Tastemakers

  1. Ellen Bennett

    Ellen Bennett

    Hedley & Bennett, Founder & Designer (Vernon, CA)

    Ellen Bennett is the Founder of Hedley & Bennett, the LA-based apron and workwear company she started in 2012 at age 24, while working as a line cook at two Los Angeles restaurants, Baco Mercat and Michelin rated Providence. Ellen noticed the stale look and poor quality of the aprons being worn in the kitchen and was inspired to make uniforms that would bring pride and dignity to those wearing them. She worked with chef Josef Centeno of Baco Mercat to design her very first run of aprons, and Hedley & Bennett was born. Soon she was meeting with the best chefs in the country, and soon after that came attention from the New York Times, LA Times, and more, solidifying her as a real player in the restaurant game. Eventually quitting both restaurant jobs, Bennett rapidly grew her operation from a 400 sq ft office to a 14,000 sq. ft factory, outfitting 4,000 restaurants world wide. Hedley & Bennett’s “Apron Squad” members include celebrity chefs and fans from Mario Batali to Martha Stewart and Gwyneth Paltrow. Bennett has collaborated with SpaceX, Google, Delta, The Four Seasons and thousands of other brands seeking the perfect functional apron.
  2. Mark Bitterman

    Mark Bitterman

    Bitterman Salt Co. (Portland, OR)

    Mark Bitterman a leading expert on salt, chocolate, bitters, and travel. He’s the author of five books, and won a James Beard Foundation Award for his first book, Salted. Mark’s shops, The Meadow, in Portland and New York, pioneered ingredients at the heart of today’s food movement, from craft salt to bean-to-bar chocolate to small-batch bitters. Mark is also CEO of Bitterman Salt Co., creating a tastier and more connected planet with bad-ass partners who care about quality and sustainability, from Salt & Straw locally to Sur la Table nationally. Mark lectures at leading institutions such as the Smithsonian, Monell Chemical Senses Center, and ICE. Food & Wine named him a Tastemaker and Cooking Light named him a Local Food Hero. He has been featured in countless national and international media, including The New York Times, Bizarre Foods, The Atlantic, O, GQ, Rachael Ray, Esquire, The Splendid Table, All Things Considered, and CBS News Sunday Morning.

  3. Rusty Bowers

    Rusty Bowers

    Big Green Egg (Atlanta, GA)

    Rusty Bowers is the Owner/Operator of Pine Street Market, an artisan butcher shop, in Avondale Estates, GA. Rusty, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, draws inspirations from traditional Italian butchers and salumi makers. Pine Street Market strives to use locally sourced, humanely grown and pasture raised meats that are free from growth hormones, preventative antibiotics, and steroids. He regularly teaches at the Big Green Egg Culinary Academy and travels to Big Green sponsored events throughout the U.S. and Europe to demonstrate his culinary, butchery and EGGspert skills. In Nantucket last May, patrons at the Grand Tasting events bypassed $200 bottles of wine to line up and sample his cold smoked salmon and brie cheese served on Ritz Crackers. Later, he roasted a whole 60 pound deboned pig stuffed with smoked, seasonal vegetables and served porchetta style. And to finish the day, he baked from-scratch pecan pies on the EGG. Rusty’s range and presentation style makes him a crowd favorite wherever he goes.

  4. Lucy  Burningham

    Lucy Burningham

    (Portland, OR)

    Lucy Burningham is a writer and Certified Cicerone who’s covered beer, food, and travel for a variety of publications, including Sunset, Imbibe, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bicycling, Saveur, Bon Appétit, and the BBC. She is the co-author of Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland’s Beer Scene by Bike (Into Action Publications) and the author of My Beer Year: Adventures with Hop Farmers, Craft Brewers, Chefs, Beer Sommeliers, and Fanatical Drinkers as a Beer Master in Training (Roost Books).

  5. Paul Clarke

    Paul Clarke

    Imbibe (Portland, OR)

    Paul Clarke is the Executive Editor of Imbibe magazine and the author of The Cocktail Chronicles. He considers coffee, rum and wine essential parts of a liquid diet. He lives in Seattle.

