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2017 Symposium Keynote: Kevin Zraly

Kevin Zraly, internationally recognized, award winning writer and educator was the 2017 keynote speaker, bringing his one-of-a-kind, and more than a little NYC-based perspective on communication back to Napa Valley where he first traveled to learn about wine in 1971. Over three million copies of the Windows on the World Complete Wine Course have been sold and more than 20,000 people have taken his eight part wine class – resulting in a six degrees of Kevin Zraly phenomenon for those of us in the business. He continues to reach wine lovers of all ages with his passionate style, all at once informed, enthusiastic, entertaining and memorable.

 

Please see below for the names and bios of the 2017 symposium faculty.


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Kevin ZralyAuthor & Educator, Windows on the World Wine School

Internationally acclaimed wine educator and best-selling author Kevin Zraly has been described as a naturally gifted speaker who is both refreshingly humble and candid.  His passion for wine and food and his engaging teaching style helps demystify the ever-changing world of wine. He began his career at age 19 as a waiter and bartender in a New York Times four star rated restaurant in the Hudson Valley, New York.

 

In the years that followed, Kevin journeyed to vineyards in New York, California, and Europe learning his trade and developing his expertise as a sommelier. After graduating college Kevin moved to New York City and a chance meeting with legendary restaurateur Joe Baum led to his hiring as the first cellar master and eventually wine director for the renowned Windows on the World restaurant atop One World Trade Center.  Windows soon became the country’s top grossing restaurant and, with Kevin at the helm of its highly recognized wine list, sold more wine than any restaurant in the world.  It was there that he established his Windows on the World Wine School now in its 38th year graduating more than 20,000 students ranging from wine novices and aficionados to top chefs and culinary professionals.  Kevin worked at the Windows on the World Restaurant for 25 years from the day it opened in 1976 until September 11, 2001.

 

With his first book, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course published in 1985, Kevin began translating his classes onto the pages of books where his quick wit and capacity to communicate takes the reader through his worldwide journeys from grape to glass.  Each year, Kevin updates the book (now in its 31st edition) with additional wine recommendations and new chapters; it remains the world’s best selling wine book with more than 4 million copies sold. He is the author of the first book that covers wineries and vineyards in all 50 states, Kevin Zraly’s American Wine Guide and The Ultimate Wine Companion,  a compilation of 40 world-renowned wine writers. Kevin’s newest book, his memoirs, A Glass Half Full: A Cellarmaster’s Journey Through Wine and Life will be released in 2016.

 

He has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, People magazine, The Wall Street Journal, GQ magazine, Newsweek and USA Today and has been featured on the Regis and Kelly Show and other syndicated television and radio shows. He co- hosted the Food Network’s Wine A to Z, captivating his audience with his signature charisma and enthusiasm.

Kevin travels the world spreading his wine knowledge to corporations and their clients through his wine and food dinners and his One Hour Wine Expert classes working with chefs to prepare a truly memorable meal.

 

Kevin has garnered numerous awards including the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. In 2014, Kevin was awarded the honorary doctorate from the State University of New York. He was also the recipient of the 2006 Wine Literary Award, the 1993 James Beard Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Award, the Food and Beverage Association’s Man of the Year Award, the 2009 Wine Professional of the Year from Sante, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Wine Council, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Wine Educators.  He is a member of the Culinary Institute of America’s Board of Trustees since 1990 and director of the Sherry-Lehmann/Kevin Zraly Master Wine Classes and the Sherry-Lehmann/Kevin Zraly Wine Club in New York City.

