Amanda Rettke of I Am Baker

Amanda Rettke of I Am BakerFood Blog Radio Episode #43

This week we chat it up with Amanda Rettke, baker, blogger, author, wife and mother behind the popular website I Am Baker. She has worked amazing publications such as: Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, and more! Join us on another fun adventure in food blogging.

Listen in as we chat with Amanda about:

  • Tips for successfully running a blog and enjoying family life at the same time.
  • How I Am Baker started.
  • Why Sara is Amanda’s kind of people.
  • Amanda’s success on Facebook.
  • Growing up in Fargo.
  • Her beautiful cookbook “Surprise Inside Cakes”.
  • Her speaking career.
  • What the future for Amanda looks like.

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Erika Penzer Kerekes of Not Ketchup

Erika Kerekes Not Ketchup

Food Blog Radio Episode #42

This week we chat with Erika Penzer Kerekes, food blogger, Condiment Queen, and founder of Not Ketchup!  Not Ketchup are sauces that are sweet and tangy like ketchup or barbecue sauce, but are made from fruit instead of tomatoes. Erika shares how she started blogging and how her amazing new business came to life!

Listen in as we chat with Erika about:

  • How she started blogging
  • Founding FBLA – Food Bloggers Los Angeles/building a community of bloggers
  • From blogging to starting a new food business
  • The story behind Not Ketchup
  • How to bring a product to market
  • Research and development
  • The challenge of sourcing fruit products
  • We discuss the financials – The cost of starting a business
  • Marketing costs – how to get the word out about your product
  • Some of the lessons she learned along the way
  • Consulting with new business owners – paying it forward
  • The importance of relationships and networking
  • People like to buy what they know
  • Advice for aspiring food entrepreneurs
  • Transitioning to No Added Sugar versions of Not Ketchup
  • Have fun!

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Tanaya Ghosh of Tanaya’s Table

Tanaya Ghosh

Food Blog Radio Episode #41

An avid lover of all things food, travel and adventure, Tanaya Ghosh joins us this week on Food Blog Radio!  Tanaya has a passion for creating meaningful connections  with people through food and foodie events!  You can find her eating, taking pictures and exploring the Orange County and Los Angeles areas, doing behind-the-scenes interviews, sharing on her Blog, Instagram, Snapchat and her live video shows!

Listen in as we chat with Tanaya about:

  • Her educational background: USC vs. UCLA
  • Working as a Food Editor and Radio Host
  • Where “Tanaya’s Table” came from
  • Working in Public Relations
  • Starting a blog!
  • Family support!  Learning what’s important!
  • Tastemade to YouTube
  • Beyond the blog – hiking and Jelly Bean the dog!
  • Nick names for Gary and Sara?
  • Advice for growing followers on Instagram
  • Photography:  Smart phones vs. DSLR
  • Vlogging and Travel Photo tips
  • Nom.Com
  • Tanaya’s Kitchen Inspirations
  • Her favorite places & events around Los Angeles!

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Taryn Jeffries of Phoenix Bites

Taryn Jeffries

Food Blog Radio Episode #40

Taryn is the Editor-In-Chief and Chief Eating Officer of the award-winning online blog, dining and culinary guide for Phoenix, Arizona, aptly named “Phoenix Bites!”  Taryn helps people find anything from local restaurant news, reviews, menu specials, interviews with chefs, culinary event announcements, and everything in between.  A hard-working writer, wife, and mother of two boys, Taryn is also the founder of Food Bloggers Arizona, coordinates media events and firmly believes food should not be over-complicated!

Listen in as we chat with Taryn about:

  • What is Phoenix Bites?
  • How it all began
  • Whatever you put out in the world, you get back!
  • Taryn shares the ONE place in Phoenix you can’t miss!
  • Is “stickability” a word?  Discussing James Beard nominees and recognition for Arizona Chefs
  • Great places to eat in Sedona, Flagstaff and Tucson!
  • A rise in “elevated fast casual” restaurants
  • Tips for taking pictures in restaurants
  • Advice for how to approach a restaurant owner or media organization
  • Make people hungry for what you do!  How to get your name out there with local places!
  • The future of Phoenix Bites and Taryns goals for the year
  • Food Bloggers Arizona
  • Some speedo talk

Want to know more about Taryn and Phoenix Bites?  Find all her social media channels here: 

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Taji Marie from TrustURGut.com

Taji Marie

Food Blog Radio Episode #39

Chef Taji Marie is a chef, caterer, blogger, food stylist, culinary consultant and Chopped Champion!  A Northern California native who now lives in Los Angeles, Taji believes in the simple philosophy of “Trust your gut!”  She says “It’s the thing I tell myself at any crossroads, big or small, and it’s advice that’s never let me down.”

Listen in as we chat with Taji about:

  • How she came to Los Angeles
  • A year in St. John, Virgin Islands
  • Sur La Table
  • The beginnings of her blog:  Trust UR Gut
  • We discuss videos
  • Taji’s catering business – feeding professional athletes
  • Creative Culinary Consulting
  • Her culinary background and advice for anyone interested in a career in cooking
  • Being on Chopped
  • Her Pop up Dinners
  • Recipe development and how she comes up with ideas
  • New things for the future!  Adding another project to the mix!