  6. Katherine Cole

    Katherine Cole

    Wine Writer (Portland, OR)

    Katherine Cole is the host and executive producer of The Four Top, a James Beard-award-winning national food and beverage podcast presented by Oregon Public Broadcasting and streamed on NPR One, and the author of Rosé All Day (April 2017, Abrams). Katherine was the wine columnist for The Oregonian newspaper for thirteen years. She is featured in the acclaimed documentary American Wine Story, was named to the “Imbibe 75” list of “the people, places and flavors that will help shape the way we all drink,” and has contributed to national and international food and wine publications. A graduate of Harvard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Katherine has taught journalism courses at Portland State University and studied with the International Sommelier Guild. Her previous books include How to Fake Your Way through a Wine List, Complete Wine Selector, and Voodoo Vintners and she lives with her two daughters and dog in Portland, Oregon.

  7. Ryan Csanky

    Ryan Csanky

    Aria Portland Dry Gin (Portland, OR)

    Despite being a generously proportioned middle-aged man, this award-winning, and rather well liked gin distiller can best be described as inexplicably charming and somewhat easy on the eyes. Aria Portland Dry Gin was born of Ryan Csanky’s failed quest to find a locally-made London Dry style gin to be used in his revamped Wildwood Martini. Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention and in this case, it thankfully led to Aria Gin. What essentially began as a way to write-off a drinking problem has now become the best selling locally-owned gin distilled in Oregon. In addition to drinking “slightly” too much, in his spare time Ryan also enjoys eating just enough to regret having ordered that last course. When not at a bar, you can find Ryan enjoying long walks on the beach, campfires on summer nights, and snuggling with puppies in meadows filled with blossoming spring time flowers. To date, Aria Gin is literally Ryan’s only noteworthy accomplishment—this is not likely to change at any time in the near future. Ryan’s OK with that.

  8. Jami Curl

    Jami Curl

    QUIN (Portland, OR)

    Jami Curl is the author of Candy is Magic and the founder of QUIN – a small batch, handmade candy company headquartered in Portland, Oregon. She loves working with sugar, exploring the magic of candy and telling the perfect story. In addition to creating QUIN’s recipes, Jami leads a team of candy makers, customer service staff and wholesale specialists to provide retail partners across the country with a variety of QUIN specialties. She’s one of Fast Company magazine’s “100 Most Creative People in Food,” and has been featured in Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Weddings, Sunset, O Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and more. Throughout her career she has appeared on stage and screen sharing with others her tips and tricks for operating a small business, creating a loyal brand following, whipping up the perfect dessert and capturing the essence of fresh fruit in candy. Jami lives in Southwest Portland with her son Theo. A true believer in the power of books and reading, Jami is an active literacy advocate – volunteering at her local public library and neighborhood school. Jami is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Children’s Theatre.

  9. Jordan Felix

    Jordan Felix

    House Spirits Distillery (Portland, OR)

    Jordan Felix has managed bars across the world from Melbourne, Australia to New York City. Past projects include Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library and Clyde Common. Jordan is a keen swimmer, lover of a good Sidecar, amateur writer on all things whisk{e}y and currently serving as the in-house guru at House Spirits Distillery.

  10. Sarah Hart

    Sarah Hart

    Alma Chocolate (Portland, OR)

    Sarah Hart is the Founder and Creative Director of Alma chocolate, a craft chocolatier and confectioner. The business started in her home kitchen and has grown to inhabit two storefronts and a regional, national and even international presence (we are big in Japan)! The focus has always been on sourcing the best chocolate available and combining it with interesting and delicious ingredients to enhance the chocolate experience.

  11. Colu Henry

    Colu Henry

    Cookbook Author (Hudson, NY)

    Colu Henry is a cookbook author and recipe developer who created the Instagram hashtag #backpocketpasta, which has been embraced by magazine editors and tastemakers. Previously, she was the Director of Public Relations and then the Director of Special Projects at Bon Appétit. Her writing has appeared in Refinery29, Cherry Bombe, LENNY, and Wine Enthusiast. She likes drinking wine, sherry and aperitivos, not all at once. Colu lives with her husband and pup Joshie in Hudson, New York.

