Kristin Sheppard, President
Kristin Sheppard is the writer behind pop culture blog Mad Betty, where she’s chronicled Austin’s most notable eats, events, and everything in between. When not blogging or working as Creative Director at Giant Squid Media, she can be found cooking, enjoying happy hour and participating in Austin’s WordPress community.
Michelle Cheng, Vice President
Michelle Cheng is the CEO (Chief Eating Officer) of Foodie is the New Forty, where she has been documenting her favorite food finds since 2009. In between meals, she practices law and seeks out street art to photograph with her very patient dog, Mindy.
Serena Lissy, Treasurer
Serena Lissy is a food photographer, recipe developer and pastry chef that loves creating culinary masterpieces. She has been writing her blog about photography and her love of confections since 2013. Serena volunteers frequently with multiple Austin charities, and is also Vice Chair for the food photography and stylist section of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. When she isn’t blogging you can find her paddle boarding on the lake or riding her bike through the hills of Austin.
David Moser, Secretary
David Moser is the brains behind Brisket and Bagels, a food blog dedicated to sharing recipes he creates in his home kitchen. David loves exploring Austin with his wife and two daughters. Along the way, when he finds a restaurant you need to try, a noteworthy dish or something just food awesome, he’ll let you know. His interests include Texas barbecue, sports (go Giants!) and photography.
Suzanna Cole, Philanthropy Chair
Suzanna Cole is the blogger behind South Austin Foodie, and has been eating and documenting her away around all parts of Austin (and beyond!) since 2008. She’s been on the Philanthropy Committee since its inception, and like all good foodies, carries Murray River sea salt in her purse.
Linda Nguyen, Social Chair
Linda Nguyen documents her passion for food and adventure through her food blog at Girl Eats World and personal blog at Curious Notions. She’s been sharing her life on the internet across many platforms since she was a teenager and is currently juggling three instagram accounts: @curious_notions, @bobthedogatx, @doodlesaboutfeelings
Shef Ravula, Education Chair
Shef Ravula is a cooking instructor in Austin, Texas who develops and writes recipes, and owns a blog called Shef’s Kitchen. Her blog is designed to be inspirational to others and encourages them to try a meal share program of their own, and to see what kind of recipes others have tried.
Peter Tsai, Technology Chair
Peter Tsai is a content guy, IT blogger and show host by trade and a sometimes photographer, food blogger, globe trotter and Instagrammer by night. He likes eating, tweeting and keeping an eye out for the next food adventure. You can find his work in the book Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait or on his personal photography blog or Austin food blog.
Kathryn Hutchison, Immediate Past President
Kathryn Hutchison writes about the Austin food community and life as a home cook on her blog, Austin Gastronomist. She has been blogging since 2003, and her work has been featured on Foodpress.com, Tastespotting, and the Food News Journal’s “Best of Blogs.”
The AFBA Advisory Council includes:
- David Ansel, Chef/Owner The Soup Peddler Real Food and Juice Bar
- Vance Ely, Central Market cooking school
- Mando Rayo, Cultural Strategies, Taco Journalism
- Jam Santichat, Thai Fresh
- Toni Tipton-Martin, IACP host chair, food writer and SANDE Youth founder
- Marshall Wright, ATX Man, EatThisLens.com
- Evelyn Sher, ELM Restaurant Group
- Natasha Powell, Bread and Butter Public Relations