VALARIE CARTER is a classically trained chef, food and wine columnist, wife and mom. A Webbers Falls, OK native and graduate of Fort Gibson HS, Valarie earned a B.A. in English from Oklahoma State University and an Associate of Arts in Culinary Arts from the Art Institute of Atlanta. She’s continued her education by taking food and wine classes at the CIA in Napa Valley. Besides extensive work in hotels and country clubs, she spent nearly 5 years as personal chef for families in Oklahoma City and Atlanta, GA.  She has experience in food and beverage operations, catering and worked as a special events coordinator in Oklahoma City, planning and organizing events for Bricktown Entertainment. Carter also served as culinary arts faculty instructor at OSU-IT for 5 years.  She enjoys preparing tasting and wine dinners, teaching classes, gardening and using her culinary skills to support philanthropic organizations.  She resides in Bixby with her husband and 2 children.



JUDY ALLEN is an award-winning food writer, wife and mom. Texas born but Oklahoma-raised, Judy studied Interior Design at Oklahoma State University before she decided she would rather be IN the kitchen than designing them. She attended Culinary School at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. When her classmates were debating whether to work for Jean-Georges or Daniel, she was trying to figure out how to get to Martha. She became an intern the Monday after culinary school graduation, and continued to work for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia for six years as, ultimately, Senior Food Editor. After blizzards, hurricanes, 9/11, and ultimately, an enormous blackout, she chose to go back to Oklahoma. Judy has been the Food Editor of TulsaPeople Magazine for the last 7 years as well as an independent food stylist and recipe developer for other publications – her work has been published in Cooking Light, Real Simple, Food Network Magazine and Cottage Living. She loves cooking for friends and family and documents her favorite dishes on her blog, www.tenthousandsnacks.com. Judy lives in Tulsa with her husband and son.



BARRY JARVIS is a dad, husband, video producer, publisher, scientist and cook.  All four of his grandparents had an active role working the land and honoring the natural rhythm of local seasonal eating.  Those lessons have fueled his life passions as founder of Brother Tree Pictures and Publisher of Edible Tulsa, a member of Edible Communities.     He holds degrees in Botany with Environmental Science and Culinary Arts.  Barry lives in Oologah with his wife and 3 energetic children.