  12. Amanda Hesser

    Amanda Hesser

    Food52 (New York, NY)

    Amanda Hesser is the Co-Founder of Food52 and was previously a writer and editor at The New York Times. She wrote the award-winning books Cooking for Mr. Latte, The Cook and the Gardener, and The Essential New York Times Cookbook, and edited the collection Eat, Memory. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and twins.

  13. Matt Hofmann

    Matt Hofmann

    Westland Distillery (Seattle, WA)

    Matt has a passion for developing a wide spectrum of flavors from grain, but also a remarkable capacity for designing thoughtful processes. Matt has honed his craft developing new flavor profiles from malted barley by earning a General Certificate in Distilling with Credit from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London. He also holds a postgraduate diploma in Brewing and Distilling from the International Centre of Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Currently Matt is working on his Master’s Thesis, which will examine the effects of pot distillation on whiskey flavor development. Matt is actively engaged in the ongoing dialogue of our industry as a member of both the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and the American Society of Brewing Chemists, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Craft Spirits Association. He is also one of the founding members of the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission which seeks to establish, protect and promote the category of American single malt whiskey across the globe. In 2015 Matt became just the second distiller ever named as a Rising Star by StarChefs magazine and was also recognized by Forbes as one of America’s 30 under 30 tastemakers. In 2016, he added his latest honor as one of Wine Enthusiasts 40 under 40.

  14. Andrew Knowlton

    Andrew Knowlton

    Bon Appétit (New York, NY)

    Andrew has worked at Bon Appétit since, like, forever (2000, to be exact). He oversees the magazine’s restaurant coverage, including the annual Hot 10 list, and writes the rather opinionated Foodist column that has run in the magazine since 2008. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters (the older is named after a popular Southern cocktail). He likes all Atlanta sports teams, boiled peanuts, the Dead, JAWS, steal-frame bicycles, and running long distances. He dislikes all New York sports teams, kiwis, kidneys, green bell peppers, and drivers who park in bike lanes.

  15. Christian Krogstad

    Christian Krogstad

    House Spirits Distillery (Portland, OR)

    Krogstad established House Spirits Distillery in 2004, bringing together his experience as a brewer and winemaker and tapping his passion for outstanding cocktails and food. Today, the House Spirits portfolio includes Aviation American Gin, Westward American Single Malt Whiskey, Volstead Vodka, and Krogstad Aquavit. Under Krogstad’s direction, House Spirits Distillery has created a portfolio of spirits that celebrate contemporary cocktail culture, beginning with the creation of its flagship brand, Aviation American Gin, in 2006. More recently, Krogstad has focused his efforts on expanding the House Spirits Distillery footprint with the creation of a brand new, $6 million distillery on Distillery Row in Portland, which opened its doors to the public in November, 2015. The new facility, which increased the company’s distilling capacity sixfold, allows House Spirits Distillery to focus on growing its newer innovations, including Westward American Single Malt Whiskey, a malt whiskey distilled from local grains and aged in new American Oak barrels. Prior to founding House Spirits Distillery, Krogstad managed the Carlton Winemakers Studio, in Carlton, OR. He also founded and managed Orchard Street Brewery in Bellingham, WA, and later served as head brewer at McMenamins Edgefield Brewery.

  16. Jordan Mackay

    Jordan Mackay

    Writer (Helena, CA)

    Jordan Mackay is a James-Beard-award winning writer on wine, spirits and food. He’s written lots of articles, in publications like The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Art of Eating, and Wine and Spirits. He’s written many books, including Secrets of the Sommeliers and Franklin Barbecue. Yet, he still finds writing hard, even after all these years, and wonders if it’s easier after having a drink or two. Sometimes he experiments with that, often finding that a drink or two doesn’t make writing less difficult. See? This is proof.

  17. Daniel Osborne

    Daniel Osborne

    Woodsman Tavern (Portland, OR)

    Daniel Osborne is a Co-Founder and Partner of Bull in China, a barware design and development group in Portland, Oregon. Osborne has nearly a decade of experience bartending in some of Portland’s finest cocktail bars, including Teardrop Cocktail Lounge, Expatriate and the Multnomah Whiskey Library. In addition to Bull in China, you can find Osborne managing the bar at The Woodsman Tavern.

