Karen Nevins

BIO Karen Nevins is a Senior Business Development Manager at Nixon Peabody, a full service law firm based in Boston.  Karen’s role at Nixon Peabody is focused on developing new business, expanding the scope of existing client engagements, and analyzing industries to identify new areas of opportunity.  Karen works closely with the firm’s Food, Beverage […]

Julia Rappaport

BIO Julia Rappaport is managing editor of fresh, a food and cooking magazine covering the Northeast. You can follow her on Twitter at @Julia_Rappaport. What compelled you to get involved with Young Friends of Lovin’ Spoonfuls? I first heard of Lovin’ Spoonfuls while working as the Assistant Arts Editor, editing food content and managing the food […]

Robert Egger

BIO Robert Egger is the Founder and President of the DC Central Kitchen, the country’s first “community kitchen”, where food donated by hospitality businesses and farms is used to fuel a nationally recognized culinary arts job-training program. Since opening in 1989, the Kitchen has produced over 23 million meals and helped 800 men and women […]

Andy Youniss

BIO Andy Youniss co-founded Rocket Software in 1990 and continues to guide the company’s growth through strategic technology investments, acquisitions, and partnerships, including actively managing Rocket’s long-standing relationship with IBM. A software engineer by trade, Andy understands the importance of building software that matters. He is also a guitarist and pianist, and has given talks on the connections and meaningful […]

Rob Lucente

BIO Rob Lucente is the Co-Owner of Peak Organic Brewing Co. Peak Organic Brewing Co. was formed by lifelong friends coming together to make spectacular beer, highlighting USDA-certified organic ingredients, and supporting small family-owned farms in the process. Rob is husband to Rebecca and Dad to two great kids. What compelled you to get involved […]

Andrew Zimmern

BIO Andrew Zimmern is a James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, food writer, teacher and is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the co-creator, host and consulting producer of Travel Channel’s hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World, he travels the world, […]

Jonathan Bloom

BIO Jonathan Bloom is a journalist and blogger who created WastedFood.com. His book on food waste, American Wasteland, will be published in October by Da Capo Press. He lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife, son, dog, composting worms and many, many containers for leftovers. Jonathan and Ashley both grew up in Wellesley, but […]

Joanne Chang

BIO An honors graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics, Joanne left a career as a management consultant to enter the world of professional cooking. She started as garde-manger cook at Boston’s renowned Biba restaurant, worked for a year assisting the owner/head-baker of Bentonwood Bakery in Newton, and in 1995 […]

Ellen Parker

BIO As executive director of Project Bread, Ellen Parker has raised more than 100 million dollars to feed hungry children and families in Massachusetts. At the same time, she has transformed Project Bread from a narrowly focused anti-hunger organization to a national model that presents a broad and comprehensive set of solutions for hunger relief […]

Christopher Myers

BIO A life that has included stints as an actor, a Harvard doctoral student, a house painter (Ava Gardner’s bedroom being the crowning achievement of that era), NYC cabbie, and a crisis counselor, coalesced nicely into a job in restaurant management and development in 1987.  Working on a dissertation, apparently retired from restaurant life, Myers […]

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