Tastemaker Conference 2022


  • Aleka Shunk - Cooking with Keywords

    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.

  • Jenny Melrose - Influencer Entrepreneurs

    Jenny is a former reading specialist who “retired” from her teaching career when her blogging income far exceeded her salary. Through hard work and dedication, her lifestyle blog, The Melrose Family, became regularly sought out by nationally recognized brands such as Neutrogena, Smuckers, Glad, Costco, Stanley Steamer, Sara Lee, and many more. She is a content strategist that helps entrepreneurs better understand their messaging and unique position in the online space.  Now, she’s combining her passion for teaching with her extensive experience of creating strategic content for online business owners via JennyMelrose.com and her podcast, Influencer Entrepreneurs with Jenny Melrose as well as her first book Influencer Entrepreneurs: The 4-Step Framework to Building Your Audience, Growing Your Business, and Making More Money Online.

  • Shishir Malani - Google Web Stories

    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.

  • Casey Markee - Media Wyse

    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.

  • Arsen Rabinovich - TopHatRank

    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.

  • Keila Hill-Trawick - Little Fish Accounting

    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.

  • Andrew Wilder - NerdPress

    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 - Feast Design Co

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

  • Dianne Jacob - Writing Coach

    Writing Coach Dianne Jacob is a multiple award-winning writer and author. Her book Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes and More is in its third edition and has won three international awards. She has co-authored two cookbooks: Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas and the award-winning The United States of Pizza. Her essay in Lucky Peach, The Meaning of Mangoes, was the grand prize winner of the M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing in 2016. It also won Best Essay from the Association of Food Journalists annual awards, and is included in the anthology Best Food Writing 2016. 

    Dianne speaks and teaches on food writing around the world, and judges cookbooks for the James Beard Foundation. Previously a newspaper, magazine and publishing company editor-in-chief, she coaches writers and bloggers on improving their writing, creating an irresistible book proposal, and getting published. She started her blog aimed at food writers and bloggers in 2009. See more at https://diannej.com/.

  • Mary Cressler + Sean Martin - Vindulge

    Mary Cressler and Sean Martin curate Vindulge, one of the largest grilling and barbecue websites in the world and two time finalist for the IACP best individual food blog. They are also co-authors of the cookbook Fire + Wine. Mary’s work has been featured in Wine Enthusiast, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and other media outlets. In addition to curating the work for Vindulge, they can be found working their farm outside Portland, Oregon and curating their wine website Vindulge Wine with a focus on sustainable and small wine producers from around the world.

  • Kathy Hester - Healthy Slow Cooking

  • Liz + Dan Marek - Sugar Geek Show

    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.

  • Brita Britnell - Food with Feeling, Video Expert

    Brita is food blogger, videographer, and content creator. She creates weekly videos for her own food blog, Food with Feeling, as well as some top bloggers in the industry including Ambitious Kitchen, Fit Foodie Finds, Skinnytaste and others. She has years of experience creating tasty style and lifestyle videos.

  • Susie + Todd Bulloch - Hey Grill Hey and Patio Provisions

    Susie and Todd Bulloch are the duo behind the BBQ food blog Hey Grill Hey and BBQ product line, Patio Provisions. They’ve turned their love of BBQ into a full time family business.

  • Emily Perron - Blogger Hiring Consultant

    Emily Perron helps bloggers and online entrepreneurs expand and improve their teams with talented freelancers. Her number one goal is to align the right person with the right role. She teaches her strategic hiring process inside her signature course, The Hiring Fix, and also works one-on-one with clients looking to bring on high-quality support.

  • Ashley Segura - TopHatSocial

    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.

  • Evelyn Williams - Culinary Consultant

    Evelyn Williams is a Culinary Consultant who is on a mission to help women live, cook, and work on their own terms! Through her career, Evelyn has worked as a personal chef, caterer, cooking school manager, culinary instructor, executive chef, pastry chef, food blogger, and brand ambassador. She has assisted various celebrity chefs such as Oprah’s private chef Art Smith. Evelyn has also cooked for Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow, Food Network’s Giada DeLaurentis, author & pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts.

    Evelyn is a cookbook author, host of the Eat Out at Home podcast, and creator of several web-based video series. She currently spends her time conducting online cooking classes and workshops, and consults with corporate professionals who are transitioning into culinary entrepreneurship. When Evelyn is not cooking or consulting, she spends her time teaching entrepreneurs, creatives, and influencers how to prioritize their self-care.

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