Meet the Team

Dr. Mary Jo Ross
Executive Producer
Samantha Rosenberg
Social Media Coordinator
Universal Orlando Resort
Heather Stuckey
Event Manager
Hilton Orlando
Alexis Lytle
Event Manager
Hilton Orlando
Kathy Pierson
Public Relations
Kathy Pierson Communications
Casey Dorner
Stage Manager
Alan Sommerman
Director of Sales & Local Marketing
Shelia Grady
Sales Manager
Main Event Entertainment


September 3, 2016


The Summer of 2016 has been a very unique time for Orlando and Foodstock. Summertime always has a significant role for food growers and sellers and consumers. A bounty of Florida produce has come on-board this season and has been shared across our state and with others. Foodstock Orlando has also made great strides in […]

May 27, 2016

Food Lab Meeting & Guests

This week I attended a meeting of the ORL Food Lab with two of my graduate students.  Its a pretty cool group of foodies that have been meeting for less than a year once a month to explore the Orlando food scene. A perfect partnership for FOODSTOCK! This was my second meeting and met some […]

May 24, 2016

Location Site

The March 2017 timeline was positioned to avoid other long term community and statewide events.   However with any inaugural events, it’s hard to forecast.  Time will tell! The site location for Foodstock in Orlando involved many, many meetings, analysis, and discussions with prominent leaders.   I believe if you are given the responsibility for […]

May 21, 2016


The Genesis of Foodstock Orlando was do to a lot of PBS television cooking shows!  Not today’s myriad of programming, but legends like Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet, and Julia Child.   A childhood in an old family grocery store filled with nostalgic treats and pantry basics providing a fascination of what people ate, the […]


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