• Andrew Zimmern, Host, Bizarre Foods

      Andrew Zimmern

      Andrew Zimmern, Host, Bizarre Foods 

      Andrew Zimmern is a James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer, teacher and is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the co-creator, host and consulting producer of Travel Channel's hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World, he travels the globe, exploring food in its own terroir. From world class restaurants to street carts and jungle markets, it's all about discovering and sharing the authentic experience. In May 2010, Zimmern won the James Beard Award for Outstanding TV Food P

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    • Jason DeRusha, Reporter, WCCO-TV

      Jason DeRusha

      Jason DeRusha, Reporter, WCCO-TV 

      Jason is an Emmy-award winning TV news reporter, magazine restaurant critic, fill-in radio talk show host, and online innovator. He graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program at Marquette University, then worked at KWQC-TV in Davenport, WISN-TV in Milwaukee, and WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. Since 2008, he's been responsible for the nightly "Good Question" franchise on WCCO's highly rated 10 p.m. newscast. He writes restaurant reviews for Minnesota Monthly, guest hosts on WCCO-AM radio, and has received national attention for his work using Twitter and Facebook in newsgathering. Jason

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    • Daniel Klein, Creator/Host, The Perennial Plate

      Daniel Klein

      Daniel Klein, Creator/Host, The Perennial Plate 

      Daniel Klein is a chef, activist, and filmmaker living in Minneapolis. He has cooked in the restaurants of Thomas Keller, Heston Blumenthal, and Tom Colicchio and has produced film projects on various issues including oil politics and the development industry in Africa (What are we doing here?). For his current project, Daniel has been documenting his culinary, agricultural and hunting explorations on film in a web series called The Perennial Plate. Every week he covers a diverse set of sustainable stories from squirrel hunting to community gardens. Follow him on twitter

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    • Lee Odden, TopRankMarketing.com

      Lee Odden

      Lee Odden, TopRankMarketing.com 

      Lee Odden (@leeodden) is the CEO of TopRank Online Marketing, a digital marketing agency specializing in strategic internet marketing consulting, training and implementation services including: Content, Search, Email and Social Media Marketing. As an active thought leader in the search marketing industry, Lee’s contributed to top industry publications such as Mashable, iMedia Connection and MediaPost along with publishing Online Marketing Blog, recognized by Advertising Age as one of the top marketing blogs on the web.

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    • Joshua Unseth, SEO Specialist

      Joshua Unseth

      Joshua Unseth, SEO Specialist 

      Joshua Unseth is a search engine optimization (SEO) analyst from NYC who now lives in Florida. He’s a master at strategizing and scheming about how to do SEO better. You can find Joshua on twitter at @junseth.

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    • Shaina Olmanson, FoodformyFamily.com

      Shaina Olmanson

      Shaina Olmanson, FoodformyFamily.com 

      Shaina Olmanson is the home cook and photographer behind Food for My Family and the author of Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine. She is a contributor to Babble.com's Family Kitchen Blog and the food channel on Lifetime Moms. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera. You can find Shaina on her website at foodformyfamily.com or on twitter at @foodformyfamily.

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    • Zoë François, ZoeBakes.com

      Zoë François

      Zoë François, ZoeBakes.com 

      Pastry Chef and Co-author Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day/www.breadin5.com. You can find Zoe on twitter at @zoebakes.

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    • Amanda Rettke, IAmBaker.net

      Amanda Rettke

      Amanda Rettke, IAmBaker.net 

      Amanda Rettke is the founder of Iambaker.net. From her website: “i am baker” is mostly about all things baking…but you will also see a few other places to hang out. Not only do I bake, but with the help of my husband we are raising four kids, a dog, and the occasional mouse. (I live in the country. The mouse invited himself in.) It is my hope that no matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter what you believe or whom you associate with, that you feel welcome here. In fact, I am delighted and grateful you would like to spend

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    •  Brenda Score, A Farm Girl's Dabbles

      Brenda Score, A Farm Girl’s Dabbles 

      To find out more about Brenda, visit http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/

