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This was the Nourished 2012 speaker line-up, held on April 13th in Chicago. We will be taking speaker applications for the 2013 conference soon. Check back often!

Silvana Nardone

Silvana Nardone is a food lifestyle expert, magazine editor and motivational speaker. She is the editor-in-chief of the all-digital, gluten-free magazine, Easy Eats. Silvana is also the author of Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy, Delicious Meals and publisher of Silvana’s Kitchen, a blog that takes the guesswork out of how to feed a family with food allergies. Previously, she was the founding editor-in-chief of Every Day with Rachael Ray, where she was honored with the magazine industry’s top awards.

Silvana started her publishing career at age 17 as an intern for American Express Custom Publishing. A writer, editor, cooking instructor and food consultant, she coauthored Saveur Cooks Authentic Italian. She was an editor at Food & Wine magazine before opening her successful Italian bakery, Fanciulla. She has appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” NBC’s “Weekend Today” and the Food Network’s “Roker on the Road,” among many other TV appearances. Her numerous features include articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Saveur.com.

Follow Silvana on Twitter at @SilvanaNardone.


Dianne Jacob

Dianne Jacob is the author of Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More. The first edition won the Cordon D’Or International award for Best Literary Food Reference Book in 2005. The second edition won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in 2010 for best book in its category in the US.

Her blog, Will Write for Food: Pithy Snippets about Food Writing, covers food writing trends and technique. Her posts have been picked up by Publishers’ Weekly, Chow, Eater, BlogHer, the Food News Journal and Food52 News. She started the blog in 2009 as a way to update her book, which features an extensive chapter on food blogging.

Dianne is also co-author of the cookbook Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas, with chef Craig Priebe, and regularly edits cookbooks for national publishers.

Previously a newspaper, magazine, and publishing company editor-in-chief, Dianne became a full-time writing coach, author, and freelance editor in 1996. She coaches writers across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia on writing and publishing books, freelance articles, and blogs.

Dianne judges books for the James Beard Foundation and for the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual cookbook awards. She has also been a judge for the Bert Greene Award for Food Journalism. A feature she wrote about food blogs was a finalist for a Bert Greene award in 2007.

She has also written for Salon.com, Sunset, Clean Eating, Gastronomica, and Writer’s Digest.

She has taught classes on food writing for more than10 years, including at the Smithsonian Institute and UCLA’s Journalism Department. For five years she ran the Food Writing Symposium at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA. See her website, www.diannej.com, for more information.

Follow Dianne on Twitter at @DianneJ.

Susan Voisin

Since 2006, Susan Voisin has been writing the FatFree Vegan Kitchen blog, which is the four-time winner of VegNews magazine’s Veggie Award for best blog.  Her food photography has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, on the New York Times Well blog, and in three cookbooks, including the recently released Vegan Holiday Kitchen. She lives in Jackson, MS, with her husband and daughter.

Follow Susan on Twitter at @SusanFFVK.

Anne Roland Lee, MSEd, RD, LD

Anne Lee is the Director of Nutritional Services for Schar USA.  Previously she was the nutritionist at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University where she was involved in patient care, and research.  Her research has resulted in published articles on the effect of a gluten-free diet on the quality of life, the nutritional adequacy of the gluten-free diet, the economic impact of a gluten free diet. Most recently she collaborated on a study on the cross contamination of inherently gluten free grains.  She has authored chapters on celiac disease in nutrition textbooks as well as co-authored a chapter in a gastroenterology text.  Anne has developed numerous educational materials on the gluten free diet for patients and both clinical and food service professionals.  Anne has been an ADA member for many years and has reviewed the chapters on celiac disease for the ADA on-line nutrition care manual. She is also a member of the ADA Gluten Intolerance Work Group who developed the Gluten Intolerance tool kit.

Karen Morgan

Raised an Italian-American, Karen Morgan lived a very gluten-rich life until a sobering diagnosis with Celiac disease met her palate’s fate in 2002. While beginning to adapt to her drastic lifestyle change, she found a wasteland of gluten-free products; cardboard imitations of the baked treats she had forever loved, cannibalized the shelves. Broken-hearted by the nonexistence of quality and taste within the market, she decided to do something about it and subsequently embarked on her self-taught, empirical journey to find the perfect gluten-free recipes for everything.

