Joy Manning is the editor of Edible Philly and the executive editor of Edible Hudson Valley. She’s also a James Beard award-nominated writer, editor, and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in Food & Wine, Shape, Details, Women’s Health, Prevention, Relish, Cooking Light, The Philadelphia Inquirer as well as at websites including Serious Eats and The Kitchn, among other media outlets. She is the author of Almost Meatless, and the recipe editor of Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking. The former nutrition editor at Prevention magazine, Joy has also worked at Tasting Table as senior recipes editor and at Philadelphia magazine, where she was restaurant critic. Find her on twitter and instagram @joymanning.
Summer Miller is a freelance food journalist and author whose work has appeared in Grit, SAVEUR, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Edible Omaha, and Edible Feast. She spent the last four years traveling the forgotten Plains of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota unearthing stories of local food life and compiling recipes for her first book, New Prairie Kitchen: Stories and Seasonal Recipes from Chefs, Farmers and Artisans of the Great Plains. Oprah Winfrey’s private chef heralded New Prairie Kitchen as “more than a cookbook—it’s a love letter to the heartland.” She lives with her husband and two children in Elkhorn, Ne., where she spends most of her time thinking and writing about food. Photo credit: BryceBridges.com.
Maya Parson is a food writer, the editor of Edible Michiana magazine and, by training, a cultural anthropologist. Her work focuses on local food and food cultures—from the Midwest to Latin America, Europe and beyond. On her blog, Cultured Grub, she writes about food as a lens for cultural exploration, self-reflection and storytelling. She is also a guest blogger on the Food Writing Lives blog on OneBigTable.com. Her favorite place to visit anywhere in the world is the local farmers market.
Tracey Ryder co-founded Edible Communities, Inc., the nation’s largest publishing company dedicated to the local foods movement, in 2002. Today the company publishes more than 80 titles across North America. The content for each publication is region-specific and focuses on the farmers, fishermen, chefs and food artisans from each area. Ms. Ryder has worked as a journalist, marketer and graphic designer for the culinary, tourism and agriculture industries for the past 30 years. She is a regular speaker at conferences and events in the culinary and publishing fields and has edited, curated and co-written 5 Edible Communities cookbooks. She and partner, Carole Topalian, are currently hard at work on their rural salon and creative studio, Clayworks Farm, located in Santa Barbara County’s wine country.
Carole Topalian is co-founder of Edible Communities, Inc., and travels the world with a gifted and finely tuned photographer’s eye. Carole’s photographs bring the Edible Communities’ mission to life, telling visual narratives about what local food networks look like today. Capturing the essence and purity of a single vegetable at the peak of ripeness or a pair of weathered farmer’s hands, readers immediately connect with the compelling images published throughout the network of Edible magazines. Earlier in her career, Carole owned a Los Angeles-based multimedia company where she produced several award-winning advertising and promotional campaigns for major corporations. Her fine art photographs have been exhibited in over 80 shows throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Visit topalianphoto.com for more information.
Terry is regularly featured on television and radio, in print and Internet media, and is the author of the popular blog Eat Clean Live Well. She serves as Advisor to the Board of Directors for Urban Oaks Organic Farm and works extensively as an educator, consultant, clean food chef and advocate for healthy change in the way we eat and live. Terry is at the forefront of the clean eating lifestyle movement and is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and passion to eat clean and live well. Her work inspires and empowers us to make positive changes for our health and the health of our environment.
She is an avid runner, cyclist, skier and gardener – living what she teaches; doing the best she can to embrace good health for herself, her family, her community and the environment.
Nick Westergaard is a strategist, speaker, author, and educator. As Chief Brand Strategist at Brand Driven Digital, he helps build better brands at organizations of all sizes — from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies to the President’s Jobs Council.
Since 2005 Nick has blogged about marketing, posting fresh brand-driven insights each week. He also writes for MarketingProfs, 12 Most, and The Gazette, where he is a regular columnist. His thoughts have been featured in news sources such as US News & World Report, Entrepreneur magazine, Mashable, American Express OPEN Forum, and more. He’s also the host of the popular On Brand podcast.
Nick is a sought-after keynote speaker on branding and digital marketing at conferences and corporate events throughout the world. He also teaches at the University of Iowa, where he sits on the Advisory Council of the Marketing Institute at the Tippie College of Business and the Professional Advisory Board for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He also organizes and hosts the Social Brand Forum, a premier digital marketing event in the heart of the heartland.
Nick lives with his wife and five kids in Coralville, Iowa.