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Please see below for the names and bios of the 2019Symposium faculty.


Speakers

Ali BouzariCulinary Scientist, Author, and Co-founder of Pilot R&D and Render

Ali Bouzari is a culinary scientist, author, educator, and co-founder of Pilot R&D, a culinary research and development company, and Render, a new food company that collaborates with the best restaurant chefs in the country to reinvent the way food lovers eat. As a chef with a Ph.D. in food biochemistry, Ali has helped to lead the charge in changing the way we think about cooking by teaching and developing curriculum at top universities, from ivy league schools to the Culinary Institute of America, and collaborating with the country’s most innovative restaurants including State Bird Provisions, Benu, Eleven Madison Park, The Restaurant at Meadowood, and the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group. Ali has been featured on Forbes' and Zagat's 30 Under 30 lists, as a contributor to Popular Science, Eater, and WIRED, and as a guest expert on NPR, TEDx, and Iron Chef America. His book, Ingredient: Unveiling the Essential Elements of Food, won the 2017 IACP award for Best Reference Book. Ali also writes a monthly column, Housemade, for the San Francisco Chronicle, diving into the behind-the-scenes brilliance of restaurant dishes.

 

Richard BradleyEditor-in-Chief, Chief Content Officer, Worth Magazine

A respected author, journalist and speaker, Bradley is responsible for the Worth Group’s print, digital and broadcast content and sets the overall direction of Worth’s editorial voice.

 

For seven years, Bradley has led the editorial direction of the Worth Group’s award-winning print magazine, Worth, and is overseeing the Worth Group’s aggressive expansion into content distribution across multiple platforms.

 

Bradley’s previous experience includes roles as the Executive Editor of George02138 and Regardie’s. He is the author of three best-selling books: American SonHarvard Rules and The Greatest Game. He is a graduate of Yale College and earned his masters at Harvard University.

 

 

rbradley@worth.com

John Brecher & Dorothy GaiterSenior Editors, Grape Collective

Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher are Senior Editors at Grape Collective. After long careers as hard-news journalists, they conceived and wrote The Wall Street Journal's wine column, "Tastings," from 1998 to 2010. Dottie and John met and fell in love on June 4, 1973, the day both started work at The Miami Herald, where John later became the newspaper's youngest City Editor and Dottie its first black woman editorial writer and columnist. Dottie was also a reporter and editor at The New York Times and John has been a writer at Newsweek and a senior editor at Bloomberg News and the USA Today Network. John was Page One Editor of The Wall Street Journal from 1992 to 2000, during which the paper won seven Pulitzer Prizes for work he oversaw. Dottie was a prize-winning reporter and Senior Editor for Urban Affairs at The Journal.

 

They began studying wine together soon after they met. The first wine they shared was André Cold Duck. Their "Tastings" column quickly became very popular and they appeared regularly on television and radio, including Martha Stewart, CBS Sunday Morning, the Today Show and NPR. They are the author of four books, including "The Wall Street Journal Guide to Wine" and their autobiography, "Love by the Glass: Tasting Notes from a Marriage."  They are also the inventors of the annual international celebration of wine and life called "Open That Bottle Night." They live in New York and have two grown daughters, Media and Zoë.

 

If you are not familiar with their work, a good place to start would be a fun three-minute video that was shown when John won a Gerald Loeb award. Just go to this link and then click on Q&A with John Brecher, in the middle of the page: http://bloom.bg/1P6oqVi

Julia CosgroveVice President and Editor-in-Chief, AFAR Media

Julia Cosgrove is the Vice President and Editor in Chief of AFAR, the critically-acclaimed travel media brand that inspires, guides, and enables travelers to have deeper, richer, and more fulfilling experiences.

 

Under Julia’s leadership, AFAR is the only brand to win a Lowell Thomas Award every year since launch—Best Travel Magazine, Best Website, and Best Foreign Travel Article—and the only brand to be a National Magazine Award finalist for General Excellence across both print and digital. Julia helped launch AFAR in San Francisco in 2009 with AFAR magazine and Learning AFAR, a nonprofit foundation that has funded trips abroad and in the U.S. for more than 900 underserved high-school students. Today, AFAR.com is a thriving digital media platform that helps travelers through every stage of the research and planning process. AFAR also hosts AFAR Experiences—one-of-a-kind consumer events—throughout the world. Prior to launching AFAR, Julia was a writer and editor at media companies big and small, including Time Out, BusinessWeek, and ReadyMade.

 

A graduate of Barnard College, Julia has taught magazine writing and design at Stanford University.

Irene EdwardsEditor-In-Chief, Sunset Magazine

Irene Edwards was named editor-in-chief of Sunset in October 2015. A former executive editor at Sunset from 2004 to 2008, she has also been an editor at Travel + LeisureCondé Nast Traveler, and the digital design publication Lonny, and co-authored the book SPA (Taschen). A graduate of Northwestern University¹s Medill School of Journalism, she spent her childhood in Manila, Philippines; Milan, Italy; and New York City. She now lives with her husband and two children in a 140-year-old Victorian in Alameda, California.

Ellen FortEditor, Eater SF

Mary-Frances HeckSenior Food Editor, Food & Wine

Mary-Frances Heck is the Senior Food Editor of Food & Wine, where she oversees recipes for the magazine and edits stories about food and cooking. She is the author of Sweet Potatoes (Clarkson Potter 2017) and her writing and recipes have appeared in numerous cookbooks, Lucky Peach, Cooking Light, and The Wall St. Journal, among others.

