Local Women in Food & Drink: The All-Star List

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.
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Chef Kristen Uffman assembles a wild mushroom pizza with white garlic sauce on a hand-tossed crust in Jacksonville.

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 the movers and shakers from Amelia Island to Jacksonville, St. Augustine to Flagler Beach. We have compiled the following list as a way of bringing recognition to the women who are changing the way we think about food and drink 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. Make sure to also thank the following women for their efforts to strengthen our region's entire food system by supporting their programs and businesses.
 


CHEFS

Genie McNally – Chef-Co-Owner, The Floridian
Katherine Ewing – Chef-owner, Le Clos
Erika Pierce – Pastry Chef, Southern Grounds
Rebecca Reed – Pastry Chef, Black Sheep Restaurant Group
Hope Dempsey – Chef, D'Vine Cuisine Catering
Calli Marie – Chef and Food Manager, BREW
Liz Grenamyer – Chef-Owner, Catering by Liz
Jeanne Pettijohn – Chef de Cuisine, The Wine Cellar
Debra Hines – Head Day Chef, The Wine Cellar
Verousce McKibbin – Executive Chef, Koek Cakes
Erin D'Antoni – Chef, Foo Dog Curry Traders
Kerri Rogers – Executive Chef, Bellwether Restaurant
Celestia Mobley – Chef-Owner, Celestia's Coastal Cuisine, Jazzy's
Merritt Fay – Assistant Sous Chef, Taverna
DeeAnn Hobbs – Executive Chef, Renaissance Marriott
Nadine Ladson – Executive Chef, Mezza Luna
Danika A. Meheux – Executive Chef, Collage
Natasha Olivera – Chef de Cuisine, Michael's Restaurant
Jessica Green – Sous Chef, The Reef Restaurant
Constance DeLano – Sous Chef, Collage Restaurant
Vernetta Stewart – Executive Chef, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville

RESTAURATEURS

Lorna MacDonald – Co-Owner, Raintree Restaurant
Rebecca Garcia-Gonzalez – Owner/Founder, 1928 Cuban Bistro
Julie Stopelli – Owner, DOS Coffee & Wine
Jenn Ashton – Owner, Juniper Market
Meredith Corey-Disch – Owner, Community Loaves
Liz Earnest – Co-Owner, Chef's Garden, Cummer Cafe
Nathalie Wu – Owner, Wicked Bao
Sara Frasca – Owner, Trasca & Co Eatery
Cheryl Crosley – Owner, Manatee Café
Mariah Goetz Salvat – Co-owner, Southern Roots
Lindy Loose – Co-Owner, Gas Full Service Restaurant
Scooter Cavins – Co-owner, Mossfire Grill
Kiley Efron – Co-owner, Taverna Restaurant
Sarah Marie Johnston – Co-owner, Prati Italia, Town Hall
Barbara Bredehoeft – Owner, Biscottis and BB's Restaurant
Nan Kavanaugh -- Co-owner, El Jefe
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
Mary Jane Culhane – Co-owner, Culhane’s Irish Pub
Aine Culhane McClung – Co-owner, Culhane’s Irish Pub
Lisa Asker – Owner, Jerry's Sports Grille
Theresa Poynter – Owner, Karibo Cafe
Erica Thompson – Co-Owner, Osprey Tacos
Alex Klempf – Co-Owner, Cowford Chophouse
Renee Spadaro – Co-owner, Crave Food
Elizabeth Simms – Co-owner, Late Risers Bar & Grille
Grace Ellen Forgette – Co-owner,  SubCultured Subs
Misty Lake – Co-owner, Sunday 
Whitney Hobbs – Co-owner, Boat Drinks Bar
Latunda Miller – Owner, Miller's Soulfood
Haley Kirk – Co-owner, Vessel Sandwich Co.
Wen Raiti – Owner, Leaf & Bean
Brittny Lowrey – Managing Partner, The Happy Grilled Cheese
Nancy Ruth Barber – Owner-Manager, Breezy Coffee Shop Wine Bar
Amy Sears – Owner, Vitality Bowls Jax
Amy Tarmey – Co-owner, Buena Onda Cafe
Wendy Huyen – Owner, Paris Bánh Mì

FARMERS

Alina Gonzalez – Co-owner, Urban Folk Farm
Helga Tan Fellows – Owner, GYO Greens
Tracey Westbrook – Owner, Atlantic Beach Urban Farm
Kristin Lapinski – Co-owner, Down to Earth Farm
Katie Versaggi – Farmer, Bee Hill Farm
Mavis Renfroe – Farmer, Spuds Farm
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
Lindsay Meyer – Co-owner, Congaree & Penn Farm
Jessi Fiske – Farmer, Juicy Roots Farm
Kimberly Bryan Ruessler – Farmer, Lola Farms
Jordan Versaggi – Farmer, Bee Hill Blooms
Toni Carter – Owner-Farmer, Cartwheel Ranch
Mallory Schott – Farm Manager, White Harvest Farms
Sarah Salvatore – Farmer, White Harvest Farms
Imani Vidal – Farmer, White Harvest Farms
Mika Harrison – Owner, beekeeper, farmer and herbalist, The Herban Life
Veronica Pasciuto – Director, Celestial Farms
Punita Patel – Owner-Farmer, Backyard Buffalo

