2012 Symposium Presenter Biographies

Brooke Bell

Brooke Bell is the editor of Taste of the South, a fast-growing magazine that preserves the past and celebrates the future of Southern food. She is also the editorial director of Louisiana Cookin’ magazine. As editor, Brooke directs the editorial staff and is responsible for the planning and executing of all the content for the magazine. She also partners with the test kitchen staff and photography team to develop the recipes and images in every issue. Brooke joined the Hoffman Media team in 2007 as food editor of Cooking with Paula Deen, where she created story packages and oversaw the development of all recipes and food-related content before taking the helm at Taste of the South. Prior to arriving at Hoffman Media, Brooke worked as managing editor for three of Grand View Media Group’s titles, as food writer for Birmingham Weekly, and as a freelance food writer for various publications. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Birmingham-Southern College and an associate degree in culinary arts from Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Steve Bryant
With more than 100 awards to his name, Steve Bryant is a legend in food communications. His decades of experience are full of notable achievements from the launch of Jared Fogel for Subway to popularizing the veggie burger. Steve is the MSLGROUP Americas Director of Food and Beverage. His career at the firm spans more than 25 years and includes roles as a national creative director and director of business and brand development. He is also leader in the social and digital media space, providing thought-leadership through data and insights, such as from the landmark study, Clicks & Cravings: The Impact of Social Technology on Food Culture. Steve has represented food brands and commodities from farm to fork and in most categories of the supermarket as well as foodservice. He has advised clients at most of the nation’s largest food companies, including Nestlé, Coca-Cola and General Mills, as well as some of its largest commodity boards. Learn more about Steve here.

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Patty Carroll

Patty Carroll has been fascinated by the culture of hot dog stands since the 1980’s, when she began to document them in Chicago and other parts of the USA. Her hot dog photographs are on permanent display at the Chicago History Museum, have been shown to great delight at the Chicago Water Tower Photography Gallery (viewed by approximately 20,000 people,) in various group exhibitions off and on since she began the project. Patty Carroll, currently Adjunct Full Professor of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at Columbia College Chicago, is a distinguished photographic artist with a deep interest in American popular culture. She has published and exhibited widely on American cultural topics including Elvis Impersonators, American suburban lawns, resorts at night, as well as hot dog stands. Her books include: Living the Life: the World of Elvis Tribute Artists, Culture is Everywhere, and her hot dog stand photos are included in Changing Chicago.

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Stephanie Jane Carter

Stephanie is the editor of OKRA Magazine. She is the co-author of The A-Z Encyclopedia of Food Controversies and the Law, which has been called “the most comprehensive work covering food and law.” She has cooked professionally in four countries and was chosen as one of ten chefs to represent New Orleans at the4-14 Festival in Dijon, France in 2011. She holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy from Tulane University and an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in New York.  Follow her and OKRA @okramagazine.

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Regina Charboneau

Regina writes about food for The Atlantic. She is the author of two cookbooks: A Collection of Seasonal Menus & Recipes from Regina’s Kitchen and Regina’s Table at Twin Oaks. Additionally, she is the Chef de Cuisine of The American Queen riverboat and owner of Twin Oaks Bed & Breakfast in Natchez, Mississippi. Regina is a board member of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and is famous across the South for her fantastic biscuits.

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Colin Crawford

Professor Crawford is a Robert C. Cudd Professor of Law and the Executive Director of the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane Unviersity Law School.  He joined the Tulane faculty in 2010 from the Georgia State University College of Law, where he founded and co-directed the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth and directed a summer program in Rio De Janeiro.  He is the founder of Study Space, a project that brings together academics and graduate students each year for an intensive study of one city in the Americas or the Caribbean.  He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, the National School of Public Health, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, in Rio de Janeiro, and the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.  Immediately after his graduation from law school, he engaged in private legal practice in Tokyo and New York City in the areas of international, environmental, and land use law. His teaching and research interests are in the environmental and land use areas, particularly comparative, cross-cultural environmental justice issues, with a particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Philip M. Dobard

Philip’s work spans executive management, film and television production, higher education, and live performance. He is currently producing a range of film and television projects, among them KAFFIR BOY: THERE LIES HOPE, the cinematic adaptation of the bestselling autobiography of Mark Mathabane, starring Connie Nielsen and Arnold Vosloo, and DEADTIME STORIES, a family-friendly horror anthology for television, starring Jennifer Stone and three-time Academy Award-nominee Diane Ladd. He has produced more than three dozen operas and other theatrical properties, most notably the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s LYSISTRATA, OR THE NUDE GODDESS (New York City Opera and Houston Grand Opera) and critically-acclaimed revivals of THE MAGIC FLUTE (Hawaii Opera Theatre and Lyric Opera of Kansas City) and THE THREEPENNY OPERA (Vancouver Opera and Arizona Opera). Philip serves as SoFAB’s Vice President for Business Development and Director of SoFAB Media. You can learn more about Philip  here and follow him@CreoleNarcissus.

