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KEEN—for Keeping Entrepreneurs Engaged and Networking—is convening an eclectic and exciting group of top digital tastemakers, leaders, founders and innovators all under one roof from October 24 to 27, 2013 in a three-day B2B and B2C event and expo. This inaugural conference in Nashville welcomes social influencers, journalists, editors, developers, start-ups, small businesses and Fortune 500 brands to come meet, collaborate, and learn about innovative technologies and new platforms in the areas of travel, technology, food and spirits, family and entertainment.

Omni Nashville, which opened its doors on Sept. 30, is KEEN’s official hotel sponsor and the site of all content and programming. Speakers and special guests will engage their audiences on all levels with talks about targeted advertising, using social for good, Millennial marketing, email campaigns, visual messaging, digital media ethics and much more. Keep up to date with the summit schedule as it evolves.
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Friday, October 25 • 1:15pm - 2:55pm
Food Track: Round Tables

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The first part of the Food & Spirits track will feature 20-minute round tables with six industry experts covering the following information:

  • Partnering with PR
  • Recipe Development
  • The Art of Pairings
  • Food Styling
  • Food Photography

Speakers
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Kristy Bernardo

Personal Chef and Food Writer, The Wicked Noodle
Kristy Bernardo is a personal chef, cooking instructor, spokesperson, and food and travel writer. She works with many national brands developing recipes, has performed as both judge and host in a professionally filmed cooking series and is a frequent television guest. An avid runner, she loves adventure and the outdoors. Kristy lives in Northern Virginia but you can find her virtually on her blog, The Wicked Noodle.
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Katie Jacobs

Art Director and Stylist, Styling My Everyday
Katie is the former creative director of Nashville Lifestyles magazine where she produced and styled photoshoots with Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and many more. Currently she is a graphic designer and photographer as well as the art director and creator of stylingmyeveryday.com, a food and lifestyles blog with a focus on styling, entertaining and DIY. The Nashville native has a passion for all things local, a... Read More →
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Larry McCormack

Photojournalist, The Tennessean
Larry McCormack, a photojournalist with the Tennessean in Nashville, got his start in small town newspapers. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University in 1980 with a degree in Mass Communications he worked for the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro until July 1981. He then moved to the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle until 1983 when he accepted a position with the Nashville Banner, where he stayed until it closed in 1998. He has... Read More →
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Beth Sachan

Director of Marketing, Goo Goo Cluster
Beth Sachan’s love of food led her to create the blog, Eat. Drink. Smile., which has been named “Best Food Blog” in Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville poll. Since beginning her blog 5 years ago, Beth has gained quite a following not only in Nashville, but around the world, as people reach out to her for advice on food, drink and travel in Music City and beyond. In addition to her own website, she has also been a contributor to The... Read More →
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Vivek Surti

Marketing and Communications, Nashville Wine Auction
Vivek Surti is a first generation Indian-American who was born and raised in Tennessee. He developed a love for great food and drink growing up watching his grandmother and mother cook traditional Indian food daily. After a few years of working on numerous national political campaigns, Vivek luckily stumbled upon a job that allowed him to marry his love of food & drinks with his background in communications and non-profit... Read More →


Friday October 25, 2013 1:15pm - 2:55pm
Omni Ballroom C + D

Attendees (25)