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Ali Berlow is the author of  'The Food Activist Handbook - Big & Small Things You Can Do to Help Provide Fresh, Healthy Food for Your Community'. Michael Pollan summed up Ali’s book in one tweet: "Just what the food movement needs now...for anyone hoping to build a local food system." Ali is also the co-host of The Local Food Report on WCAI (, local public radio for the Cape, the Coast and the Islands, and the founder of Island Grown Initiative on Martha's Vineyard. (

Chef Michael Ceraldi has over 20 years experience in the industry, working with some of the most influential chefs in Italian cuisine in New York and in Italy. He’s had many recipes published in magazines and cookbooks, and has appeared multiple times on The Food Network.  Ceraldi landed in Provincetown in 2010 to be the executive chef of Dalla Cucina ("Best Italian” 2011 Yankee Magazine, and Boston Magazine Best of Boston 2017.)  He opened "CERALDI at Tiny’s", a Provincetown pop up. Michael and his wife Jesse opened a permanent location at 15 Kendrick on the Wellfleet harbor.

Sarah Leah Chase is a well-known cookbook author whose bestselling titles include the Nantucket Open-House Cookbook, The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook, and Cold-Weather Cooking. Sarah’s latest cookbook, New England Open House, was published in June of 2015 and garnered Honorable Mention for Best Cookbook of the Year at the Readable Feast awards in Boston in 2016. For nearly two decades, Sarah wrote the weekly food column, Feasting on the Faraway Island, for Nantucket’s Inquirer & Mirror newspaper. She has also contributed freelance articles to Coastal Living, Veranda, Cape Cod Life Publications, La Vie Claire, and Nantucket Today. Sarah currently works as a recipe consultant for Barefoot Contessa LLC and teaches several cooking classes a year at the state-of-the-art Nantucket Culinary Center. She and her husband Nigel live on Cape Cod in Barnstable Village, where they run Coastal Goods, a specialty importer and distributor of fine sea salts, exotic peppers, and popular seasoning blends called Sarah’s Sea Salts.

Nicole Cormier RD, LDN is the owner of Delicious Living Nutrition, an author and local food enthusiast. In addition to her growing nutrition counseling practice, she is co-owner of the cold-pressed juice company, The Local Juice & Pantry. Nicole earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA and completed a postgraduate Dietetic Internship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. Her passion for local food is included in her nutrition counseling, consulting and education.

Elspeth Hay grew up in Maine and now lives near the tip of Cape Cod. She works with local food in a variety of mediums—from writing to photography to radio to—of course—cooking. This summer marks the 10th anniversary of the Local Food Report, a weekly radio show she created and now co-hosts with Martha's Vineyard writer and food activist Ali Berlow. You can find her stories and get in touch at

Meave McAullife has 12 years of extensive experience in the restaurant industry, and has worked as a head chef to several restaurants throughout California and on Martha’s Vineyard. Creating partnerships with and supporting the vibrant community of local farmers, ranchers and fishermen has always been the focal point of her restaurants and menu crafting.   Meave is also an aquaculturist and has a sustainable oyster farm in Cape Cod.

Ruth Reichl is a writer and editor who was the Editor in Chief of Gourmet Magazine for ten years. Before that she was the restaurant critic of The New York Times, (1993-1999), and both the restaurant critic and food editor of the Los Angeles Times (1984-1993). Ms. Reichl began writing about food in 1972, when she published Mmmmm: A Feastiary. Since then, she has authored the critically acclaimed, best-selling Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples,Garlic and Sapphires, For You Mom, Finally, My Kitchen Year, and Delicious! a Novel.  She is currently at work on a memoir of her years at Gourmet.

William Sertl hails from St. Louis but escaped to New York soon after obtaining a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. He traveled in South America and Europe before landing at Travel & Leisure. He joined Saveur as travel editor when the magazine launched in the mid-90s. After Ruth Reichl took the helm at Gourmet, he pestered her until she made him travel editor there, a position that lasted until the magazine folded. Since 2010, he has been the executive editor of and now co-authors a cooking column for the East End Beacon on Long Island, where Sertl lives when not in Manhattan.

Sarah Waldman  fell in love with food while playing “cooking show” with her little sister in the 1980s. Decades later, she followed that passion to the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to study the connections between food and personal wellness. Now Sarah spends her time being a mother, food writer, and recipe developer. As a health-focused home cook, she develops and offers recipes for simple, whole-food meals appropriate for every member of the family. Sarah's book, Feeding a Family – A Year of Simple and Healthy Family Dinners, hit the shelves in April of 2017. Her writing and recipe work has been featured in Taproot Magazine, Parents Magazine, Edible Vineyard, Food52, and The Coastal Table. Sarah lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, two little boys, and one very furry pup.