It was not until the summer of 2006 that the gluten-free Gods crowned her a bona fide gluten-free virtuoso. With nearly 100 recipes mastered under her belt, she decided to put her work to the test.  Without telling the patrons or the owners of the chateau where she was baking in France, every dessert she made was gluten-free. To the audience’s amazement when she leaked her secret, she was lauded with a standing ovation every night.

Upon her return to Austin, Texas, she immediately posted her recipes on her first food blog, The Art of Gluten Free Cooking.  In 2008, Blackbird Bakery was born. The online gourmet, gluten-free bakeshop catered to gluten-free gastronomes nationwide by shipping her handcrafted treats. The uniqueness of her style married with the uncompromised quality of carefully culled ingredients soon had her catering to celebrities like Ben Harper, David Arquette and pro surfer Kelly Slater, as well as marquee events among the ranks of the Grammy Awards, Sundance Film Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Wanderlust, and SXSW.

Her first cookbook, Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free, (published by the house of Chronicle Books) is a compendium of delectable gluten-free desserts that are just as good, if not better, than their gluten inspirations. She is now the star of Whole Food’s new cooking show, Gluten Morgan. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, About, The Daily Candy, Gluten-Free Girl, Silvana’s Kitchen, Simply Sugar & Gluten Free, Spa Magazine, The Oregonian, The Austin American Statesman, Living Without, Yoga Journal and on NPR.

She lives, bakes and works in Austin, Texas with her son, Leo.

Follow Karen on Twitter at @blackbirdbakes.

Cara Lyons

Cara Lyons is the author of Cara’s Cravings, a food blog dedicated to indulgent recipes for healthy living. Cara has found that the key to maintaining her 75lb weight loss is spinning her passionate love of all foods and cooking into enticing, wholesome recipes featuring clean and nutritious ingredients. She has proven to herself and those around her that healthy food is far from boring. On the contrary, it can be rich, interesting, and unexpectedly delicious. In addition to her blog, her original recipes can also be found in Clean Eating Magazine. Recently Cara has taken an interest in cooking “inclusively,” meaning, she enjoys dabbling in gluten-free, vegan, and other specialty diets, so that more people can enjoy her recipes. She is thrilled to be presenting at Nourished.

Follow Cara on Twitter at @CarasCravings.


Peter Bronski

Peter Bronski is the co-author (along with his wife, Kelli) of two gluten-free cookbooks: Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes and Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking, which Publishers Weekly called an “outstanding volume” whose “impressive breadth and straightforward instructions make it an essential, horizon-broadening tool for those off gluten.” The cookbooks have also garnered coverage in Gluten-Free Living, Living Without, about.com, Exceptional Parent, the Oregonian, and the Washington Post, as well as throughout the GF blogosphere.

He is also the founder of the acclaimed blog, No Gluten, No Problem. Easy Eats: The Magazine for Gluten-Free Living named it one of the top three gluten-free blogs in a survey of more than 75 prominent gluten-free websites, and The Kitchn included it in a list of “10 Inspiring Blogs for Gluten-Free Food & Cooking,” noting Pete’s “thorough and lucid writing.”

An award-winning writer by trade, his work has appeared in some 80 magazines, and he has published three books in addition to the gluten-free cookbooks. Pete has been gluten-free since January 2007, when he was diagnosed with celiac disease. A spokesperson for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness as one of the organization’s Athletes for Awareness, he is an endurance athlete currently focused on ultramarathons, and a former competitor at the Xterra off-road triathlon U.S. national championship.

He has taught gluten-free cooking demos, seminars and webinars for organizations including the Gluten-Free Culinary Summit, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, Whole Foods, and the American Library Association. Pete has been featured in publications such as the Daily Camera and Edible Front Range, appeared on Denver’s NBC television affiliate, and interviewed on National Public Radio’s “The Splendid Table.”

Follow Peter on Twitter at @PeterBronski.

Cybele Pascal

Cybele Pascal has been pioneering Allergen-Free Cuisine for the past ten years. She is the author of two bestselling cookbooks, The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook, and The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook, for which she has made appearances on The Martha Stewart Show, the Food Network, the Today show, Good Morning America Health, and NPR. She also writes two popular allergy-free food blogs; “Food Allergy Recipe Challenge” on Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Daily, and “Cybele Pascal: Allergen-Free Cuisine”. Cybele lectures and teaches nationally, and makes cooking videos for people with food allergies and intolerances. She is the mother of a food allergic family, and an Ambassador Who Cares for FAAN (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network), working to make sure nobody is ever deprived of their favorite foods, just because they have food allergies. Cybele specializes in creating gluten-free recipes that are free of all top allergens (dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and sesame). She is currently working on her third cookbook with Ten Speed/Random House, which will be released in November 2012.  For more information, see www.cybelepascal.com.