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Speakers

Richard BradleyEditor-in-Chief, Worth Magazine

Richard Bradley is the chief content officer at the Worth Group and editor-in-chief of Worth and worth.com, a bimonthly magazine and a website that cover entrepreneurship, wealth management and lifestyle from the perspective of high net worth readers. He is also the author of three books, the most recent of which is The Greatest Game: The Yankees, the Red Sox, and the Playoff of '78. Bradley has been a writer and editor for over 20 years. During his undergraduate studies at Yale College, he wrote for the Yale Daily News and then worked in Washington, D.C., first as a reporter-researcher for The New Republic, then as a staff writer and columnist for Regardie's magazine, a Washington monthly devoted to business and politics. Bradley earned a master's degree from Harvard University in American history and returned to Washington to become the editor-in-chief of Regardie's. Three years later, he moved to New York to take a job as one of the original editors of George magazine. Starting in May 1995 as a senior editor, Bradley became the magazine's national affairs editor in 1997 and was promoted to the position of executive editor in January 1999. In May 2002, Bradley published American Son, a memoir of John Kennedy and George, which generated tremendous national attention, including the cover of People magazine, a Barbara Walters interview, and a guest appearance on NBC's Today Show. American Son spent seven weeks on The New York Times non-fiction bestseller list, ultimately climbing to number one. In March 2005, Bradley published his second book, Harvard Rules - Lawrence Summers and the Battle for the World's Most Powerful University. The book came out just as Harvard was engulfed by controversy over remarks made by President Lawrence Summers concerning the genetic aptitude of women. Harvard Rules played a prominent role in the debate over the leadership of Harvard, and some months later, Lawrence Summers resigned the presidency of that institution. Bradley's third book, The Greatest Game, was published in March 2008. The Greatest Game tells the story of the 1978 pennant race between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, a dramatic season that culminated in a classic tie-breaking playoff game between the two teams. Starting in July 2007, Bradley served as the executive editor of 02138 magazine, a New York-based lifestyle magazine for Harvard alumni. Bradley joined Worth, a publication of Sandow Media, in March 2008. 

 

rbradley@worth.com

Julia CosgroveVice President and Editor-in-Chief, AFAR

Julia Cosgrove is the Vice President and Editor in Chief of AFAR, the critically-acclaimed 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 every year, Best Website for the past four years, and Best Travel App in 2014—and the only brand to be an ASME finalist for General Excellence across both print and digital. Last year AFAR won six top FOLIO awards, including Best Full Issue and Best Website. Prior to launching AFAR in 2008, Julia was a writer and editor at media companies big and small, including Time Out and the Meredith Corporation. She got her start at BusinessWeek. A graduate of Barnard College, Julia has taught magazine writing and design at the d.school at Stanford University. 
 

Evan GoldsteinAuthor, Master Sommelier

Evan Goldstein, Master Sommelier, is one of the nation's most prolific food and wine industry veterans. His food and wine career started at age 19 in the kitchens of the Restaurant Le Saintongeais and the Hotel Lancaster in Paris, Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley, and Chez Panisse Café in Berkeley, California. In 1984 he joined his mother, Chef and Author Joyce Goldstein, in opening the celebrated San Francisco restaurant Square One where as sommelier his wine lists received myriad awards. In 1987 he became the eighth American and youngest ever at the time to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier examination. Since 1990, Evan has created education programs, wine training and service hospitality schools with Seagram Chateau & Estates Wines Company, Diageo, Allied Domecq, and most recently, as the Vice President of Global Wine & Brand Education at Beam Wine Estates. In addition, Evan continues to train and examine candidates for the Court of Master Sommeliers as a Founding Board member.

Evan is the author of Five Star Service: Your Guide to Hospitality Excellence (On Premise Communications Inc. publishers) and the critically acclaimed books, Perfect Pairings: A Master Sommelier’s Practical Advice for Partnering Wine with Food and its sequel, Daring Pairings: A Master Sommelier Matches Distinctive Wines with Recipes from His Favorite Chefs, both published by the University of California Press. In addition, Goldstein co-authored numerous books with his mother Joyce Goldstein, including ‘Wine and Food Pairing’ in the Williams Sonoma Lifestyles series. His latest literary undertaking, ‘Wines of South America: The Essential Guide’(UC Press), was released in the fall of 2014.

Evan is a regular editorial contributor to America’s Sommelier Journal, a contributing editor for Wine & Dine and Indulgence magazines in Singapore, is the American wine correspondent for Wine Review, South Korea’s leading wine and food magazine, and is a recurring guest wine expert on NBC’s syndicated television show “In Wine Country.” He also makes regular guest appearances on the top-rated “Ronn Owens’ Show” on KGO Radio, and on Saturday morning television’s KPIX “Eyewitness News”, both in San Francisco, and on the nationally syndicated Martha Stewart Radio, hosted by Sirius.