  18. Kate Perry

    Kate Perry

    Rumba (Seattle, WA)

    As Rumba’s General Manager since opening day, Kate Perry has influenced every piece, plank and bottle you see. She and her team have established Rumba as one of the world’s premiere rum bars, with Kate at the helm curating one of the world’s largest collections of rum. She has been lucky to travel extensively early and often in life, where she acquired her love of the Caribbean and all things sugar cane. Kate’s passion for rum takes her around the world traveling to rum distilleries, festivals, and areas of interest. Kate has also shown off her bar chops, recently representing the U.S. in Velier’s Clairin World Championship in Haiti and as one of the national finalists in Speed Rack last year. When she is not pouring and teaching rum, Kate is the senior beverage consultant for Kathy Casey’s Liquid Kitchen, where she develops cocktails and teaches bartending technique. Her favorite drink is a Ti’ Punch, her favorite color is teal, and she thinks that flamingos are misunderstood.

  19. Lucas Plant

    Lucas Plant

    Jackrabbit (Portland, OR)

    Lucas Plant is a Co-Founder and Partner of Bull in China, a barware design and development group in Portland, Oregon. Plant cut his teeth bartending in New Jersey and New York City before moving out west to Portland where he’s worked at some of Portland’s great cocktail bars like Expatriate, Multnomah Whiskey Library and the Interurban. In addition to Bull in China, you can find Plant shaking up cocktails at Jackrabbit.

  20. Charles Rambaud

    Charles Rambaud

    Beaujolais Wines (France)

    Charles Rambaud is in charge of export promotions for Inter Beaujolais since 2010. He graduated in wine trade and communications and also worked for a US importer. He now hosts seminars, tastings and press events to highlight the qualities of the Beaujolais wines in North America.

  21. Adam Rapoport

    Adam Rapoport

    Bon Appétit (New York, NY)

    Adam joined Bon Appétit in 2011 as editor in chief, and with his distinct point of view reinvented the food lifestyle category. With 22 National Magazine Award nominations, including wins in 2014 for General Excellence and Photography; 13 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award nominations, and 63 Society of Publication Designers nominations, he has made Bon Appétit the most decorated food brand in the industry. In 2014, as editorial director of Epicurious, he relaunched and re-branded the iconic cooking website. Under Adam’s leadership, Bon Appétit has soared to new digital heights. It boasts a robust video platform, the No. 1 food podcast on iTunes (which Adam hosts), and more than 1 million social followers each on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Adam is a frequent guest on the TODAY show, CBS This Morning, and NPR. You can see what he’s eating, drinking, and wearing on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @Rapo4

  22. Keli Rivers

    Keli Rivers

    Whitechapel (San Francisco, CA)

    It would be humble to say that Keli Rivers has been very lucky in her career – but honestly she has worked her butt off to get to where she is. With 26 years under her belt in the hospitality industry all over the world she spends her time spreading the gospel of juniper driven beverages with a perfectly crafted gibson in hand. One might call Keli’s fascination with the botanically guided an unhealthy fixation, however in the words of the infamous icon – John Waters, “Without obsession, life is nothing.”

  23. Marissa Ross

    Marissa Ross

    Bon Appétit (Los Angeles, CA)

    Marissa A. Ross is a wine drinker, writer and humorist based in Los Angeles. She is the contributing wine editor at Bon Appétit, as well as the author of the book WINE. All The Time. (June 2017, Plume), based on her award-winning wine blog of the same name. Aside from wine, Marissa enjoys sunbathing, mid-century everything and Mexican food.