Follow Cybele on Twitter at @CybelePascal.


Kim Koeller

As President and Founder of GlutenFree Passport®, Kim Koeller is an internationally acclaimed speaker, global consultant and award-winning co-author of the Let’s Eat Out! Your Passport to Living Gluten and Allergy Free book series. This series is the winner of the Best Language Guide Award and finalist for Best Health & Diet Book, Best Health & Wellness Book, Best Travel Guide and Best First Book Non-Fiction Awards.

As an international business consultant, Kim has spent the last 20-plus years eating 80% of her meals in restaurants around the world while managing over a dozen food related allergies/sensitivities and celiac disease. She has traveled over 1.5 million miles across the globe, dined in 25+ countries while living 4 continents.

Kim earned her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and is fluent in the French language. She also has been a guest speaker at national and international celiac and food allergy conferences worldwide including London, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto and throughout the US.

Follow Kim on Twitter at @GFPassport.



Carolyn Ketchum

Carolyn Ketchum

Carolyn is the writer and recipe developer behind All Day I Dream About Food, a mostly low carb, gluten free food blog.  She has a Masters in Physical Anthropology and Human Evolution from Arizona State University and has an extensive background in higher education administration.

The way she sees it, Carolyn didn’t choose the low carb lifestyle, it chose her.  After being diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her third pregnancy, she began watching her carb intake.  And when the diabetes decided to stick around, she refused to give up her lifelong passion of baking and cooking.  She just had to find new ways to do it.  To her delight, Carolyn discovered that with a little ingenuity and some perseverance, many high carb recipes can be made over into low carb, gluten free treats without sacrificing flavor.  She’s had quite a bit of success, with a few outright failures thrown in to keep her humble.

Carolyn started sharing recipes on her blog for fun, but it has quickly grown to be a serious commitment with many followers and readers.  All Day I Dream About Food is devoted to bringing readers creative, flavorful foods that are low in carbohydrates and suitable for diabetics and dieters alike.  Most of the recipes are also gluten-free.  Carolyn recently collaborated on a low carb, gluten free cookbook with several other low carb authors, entitled Low Carbing Among Friends.  Carolyn’s recipes have been featured on Women’s Health Online and Glamour Online and she is also a contributor on A Sweet Life, an online diabetes magazine, as well as Stuffed Pepper, a gluten free website.  She is thrilled to be attending and presenting at Nourished.

Follow Carolyn on Twitter at @dreamaboutfood.

Ricki Heller

Ricki HellerRicki Heller is a whole foods chef, educator, and author of the Canadian bestseller Sweet Freedom: Desserts You’ll Love without Wheat, Eggs, Dairy or Refined Sugar (one of only three cookbooks recommended on Ellen DeGeneres’ website) as well as three e-cookbooks.

Ricki writes the popular food blog Diet, Dessert and Dogs, recently nominated as one of SHAPE Magazine’s “Best Healthy Eating Blogs” for 2011. On the blog, Ricki chronicles her ongoing challenges with candida, offers entertaining anecdotes about her life, shares sugar-free, vegan, whole-foods recipes and provides a platform for her two chatty lab-border collie cross dogs, Elsie and Chaser.

Ricki’s writing and recipes have been featured in Clean Eating Magazine, Canadian Living Magazine, OneGreenPlanet.com, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, CrazySexyLife.com as well as other publications. She has appeared on CTV’s Canada AM, City TV’s Breakfast Television, Rogers’ daytime, In the Know and York Region Living, and has been a regular presenter at events and expos across the Toronto area, including the annual Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival and the Women’s Health Matters Forum and Expo.  She also teaches nutrition at Seneca College in Toronto.

Ricki lives just outside Toronto with her husband and two “girls”.

Follow Ricki on Twitter at @RickiHeller.

Mary Fran Wiley

Mary Fran Wiley is an award-winning graphic/web designer based out of Chicago, IL. She also happens to be the author of a gluten-free baking blog, frannycakes.com.

