Leadership

Austin Food Blogger Alliance 2017 Board of Directors


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Michelle Cheng, 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.

Heather Hunsaker, AFBA Vice President

Heather Hunsaker, Vice President

Heather Hunsaker has spent most of her life developing and concocting recipes inspired by the rich southern traditions and flavors she grew up with. She is passionate about food, travel and cooking and enjoys sharing this passion with others by working as a professional recipe developer, cooking instructor and writer; as well as through sharing recipes and stories about life in Texas on her blog, Kitchen Concoctions.

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Serena Lissy, Treasurer

Serena Lissy is a food photographer, recipe developer and pastry chef. 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.

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Suzanna Cole, Secretary

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.

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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

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Leah Smith, Education Chair

Leah Smith is a native Austinite, registered dietitian and nutritionist, cooking instructor, and blog writer. Leah owns Kids Kitchen, where kids come to cook, Chefs Club, an online membership program, and Kitchen House, the new event space in North Austin for cooking classes and much more! She loves to educate and encourage families about getting their kids into the kitchen to create a love of cooking healthy foods.

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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.

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Kristin Sheppard, Immediate Past 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.

 The AFBA Advisory Board includes:

  • Addie Broyles, Austin-American Statesman
  • Mariam Parker, Austin Food & Wine Alliance
  • Matt McGinnis, Penn & Tell Us
  • Carla Crownover, Austin Urban Gardens
  • Vance Ely, Central Market
  • Rachel Malish, Whole Foods
  • Natasha Powell, Bread and Butter Public Relations
  • Jam Sanitchat, Thai Fresh
  • Evelyn Sher, ELM Restaurant Group
  • Patricia Tamminga, Patricia’s Table
  • Brandon Watson, The Austin Chronicle
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