 

Erin KirschenmannSenior Editor, Wine Business Monthly

Erin Kirschenmann is senior editor for Wine Business Monthly and has been with the magazine since 2012. In addition to production responsibilities for the monthly trade magazine, she writes about wine industry trends, including business, technology and sales and marketing topics. Erin serves as a judge in the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and Catad'Or Wine Awards (2017). She graduated from Sonoma State University with a bachelor's degree in communications with a journalism emphasis. She can be reached at erin@winebusiness.com.

 

Esther MobleyWine critic, San Francisco Chronicle

Esther Mobley joined The San Francisco Chronicle in 2015 to cover California wine, beer and spirits. Previously she was an assistant editor at Wine Spectator magazine in New York, and has worked harvests at wineries in Napa Valley and Argentina. She studied English literature at Smith College.

 

Tracey RyderCo-Founder, Edible Communities, Inc.

Tracey Ryder co-founded Edible Communities, Inc., the nation’s largest publishing company dedicated to the local foods movement, in 2002, with her partner, Carole Topalian. The company currently publishes 95 titles across North America. Ms. Ryder has worked as a journalist, marketer and graphic designer for the culinary, tourism and agriculture industries for nearly 30 years. She is a regular speaker at conferences and events in the culinary and publishing fields. Her first book, “Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods,” was published by John Wiley & Sons in April 2010. Today, Ryder enjoys living between two of her favorite places on earth — Ojai, CA and Santa Fe, NM.

 

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Richard BradleyEditor-in-Chief, Chief Content Officer, Worth Magazine

A respected author, journalist and speaker, Bradley is responsible for the Worth Group’s print, digital and broadcast content and sets the overall direction of Worth’s editorial voice.

 

For seven years, Bradley has led the editorial direction of the Worth Group’s award-winning print magazine, Worth, and is overseeing the Worth Group’s aggressive expansion into content distribution across multiple platforms.

 

Bradley’s previous experience includes roles as the Executive Editor of George02138 and Regardie’s. He is the author of three best-selling books: American SonHarvard Rules and The Greatest Game. He is a graduate of Yale College and earned his masters at Harvard University.

 

 

rbradley@worth.com

Julia CosgroveVice President and Editor-in-Chief, AFAR Media

Julia Cosgrove is the Vice President and Editor in Chief of AFAR, the critically-acclaimed travel media brand that inspires, guides, and enables travelers to have deeper, richer, and more fulfilling experiences.

 

Under Julia’s leadership, AFAR is the only brand to win a Lowell Thomas Award every year since launch—Best Travel Magazine, Best Website, and Best Foreign Travel Article—and the only brand to be a National Magazine Award finalist for General Excellence across both print and digital. Julia helped launch AFAR in San Francisco in 2009 with AFAR magazine and Learning AFAR, a nonprofit foundation that has funded trips abroad and in the U.S. for more than 900 underserved high-school students. Today, AFAR.com is a thriving digital media platform that helps travelers through every stage of the research and planning process. AFAR also hosts AFAR Experiences—one-of-a-kind consumer events—throughout the world. Prior to launching AFAR, Julia was a writer and editor at media companies big and small, including Time Out, BusinessWeek, and ReadyMade.

 

A graduate of Barnard College, Julia has taught magazine writing and design at Stanford University.

Mary-Frances HeckSenior Food Editor, Food & Wine

Mary-Frances Heck is the Senior Food Editor of Food & Wine, where she oversees recipes for the magazine and edits stories about food and cooking. She is the author of Sweet Potatoes (Clarkson Potter 2017) and her writing and recipes have appeared in numerous cookbooks, Lucky Peach, Cooking Light, and The Wall St. Journal, among others.

 

Jordan MackayAuthor / Journalist

Esther MobleyWine critic, San Francisco Chronicle

Esther Mobley joined The San Francisco Chronicle in 2015 to cover California wine, beer and spirits. Previously she was an assistant editor at Wine Spectator magazine in New York, and has worked harvests at wineries in Napa Valley and Argentina. She studied English literature at Smith College.

 

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Jordan MackayAuthor / Journalist

Karen MacNeilWine Educator, Consultant and Author of The Wine Bible

Karen MacNeil is the only American to have won most major wine awards given in the English Language. These include the James Beard award for Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year and the International Wine and Spirits award as the Global Wine Communicator of the Year.  In a full-page profile on her, TIME Magazine called Karen, “America’s Missionary of the Vine.”

 

Karen is the author of the award-winning book, THE WINE BIBLE, the single best selling wine book in the United States praised as “A masterpiece of wine writing.”  THE WINE BIBLE has sold more than one million copies, and has been translated into several languages including Mandarin.

 

The former wine correspondent for the Today Show on NBC, Karen was also the host of the PBS television series Wine, Food and Friends with Karen MacNeil, for which she won an Emmy.


Karen gives speeches, seminars and presentations to wine audiences globally, and is known for her passion and unique style. Among Karen’s corporate clients are Lexus, Merrill Lynch, Disney, General Electric, Oneida, and UBS, as well as numerous biotech firms, insurance firms, and law firms.  In addition, she creates customized wine experiences for individual groups as well as corporations, and leads these wine experiences in wine regions around the world.

 

Karen’s is the creator and Editor in Chief of WineSpeed her digital newsletter with an audience of 45,000 subscribers. Her articles have been published in more than 50 newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Town & Country, Food & Wine, and Worth.

 

And finally, Karen is the creator and Chair Emerita of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley, which has been called the “Harvard” of wine education.

 

More information is available at www.karenmacneil.com

 

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