Our Region's All-Star List

By Lauren Titus / Photography By Amy Robb | March 04, 2016
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Women in food in northeast Florida


Women play a vital role in building and sustaining our local food community in Northeast Florida. From running kitchens to making policy, crafting baked goods to growing food, it's with great pride that we celebrate our region's movers and shakers. We have compiled the following list as a way of bringing recognition to the women who are changing the way we think about food in our region, but by no means is this list complete. If there's someone we've missed, please drop us a line and provide their name and a bit of information about what they are doing. Then make sure to thank the following women for their efforts to strengthen our region's entire food system by supporting their programs and businesses.


Genie McNally – Chef-Co-Owner, The Floridian
Katherine Ewing – Chef-owner, Le Clos
Erika Weisflog – Pastry Chef, Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails
Mallorie Finnell – Pastry Chef, Biscottis and BB's restaurants
Angie Ziebarth – Chef/Owner, Balefire Brasserie
Kathy Collins – Chef, MOCA NOLA
Rebecca Reed – Pastry Chef, Matthew’s Restaurant
Hope Dempsey – Chef, D'Vine Cuisine Catering
Calli Marie – Chef and Food Manager, BREW
Liz Grenamyer – Chef and Owner, Catering by Liz
Arielle Coutu – Chef-Co-Owner, Tapa That
Jeanne Pettijohn – Executive Chef, The Wine Cellar
Verousce Staples – Executive Chef, The Pear
Natanja deBeer – Chef, The Lodge on Little St. Simon's Island
Tamara R. Assar – Pastry Chef, Marker 32
Rachael Rogers – Pastry Chef, Dessert First Bistro


Lorna MacDonald – Co-Owner, Raintree Restaurant
Julie Stopelli – Owner, DOS Coffee & Wine
Jenn Myers – Owner, Juniper Market
Meredith Corey-Disch – Owner, Community Loaves
Kathleen Gascoine – Owner, Nourish Juice Café
Liz Earnest – Co-Owner, Chef's Garden, Cummer Cafe, Co-Owner, Candy Apple Café
Jennifer Earnest – Co-Owner, Candy Apple Café
Sara Frasca – Owner, Trasca & Co Eatery
Rosaria Anderson – Owner, This Chick Can Cook
Cheryl Crosley – Owner, Manatee Café
Ellen Cottrill – Owner, HOBNOB Food + Social Exchange
Mariah Salvat – Co-owner, Southern Roots
Scooter Cavins – Co-owner, Mossfire Grill
Kiley Efron – Co-owner, Taverna Restaurant
Sarah Marie Johnston – Co-owner, Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails
Karin Tucker – Co-owner, Biscottis
Barbara Bredehoeft – Co-owner, Biscottis and BB's Restaurant
Nan Kavanaugh -- Co-owner, 29 South
Chantal Biergen – Owner, Belgium Barista
Deborah Emmett Nicol – Co-owner, TacoLu
Michelle Culhane-Kearney – Co-owner, Culhane’s Irish Pub
Lynda Culhane – Co-owner, Culhane’s Irish Pub
Aine Culhane McClung – Co-owner, Culhane’s Irish Pub
Lisa Asker – Owner, Jerry's Sports Grille
Julie Watkins – Owner, Present Moment
Heather Carbonaro – Co-Owner and General Manager, Poe's Tavern
Natasha Olivera and Robin Mooney – Owners, City Bistro


Alina Gonzalez – Co-owner, Urban Folk Farm
Helga Tan Fellows – Owner, GYO Greens
Julia Wilcox – Co-owner, Ruffled Feathers
Tracey Westbrook – Owner, Atlantic Beach Urban Farm
Kristin Lapinski – Co-owner, Down to Earth Farm
Mavis Renfroe – Farmer, Spuds Farm
Shelby Stec – Co-owner, Dog Day Gardens
Lynn Wettach – Co-owner, Veggie Confetti
Megan DeJonge – Farm Manager, Ben Wells Produce
Amy Van Scoik – Co-owner, Frog Song Organics
Caria Hawkins – Executive Director, Abundant Harvests
Jen Barnes – Farmer, Barnes Family Farm
Amanda Wesley – Farmer, Wesley Wells Farm
Tina Harden – Co-owner, Somer's Garden
Jolinda Kohl – Co-owner, Somer's Garden
Denise Francis – Co-owner, Twinn Bridges Farm


Meredith Corey-Disch – Owner/Baker, Community Loaves
Lorenda Tiscornia – Owner, Great Harvest Bread Co.
Melinda Powers – Owner/Baker, Melinda’s Confections
Allison D’Aurizio – Owner/Baker, My Grandmother’s Pie
Katie Riehm – Owner/Baker, Sweet Theory Baking Co.
Alison Hjelm – Co-owner, Alley Cakes
Hannah Halliday – Co-owner, Alley Cakes
Calli Marie – Baker, Calli Marie Bakes
Hollis Wilder – Sweets by Holly
Amy Hales – Rummies and Yummies
Sherry Stoppelbein – Hot Shot Bakery
Laura Highsmith – Dessert First Bistro
Pilar Langthon – PilArt Cakes
Marisa Ratliff – Owner/Baker, Sweet ‘n Flour Bakery
Michelle McInnis – Owner/Baker, Sweet Spot and Urban Lounge
Anita Adams – Baker, Peterbrooke Chocolates
Lela Pate – Owner, Luli's Cupcakes
Maria Conover – Baker, Jayne Doughnuts 
Robynn Sorenson – Baker, Vagabond Coffee
Nancy Macri – Owner, Bluebird Cookie Co.
Nana Hammond – Owner, Boutique du Pain