Jim GordonEditor, Wines & Vines

JIM GORDON, Editor, Wines & Vines magazine since 2006, is responsible for the editorial content of the monthly trade magazine founded in 1919 and its related digital publications and conferences. He directs the editorial staff and assigns and edits articles on grape growing, wine making and wine marketing. He regularly researches and writes reports on economic and grape/wine production topics within the wine industry, and analyzes wine industry data with the company's market research team.
 
Mr. Gordon has been covering wine and the wine business as an editor and writer for 30 years. A role as contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a national consumer publication, began in 2014, for which he reviews California wines and reports on various California wine regions. He was executive director of the annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley, from 2008-2015, recruiting top writers and critics like Robert M. Parker Jr. and Jancis Robinson to mentor their colleagues.
 
Dorling Kindersley (DK Books) of London published his first book as editor in chief, Opus Vino, in 2010, which was chosen a finalist in the James Beard Awards. The second book for DK, 1000 Great Everyday Wines, followed in 2011. Mr. Gordon was managing editor of Wine Spectator magazine from 1987 to 1999 in San Francisco and New York. In 2002 he was co-creator and managing editor of the long-running Wine Country Living TV series for NBC station KNTV in San Jose/San Francisco.
 
Mr. Gordon holds a B.A. in English literature from Denison University, Granville, Ohio, and also studied civil engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He completed the U.C. Davis Wine Executive Program. He understands grape and wine production from the inside out, partly due to growing grapevines at his home and making non-commercial wine for 26 years.
 
Mr. Gordon has given presentations at numerous business conferences and meetings, including the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, the New York Wine Experience, VinExpo in Bordeaux, Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair and others. He lives in Napa, Calif., where he has been director of donations for Napa New Technology High School’s fund-raising auction since 2014.
 

jimgordon.wine@gmail.com

Paul GreguttContributing Editor, Wine Enthusiast

Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and currently reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. Over the past 30 years, he has written thousands of articles and wine reviews for newspapers, magazines and trade journals, as well as six books on Northwest wines, and an award‐winning blog.
 
He is the author of two critically‐acclaimed editions of "Washington Wines & Wineries – The Essential Guide’ (UC Press), and consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in the most recent versions of ‘The World Atlas of Wine’ and ‘The Oxford Companion to Wine’. He is a frequent speaker at wine industry events and on wine‐themed cruises. Among his most recent projects are Waitsburg Cellars ‐ a collaborative wine venture with Seattle’s Precept Brands ‐ and the DavePaul5, a rock and country music duo. He lives with his wife and rescue dog Cookie in a renovated 140‐year‐old cottage in Waitsburg, Washington.

Dianne JacobWriting Coach, Author, Freelance Editor

Previously a newspaper, magazine, and publishing company editor-in-chief, Dianne Jacob became a full-time writing coach, author, and freelance editor in 1996.
 
She coaches writers across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia on writing and publishing books, freelance articles, and blogs. Authors she has coached have signed with major publishers including Chronicle Books; Little, Brown; Ten Speed Press/Random House; Running Press, and Simon & Shuster. Several got six-figure deals. Her clients have appeared on QVC, CNN, and other national media to promote their books. Freelance writers she has coached have been published in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, Serious Eats, NPR, and other national and international publications and websites.
 
She also edits cookbooks and ghost-writes for publishers including Time Inc., Andrews-McMeel and Weldon Owen. Self-published authors hire her to edit their books, and even traditionally-published authors send her their manuscripts to spruce them up before submission.
 
She is the author of the multiple award-winning book, Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes, and More (Da Capo/Lifelong Books), now in its third edition. The first edition won the Cordon D’Or International award for Best Literary Food Reference Book in 2005. The second edition won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in 2010 for best book in the USA in its category. The third edition won a Silver Nautilus award in the Creative Process category. College and university professors use it as a textbook across the US.
 
