In cooperation with our generous partners at euphoria and Visit Greenville, AFJ @ euphoria proudly presents the following speakers:

The fireside chat between José Andrés and Carlos Frias takes place 11 - 12 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. The two AFJ educational sessions take place 2 - 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. Tickets to these events may only be purchased as part of the AFJ @ euphoria ticket package. Buy your tickets to AFJ @ euphoria via this link.

View the complete agenda for AFJ @ euphoria ticket holders here.

 
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José Andrés

José Andrés

Carlos Frías in conversation with José Andrés

Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2012 and “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, passionate advocate for food and hunger issues, author, educator, television personality and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup.

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Ashtin Berry

Ashtin Berry

All Food is Political (And Everybody’s Gotta Eat)

Ashtin Berry is a food and beverage activist, sommelier, and beverage consultant committed to creating racially equitable spaces within the hospitality industry. Using her background in sociology from the University of Chicago, Berry’s focus is on creating intersectional models that use language and food curation as tools for creating safer and more inclusive spaces.

Berry started 2019 with the honor of being named Imbibe Bartender of the Year. With no intentions of slowing down Radical Xchange, a new venture between Berry and fellow Co-Founder Kisira Hill, just debuted their inaugural event, Resistance Served in February, bridging a pathway between hospitality disciplines and the contributions of African Americans.

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Dan Q. Dao

Dan Q. Dao

All Food is Political (And Everybody’s Gotta Eat)

Dan Q. Dao is an NYC-based writer covering travel, food & drink, and culture for GQ, Food & Wine, Paper, Vice, Architectural Digest, Punch, and Eater among others. He was most recently the Deputy Digital Editor at Saveur magazine, and previously served as Digital Community & Commercial Editor and Assistant Food & Drink Editor at Time Out New York. In May 2018, Dan was named recipient of The Spirits Business' annual Alan Lodge Young International Drinks Writer Award.

The son of Vietnamese refugees from Houston, Texas, Dan graduated from high school at the age of 16 before enrolling in New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Beyond his editorial work, he has 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry as a barista, bartender, and consultant. In 2019, he worked with the Sunflower Mission, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to empowering students in Vietnam, to create a scholarship for those studying hospitality and culinary-related fields.


 
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John deBary

John deBary

All Food is Political (And Everybody’s Gotta Eat)

John deBary is a cocktail and bar expert with over a decade of experience working in award-winning New York City bars and restaurants. As the bar director for Momofuku, where he worked from 2009 to 2018, John trained dozens of bartenders and servers; opened ten restaurants, each with their own unique bar program; and oversaw the ongoing operations of all bars in the group.  

John was the deputy editor of the annual Food & Wine cocktail book from 2011 to 2015, and his writing has appeared in Lucky Peach, Munchies, Bloomberg Pursuits, GQ, Liquor.com and the New York Times.

John is also the co-founder and board president of the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of hospitality industry professionals through advocacy, grantmaking, and impact investing. He lives with his husband and cat in the Lower East Side and in his spare time he enjoys yoga and weightlifting, Star Trek, cooking, and gardening.


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Ligaya Figueras

Ligaya Figueras

Moderator, Ethics in Food Journalism

Ligaya Figueras is the food and dining editor and lead dining critic for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Prior to joining the AJC in 2015, Ligaya was the executive editor of Sauce. She began working for the St. Louis-based culinary magazine in 2008 as a freelance writer and later became its staff writer, then editorial director. Ligaya’s publishing career spans 20 years -- and includes writing and editing food, travel, recreational and art stories for newspapers and magazines as well as editing memoirs, works of fiction and foreign language textbooks. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish from St. Louis University and a Master’s in Spanish from the University of Michigan.

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Carlos Frías

Carlos Frías

Co-emcee, afj annual awards reception and Carlos Frías in conversation with José Andrés

Carlos Frías is the James Beard award-winning food and dining editor for the Miami Herald. He's been a reporter in every section of the newspaper since first being published at 19, and, a former sportswriter, he is a Baseball Hall of Fame voter. Frías is also the author of the memoir, "Take Me With You: A Secret Search for Family in a Forbidden Cuba."

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Catherine Klene

Catherine Klene

Ethics in Food Journalism

Catherine manages Sauce Magazine's website and social media. She has worked as an editor and writer in St. Louis-area publishing since 2006 and holds bachelor’s degrees in mass communications and English literature from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is also a communications coordinator for the St. Louis chapter of the Online News Association. Catherine is a native St. Louisan who's obsessed with the local restaurant and beer scene.

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Nneka M. Okona

Nneka M. Okona

All Food is Political (And Everybody’s Gotta Eat)

Nneka M. Okona is a Nigerian American writer from and based in Atlanta covering food, travel, wine, spirits, race and culture. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Geographic, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Saveur, Vinepair, Wine Enthusiast and many more. In her work, she is most interested in cataloging how race and immigrant identity shape narratives and intersect with most everything. She can be found traveling the world in her spare time for meals she'll never forget and resonant stories she can't help but write.

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Kathleen Purvis

Kathleen Purvis

Co-emcee, afj annual awards reception

Kathleen Purvis started out as a copy “boy” at the Palm Beach Post in 1978. After more than 30 years as the food editor of The Charlotte Observer, Kathleen Purvis recently went out on her own to join the list of freelance food writers. Her work appears regularly in magazines like Garden & Gun and Southern Living, and she is the author of three books, including “Distilling the South: A Guide to Southern Craft Liquors and the People Who Make Them.” A longtime member of the Association of Food Journalists, she has served in many roles, including president and current vice president. 

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Jamila Robinson

Jamila Robinson

Ethics in Food Journalism

Jamila Robinson is editorial director for Atlantic57, the creative and consulting division of The Atlantic. She was most recently a senior content strategist for the USA TODAY Network where she managed editorial content alignment for special products and live events, including the Wine & Food Experience.  A veteran editor, Jamila has directed multi-platform coverage and content development at several news organizations including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Detroit Free Press. Jamila was named one of Gannett's Emerging Leaders in 2017 and is a member James Beard Awards Journalism Committee. Jamila is an idea person, avid traveler, culinary expert and, in her free time, coaches figure skating.

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Emily Saladino

Emily Saladino

Moderator, All Food is Political (And Everybody’s Gotta Eat)

Emily Saladino is the editor in chief of VinePair, the New York-based magazine that covers the culture of beer, wine, and spirits. A former editor at Google, her writing has appeared in Bloomberg, BBC, Bon Appetit, Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and others. She has also worked as a line cook and recipe developer, and graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts from International Culinary Center (formerly French Culinary Institute) in New York City. She has completed the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level II. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Kim Severson

Kim Severson

Ethics in Food Journalism

Kim Severson is a national food correspondent for the New York Times covering food trends and news across the United States. She was previously the New York Times Atlanta bureau chief and, before that, a staff writer for the Dining section of The Times. Her first full-time food writing job was with the San Francisco Chronicle. She also spent seven years as an editor and reporter at the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska. Before writing about food, she covered crime, education, social services and government for daily newspapers on the West Coast.

Severson won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for her contributions to the team that investigated sexual harassment and abuse against women. She has also won four James Beard awards and the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for her work on childhood obesity.

She has written four books, “The Trans Fat Solution," “The New Alaska Cookbook," a memoir called “Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life,” and, in 2012, "Cook Fight!" a collaborative cookbook with fellow New York Times food writer Julia Moskin.