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    • Meghan Wilker, Geek Girl, VP, Author

      Meghan Wilker

      Meghan Wilker, Geek Girl, VP, Author 

      Meghan Wilker specializes in using strategy, technology, and process to bring people and products together. Her public speaking, writing and outreach guides individuals and businesses to develop smart digital products. Whether she's managing a team or mentoring students, she believes that technology creates endless opportunities to make life easier and to produce meaningful connections. She empowers users to proactively engage with the web by being aware, educated, and attentive and spearheads dialogue that drives evolution within the interactive community. Meghan is the VP, Managing Direct

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    • Nancy Lyons, Geek Girl, Presedent/CEO, Author

      Nancy Lyons

      Nancy Lyons, Geek Girl, Presedent/CEO, Author 

      Think strategically, act thoughtfully, be a good human. Nancy works at the intersection of technology, community, and people. As a leader and technologist, she creates solutions that further community and business goals by meeting the needs of individuals. Her guiding philosophy is that a human-centered approach to technology is the only way to get results that make a difference. Problem solving is about empowerment: motivated people create good products. Nancy supports clients and teams by fostering a collaborative, idea-driven culture that nurtures creativity and brainpower. Nancy is P

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    • Babette Pepaj, Founder, BakeSpace.com / TECHmunch

      Babette Pepaj

      Babette Pepaj, Founder, BakeSpace.com / TECHmunch 

      Babette Pepaj founded BakeSpace.com in August 2006 as the Web’s first food social network and recipe swap. With virtually no tech industry experience, the former TV producer (and avid baker) has built the site into the largest online community of its kind for food enthusiasts. In the process, she has earned some of the industry’s highest accolades, including back-to-back Webby Award nominations in 2009 and 2010 in the ultra-competitive “Best Social Networking” category. Prior to launching BakeSpace, Babette worked for more than a decade pro

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    • Erik Deutsch, Principal, ExcelPR Group

      Erik Deutsch

      Erik Deutsch, Principal, ExcelPR Group 

      Erik spent nearly a decade working with large PR agencies and boutique firms before launching ExcelPR Group in 2004. Over the years, he has created award-winning campaigns for all sorts of clients, from start-ups to large, publicly-traded companies (with industry-specific expertise in healthcare, life sciences, digital media and entertainment). An early adopter of online public relations tactics, Erik helped launch Interactive PR News in 1995 as the first national newsletter on new media for professionals in the marketing communications field. He continued to serve as managing editor after

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    • Lee Svitak Dean, Food Editor, Star Tribune and Author

      Lee Svitak Dean

      Lee Svitak Dean, Food Editor, Star Tribune and Author 

      Lee Svitak Dean is editor of the Taste section and supervises food stories, wine and restaurant coverage. She is author of “Come One, Come All/ Easy Entertaining With Seasonal Menus,” which is a collection of Taste recipes. Dean also is editor of the Sunday Variety Family page. From her website: I’m the longtime editor of the Taste section at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, where I have been writing about food for almost three decades. Over the years, as I tested recipes and talked with readers — and cooked for my very hungry family — I realized that busy cooks would like to see recipes i

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    • Stephanie March, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine

      Stephanie March, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine 

      Stephanie keeps herself deliciously up-to-date on all things food- and dining-related while editing and writing Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Eat + Drink section. She can also be heard Saturdays on her myTalk107.1 radio show, Weekly Dish, where she talks about the Twin Cities food scene.

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      Rachel Hutton, Food Editor, Minnesota Monthly 


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    • Joy Summers, Blogger/Columnist, City Pages & Lavender

      Joy Summers, Blogger/Columnist, City Pages & Lavender 

      Joy Summers is a columnist and blogger for City Pages, Lavender, the Mix as well as her own site Eating the Minneapple. She has also written for CBS Minnesota. She lives and cooks occasionally at her home in St. Paul, Minnesota which see shares with her husband and young son.  You can find Joy on twitter @JoyEstelle.

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