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Rick Ellis

With over 25 years experience as a food stylist in both film and print, Rick Ellis includes among his clients most of the major food corporations including Kraft, Con Agra, Nestle, Whole Foods, Burger King, McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, and magazines such as Gourmet, Food & Wine and Bon Apetit. An avid interest in the history of food has led to his collection of nearly 5,000 books dating from the 18th century to the present on the subject of American foodways. He was the consultant and stylist on Martin Scorcese’s film, The Age of Innocence, and was a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons. As a member of the Culinary Historians of New York, the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the Southern Foodways Alliance, he has lectured for these and other organizations on diverse aspects of American cuisine and its presentation. Mr. Ellis is a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, located in New Orleans. Learn more about a day in the life of Rick Ellis here.

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Beryl F. Hunter

Beryl F. Hunter is a skilled business professional, curator, management consultant, researcher, and public speaker. She has worked in the local New Orleans community in the arts and entertainment, cultural institutions, the legal system and state recovery efforts following hurricane Katrina. Beryl holds a Master of Arts in Museum studies from Southern University New Orleans, and B.A. in Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LA and paralegal certificate from Tulane University. She is a member of several professional organizations and recent founder and CEO of consulting company Elelyon Cultural Solutions a nonprofit organization.

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Paul A. Greenberg

Paul A. Greenberg is a New Orleans-based writer with 25 years experience in traditional, as well as digital journalism.  As Director of the Journalism and Media Arts Program at Tulane University, Greenberg oversees majors in journalism, media studies, digital design, public relations and website development.  Additionally, for the past 15 years Greenberg has written a weekly column for the Times-Picayune about job searching, career changing and matching one’s passions with appropriate occupations. Greenberg also writes a widely-read blog, Greenberg Rants, (www.GreenbergRants.com), about headline news events, issues of justice, the arts, personal expression and pop culture. Over the years Greenberg has worked as a correspondent for People Magazine, a destination columnist for Meeting News (the nation’s largest publication for the meetings and conventions industry), a career columnist for Monster.com, an entertainment writer for America Online and a home interiors and architecture writer for various publications. Greenberg has a long history with the food, restaurant and hospitality industry, about which he writes for local, regional and national publications. He currently writes a monthly column for Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine.  He has also done voiceover work for corporate clients, industrial films, commercials and radio. As for the diversity of topics and publications for which he has written, Greenberg’s mantra is simply, “Never be afraid of the subject matter.”

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Christophe Jammet

Christophe Jammet is the founder of Sparkify, a boutique digital strategy and social media firm based in New York City. He advises clients on the most effective methods for their brands to achieve increased ROI across social media and mobile platforms. Christophe has a particularly deep knowledge of the Food and Hospitality sector, and works with major restaurants, retail brands, and food organizations on social ROI generation as well. He has spent his entire life around food as the son of the owners of La Caravelle and an amateur chef on his own accord. As Tulane graduate, Christophe has a soft spot for NOLA and its culinary escapades. His hobbies include cooking, bacon-eating, bourbon drinking, and food blogging (www.ridelighteatheavy.com).

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Bruce Kraig

Bruce Kraig has loved hot dogs since his first bite at Nathan’s when he was 5 years old. Since then he has studied hot dogs, and for over 25 years, has been the leading authority on the culture of Hot Dogs. Bruce Kraig, Professor Emeritus Roosevelt University, and Adjunct Faculty at Kendall College Culinary School, is a noted food historian, who regularly publishes and speaks on the topic of World and American foodways. He has published widely on the history of hot dogs, including the book, Hot Dogs: A Global History, which recently won a Paris Book Fair Award. As the authority on the culture, lore and history of hot dogs, he has appeared often in national media, including documentaries by the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. As the leading expert on hot dogs, Kraig is often called upon by newspapers, magazines, television and radio news programs for featured quotes and information. For example, he has appeared on ABC Nightline, Martha Stewart Radio, ABC national News, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and in the spring of 2009, CBS News, WGN and NBC News Chicago, as well as BBC News and Radio New Zealand-all about hot dogs.

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Baylen Linnekin

Baylen Linnekin,  B.A., M.A., J.D., LL.M., is the executive director of the Washington, DC-based grassroots nonprofit Keep Food Legal. His writings on food law have appeared in scholarly publications like Chapman University Law Review and Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly and in popular publications like Reason, Huffington Post, and the Baltimore Sun. Linnekin has presented his research at many top law schools (including University of Chicago, Harvard, and Tulane). He has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Wilson Quarterly, and Bloomberg News, and has appeared on Fox Business Channel, Al Jazeera, Minnesota Public Radio, and elsewhere.

