Our Experts

Our culinary experts bring a wealth of knowledge and passion to every recipe and food article we share.

Chris Blatner

Chris Blatner

Executive Bourbon Steward

Chris Blatner is an Executive Bourbon Steward and the creator of the popular Instagram page @‌urbanbourbonist. He appears frequently as a guest whiskey expert on podcasts and is an independent consultant for whiskey and spirits brands. Chris presents educational whiskey segments on local television in Chicago, IL as well as national television. Chris also serves as the Executive Director of Bourbon Charity.

Catherine Fallis

Catherine Fallis

Founder, Planet Grape LLC

Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis is known for her approachable and consumer-friendly wine expertise. She played a pivotal role in wine acquisition and content creation while leading the Sommelier team at Bright Cellars for 15 months. She later launched Planet Grape Wine Review, America's first female-led wine review platform. Educated at Cornell University, she became the fifth woman in the world to earn the Master Sommelier title and is the only person to also hold the Advanced Certified Wine Professional title from the Culinary Institute of America. Her latest book is "Ten Grapes to Know, the Ten and Done Wine Guide."

Michael Lomonaco

Michael Lomonaco

Executive Chef, Porter House

Michael Lomonaco is one of the executive chefs of Porter House, the iconic American steakhouse and restaurant located in New York City. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Chef Lomonaco rose to fame as the chef of legendary restaurants like Le Cirque, 21 Club before opening his first restaurant Windows of the World atop the original World Trade Center. He opened Porter House in 2006, and nearly 20 years later, it's consistently named among the best steakhouses and most loved restaurants in the city. In addition to his culinary work, Lomonaco also has an established career in food media; he has hosted programs on Discovery Channel and Food Network and published writing in New York Magazine and Food & Wine.

Jessie Massie

Jessie Massie

Executive Chef, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Jessie Massie is the Executive Chef of the Taproom at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s location in Mills River, NC since 2016. She has a passion for fresh, high-quality locally sourced ingredients and the art of cooking with beer and other brewing ingredients. The kitchens of her mother and grandmother in the mountains of Western North Carolina were where she first discovered her love of cooking and preparing food, and she later sharpened her skills at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas. While her menu items often pay homage to her Appalachian roots, her overall culinary style is eclectic and inspired by seasonally available ingredients and a range of global cuisines. An upscale touch on each thoughtfully crafted dish pushes the boundaries of a typical taproom menu.

Jeff Tyler

Jeff Tyler

Owner/Operator, Spice Trade Brewery + Kitchen

Originally from New York, Jeff Tyler's fascination with beer was sparked by a work trip to Colorado Springs. He was quickly enamored with the variation and creativity of craft beers and began brewing beer at home. He furthered his beer expertise by becoming a BJCP certified beer judge and began judging beer competitions throughout New England. By 2016, Jeff decided to make brewing his full-time job and moved to Colorado to work with Yak & Yeti Brewpub. Two years later, Jeff led the rebrand of Yak & Yeti's brewery to Spice Trade Brewing and became a co-owner. He then expanded the business by opening a new flagship location, Spice Trade Brewery + Kitchen in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Today, Jeff is the owner and operator of Spice Trade Brewery + Kitchen, which prides itself on a culinary driven menu inspired by global cuisines. He is a member of the Colorado Brewers Guild and Brewers Association.

Doreen Winkler

Doreen Winkler

Founder, Orange Glou

Doreen Winkler is a natural wine sommelier, orange wine expert, and founder of Orange Glou, the world's first orange wine subscription service and only brick-and-mortar store dedicated solely to skin contact wines, as well as Orange Glou Wine Fair, North America's first fair devoted to skin contact wines. Named one of "America's Top Sommeliers" by Forbes, Doreen is one of the first sommeliers who created wine lists focused on natural, organic and biodynamic wines. She's developed wine programs for Michelin-starred restaurants, bars and wine retailers, including at Aska and Aldea in NYC, where her program received the World of Fine Wine Best Wine List Award.

Mathew Woodburn-Simmonds

Mathew Woodburn-Simmonds

Founder, Home Coffee Expert

Mathew Woodburn-Simmonds is the founder of Home Coffee Expert, a business that aims to provide its followers with the best possible information about every step of the coffee-making (and drinking) process. His obsession with coffee began during his college days when he worked as a barista for a coffee shop and extended well into his time as a restaurant manager and sommelier.