Want to know more about Chef Taji Marie?  Find her on all her social media channels here: 

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Ally Phillips from Ally’s Kitchen

Ally Phillips of Ally's Kitchen

Food Blog Radio Episode #38

This week, we chat with Dr. Alice d’Antonio Phillips or “Ally” as she is known in the food world!  Her signature cuisine can be described as ‘Bohemian Bold.’  A child of the 60’s, now in her 60’s, she invites you to jump on her magic carpet and travel with her around the world through her food and photos!  We love her style, spunk, southern drawl and her unique twist on cooking, photography and living this wonderful life!

Listen in as we chat with Ally about:

  • The weather outside our kitchen windows
  • “Everybody has a story to tell”
  • Food connects us, it is the common denominator in our DNA
  • A bit of background about Dr. Alice
  • Master Chef – Season 2
  • Reinventing herself
  • She was born a “Cook”
  • How it all began: the blog, sharing recipes and lifestyle inspiration
  • A peek into her Bohemian Life
  • Competitive Cooking!
  • Learning as your grow, the importance of increasing your skill set
  • What makes you different?
  • Authenticity in her photography, all the spills, splatters and smudges
  • Upcoming Food Photography Workshop!
  • Ally’s Cookbook “Ally’s Kitchen~A Passport for Adventurous Palates

Want to know more about Ally and her Bohemian Lifestyle?  You can find her here: 

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Kami Kilgore of The Everything Food Conference!

Kami Kilgore

Food Blog Radio Episode #37

Meet Kami Kilgore!  She loves to motivate others to eat healthy and help them realize healthy living is both enjoyable and gratifying.  Kami and her business partner were inspired to create Everything Food Conference after attending another conference!  Coming to Salt Lake City, Utah,  May 19 – 21, 2016, this conference is for food bloggers who want to grow their blogging business while enjoying engaging, hands-on experiences with other talented and seasoned food bloggers… and, of course, indulge in some crazy-good food!

Listen in as we chat with Kami all about:

  • How “The Everything Food Conference” started (just 13 months ago!!)
  • You have to make it look pretty!
  • Kami’s background
  • Inspiration behind “No Diet’s Allowed”
  • Healthy Eating, Healthy Living, Feeling Good!
  • The 10 x Rule
  • Family support is everything!
  • Providing value for hardworking Food Bloggers
  • Getting great speakers and sponsors for a great conference
  • Food Trucks of Salt Lake City!
  • Former Food Blog Radio Guests speaking at the Conference!
  • VIP tickets going fast!  What you get as a VIP!
  • Gary wants a pedicure
  • Balancing family and work!
  • What other language does Kami speak?
  • All the details about The Everything Food Conference

Want to know more about Kami and The Everything Food Conference?  Find all her info here: 

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Lainey Liz from Simply Bakings!

Lainey Liz

Food Blog Radio Episode #36

Coming at you, in our first remote interview from Starbucks, we’re pleased to introduce you to YouTube sensation, Lainey Liz of Simply Bakings!  Lainey has been doing videos for three years now and has a following of over 200,000 subscribers!  She loves to teach and share delicious desserts with the world!

Listen in as we chat with Lainey about:

  • How she met Sara  (First things first!)
  • “What were you thinking?”  How the journey began…
  • Dealing with negative comments
  • Where her ideas and recipes come from (Pinterest is her best friend!)
  • How she films her videos
  • A secret about one of her videos!  Shhhhhh!!
  • A lot goes on behind the scenes!
  • Getting help with videos/social media
  • Another secret is revealed!!!  Big news about Lainey’s summer plans!
  • Being a vegetarian
  • The challenges of cooking vegetarian Filipino foods
  • She’s a baker, not a cook!
  • The future of Simply Bakings
  • Broken bowls and spilled water

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Gary House from Never Too Old To Travel

Gary House | Food Blog Radio

Food Blog Radio Episode #35

Our very own Gary House is the featured guest today on Food Blog Radio!

He’s starting a new adventure in traveling and we’re very happy to be the first to hear all about his first trip to Kowloon and downtown Hong Kong!

Listen in as we chat with Gary about:

  • His new blog project!
  • Transitioning to travel
  • A new adventure in Hong Kong
  • Learning the neighborhoods
  • An Octopus Card
  • Exploring the parks and street markets of Kowloon
  • Taking the train over to downtown Hong Kong
  • People everywhere!
  • Not feeling well…
  • Getting around the city on a double-decker bus!
  • Mid-level escalators
  • Beautiful parks and aviaries!
  • Small restaurants and overcoming the language barriers
  • Really not feeling well…
  • The adventure home
  • “Are you Ok?”
  • Korean airport amenities
  • Finally home and lessons for next time!

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Denise Vivaldo of DeniseVivaldo.Com

Denise Vivaldo

Food Blog Radio Episode #34

We are thrilled to be back with you and can’t wait to introduce you to Denise Vivaldo of DeniseVivaldo.Com.  Denise is a world-renowned Food Stylist who started as a caterer and has spent years working in the TV and film industries.  Denise is the author of eight different books, with more on the way and you will love the stories she has to share with us!

Listen in as we chat with Denise about:

  • How she began her career
  • From Julia Child to Joan Collins
  • “This cake needs nuts!”
  • Some of the fun people she’s worked with
  • Traveling the world
  • The hardest part about being a food stylist is …
  • Writing cookbooks
  • Updates and new cookbook projects
  • Catering the Oscars with Wolfgang Puck
  • Denise’s Dream Dinner Party For 10
  • What’s on the menu for the Dream Dinner Party?
  • A Cindie Story!
  • Cook the Book with Denise and Jenni

Want to know more about Denise?  Of course you do! Here’s where you can find her:

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