing Remarks, Reminders, and Giveaways

  • Speaker: Abbey Rodriguez (she/her)

  • Speaker: Chandice Probst (she/her)

5:00 - 6:30 pm

Happy Hour

This event welcomes all attendees to come enjoy apps, drinks and desserts, as well as the chance to chat and start working relationships with 20 great food and kitchen brands including:
  • Tommy Bahama Spirits
  • La Caza Spirits
  • The Skinny Butcher
  • O&H Danish Bakery
  • Hamilton Beach
  • Proctor Silex
  • Wolf Gourmet
  • Farm Rich
  • Minute Rice
  • California Fig Advisory Board
  • Athenos, Emmi Roth
  • ZOJIRUSHI America
  • Riveridge Produce
  • Fresh Express
  • Emile Henry USA
  • MEATER
  • Egglife
  • Neutral Food.

7:30 - 10:00 pm

Speaker Dinner

Day 2 - Friday, March 3

8:30 - 9:50 am

Breakfast & Networking

Morning Sessions

10:00 - 10:10 am

Welcome Day 2 and Networking

10:10 - 10:50 am    /    Panel

Let's Talk About: Pricing and Transparency

Level: General

This session will be based on a panel focused on pay and transparency. One main form of income for content creators is Brand Partnerships. And because our industry is still so new, prices across the board seem to vary heavily. But we want to create a space to talk about what you should be paid for your work. With actual numbers! We have experts in the industry who will talk about how to get paid, how you should calculate your rates, and more!

10:50 - 11:00 am

Break

11:00 - 11:50 am

Speed Networking

11:50 - 12:00 pm

Break

12:00 - 12:50 pm    /    Mindset

Imposter Complex: How ICONS turn the lights on faster (and how you can too)

Level: General

Here’s a problem: people with strong values of integrity, proficiency, and excellence are prone to experiencing the Imposter Complex and the impact means it keeps good folks out of action, doubting their capacity, and alone and isolated. Here’s another problem: We are told to “get over it” with confidence hacks. But the self-development space is a $40 billion industry (as of 2020), devoted to making folks feel wrong, broke, stuck, and unworthy. AND like failures when said confidence hacks don’t work. In this talk, we’re going to unpack the structure of the Imposter Complex and get into why diminishment, comparison, procrastination, perfectionism, leaky boundaries, and people-pleasing are impervious to said hacks…and what to do instead. (Think ICONIC.)

You will leave this session with a better understanding of:
What the Imposter Complex is and how it works. (And why I call it “Imposter COMPLEX” and not “Syndrome”)
How the Imposter Complex affects us distinctly.
Your own coping strategies and how they exacerbate the issue for you.
What that might say about your leadership edge and the ICON you already are.
How to navigate it when it shows up so it doesn’t slow you down.

This is for: Folks just starting out. Folks who have been in business for a while and are ready to deal with the chronic nature of the Imposter Complex experience. Folks at the top of their game who want to expand into the next and are encumbered by the Imposter Complex. (In short: this conversation is for everyone. From students to seasoned professional, no one is exempt.)

Lunch + Networking

12:50 - 2:00 pm

Lunch + Networking

Afternoon Sessions

SEO + Tech: Breakout Sessions

2:00 - 2:50 pm    /    SEO + Tech

SEO For Bloggers LIVE

Level: General

2:00 - 2:50 pm    /    SEO + Tech

Content-Led SEO: How to use Strategy to Rank in 2023

Level: Beginner/General

What does “Content is King” mean in 2023? Gone are the days when you could throw spaghetti on the wall and see what sticks. In this session, you’ll learn how to use a strategic approach to creating high-quality content that ranks.

You will leave this session with practical tips on:
-How to use keyword research to identify and meet unmet needs.
-Strategically building topical authority.
-Considering SEO before and during recipe development.
-Using surveys, polls, and feedback from your audience to gauge and solve pain points.
-Infusing your voice and originality into blog posts.

This is designed for food bloggers who want to increase pageviews with a strategic, content-led approach.

2:00 - 2:50 pm

Tech Hall Workshop

The entire 3rd floor will be our “Tech Hall”. The Tech Hall will be filled with all our tech sponsor booths. The hall will be open during all sessions with sign-ups with tech sponsors – more information available in the Attendee Guide. 

2:50 - 3:00 pm

Break

Marketing: Breakout Sessions

3:00 - 3:50 pm    /    Marketing

Email Marketing

Level: General

3:00 - 3:50 pm    /    Marketing/Content Creation

How To Blog On TikTok

Level: General/Advanced

TikTok is no longer a platform “just for kids”. People of all ages are not only using TikTok for entertainment, they use it as a search engine. In this presentation, I’m going to talk about how I grew my TikTok to 4.5 Million by creating videos that connect with my audience like no other platform and has led to the most lucrative brand deals and partnerships I’ve ever had. No dancing required.

What you will learn in this session:

  • What is TikTok Who is using TikTok?
  • What makes a good TikTok How do you make a TikTok?
  • How to utilize TikTok trends for growth
  • What are the do’s and don’ts of making a good TikTok?
  • Strategies for batch creation to post later.

This session is for: Anyone who wants to build a more authentic audience, show more of themselves, reach the next generation of users. 

3:00 - 3:50 pm

Tech Hall Workshop

The entire 3rd floor will be our “Tech Hall”. The Tech Hall will be filled with all our tech sponsor booths. The hall will be open during all sessions with sign-ups with tech sponsors – more information available in the Attendee Guide. 

