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Alex Goodstein Alex Goodstein is a Pittsburgh, PA based food enthusiast and food blogger. He started in August 2017.
Bryer Blumenschein Bryer Blumenschein is a digital strategist and content creator for Made in PGH, a local lifestyle blog that features all the “need-to-knows” + “cannot miss” about the Pittsburgh area. She also freelances as a stylist for Stitch Fix and a social media manager for a few local businesses. Her spare time is spent perfecting the magnificent taste and look of the macaron.
Chef Amber Lehman Chef Amber Lehman is a Pittsburgh native who submerges herself in any and all things food. She spends her time servicing those in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas with private and personal chef services all the while promoting Food: An Experience.
Chris DiNardo Chris DiNardo is a Pittsburgh native, creator of Pub Sauce and founder of Fathom Sauce Company. Chris has always been passionate about hot sauce and is certified in acidified food from North Carolina State University. All of Fathom’s sauces are made and bottled right here in Pittsburgh.
Elan Mizrahi Elan Mizrahi focuses on people first. He has a unique point of view that allows him to deliver authentic imagery to his clients. His extensive travels and professional background in New York City have fine-tuned his ability to navigate new environments and connect with people. Elan believes that a good photo begins with a good conversation and often finds characters in unlikely situations. Visit for more information.
Elyse Levkulich Elyse Levkulich is the Social Media & Content Manager at Dickerson Creative Communications in Pittsburgh, PA where she creates content for local businesses as well as graphic design work for various social media platforms. After graduating Carlow University with a fine arts degree, she has settled down in the outskirts of the city where she also does solo work for her own growing brand.
Jen Saffron Jen Saffron came to the concept of Sprezzatura through her participation in Launch Millvale, a business incubator program through New Sun Rising.  As an artist with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MFA from Bard College, creating beautiful food and bringing people together is second nature. With a longstanding professional background in arts nonprofits and education, Jen seeks to merge her love of community, art, and food in the business that is Sprezzatura.
Jeremy and Angie

Jeremy and Angie run the local Pittsburgh blog, Discover the Burgh, which has the quest to do everything in Pittsburgh and southwest Pennsylvania.

Julie Helbling Julie has been a Bellevue resident for about 20 years. Her husband is a life-long Bellevue resident, self-employed contractor, and is a business owner in Bellevue. Together they have 5 kids, ages 12 – 27. Julie’s career includes 30+ years in Finance, Risk Management and Cybersecurity. After several years with PNC, she joined Ansys Inc in 2020 as a Senior member of the Cybersecurity GRC (Governance Risk and Compliance) Team. Julie doesn't really have much free time but when she does, she enjoys cooking, occasional yoga, visiting family and friends, relaxing at Pymatuning Lake and walking Blue.
Kanika Rautji Kanika Rautji is a Pittsburgh based Recipe Developer and Biomedical Engineer. A first-generation Indian immigrant, Kanika works in a Carnegie Mellon University based start- up by day, and moonlights as a Food and Drinks Blogger. She is passionate about creating recipes, visiting new restaurants and sharing approachable wine pairings with a special focus on Indian and other Asian cuisines. Together with her Italian-American husband Tony, she is on a quest to have a somewhat self-sustaining lifestyle in their <1acre suburban homestead. Find out about their foodie adventures in her popular Instagram-based Blog- @ThatCurrySmell.
Leslie Bonci Leslie Bonci is a Pittsburgh-based registered dietitian, sports dietitian and owner of Active Eating Advice by Leslie Bonci. She works with professional athletes ) surreal people) and real people to help them strategize, optimize and realize their goals. Leslie is an author, blogger and media expert. She and her husband Fred reside in Point Breeze and are the parents of two sons and grandparents to 3 little ones.
Marcus Cox Marcus Cox has performed at many venues in the East Coast, Midwest and South. Marcus has appeared in many Comedy Festivals in Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Memphis, St. Augustine and Baltimore. Marcus has won many competitions in the tri-state area and has appeared at comedy clubs such as: Pittsburgh Improv (PA), The FunnyStop Comedy Club (OH), The Lincoln Lodge (IL) and The Greer Cabaret Theater (PA). Marcus brings his smooth, charismatic, and likebale personality on stage, Marcus Cox is one that you want to catch at a show near you.
Mary Mac

Mary Mac Bakehouse is a licensed home bakery located in southwest Lawrence County, off of route 18 and south of New Castle.

