Casey Barber is a Medill School of Journalism graduate and a nationally recognized food writer and photographer. She is the author of Pierogi Love: New Takes on an Old-World Comfort Food, and Classic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand-Name Treats. Casey is also the editor of the food blog goodfoodstories.com. Besides writing about food and drink as a passion, she is also the founder of The Casey BarberSHOP, an online retail store for pop-cultured-inspired gifts. You can follow her on Instagram at @goodfoodstories.
Dana Cree is a two-time national finalist for the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Pastry Chef award. She has held positions at Blackbird and Avec restaurants and is currently executive pastry chef of Paul Kahan's Publican brand of restaurants. Chef Dana developed a line of gourmet ice creams called Hello My Name Is (with original flavors like cold press coffee, caramel chip and chocolate blueberry crumble), which was an inspiration for her newly released first cookbook, Hello My Name is Ice Cream. Born and raised in Seattle, sweet-toothed Chicagoans are tickled pink that she calls the Windy City home for now. Follow her tweets at @deensie.
Rose Duong is a Michelin star award-winning chef, caterer, restaurant owner and entrepreneur whose most noteworthy catering client has been Oprah Winfrey. She also headed the Harpo Studios café during The Oprah Winfrey Show years. Chef Rose was born in Vietnam and her family eventually settled in Chicago. During her earlier years, she worked in partnership with her mother and sister for their wildly popular high-end bakery, Work of Art. Rose spends her free time with her husband, son and extended family andenjoys cooking for good friends.
Dawn Jackson Blatner is a registered dietitian, a nutrionist and certified specialist in sports dietetics. She has been a national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, and is the nutrition consultant for the Chicago Cubs. Dawn is a food and nutrition blogger with the Huffington Post and several national health and fitness magazines. Besides being an author of an award-winning book The Flexitarian Diet, Dawn has also appeared on numerous television shows as a trusted nutrition expert. A lifelong Chicagoan, when Dawn has some free timeyou'll most likely find her at a farmers market scoring local produce for healthy meals to share with her family. For more information: DawnJacksonBlatner.com.
Robyn Stone is recipe developer and founder of the popular cooking and lifestyle blog Add A Pinch. Her recently released book, Add A Pinch: Easier, Faster, Fresher Southern Classics, was inspired by relatives and cherished, scrawled-on-a-notecard Southern recipes. Her recipes have been modernized by using fresh ingredients and approachable preparations. Robyn lives in Georgia and shares cooking life and home with her husband, son and two golden retrievers.
Alia Dalal began working in restaurants at age 16, which eventually led her to formal culinary training at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. A speaker, teacher and writer, Chef Alia was also named Healthy Cook of the Year in 2010 by Cooking Light magazine. She is Chicago based and professionaly trained in health-supporting cooking and offers classes and private coaching for healthier eating habits. For more about Alia.
Ann Flood tends to the day-to-day operations of Edible Chicago, and especially loves the opportunity to tell the stories of the talented professionals within our local food and farm communities. In a rare weekend of free time during the summer, if she's not scouring over review copies of cookbooks for recipes or visiting local farmers markets, she's most likely planning out a weekend glamping trip. Follow her tweets @ediblechicago.
Tess Graham is a sustainable food photographer who hails from the northern suburbs of Chicago and, recently, from Savannah, Georgia, where she attends college. Her studies have her abroad to Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand and France to learn about and photograph people, history, food and culture. In her free time, Tess enjoys sunflowers, shooting 35mm film, running, eating healthy food and practicing yoga. Follow her on Instagram @_theyellowsunflower.
Bill Shores is a master gardener, educator and manager of Chef Rick Bayless's urban farms. He is also a featured speaker at the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Morton Arboretum on topics that range from mulching for healthy soils to extending the growing season. In his spare time, you may see Bill biking through city streets or taking a refreshing summer dip in Lake Michigan. To learn more about his work: urbanedible.net.
Becky Liscum is a writer and award-winning televsion and video producer who loves it when her assignments take place in the great outdoors. She is also co-publisher of Edible Chicago. When she's not traveling for work or tending her garden, she is often scheming ways to spend more time at her family's land in the Driftless region of Wisconsin.