3:50 - 4:00 pm

Break

End of Day Sessions

4:00 - 4:50 pm

Event Closing

  • Speaker: Abbey Rodriguez (she/her)

  • Speaker: Chandice Probst (she/her)

  • Sponsor Remarks
  • Closing Keynote
  • Giveaways
  • Final Remarks

4:10 - 4:30 pm

Closing Keynote: Lessons From Growing a Hobby Blog to 7-Figure Food Media Company

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to fail and succeed in the food content industry? In the last 12 years, Six Sisters’ Stuff has grown from a tiny blogspot website to a full-scale company, but not without lots of trial and error along the way. From the growing pains and early missteps that cost them greatly, to finally cracking into that top 2% of female-owned companies, Stephanie shares some of the most important lessons of her journey. As part of this session, Stephanie will share from both a business and personal perspective of what it takes to get to the top.

Knowing common mistakes that inhibit growth, who you need to have in your circle, and how to get out of your own way.

5:30 - 7:00 pm

The Inspired Home Show Influencer Meet & Greet

All attendees will have the opportunity to attend this event on the evening of March 3. The group will walk over together to the event space for The Inspired Home Show at McCormick Place at 5 pm, where you can pick up your Show badge. There will be about 75-100 brands there for you to talk to. Network with them and exchange information. You can also then follow up with the brands on the Show floor the following days. Networking is the key to success!

We will walk over as a group from RMR to McCormick from 5-5:30 pm.

7:30 - 10:30 pm

Excursion Dinner

Separate Tickets needed at an additional cost! Details can be found here: Excursion Tickets.

Day 3 - March 4

10:00 - 1:00 pm

Excursion Cooking Class

Separate Tickets needed at an additional cost! Details can be found here: Excursion Tickets.

Hotel

Where do I stay and is there a room block? 

Yes! Discounted hotel accommodations in downtown Chicago near Revel Motor Row and McCormick Place are available through The Inspired Home Show room block.

Travel

Which airline do I fly into?

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

As a Tastemaker Conference attendee, you get to take advantage of the airline discounts available through The Inspired Home Show. You can receive up to 5% off your travel on American Airlines, and 10% on United. Please visit their website for the discount code and more information.

FAQs
  • Who is the conference for?

    Tastemaker Conference is for all food bloggers, content creators, and brands. Whether you are just starting out, or you are a seasoned pro, there is something for everyone at our events. The education ranges from introductory, general, and advanced. The networking opportunities benefit all attendees, because relationships are one of the most beneficial factors in business growth. Find a mentor, be a mentor, make a connection with an amazing brand—whatever it is that you are looking for, you can find it at Tastemaker Conference.

  • When and Where is the event?

    Our next in-person event is on Thursday, March 2 and Friday, March 3, 2023 in Chicago, with an additional option for an exclusive excursion on Saturday, March 5. Your ticket to Tastemaker Conference 2022 also includes complimentary access to The Inspired Home Show on March 4-7, 2023. It will be at Revel Motor Row in Chicago, IL. Limited tickets are now available until they sell out.

  • What does a General Admission ticket include?

    Your Tastemaker Conference ticket includes full General Admission access to our two-day conference, and complimentary Media Registration to The Inspired Home Show.

    There are 30+ classes, keynotes, and panels that focus on the topics of SEO + tech, revenue + business growth, content creation, mindset + DEI, 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 full-size product 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, beverages, and happy hour served both days.

    This is over $5000 in value for only $579. It’s absolutely the best investment and best value of any conference available.

    Excursion tickets are available for Saturday, March 5 at an additional cost.

  • What does the Media Registration to The Inspired Home Show include?

    As a Tastemaker Conference attendee, you get special perks with Show Media Registration. There will be an exclusive influencer speed networking on the evening of Friday, March 4 at McCormick Place. Here you will get to see the Media Center, which is a hub for you to get breakfast and lunch, and take a break while walking the Show floor.

    Learn more about what is included in your Media Registration with Leana Salamah, VP of Marketing at the International Housewares Association, the organization who hosts The Inspired Home Show.

  • What are the excursions and when do tickets go on sale?

    We have two excursions on the week of the event. More information will be coming for both in the future!

    Excursion tickets are a separate registration and go on sale in January. Emails are sent to all those who purchased a ticket.

  • How many people will be attending the conference?

    There will be 400+ like-minded food bloggers, influencers, and brands attending. A great place to network and make new foodie friends!

  • 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.

  • Where do I stay? Is there a room block?

    Yes! Discounted hotel accommodations in downtown Chicago near Revel Motor Row and McCormick Place are available through The Inspired Home Show room block.

  • Which airport do I fly into?

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

    As a Tastemaker Conference attendee, you get to take advantage of the airline discounts available through The Inspired Home Show. You can receive up to 5% off your travel on American Airlines, and 10% on United. Please visit their website for the discount code and more information.

  • Is there parking available?

    There are parking garages near the hotels that you can purchase separately, but it will be highly trafficked due to the event week. We recommend walking, ride sharing, taxi, or public transportation to get to the venue.

  • 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.

  • How do I buy a ticket?

    Both our waitlist and purchase sections appear above this on this same page (when available): https://tastemakerconference.com/in-person-conference/#purchase

    To make sure you never miss out on ticket announcements, sign up for our newsletters: https://tastemakerconference.com/subscribe/

  • What is the return policy?

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

  • What is the COVID-19 policy?

    Tastemaker Conference is following state and local guidelines and regulations for Chicago, IL. These are subject to change. Please refer to our page: COVID-19 Policies for all the details and requirements: tastemakerconference.com/covid-policies/.

  • I’d love to speak at the conference! Is there a speaker application?

    Our submissions are limited, but we would love to hear your ideas! Please submit a speaker application.

  • This event looks like an amazing sponsorship opportunity. Whom should I contact?

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

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