Martha Stoumen – From Grape to Glass: Exploring Natural Wine

Martha Stoumen was born and raised in Northern California. Following her studies in traditional agriculture and Italian language, at twenty‑two Martha went to intern in the vineyard, olive orchard, and winery at a small Tuscan farm. This started what would become an 8‑year series of apprenticeships, mostly abroad, sandwiched around a Master’s degree in winemaking at UC Davis. Martha is now 33 and making wines in California under her own label, Martha Stoumen Wines, that celebrate that wines, at their core, come from the earth.

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Mokhtar Alkhanshali – How Coffee's Roots Hold the Key to Its Future

Mokhtar Alkhanshali grew up between Brooklyn, San Francisco, and Yemen. Mokhtar comes from an ancient lineage of coffee farmers, that traces back to when the world’s first coffee was cultivated in his home province of Ibb over five centuries ago. As a Yemeni-American, Mokhtar hopes to serve as a bridge between the farmers of the oldest, rarest and most unique coffees to coffee lovers the world over.

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Marcus Boni – Carving a Career in Coffee

Marcus Boni speaking at the Fall 2016 Bloom event in Chicago. Marcus has had the sincere pleasure of being a member of the Specialty Coffee Community for the past 14 years and is currently the Vice President of Retail with Intelligentsia Coffee. He has held leadership, marketing, and operational roles with companies like Intelligentsia, Kaldi's Coffee and Espresso Supply. Prior to living the dream in coffee (and during), Marcus was a sales director and operations manager in the wireless industry specializing in spectrum deployment and new market operations

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Donnie Madia – Being Present

Donnie Madia speaking at the Fall 2016 Bloom event in Chicago. Among the city of Chicago's most acclaimed restaurateurs, Donald J. Madia has mastered the art of collaboration to execute his singular unerring instincts for style, atmosphere and hospitality. His unique blend of visionary inspiration, attention to detail and sense of unlimited possibility informs all he touches. His gift for connecting talented individuals and business acumen was recognized by the James Beard Foundation in 2015, when he was awarded Outstanding Restaurateur

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