FrannyCakes was born out of a love for design & photography as well as a burning desire to bake. Mary Fran’s attention to proper baking techniques as well as an understanding of how different ingredients affect the finished baked goods has allowed her to remake many childhood favorites and invent many new desserts.

Mary Fran has been designing websites since she was a junior in high school (back when CSS was just a passing trend). She has extensive experience building and maintaining WordPress based websites and blogs, but her true passion lies in the design and branding of websites. Mary Fran has helped many clients through the process of choosing a site name and domain name (they don’t always have to be the same!), to picking a visual identity and turning it into a recognizable brand. If you would like to see some samples of her work, you can peruse her portfolio.

Follow Mary Fran on Twitter at @frannycakesblog.


Melissa Jennings

Melissa Jennings is the co-author of the book Savvy Saving :: Couponing Secrets From The Stockpiling Moms. From book to blog she has spoken/taught coupon classes to thousands as she helps others live savvy and gluten-free lifestyles.

She is the founder of the popular blog, Stockpiling Moms. Stockpiling Moms is lifestyle blog dedicated to helping her readers live a savvy lifestyle. She features gluten-free and traditional recipes, menu plans, coupons, deals and DIY Projects.

She has created a successful blog community through social media and has become a social media expert, and brand ambassador for many major companies; including EucerinUS, Kraft Foods, Sam’s Club, Aquafina FlavorSplash, Ebates, The Blog Frog and Johnsonville.

Melissa has been gluten-free since 2011 when she was diagnosed with Celiac disease. She turned her passion for saving money into being dedicated to helping others living a gluten-free lifestyle as well.

Prior to leaving her career to stay at home with her son, Melissa taught Child and Family Science for 11 years at the high school level, which included topics such as: nutrition, culinary arts and menu planning.

Follow Melissa on Twitter at @StockpilingMoms.

Suzanne E. Florek

With experience in some of Chicago’s most acclaimed restaurants and boardrooms, Suzanne E. Florek brings a unique blend of business savvy and culinary expertise.

Florek currently enjoys a freelance career in New Product Development as a corporate chef for several clients including: Food Marketing Support Services, H & W Ingredients and Topco. In July of 2011, Florek launched a savvy WEB site Salty Fig http://www.saltyfig.com, a WEB tool designed to Collect, Organize and Save recipes, while promoting and cross linking amazing entrepreneurial food sites.

Before striking out on her own, Florek was the Director of Culinary Services for a Chicago food marketing and advertising firm, Noble and Associates, where she handled brand planning, new product development and recipe development for Fortune 500 clients such as Heinz, LifeSavers, General Foods, Pillsbury and Stella Cheese.

Prior to joining the agency, Florek was Chef de Cuisine for the critically acclaimed Tuttaposto Mediterranean Taverna, formerly in Chicago.  Florek played a key role in the restaurant’s development, including menu and recipe development.  Under her direction, the restaurant generated $2.2 million in gross sales and received the Critics’ Choice Award from Chicago Magazine during its first year of operation.

Florek launched her culinary career in Chicago at Spiaggia/Spiaggia Café as Executive Chef, taking the reigns from long time mentor Tony Mantuano.

Florek is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international organization open to women who have achieved success in the culinary and hospitality industries, where she served on the board of directors and held the positions of president, past-president, vice-president and secretary of the Chicago chapter.

She has cooked for Vice President Al Gore, was nominated by the Women’s Food Service Network of Chicago for its “Women of the Year” award, and participated in fund-raising events for local charitable organizations such as Rainbow House, Meals on Wheels, the Cradle and others.

She holds an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from the esteemed Culinary Institute of America and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Operations and Systems Management from Indiana University Business School.

Florek resides in Western Springs, IL. with her husband and three children.

Follow Suzanne on Twitter at @SaltyFig

Lauren-Lucille Vasser

Lauren-Lucille Vasser started “The Celiac Diva,” an online show and blog dishing on all things gluten-free, in March 2010. Lauren-Lucille is a singer/songwriter, a professional theater actress who’s career includes playing the lead in multiple national tours, co- hostess for Schar’s “Better Without” Series, wife to a computer stud and self admitted chocolate addict living in NYC.

Follow Lauren-Lucille on Twitter @TheCeliacDiva

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- Bloggers who write about specialty diets of any type - vegan, dairy-free, low-carb, grain-free, whole foods, etc.
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