She is also the co-author of two cookbooks with chef Craig Priebe: The United States of Pizza (Rizzoli, 2015), which was recommended by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and NPR as one of the best cookbooks of the year; and Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas (DK Publishing, 2008). The United States of Pizza won a 2015 national award for cookbooks from IndieFab. She is the writer of The Good Pantry (Oxmoor House, 2015), with recipes from Cooking Light.
 
Her blog is aimed at writers and covers food writing trends, issues, and technique. The New York Times, Publishers’ Weekly, Chow, Eater, BlogHer, have picked up her posts. She started the blog in 2009 as a way to update her book, which features an extensive chapter on food blogging.
 
She is a judge for the James Beard Foundation‘s annual cookbook awards, and for the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) annual cookbook awards. She has also been a judge ffor the IACP Food Writing Awards, and was a finalist for an award in 2007.
 
As a freelance writer, she has written feature articles for a variety of publications, from local to international, including Lucky Peach and The Washington Post. Her piece in Lucky Peach magazine, The Meaning of Mangoes, was the grand prize winner of the M.F. K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing, Les Dames Escoffier, for 2016.
 
Based in Oakland, CA, USA, she is a speaker and teacher who travels around the world to teach and present, including in London, Dubai, Vancouver, Turkey and Australia. in 2013 she was named the Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence for the Stratford Chef's School in Canada, the country's most prestigious cooking school.

Chris KnutsenExecutive Editor, WSJ. Magazine

Chris Knutsen is the Executive Editor of WSJ, where he oversees a range of cultural and lifestyle coverage. Prior to joining the Wall Street Journal, he spent six years at Vogue as features editor. He has also worked at GQ, Radar, Riverhead Books and The New Yorker. Knutsen is the co-editor of two literary anthologies, Brooklyn Was Mine and Committed: Men Tell Stories of Love, Commitment and Marriage. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Columbia Publishing Course.  He lives in Brooklyn.    

Chris MaciasCritic-at-Large, The Sacramento Bee

Chris Macias serves as "Critic-At-Large" for The Sacramento Bee, where he has covered food, wine, music and local culture since 1999. His profile of Tim Hanni, an iconoclastic Master of Wine and recovering alcoholic, was selected for the 2015 edition of “Best Food Writing” from Da Capo Press. Macias was also selected for the 2012 edition of “Best Food Writing” for his profile of a former gang member turned gourmet pastry chef. He is also the co-author of "Echoes of an Angel," the true story of a blind boy known around the world for his ability to "see with sound,” which was published by Tyndale/Momentum in 2014. Macias graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in sociology. 

Karen MacNeilWine Educator, Consultant and Author of The Wine Bible

 

Karen MacNeil, wine educator, consultant and writer, has earned her stripes, enchanting audiences and winning numerous awards in the United States and abroad. Her articles on wine and food have been published in more than 50 U.S. magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Food & Wine, Saveur, and Town & Country. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Wine Bible, a best-selling wine book in the United States, with more than half a million copies sold since it was released.

The new edition of The Wine Bible was released in 2015.

Karen is the host of Emmy-award winning "Wine, Food & Friends with Karen MacNeil," the first television series on wine in the United States. In 2006 her companion book, Wine, Food & Friends, was released. Karen is the creator and chairman of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley.

With her team at Karen MacNeil & Company, Karen creates and consults on unique wine experiences, seminars and programs for corporate clients, businesses and individuals.She is the immediate past wine consultant for Singapore Airlines and Sunset Magazine.

In March 2008, Karen launched one of her websites on erobertparker.com, where she provides online wine education and a monthly blogicle called One Woman’s View.

Karen has received numerous accolades. To mention a few: in 2004, the James Beard Foundation named her Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year; the following year, she was named Wine Educator of the Year by the European Wine Council; in 2007, Karen was honored with the Wine Literary Award by the Wine Appreciation Guild. She holds an Advanced Certified Wine Professional Degree.

karen@karenmacneil.com

Meridith MayOwner, The SOMM Journal; Co-founder, The Tasting Panel and The Clever Root

Meridith May is the owner of The SOMM Journal and the co-founder of THE TASTING PANEL Magazine and The CLEVER ROOT magazines. She is responsible for the publications’ branding and content.  She has successfully increased each national magazine’s circulation and readership to reach over 65,000 bi-monthly for SOMM Journal and over 90,000 hospitality industry professionals 11 times a year for The Tasting Panel. 
 
