Melissa Welles has established herself as one of the premier Bay Area media specialists in restaurant, food, beverage and hospitality public relations. Over the last 25 years she has executed many highly successful media campaigns and worked with numerous noteworthy restaurants around the Bay Area, many of which have attracted national media attention. Melissa spent 12 years with Chef Thomas Keller overseeing the opening and ongoing media relations for The French Laundry, Bouchon, Bouchon Bakery in Yountville and Las Vegas, and Per Se in New York City, plus media launches for The French Laundry Cookbook and Bouchon Cookbook. Her solid relationships with local and regional press are one of her strengths, and she takes great care in cultivating and maintaining those relationships. She also places significant value on her more extensive knowledge and connections within a larger network of food, beverage, hospitality, and sustainability industries, with longstanding national contacts in the print, online, broadcast radio/TV, and high-profile food event spaces.
She consulted with Gastón Acurio for the debut opening of his first U.S restaurant, oversaw the re-opening of Michael and Lindsay Tusk’s downtown Quince, worked on bringing attention to Paul Canales at Oliveto, helped establish Michael Mina as a ‘4-Star’ chef, and worked in promoting Bruce Aidells, Ron Siegel, Jan Birnbaum, and an assortment of other noteworthy gourmet food purveyors, restaurateurs, hotels, winemakers and wineries.
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Stephanie Amberg is a social media marketing expert and food writer from Marin County. A passionate storyteller, Stephanie has a variety of experiences that contribute to her approach to digital media in the food world, including apprenticing in a creamery and writing for Edible Marin & Wine Country. After graduating valedictorian from the American University of Paris with a Masters degree in Global Communications, she was named social media content lead for Procter & Gamble beauty brands at BBDO Proximity Paris, where she gained agency experience before deciding to strike out on her own. Upon moving back to the States, Stephanie began working with clients in the food, wine & spirits industries and currently manages content creation, strategy, and social media marketing.
Tara Blazona got her start in restaurant PR in 2008 at San Francisco’s Rivera Public Relations. As the Bay Area was coming into its own as a culinary destination, Tara was working with some of the city’s most talked about restaurants like Beretta, Dosa, and Mamacita. From there, she joined Kristen Green PR, a consultancy focused on winery and hospitality clients. She worked with many of the wineries in the Constellations brand portfolio and also branched out into book publicity. In 2011, she joined Postcard Communications, where she worked with emerging artisanal food and spirit companies, cookbooks, and more than 30 restaurants in the Bay Area, New York, and beyond. In early 2015, she left food and restaurant PR to launch a furniture startup with her husband called BenchMade Modern. But just a year later, she felt the pull back to her true passion — food — and began working with Melissa Welles. In 2017, they rebranded Melissa Welles PR as Quoted PR.
A true Southerner at heart (raised in Jackson, Mississippi) she has a deep appreciation for food history and culture and has a passion for exploring regional and global cuisines. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication where she earned a degree in Public Relations.
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Brittney Timmins is a California native with a passion for cookbooks, sustainable agriculture, and exploring her way through the Bay Area’s best restaurants and wineries. She started her public relations career working with technology companies while simultaneously reading all the food media she could get her hands on and adding to her ever-growing list of “must try” restaurants. Eventually, she followed her love of food and wine into the restaurant industry and began working with Quoted PR in 2018. From creative storytelling to developing and executing campaigns and securing high visibility press coverage, Brittney has succeeded in growing brand awareness for a diverse pool of clients, including restaurants, software startups, local fitness studios, and other lifestyle brands. She loves connecting her clients with the right journalist to tell their story and building strong relationships with press and influencers.