BAKERS & BAKERIES

Meredith Corey-Disch – Owner/Baker, Community Loaves
Allison D’Aurizio – Owner/Baker, 1748 Bakehouse
Katie Riehm – Owner/Baker, Sweet Theory Baking Co.
Alison Hjelm – Co-owner, Alley Cakes
Calli Marie – Baker, Calli Marie Bakes
Hollis Wilder – Sweets by Holly
Sherry Stoppelbein – Hot Shot Bakery
Pilar Langthon – PilArt Cakes
Michelle McInnis – Owner/Baker, Sweet Spot and Urban Lounge
Anita Adams – Baker, Bread & Board
Lela Pate – Owner, Luli's Cupcakes
Robynn Sorenson – Baker, Vagabond Coffee
Nana Hammond – Owner, Jax Bread Co.
Erika Dupree Cline – Baker, Crazy Beans Coffee
Natasha Burton – Owner, Mixed Fillings Pie Shop
Tamera Rae Morgan – Owner, Low Five Bakes
Mackenzie Frangie – Owner, Spoonful Bakery
Kelly Crawford – Baker, The Floridian
Shannon Willer – Owner, Swillerbees
Brooke Sams – Co-owner, The Mini Bar
Christy Lerin – Owner, Living Bread Co.
Harshika Patel – Owner, Cozy Tea
Charlotte Burch – Owner, Cupcake 50
Lara Lombardo – Owner, Seagull Bakery

FOOD ARTISANS & SPECIALTY SHOP OWNERS

Suzanah Raffield – Co-owner, CAMP Craft Cocktails
Rhonda Stringfellow Ryan – Co-owner, CAMP Craft Cocktails
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
Jess Diebel – Co-Owner, Makenu Chocolate
Milouda Cline – Co-Owner, Cline's Custom Meats

FOOD TRUCKS

Ashley Amin – Chef, Fusion Food Truck
Julie Dallo – Co-owner, Pita Boss 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
Annette Schultz and Natalie Ljulje - Co-owners of Wurstbusters Food Truck
LaTasha Kaiser – Co-owner, KraVegan Food Truck

DRINK

Gabby Saul – Bartender/Co-Owner, Rue Saint-Marc
Jessie Lane – Bartender, Boat Drinks Bar
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
Alexandra McKeown – Owner, Hyperion Brewing
Elizabeth Jacobs – Owner, Legacy Ale Works
Jamie Rice – Owner, Show Pigeon Coffee
Jina Paolillo – Owner, The Glass Bottle Society
Kara Scremin – Co-owner, Engine 15 Brewing
Andrea Conover – Owner, Azalea City Brewing Company
Jessica Stern Harrison – Owner, Carrera Wine Cellar

CATERING, COMMISSARY & HOME DELIVERY

Dana Stallings – Owner, Jax Kitchen
Liz Grenamyer – Chef/Owner, Catering by Liz
Hope Dempsey – Chef/Owner, D'Vine Cuisine
Jasmin Wooden – Owner, Blue Sage Cuisine
Tasha Peters – Co-Owner, By Design Catering and BDC Meals
Deanna Park – Founder, Magnolia & Thyme Culinary Concepts, Dir. of Innovation, Fresh Food Group
Kathy Godwin – Owner, Kathy's Table
Karen Fritts – Owner, Riverfront Cafe and Catering
Chriss Brown – 927 Catering and Events, The Empowered Kitchen
Florence Haridan – Owner, Conscious Kitchen
Tasha Davis Peters – Owner, By Design Catering
Forrest Masters – Owner, The Sprout Kitchen
Amie Keslar – Owner, Front Porch Pickings
 

TEACHING KITCHENS & NUTRITION

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
Terri Davlantes – Owner, Jax Cooking Studio
 

WRITERS, FOOD ADVOCATES & ORGANIZERS, SPECIALTY BUSINESSES

Caron Streibich – Food Writer, JAX Times-Union
Heather Schatz – Writer, WJCT & Edible Northeast Florida
Ju'Coby Pittman – CEO, President of the Clara White Mission
Katie Delaney – Fresh Access Bucks Program Manager, Feeding Florida
Leslie Kaplan – Food Activist
Ellen Hiser – Director of Transition and Berry Good Farms
Evelyn "Prissy" Fletcher – Extension Agent, St. Johns County
Bonnie C. Wells – DPM Commercial Agriculture II, St. Johns County
Genora Crain-Orth – River City Chicks
Jennifer Wolfe – Women Writing for a Change
Erin Thursby – Food Writer/Editor
Julie Watkins – Executive Director, The Girls Gone Green
Rhonda Barcomb Kovar – Editor, Jax Restaurant Reviews
Brittny Lowrey – Food Blogger, Jacksonville Restaurant Reviews
Tory Eulenfeld – Director, Member Services, National Golf Course Restaurant Association
Leigh Cort – Founder, Women’s Food Alliance
Belinda Hulin – Writer, Cookbook Author
Joann Wallace – Dig Local Network
Kelly Johnson – Wings, Worms and Wonder
Brentley Stead – Writer
Jen Hand – Writer
Jessica Ward – Writer
Siddie Friar – Writer, food advocate
Brianna Kilcullen – Owner, Anact Inc.
Mindy Harwood – Founder/President, CFI Marketing
Sarah Scaggs– Vice-President, CFI Marketing
Jennifer Casey – Chair, Duval Soil and Water Conservation District
Ashantae Green – Supervisor, Duval County Soil and Water Conservation Board District, Group 4
Meghan Fiveash – Fresh Access Bucks Outreach Coordinator, Feeding Florida

 

This list was updated March 2021

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