Suzanah Raffield – Co-owner, Bold City Pops
Rhonda Stringfellow Ryan – Co-owner, Bold City Pops
Dana Stallings – Owner, Kilwins
Jennifer Harvey – Owner, Grater Goods
Colleen Messner – Owner, Spice and Tea Exchange
Hillary MacDonald – Co-owner, Fresh Jax
Anita Comisky – Owner, Amelia Toffee
Crystal Israel – Owner, Little Black Box Jams and Jellies
Bryanne Hamilton – Co-owner, Southern Horticulture
Jean Dowdy – Co-owner, Southern Horticulture
Julieta Aguirre – Co-Owner, GuanaBana Ice Pops
Ashlee Ham McCormick – Co-Owner, Backyard Pops
Charlotte Tzabari – Co-owner, Olive My Pickle
Carrie Zarka Dooley – Owner, Shakti Life
Teena Laquin – Owner, Sundance Fresh Market
Treena Moreno – Owner, Mayan Summer Foods
Yvette Musgrove – Owner, My Pepper Jelly and YUM-a Southern Market


Ashley Amin – Chef, Fusion Food Truck
Julie Dallo – Co-owner, Pita Boss Food Truck
Renee Spadaro – Co-owner, Crave Food Truck
Amanda Barry Asker – Co-owner, Funkadelic Food Truck
Tera Waugerman – Co-owner, Wauga Wauga Food Truck
Vanessa Kasal – Co-owner, Big City BBQ


Melissa White – JAX Beer Society
Gabby Saul – Bartender, Rue Saint-Marc
Jessie Lane – Bartender, The Ice Plant
Samantha Morgan – Co-owner, Vagabond Coffee Co.
Angie Brack – Co-owner, Really Good Beer Stop
Kelly Pickard – Co-owner, Alewife Craft Beer Bottle Shop & Tasting Room
Jamie Burket – Co-owner, Alewife Craft Beer Bottle Shop & Tasting Room
Emily Everson – Bartender, Restaurant Orsay
Erin Gibson – Owner/Bartender, Root Down
Samantha Jo Bush – Bartender, Dos Gatos
Audrey Ancelin – Bartender, Taverna


Dana Stallings – Owner, Jax Kitchen
Liz Grenamyer – Chef/Owner, Catering by Liz
Hope Dempsey – Chef/Owner, D'Vine Cuisine
Anne Markstrom – Owner, The Pear Catering Company
Jasmin Wooden – Owner, Blue Sage Cuisine
Kathy Godwin – Owner, Kathy's Table
Karen Fritts – Owner, Riverfront Cafe and Catering
Chriss Brown – 927 Catering and Events
Florence Haridan – Owner, Conscious Kitchen
Tasha Davis Peters – Owner, By Design Catering
Forrest Masters – Owner, The Sprout Kitchen
Amie Keslar – Owner, Front Porch Pickings


Andrea Rosenblatt – Owner, A Chef’s Cooking Studio
Dawn Hutchins – Owner, Florida Coastal Cooking and Wellness
Heather Borders – Owner, Kalio Nutrition
Brooke Brennan – Owner, B.B. Wellness


Caron Streibich – Writer, JAX Times Union
Nancy White – Writer
Ju'Coby Pittman – CEO, President of the Clara White Mission
Cari Sanchez-Potter – Owner and Creator, The Legends Series
Katie Delaney – Fresh Access Bucks Coordinator, Florida Organic Growers
Elizabeth Grebe – Market Manager, Riverside Arts Market
Devon Ritch – Market Coordinator, Dig Local
Mimi Ianuzzi – Slow Food
Leslie Kaplan – Food Activist
Sara Glenn – Director of Strategic Development of Healthy Living Innovations, YMCA
Susan King – BEAM Executive director
Ellen Hiser – Director of Transition and Berry Good Farms
Terra Freeman – Extension Agent, St. Johns County
Bonnie C. Wells – DPM Commercial Agriculture II, St. Johns County
Genora Crain-Orth – River City Chicks
Val Herrmann – Director, The Food Park Project
Jen McCarthy Mons – The Healthy Beach Girl
Nan Kavanaugh – Editor, First Coast Magazine
Jennifer Wolfe – Women Writing for a Change
Erin Thursby – Food Editor, EU Jacksonville
Julie Watkins – Executive Director, The Girls Gone Green
Rhonda Barcomb Kovar – Editor, Jax Restaurant Reviews
Brittny Lowrey – Food Blogger, Jacksonville Restaurant Reviews
Tori Eulenfeld – Director, Member Services at National Golf Course Restaurant Association
Leigh Cort – Founder, Women’s Food Alliance
Belinda Hulin – Writer, Cookbook Author
Brittany Marie – Dig Local Network
Kelly Johnson – Wings, Worms and Wonder
Brentley Stead – Writer
Jen Hand – Writer
Jessica Ward – Writer
Kimberly Lewis – Annual Campaign & Volunteer Director, YMCA of Florida's First Coast

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