Visual Bites: Culinary & the Web
Food-related filmmaking on the web is exploding and never has the phrase, "You eat first with your eyes" been more relevant. As people are more and more conscious about what they are putting into their bodies - restaurants, chefs and the food industry are answering the call by creating original web content to not only inform but entertain and bring current and potential consumers behind-the scenes and into the culinary fold.
This ever-expanding food culture is also bringing non-culinary brands into the culinary world, as small businesses to big brands like Lexus are seeing the benefits of joining this revolution. Join the discussion on how the food culture of the web is thriving, what makes it successful and how it is continuously attracting thousands of viewers who are hungry for more.
Alex Kakoyiannis is the founder and CEO of The Culinary Agency, a first of its kind agency exclusively focused on leveraging culinary culture through talent representation, content development, brand consulting and incubating early stage ventures.
Prior to TCA, Kakoyiannis was President of Further Entertainment helping clients capitalize on the convergence of media and technology to build stronger relationships with consumers and increase revenues.
Previous to Further, Kakoyiannis was a founder and managing partner of Navigame Inc., a consulting firm focused on helping consumer brands leverage the video game landscape as a marketing platform. Clients included: Nautica Jeans, Mountain Dew, Best Buy and Yahoo.
Christian Remde is an award-winning director, editor and motion graphics artist with over 15 years of film and television experience.
Christian began his career in the Bay Area working on high-end corporate and commercial productions and, in 1999, moved to New York City where he transitioned into music video and national commercial spots. In 2002, he moved to Los Angeles and worked in Technicolor’s Creative Services division creating DVD menus and interactive games for Hollywood blockbusters like Kill Bill, The Lion King, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Finding Nemo.
In 2005, Christian moved back to New York City and moved further into writing, producing and directing. His first short film, The Wine Bar, was released in 2006 and played at over 50 film festivals, winning 10 awards, including the Filmmaker Award and Audience Award at the 2007 DC Short Film Festival. Since then, Christian has directed for companies like Verizon, Blackberry, MetLife, Citigroup, Bread&Butter PR, and expanded his writing and directing portfolio through other short film projects.
Christian's work has been seen worldwide on The Huffington Post (where he is also a blogger), Bravo TV's website, Food & Wine Magazine's blog, New York Magazine's Grub Street site and many other outlets. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Julie and their two ornery cats.
Sara Robertson has a varied background in television production including studio and field production, writing, editing, graphics and animation.
As Creative Director for KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, she is responsible for strategic planning and execution of KLRU's production in support of kids, arts & culture, and public affairs.