Finger Lakes 2013
Writer, photographer, & founder of Carolina Eats
Ali Banks is the research & development chef for Chopt Creative Salad Company in New York City. She studied culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
Bryan Mayer is a butcher & co-founder of Kensington Quarters, a restaurant, butcher shop & education center in Philadelphia, PA.
founder of Brooklyn Dehli
founder of Food + Tech Connect
author & cooking instructor
Diana Zalucky is an editorial and lifestyle photographer hailing from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Her passion and energy on set brings out the best in people, resulting in organic images filled with spirit and enthusiasm. An explorer at heart, Diana has travelled on assignment to more than 30 countries.
founder of Midnight Brunch
instructor & owner of First Class Cooking
Emily Dellas runs a cooking school, First Class Cooking. She also works on recipe development at Alpha Food Labs.
Alicia Lochard a scholar and food historian of Black American foodways. Alica is currently a teaching fellow and doctoral student of Africana Studies at University of Pennsylvania.
Baker & founder of Sans Bakery
Erica Fair left a career in fashion design to create gluten-free treats as the baker and owner of Sans Bakery in New York City.
Finger Lakes Distilling
Brian McKenzie and Thomas McKenzie of Finger Lakes Distilling hosted us for a distillery tour and spirit tasting. Eat Retreaters got to help make whiskey mash and run the still.
Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese
Eat Retreaters tasted farmstead cheeses, toured the aging rooms and tried their hand at cheesemaking with Nancy Richards of Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese.
Gimme! Coffee’s Benn Bartishevich and Daralyn Kelleher educated Eat Retreaters on single-origin beans, coffee flavor profiles and the roasting process.
founder of Underground Eats
Hawk Meadow Farm
Steve, locally known as “Shiitake Steve,” and Anne Sierigk showed us their method of cultivating shiitake mushrooms in the forest. Attendees took home their own shiitake-inoculated log.
Heather Marold Thomason
Butcher & Founder of Primal Supply Meats | Director of Eat Retreat
Whole-animal butcher & supply chain expert
grower of food businesses
advocate at Slow Food USA
photograher & digital storyteller
Photographer, writer & creative strategist
writer, editor & organizer of BK Swappers
Jeffrey de Picciotto
creator of Fudehouse
Jeffrey de Picciotto is a project manager at Momofuku Culinary Lab in New York City & the creator of FudeHouse.
Attendees spent the morning with local baker Leslie Muhlhahn learning the art and science of bread baking and making loaves the old-fashioned way.
olive oil maker | founder & director of Eat Retreat
Kathryn Tomajan farms three acres of olives in Sunol, California. She is a certified olive oil taster and the maker of Fat Gold.
local food advocate
Kelly Landrieu champions regional food producers as a Local Forager for Whole Foods. She’s based in New Orleans, LA.
co-founder of AccelFoods
Marsh Skeele is a founding fisherman of the community supported fishery Sitka Salmon Shares.
co-founder of Alpha Food Labs
Mike Lee develops food products that support regenerative ag and biodiversity at Alpha Food Labs. He is also the founder of The Future Market.
writer & cook
Rachel Adams hails from Chicago and is the author of Dinner was Delicious.
Red Newt Cellars
Red Newt Cellars hosted Eat Retreaters during the most exciting time of year: the grape harvest. After time on the crush pad, we experience a guided Riesling tasting.
Savor Life: Live Local Radio
Eat Retreaters explored how audio interviews add depth and a personal connection to the local food movement in a workshop led by local radio personality Michael Warren Thomas.
writer & academic
spice purveyor & owner of Spice Hound
Tammy Tan is the founder of the global spice company Spicehound. She also hosts the podcast Lettuce Wrap.
Will Turnage uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to build technology applications for food and cooking.