  24. Daniel Shoemaker

    Daniel Shoemaker

    Teardrop Lounge (Portland, OR)

    Daniel Shoemaker began his career in the middle of the microbrew revolution in San Francisco in the early 1990’s, and subsequently slung his wealth of hops over the next 12 years. Just as the cocktail renaissance was heading into full swing in the Bay Area, he relocated to Portland, OR, a city already renowned for its profound commitment to excellence in food and beverage. After diligent research and too much time at his home bar during a lengthy opening period, he opened Teardrop Lounge in 2007, pioneering the next generation of cocktails in Portland. Placing a strong emphasis on homemade ingredients, Teardrop embraces the seasonal, the eccentric, and the esoteric. The first principles of cocktail construction, an examination of all components used to build an exquisite drink, and further standards of excellence became the signature hallmark of the venue. Daniel was quickly named “Best Bartender” by in a variety of publications, and Teardrop Lounge has received a wealth of accolades from Esquire, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, and Playboy. Over the subsequent years, Daniel provided mentorship for a large portion of Portland’s talented bartenders, and Teardrop has remained a launching pad for some of the city’s greatest talent.

  25. Andrea Slonecker

    Andrea Slonecker

    Cookbook Author/Food Stylist (Portland, OR)

    Andrea Slonecker is an award-winning cookbook author, food stylist, and culinary teacher based in Portland, Oregon. She is also the former recipe editor of Kinfolk. An avid traveler, her books cover a range of topics, including Pretzel Making at Home, Eggs on Top, Beer Bites, and The Picnic, with Short Stack Editions: Pears coming out in September, and a forthcoming book, Wine Food, slated for release in fall 2018.

  26. Merrill Stubbs

    Merrill Stubbs

    Food52 (New York, NY)

    Merrill Stubbs is the Co-Founder of Food52 and has written for many food and lifestyle publications, including The New York Times. She cut her teeth in the test kitchen at Cook’s Illustrated and behind the counter at Flour Bakery in Boston before she worked with Amanda Hesser on The Essential New York Times Cookbook. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.

  27. Tony Tellin

    Tony Tellin

    Smith Teamaker (Portland, OR)

    Tony Tellin has spent the past 19 years making tea. In 1998 Tellin moved to Portland, Oregon from a small town in his home state of Iowa. He grew up drinking sun tea on the farm and had no idea how tea was grown or made, or even what tea was really. Finding a career in the industry was the last thing he was looking for but one that serendipitously found him while he was on his way to find work. Tellin started at Tazo Tea Company the day after he moved to Portland and he has been a tea advocate ever since. In 2009, Tony joined forces again with his previous mentor, Steven Smith, and is a founding member of Smith Teamaker – a blender and packer of super-premium full leaf teas, herbal infusions and other innovative delicious tea concoctions in Portland Oregon. And, now as head teamaker, makes some of the best tea in the world.

  28. Charlotte Voisey

    Charlotte Voisey

    William Grant & Sons (New York, NY)

    As seen on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Hey Bartender, the movie, “Best American Brand Ambassador,” two time “Golden Spirit Award” winner at Tales of the Cocktail and recognized by the James Beard recognition for her contribution to mixology, Charlotte Voisey is the Director of Advocacy for William Grant & Sons USA. Host of The Proper Pour with Charlotte Voisey on www.smallscreennetwork.com, Charlotte has cocktail recipes published and placed on menus across the world including New York’s famed PDT, the iconic Dorchester Hotel in London and Whitechapel in San Francisco. In addition Charlotte seeded the cocktail programs at the Gramercy Park Hotel in Manhattan, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, FIG at the Fairmont Santa Monica, Beautique and at W Hotels across the country. Charlotte has traveled the world but made her name at home in London. In 2002, with the Gorgeous Group, Charlotte opened classic cocktail bar Apartment 195 and was soon named UK Bartender of the Year. In 2005 Charlotte was invited to guest bartend at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic and consequently fell in love with the US cocktail community, one year later Charlotte officially made the move stateside to represent her favorite spirit, Hendrick’s Gin. Charlotte was named inaugural “Mixologist of the Year” for Wine Enthusiast magazine and previously won the silver medal at the World Female Bartender Championships in Italy.

  29. Kari Young

    Kari Young

    @meatballssmama (Portland, OR)

    Kari Young aka @meatballssmama is a Social Media Manager, Influencer and Brand Ambassador. She works with local restaurants and national and international food and drink brands. She loves to travel, cook, eat, drink and write. You’ll most likely find her eating and drinking at a bar around town or shooting with her phone.