Meridith’s career in radio spans over 30 years. She began as VP Marketing for KIIS FM/KRLA radio in the 1980s working with such notable on-air personalities as Charlie Tuna, The Real Don Steele and Rick Dees. She soon started a noon talk show about food which developed into a longer formatted show with Merrill Shindler on KFWB and then KABC called “Happy Hour.”
 
Segueing into food and wine, she was the restaurant columnist for the Santa Barbara News Press from 1998-2001 and then took the role as Senior Editor at Patterson’s Beverage Journal where she ran the magazine until 2007, when she purchased the name, with partner Anthony Dias Blue. They have co-owned the publication for nine years.
 

Esther MobleyWine, Beer & Spirits Writer, San Francisco Chronicle

Esther Mobley joined the San Francisco Chronicle as its wine, beer and spirits writer in August 2015, leaving her post as assistant editor at Wine Spectator in New York. Prior to that, she was working any wine-related job that would have her: She interned at Wine Enthusiast, crushed grapes at Round Pond Estate in Rutherford and Bodega Rolland in Mendoza, stocked shelves at Federal Wine & Spirits in Boston, and waited tables at Boston’s L’Espalier restaurant. Esther studied English literature at Smith College.

Madeline PucketteCo-founder and Content Director, Wine Folly

Madeline Puckette is the content director and cofounder of Wine Folly. Her passion for helping beginners learn about wine is the inspiration behind the award winning
website winefolly.com, and the NYT bestselling book, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. Puckette's background in visual design, music and restaurant hospitality have
helped shape her communication of wine through infographics, entertainment and social media.
 
Since the inception of the site on December 25, 2011, Puckette's enigmatic wine designs have been featured in places like NPR, Fast Company Design and The Washington Post. The Wine Folly book has been published in 20 countries including Korea, Germany, Russia, China, France and Italy.

Leslie SbroccoAuthor, Speaker, Consultant, Television Host

An award-­winning author, speaker, consultant, and television host, Leslie Sbrocco is known for her entertaining approach to wine and food, as well as inspiring others to live a life of passion. Voted as one of the Top 100 most influential people in the American wine business, Sbrocco’s engaging personality, humor, and ability to connect with the audience – whether on screen or on stage – are her trademarks.

Sbrocco’s first book, Wine for Women: A Guide to Buying, Pairing and Sharing Wine (William Morrow), has been excerpted by two national magazines, Redbook and Family Circle, and won the coveted Georges Duboeuf Best Wine Book of the Year award. Her second book, The Simple & Savvy Wine Guide (William Morrow), was released to wide acclaim, and she is currently at work on two new books entitled 100 Days…100 Drinks, Dishes & Destinations and Drinking for a Living: How One Woman Created Her Dream Job and So Can YOU.

As host of the PBS restaurant review series Check Please! Sbrocco has won a coveted James Beard award, three Taste Awards, and three Emmy awards in the span of 10 seasons on air. Sbrocco was a featured judge on the PBS national series, The Winemakers, and created wine content for the hit TBS show, Cougartown. She appears frequently on national television outlets including CNN, The Hallmark Channel’s Better TV, QVC, and is a regular guest on NBC’s Today Show. Her work has been published in outlets such as People Style Watch magazine, Epicurious.com, O the Oprah magazine, Coastal Living, Woman’s Day, Health, Good Housekeeping and Glamour among others. Prior to completing Wine for Women, Leslie was a columnist for The New York Times online and General Manager of WineToday.com, a site of The New York Times Company. She is also the founder of the multi-­media company, Thirsty Girl LLC.

Through her social media, print, online outlets and television appearances, Leslie reaches millions of consumers. Sbrocco is one of the country’s most sought-­after wine speakers and an emerging talent speaking to groups on how to turn their passions into their careers. She has showcased her energetic style at hundreds of events including O Magazine's Hi Gorgeous tour with Oprah Winfrey, and the Women of the Vine, and Women in Insurance Leadership Symposiums.

