Staff Directory

Executive Team

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Dave Scantland

Executive Director


After careers in music, hospitality, printing, and publishing, Dave finally arrived at the destination of so many others plagued with vague creativity: marketing. First as a technical writer and illustrator, and later as an international marketing manager, Dave traveled much of Europe and the US, padding his expense account (and his waistline) with efficiency and cunning his employers wished he would have applied to his job. Today, Dave writes, draws, and cooks in the Atlanta suburbs. His family and friends, when describing his pursuit of domestic culinary perfection, dance around the word "depraved" with the agility and suspicion of a sprinter on a Paris sidewalk.

Chris Hennes

Chris Hennes

Director of Operations


Chris teaches technology classes at the Norman, OK public library. When not working he spends much of his free time in the kitchen, and is especially interested in culinary Modernism and charcuterie.


Managers

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Michaela Scioscia

Manager, Hosting Team


Michaela  was born in Manhattan, grew up in Florence, and has continued to move from one side of the Atlantic to the other ever since. She was raised a vegetarian, but lapsed, and has been interested in food since her early childhood efforts to make carob drink more palatable. Shortly thereafter she moved into actual cooking, starting with making scrambled eggs for her parents for two weeks straight, trying to get it 'just right'. She is a NYS LMT, has a BA in biology, an MSc in adult learning, and a CELTA certificate, and is currently a copyeditor. She frequently travels around the EU and US, eating things.

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Janet Zimmerman

Manager at large


Janet writes about food and teaches cooking classes in Atlanta. She attended graduate school in philosophy at the University of California at Irvine, where two years of attempting to teach metaphysics to freshman made the corporate world seem very attractive. After a dozen years working in corporate communications and marketing, during which her abiding interest in food and cooking increased, she decided to combine her epistolary and culinary skills in a new food writing career. She is currently working on a guidebook to developing the palate. Her teaching specialties are appetizers and cocktails, which are much easier to teach (and taste better) than metaphysics.


Hosts

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Leslie Craven

Host


Leslie lives in the world's southernmost capital city where, along with contributing significantly to the cashflow of certain food emporia and one particular bar, he distils his own alcohol (gin a specialty) and is a stalwart of the local steampunk group.  He has no family history of interest in food and cocktails, so blames the milkman.

David Ross

David Ross

Membership Coordinator


David lives in Spokane, but works a one-hour plane ride away in Seattle. When he's not tending to his day job -- or commuting -- he writes about food, reviews restaurants and--corns his own beef, malts chocolate ice cream, and fancies white truffles from Alba.

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Nancy Smith

Host


Nancy grew up among the citrus groves of central California, and worked summer jobs such as tomato grader in a packing plant and short-order cook at the local drive-in.  Spurred by these early exposures, she got her degrees in Physics, and made her living in dual career tracks of engineering and flight instructing in northern Minnesota.  Her love of cooking developed directly from a love of food, reading and (at the intersection) cookbooks; when she isn't off playing music or otherwise avoiding work she can generally be found in the kitchen making use of every available speck of counter space, or at the computer trying to write about it.

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Chris Taylor

Host


Chris is from Melbourne, Australia. As a primary school teacher it is his professional responsibility to drink. He also eats on occasion.