About us

The Internet has revolutionized the way information is exchanged and is continually evolving. Part of that change has involved the unique ability for anyone and everyone to have a presence and opinion on the web. Along with Social Media, Blogging has become an exceptional tool for individuals to express opinions and views on all topics. While the majority of bloggers write with journalistic integrity, some, use their blogs to wield power over businesses. The end result is less credibility in general for all bloggers.

The Association of Food Bloggers is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit organization. It was created in an effort to clearly define standards for food bloggers as well as provide training and tools for food bloggers. The mission of the AoFB is to qualify reputable Food Bloggers and serve as a community where those involved in the Food Industry can gather and exchange valuable information.

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The Association of Food Bloggers was founded in 2009 by Malika Bowling. Malika is a Published Author, Writer and Marketing consultant from Atlanta, GA. After blogging for nearly a year, Malika saw an onslaught of blogs into the blogosphere, many with little credibility and ethical standards.

Public Relations companies and Restaurant owners are frazzled as to which bloggers are reliable, honest and have the readership to impact results. Frustrated with the lack of ethics apparent in much of the blogosphere, the Association of Food Bloggers was born. Members are vetted to meet and uphold a strict criteria and code of ethics. Malika remains the Managing Editor.

Malika wanted to create a site that not only serves as a directory of ethical and reputable food bloggers, but is a resource for those bloggers. The Association of Food Bloggers contains industry information as well as tips and resources for becoming a better writer and leveraging the power of Social Media. Want to be a contributing writer to the Association of Food Bloggers? Contact Malika here.

Malika also helps restaurants and PR companies with Blogger Outreach and Strategies. She has worked for Best Buy and Macy’s Culinary Council on many Blogger Outreach campaigns. Brands and Publicists, find out more about working with us here. Contact us with inquiries here.

about1Grant Goggans, New Member Ambassador 

Grant is 1/2 of the blog, Marie, Let’s Eat. Grant takes the spectacularly bad photos seen on their blog. Their blog chronicles their eats around Atlanta and the metro area as well as road trips around the Southeast. They are especially fond of barbecue.

 

 

 

EWE 1st dinenrErica Key, VP Outreach and Partnerships

Erica attributes her exposure to her father, who made sure that she was well traveled, and her mother, who seldom prepared meals on the weekends, choosing to dine out instead. Her childhood experiences (including  research for their weekly outings) have ultimately contributed to her passion and experience in the food industry.  On her blog, Eating with Erica, she strives to expand foodie horizons, showcase talented chefs and provide a go-to guide for everything food.

 

 

Board of Directors

about3Glen Bowling, Vice President

Glen is an IT Project Manager and has worked for Accenture as a Management Consultant as well as various pharmaceutical companies. He is an avid photographer, enjoying outdoor photography and taking candid shots of individuals. View his work on his site, 8xGlen.com. He also enjoys baking bread. His specialty is his olive loaf.

 

about2Keren Brown, Secretary

Mom of 3 (including twins), Keren is the founder of Foodportunity.com and the author of Food Lovers’ Guide to Seattle. Keren is quite gregarious and loves connecting people. She also loves to travel and is quite a cook. Keren also speaks three languages.

 

 

about4Amy Wallas Fox, Treasurer

Based in Charlotte, NC, Amy writes the blog Amy on Food. By day, Amy works as an adoption and surrogacy attorney. Amy loves cooking especially sweet treats. Amy shares many of her recipes on her blog. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Calvin and son, Asher.