Her portfolio of corporate clients lists Liberty Mutual Insurance, The Wall Street Journal, Mercer, Cisco Systems, RedPrairie, and AON to name a few. Within the culinary industry, Sbrocco has appeared on stage with a roster of celebrity chefs including Marcus Samuelsson, Carla Hall, and Jacques Pépin. She has been keynote speaker at high-­profile events including Food and Wine Magazine’s Aspen Classic, the Boston Wine Expo, Pinot Noir New Zealand, Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, the Boardwalk Wine Promenade, Tulalip Resort’s Taste of Tulalip, and SF Chefs.

Leslie has built programs for and consulted with companies such as Target, Harry & David, and Kimpton Hotels. Her educational and event clients include The Atlantic City Alliance, Wines from Spain, Trentino Wines, G7 Wines of Portugal, Crystal Cruises, and Holland America Cruise Lines. Sbrocco is member of the philanthropic society Les Dames d’Escoffier and a respected judge at global wine competitions including the Concours Mondial, The Argentina Wine Awards, Sunset Magazine’s International Wine Competition, Critics Challenge, and the San Francisco International Wine & Spirits Competition.

Michael ShapiroJournalism Professor, Founder of The Big Roundtable

Michael Shapiro is the author of six nonfiction books, most recently "The Last Good Season," and "Bottom of the Ninth." His work has appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire and Sports Illustrated. He is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and founder of The Big Roundtable, a digital publishing platform whose aim is to connect writers and readers of ambitious narrative nonfiction.

 

 

Hoby WedlerHost, "Tasting in the Dark"

Dr. Henry “Hoby” Wedler has been completely blind since birth. He just completed his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of California, Davis, he is the founder and director of the nonprofit Accessible Science, and he is a food and beverage sensory expert. Hoby found his passion for food, drink and how they relate to the senses when he began hosting truly blind wine and beer experiences in 2011. Hoby grew up in Petaluma, California where early on he fell in love with beautiful Sonoma County.   When he’s not busy pursuing his academic studies or leading his blind or visually impaired chemistry camp students in conducting hands-on organic lab experiments through touch and smell, he turns his attention to food and drink – where he’s most passionate about flavor, accurate flavor descriptors, and how flavor and aroma relate to science.
 

In 2012, Hoby was one of only fourteen individuals honored at the White House when he was named one of President Barack Obama’s Champions of Change for enhancing educational and employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities.

 

In 2016, Hoby’s work in the food and drink industry was generously recognized by Forbes Magazine when he was named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 in the food and drink category. This prestigious honor is granted to 300 individuals from around the world all under 30 years of age across ten categories, making a total of 30 individuals per category. Hoby was also recently recognized as one of the Sacramento Business Journal’s 2016 40 under 40 recipients. Hoby completed his Ph.D. in December, 2016 and is now working full-time in the food and drink industry. 

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Coaches

Antonia AllegraSymposium Founding Director, Writing & Career Coach, Catalyst

Antonia (Toni) Allegra is a career and writing coach dedicated to working with food and wine professionals. She coaches culinary starters and stars, having influenced the creation of more than 150 books, columns, blogs, etc. She is a wine/food/travel writer and international speaker as well as teacher and poet. She founded the Symposium for Professional Food Writers at The Greenbrier in West Virginia and also founded the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley. She was a member of the CIA/Greystone launch team,as well as launcher/director of Beringer Vineyards School for American Chefs, La Cocina que Canta culinary center at Rancho la Puerta in Tecate, Baja California and her own cooking school in San Diego from 1974-82. She co-founded C4: Culinary Coaches and Consultants Collaborative and is member of other international coaching and culinary communities. Toni authored Napa Valley: The Ultimate Winery Guide, printed to a fourth edition, The Wine Country Deck, and Napa Valley Tour Guide which includes a CD and DVD. Toni was founding editor of three magazines: Napa Valley TablesVine Napa Valley and Appellation, the latter two both Maggie Award-winning publications. And she was food editor of the San Diego Tribune (1982-88) and San Diego Home/Garden. Toni lives in a treehouse in St. Helena, California. See is a strong advocate for writers and a catalyst in the world of the word. 

antonia.allegra@gmail.com

Dianne JacobWriting Coach, Author, Freelance Editor

Previously a newspaper, magazine, and publishing company editor-in-chief, Dianne Jacob became a full-time writing coach, author, and freelance editor in 1996.
 
