Thursday, May 23
Breakout Session VI
Food has become the number one way travelers experience a destination, and it’s the most talked about aspect of many trips. In this panel discussion, you’ll hear tips from food writers on how to best identify your destination’s culinary stories and use them to create buzz, attract media interest and ultimately drive visitor spending. We will also discuss trends within culinary travel — both what’s hot and what is old news.
|Craig H. Shepherd,|
Vice President, Programming & Development, Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.
Additional Speaker Information
Nancy Davidson is a freelance food and travel journalist. She currently contributes travel stories to the New York Daily News and other publications, and is the author of “Killer Ribs: Mouthwatering Recipes from North America’s Best Rib Joints.” Nancy is the former “Gastronome” columnist for Go, the in-flight magazine for AirTran Airways. She has contributed to outlets including Cooking Light, Edible Brooklyn, Edible Manhattan, Epicurious, Every Day with Rachael Ray, foodandwine.com, Gourmet/gourmet.com, Imbibe, Relish, Saveur, and Tasting Table.
Beth D'Addono is a contributor at Southern Gaming & Destinations, AAA Traveler, Wells Fargo Conversations, Southern Living, the Boston Globe, the Toronto Star, Philadelphia Daily News, Taste, Where Philadelphia and Jewish Exponent. A freelance journalist since 1990, she writes about travel, food, lifestyle and interesting people with stories to tell. Connect with Beth on Twitter.
Craig H. Shepherd is vice president of programming & development at Zero Point Zero Production, Inc. Zero Point Zero Production is a New York-based television and digital media company. Some of Craig’s credits include: “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” (CNN), “No Reservations” (Travel Channel), “The Getaway” (Esquire Network), “The Layover” (Travel Channel), “The Wild Within” (Travel Channel), “Meat Men” (Food Network), “MeatEater” (Sportsman Channel), “The Mind of a Chef” (PBS), “Kurt Busch The Outlaw” (Speed TV), “Extra Virgin” (Cooking Channel), “Hawaii Air Rescue” (Weather Channel), “Married with Dishes” (Cooking Channel), “Brew Masters” (Discovery Channel), “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” (Bravo TV), “18 Wheels of Justice” (Spike TV) and “Farewell to a Champion” (Tennis Channel). Craig also produced the feature films “Girlfight” (Winner of the Sundance Film Festival) and “Edge of Seventeen” (Audience Award Winner at the Sundance Film Festival). Prior to this, Craig was a senior financial analyst at CBS Sports.