Michela Hall Michela is a Pittsburgh transplant who moved to the Steel City to pursue a degree in Sports Media and Information at Duquesne University - although she graduated in 2019 she has yet to leave! Consistently immersed in the realm of modern media, when she isn’t jagging around with the marketing team, Michela is an Instructor at her alma mater, teaching media design and photography while completing her MFA. Last year she also served as Media Chair for the Pittsburgh chapter of PRSA. In her off-time, Michela is currently filming a passion project and exploratory capstone, The Pillion, a documentary about the nuance of American motorcycle culture. Other production credits include Overseas Famous, Our Region’s Business, Pittsburgh Hockey Now, and Campus Movie Fest, for various roles ranging from producer to guest host.
Monica Meet Monica, YaJagoff’s audio producer and morning show host at Q92.9. She’s got Wikipedia knowledge of today’s hit music (because she probably makes stuff up) and is up to date on the latest info from the world of pop culture. Check her out on the radio weekday mornings! And as part of the “Jag Braggers”, Monica is excited to get to know Pittsburghers and their stories. Let her know the family recipes you’d like to share and the best places to visit around Steel City’s 90 neighborhoods!
Rae Auber Social Media Specialist @ The Block Northway. Born and raised in the 412. Creative communications is my jam. Shop, eat, gather are my words to live by!
Fueled Ryan Ryan is the founder of Fueled By Hops, an online community, blog and merch store for craft beer fans. A life-long yinzer, Ryan enjoys a nice, hazy IPA on a warm day, the Steelers, his two dogs and his wife (in reverse order). You can learn more about Fueled By Hops at
Sandy Kozera Sandy Kozera is a resident of the North Hills, a lawyer, a mom to two daughters, a member of the North Hills School District, a retired kickball and dek hockey player, and a current Peloton enthusiast.
Scott Tady

Scott Tady from the Beaver County Times boasts about the little town he has grown to love as a 'Burgh boy living and writing about Beaver County.

Scott Tady Scott Tady has covered the entertainment beat for the Beaver County Times since 1997. Read his interviews with local and nationally known musicians, plus concert and theater reviews, and other pop-culture goodness at and on Twitter at @scotttady.
Tom Totin Tom Totin here. I've cooked in Pittsburgh restaurants for four decades. I also love to dine in local eateries to keep up with the tsunami of creativity in the Burgh. I also hosted a podcast called "Cookspeak" for 10 years.
Tressa Glover, Jag Bragger A proud Pittsburgh native, Tressa is the creator and host of the Yinz Are Good podcast, which shares the good news and good deeds that are going on in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Tressa is also an actor, writer, producer, Jefferson Award recipient, creator of the live sitcom/web series The Sisters Sorella and founder of SWAN Day Pittsburgh. As an actor, she works regionally in theatre, film and tv. Local theatre credits include Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre, Quantum Theatre, Bricolage, PICT, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Co., and Arcade Comedy Theater, among others. Film, tv and web credits include A League of Their Own, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Archive 81, $1, Breakage, My Date With Adam, and I'll Call You.
John Chamberlin

John Chamberlin is a Pittsburgh jagoff (the term of endearment version of jagoff of course) who cofounded YaJagoff Media, LLC. With decades of experience eating, drinking, shopping, living, and being among yinzers, we birthed the Pittsburgh-centric company encompassing all things related to the 412, oh, and the 724.

Rachael Rennebeck

Rachael Rennebeck is a Pittsburgh jagoff (the term of endearment version of jagoff of course) who cofounded YaJagoff Media, LLC. With decades of experience eating, drinking, shopping, living, and being among yinzers, we birthed the Pittsburgh-centric company encompassing all things related to the 412, oh, and the 724.

Linda Jo Thornberg

Linda Jo grew up in the Mon Valley area and is very involved in the local Chambers of Commerce, various networking events, and in the local community. She is the Owner of the Pittsburgh Business Show and the Founder of the Women Who Embrace Life Conference. An avid sports fan and loves anything to do with Pittsburgh sports, including the Pirates, the Penguins, and the Steelers.

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