She coaches writers across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia on writing and publishing books, freelance articles, and blogs. Authors she has coached have signed with major publishers including Chronicle Books; Little, Brown; Ten Speed Press/Random House; Running Press, and Simon & Shuster. Several got six-figure deals. Her clients have appeared on QVC, CNN, and other national media to promote their books. Freelance writers she has coached have been published in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, Serious Eats, NPR, and other national and international publications and websites.
 
She also edits cookbooks and ghost-writes for publishers including Time Inc., Andrews-McMeel and Weldon Owen. Self-published authors hire her to edit their books, and even traditionally-published authors send her their manuscripts to spruce them up before submission.
 
She is the author of the multiple award-winning book, Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes, and More (Da Capo/Lifelong Books), now in its third edition. The first edition won the Cordon D’Or International award for Best Literary Food Reference Book in 2005. The second edition won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in 2010 for best book in the USA in its category. The third edition won a Silver Nautilus award in the Creative Process category. College and university professors use it as a textbook across the US.
 
She is also the co-author of two cookbooks with chef Craig Priebe: The United States of Pizza (Rizzoli, 2015), which was recommended by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and NPR as one of the best cookbooks of the year; and Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas (DK Publishing, 2008). The United States of Pizza won a 2015 national award for cookbooks from IndieFab. She is the writer of The Good Pantry (Oxmoor House, 2015), with recipes from Cooking Light.
 
Her blog is aimed at writers and covers food writing trends, issues, and technique. The New York Times, Publishers’ Weekly, Chow, Eater, BlogHer, have picked up her posts. She started the blog in 2009 as a way to update her book, which features an extensive chapter on food blogging.
 
She is a judge for the James Beard Foundation‘s annual cookbook awards, and for the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) annual cookbook awards. She has also been a judge ffor the IACP Food Writing Awards, and was a finalist for an award in 2007.
 
As a freelance writer, she has written feature articles for a variety of publications, from local to international, including Lucky Peach and The Washington Post. Her piece in Lucky Peach magazine, The Meaning of Mangoes, was the grand prize winner of the M.F. K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing, Les Dames Escoffier, for 2016.
 
Based in Oakland, CA, USA, she is a speaker and teacher who travels around the world to teach and present, including in London, Dubai, Vancouver, Turkey and Australia. in 2013 she was named the Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence for the Stratford Chef's School in Canada, the country's most prestigious cooking school.

Karen MacNeilWine Educator, Consultant and Author of The Wine Bible

 

Karen MacNeil, wine educator, consultant and writer, has earned her stripes, enchanting audiences and winning numerous awards in the United States and abroad. Her articles on wine and food have been published in more than 50 U.S. magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Food & Wine, Saveur, and Town & Country. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Wine Bible, a best-selling wine book in the United States, with more than half a million copies sold since it was released.

The new edition of The Wine Bible was released in 2015.

Karen is the host of Emmy-award winning "Wine, Food & Friends with Karen MacNeil," the first television series on wine in the United States. In 2006 her companion book, Wine, Food & Friends, was released. Karen is the creator and chairman of the Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley.

With her team at Karen MacNeil & Company, Karen creates and consults on unique wine experiences, seminars and programs for corporate clients, businesses and individuals.She is the immediate past wine consultant for Singapore Airlines and Sunset Magazine.

In March 2008, Karen launched one of her websites on erobertparker.com, where she provides online wine education and a monthly blogicle called One Woman’s View.

Karen has received numerous accolades. To mention a few: in 2004, the James Beard Foundation named her Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year; the following year, she was named Wine Educator of the Year by the European Wine Council; in 2007, Karen was honored with the Wine Literary Award by the Wine Appreciation Guild. She holds an Advanced Certified Wine Professional Degree.

karen@karenmacneil.com

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