Please meet the Good Food Ambassadors. Through its partnership with Momma Cuisine, the Good Food Festival is excited to welcome these influential lifestyle and food bloggers to this year’s Festival. Be sure to follow them on their social media accounts and say hi to them at the 2017 Good Food Festival.
Keyonda Campbell Pyles
Keyonda Campbell Pyles is a millennial mom of 2 boys, wife, & self proclaimed socialite. As Editor and Chief of her Lifestyle blog “A Real Urban Mom” she takes readers on a ride as she covers issues that can relate to city moms. She’s worked with several popular brands, spoken at Parenting conferences, and is an advocate for literacy.
Natasha Nicholes is native of Chicago, a wife and mother of 4, and the mastermind behind We Sow, We Grow – a community garden initiative that seeks to plant, educate, and cultivate a sense of pride in her local neighborhood through food and urban farming. She often travels across the country speaking on behalf of consumers, to farmers and food companies alike. You can find her online on her blog, Houseful of Nicholes, or on the myriad of social media platforms as Natasha Nicholes.
Sarahlynn Pablo + Natalia Roxas-Alvarez
Sarahlynn: I grew up between two worlds: too Filipino for suburban America, yet too American for Quezon City. But “home” is now several places: Chicago, and the Philippines, too. You second generation folks feel me out there. For Street Food Around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture (ABC-CLIO, 2013) I ate balut in dark alleys, dirty ice cream. It was the best first assignment I could have asked for. I’ve written and edited many of the blog entries you see on Filipino Kitchen, contributed the Chicago chapter for 101 Places You Need to Get F*cked Up Before You Die (St. Martin’s Press, 2014) and the Filipino food chapter for the forthcoming book, Food City, The History of Chicago’s Food (University of Illinois Press, 2017). I have contributed to Hyphen Magazine, the country’s longest-running Asian American magazine, and to Plate Magazine’s Filipino Forward issue, March-April 2016. When I’m not writing about Filipino food or culture, I am the assistant editor for AmazingRibs.com, by far the world’s most popular barbecue and grilling website.
Natalia: Born and raised in Metro Manila and in Laguna, Philippines, I grew up in a household that loves food (cooking, baking and eating) but ironically, I was one of the pickiest eaters as a child.
Exploring my love for food — especially Filipino food — didn’t come around until college when my beloved Pinoy food was suddenly out of reach.
Lesson learned–you don’t know what you have until it is gone.
Filipino Kitchen is my outlet to creatively educate people that Filipino cuisine isn’t restricted to adobo or pancit… It goes beyond that, and there is always a story behind each dish.
Katie Cahnmann co-founded www.NowYouKnowEvents.com in the fall of 2010. Now You Know (NYK) quickly became one of the best Chicago events calendars and a go-to source for finding out about the best people, places, products, and parties around! She has contributed to several other online publications and managed other websites including Unite 4 Good, Just Class Jewelry, Chicago Woman, and The Lord Companies. She is currently the National Media and Brand Manager for Social Scene, an event’s production and experiential marketing company.