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Mike Lee

Mike Lee is the founder of Studiofeast, a culinary group that creates new dining experiences through pop-up dinner events. The events are a platform for new ideas in dining and show the power of food as a central touchpoint for inspiration and social experience. Studiofeast raises the flag for the home cook and wants people of all cooking levels to rethink the potential that exists in their own home kitchen. Find out more at Studiofeast.com. By day, Mike is the Director of Strategy with Bond Strategy & Influence, a marketing consulting agency. In Mike’s spare time, he enjoys running, pork products, and whiskey.

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Phillip Lopez

Phillip is the owner and Executive Chef of Root in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was the son of an Army family and spent his childhood living in Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Holland, and Puerto Rico. Following graduation from high school, Phillip began his culinary career in Virginia Beach, VA before landing a job in New Orleans with Chef John Besh. Being displaced to Washington, DC following Hurricane Katrina gave Phillip the opportunity to train under Chef Michel Richard, the highly celebrated culinarian behind Citronelle. Returning to New Orleans several months later, Phillip again joined Besh and eventually worked at five of his restaurants, including Restaurant August and American Sector at the World War II Museum. In 2010 Phillip became Executive Chef of Restaurant Rambla, a modern-style restaurant with French and Spanish influences. Phillip is a progressive force for new ideas in food preparation, techniques, textures, and service and his passion for the art of the meal fuels his fascination with food creativity. Phillip was named one of Louisiana Cookin’ Magazine’s Chefs to Watch in November 2011; just four months after opening Root received a rare, “four bean” review from Brett Anderson/Times Picayune; and Root was recently named “Best New Restaurant” by New Orleans Magazine.

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Jean Louis Marchand

Jean Louis is a professor emeritus at Chesapeake college where he taught sociology, psychology and film studies courses. Born in France he grew up during the nouvelle vague explosion which redefined film as an academic and aesthetic art form. He loves French onion soup and is known to have concocted some of the best for his closest friends. He loves traveling, playing tennis, golf and is presently looking to join a pétanque club  in the DC area.

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Douglas Povich

Douglas Povich is a Partner in the global law firm Squire Sanders where he practices communications and technology law in Washington, DC.  In 2010, Doug started the Red Hook Lobster Pound food truck, which serves fresh Maine lobster rolls throughout the DC metropolitan area.  Putting his J.D. to good use, Doug became a founding member of the DC Food Truck Association, serves on its Board of Directors and helps to persuade area governments to adopt reasonable mobile vending regulations.   He received a B.A. from Union College in 1982 and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1985.

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Brian Kenneth Swain

Brian is author of the novels World Hunger, Alone in the Light, and Sistina. He also writes short stories, essays and poetry, and has been a featured poet at the Poetry Society of Texas, Houston Poetry Fest (three-time juried poet), Austin International Poetry Festival (juried poet), InPrint, Barnes & Noble, and Borders, as well as on Pacifica and NPR radio. He is the author of the poetry collections Secret Places and My America, and his work has appeared in Di-Verse-ity, Ampersand, Bayou Review, Edgar Literary Magazine, Free Press Houston, Mutabilis Press, Pebble Lake Review, Spikey Palm, and The Texas Poetry Calendar. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Brian is an engineer and businessperson whose professional career spans twenty-three years, including having worked for Bell Laboratories and McKinsey & Company. He holds an MSEE from Columbia University and an MBA from The Wharton School. He grew up in Brunswick, Maine and now lives in Houston, Texas. Read more about Brian and his work here.

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Paul Swanson

Paul is an attorney and shareholder in the Seattle offices of Lane Powell PC, a law firm he joined in October 1985. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and disputes. He is the co-chair of the Lane Powell’s Food, Beverage and Hospitality Law Group and a regular contributor to the firm’s “Earth and Table” website devoted to legal issues of import in the food, beverage and hospitality trades. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota Law School. Paul is a former chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Washington State Bar Association and is currently chair of the Insurance and Risk Management Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law. He is a board member of Seattle’s Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and is an avid home chef with a passion for clay pot cookery.

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Eleanor Welsh

Eleanor is the Dean of Arts and Sciences of Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD. She has spent the past 20 years at on the Eastern Shore of Maryland teaching the higher calling of English, Literature, and Film to students of all stripes, patiently correcting typos and forcing them to read Faulkner. Eleanor wrote her dissertation in Language, Literature and Culture and received her PhD in 2005 from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She’s happiest traveling to places with beaches and boats, speaking French, watching obscure films, and whipping up (mostly) vegetarian meals with friends and family.

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Elizabeth Williams

Liz Williams is the President and Director of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. She has been interested in the cultural aspects of food through several careers. Besides her work with SoFAB she is a lawyer who writes about the legal aspects of food, reflecting culture, policy and economics. She has served in the US Army as a JAG officer, taught arts administration law and historic preservation law. In addition she has been involved in several major economic development projects in New Orleans. She is currently working on a book about obesity lawsuits and other food-related litigation in the U.S. Learn more about Liz and what’s she up to here. Follow Liz with her food law related tweets @lizatSoFAB

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