John Mariani is an author and journalist of 30 years standing, having begun his writing for New York Magazine in 1973. He blogs forRoundTable.Media on subjects of creativity,writing, publishing and Media. His own blog, Mariani's Virtual Gourmet on food and travel is read by thousands bi-monthly. A sought-out speaker and host, he is the author of 12 books including 2 novels and has become known as one of America’s premiere food writers (a three-time nominee for theJames Beard Journalism Award.) Mariani has written several of the most highly regarded books on food in America today and has been called by the Philadelphia Inquirer, “the most influential food-wine critic in the popular press.” For 35 years he was Esquire Magazine's food and travel correspondent and for ten years wine critic for Bloomberg News. He currently writes a bi-weekly blog for Huffington Post.

His first book, The Dictionary of American Food & Drink (Ticknor & Fields, 1983) was hailed as the "American Larousse Gastronomique" and was chosen "best reference book on food for 1983" byLibrary Journal. After a decade when the book was declared a "classic" of American food studies, Hearst Books issued a completely revised edition in 1994. In 1999 Lebhar-Friedman published a revised, expanded version entitled The Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink

 Mariani's second book. Eating Out: Fearless Dining in Ethnic Restaurants (Quill, 1985) was called byFood & Wine Magazine“a diner's manual to guerilla tactics for restaurant survival." His third book, Mariani's Coast-to-Coast Dining Guide (Times Books, 1986), which he edited, was widely acclaimed as the American counterpart to France's Guide Michelin. His next book, America Eats Out (William Morrow, 1991) won the International Association of Cooking Professionals Award forBest Food Reference Book.  From  1989 through 1999  Mariani co-authored  annual editions of Passport to New York Restaurants (Passport Press) and was editor of  Italian Cuisine: Basic Cooking Techniques  (Italian Wine & Food Institute), which became the textbook for Italian cooking studies at the Culinary Institute of America. John has also written the food and restaurant sections of the Encyclopedia of New York City  (The New-York Historical Society and Yale University Press, 1995) and contributed entries to Chronicle of America (Chronicle Publications).

  Mariani's other books include The Four Seasons: A History of America's Premier restaurant (Crown, 1997; revised 1999);Vincent's Cookbook (Tenspeed Press, 1995), with chef Vincent Guérithault; (Broadway Books, 1998) which was nominated for an IACP award; and, with Marie Rama, Grilling for Dummies (IDG Books), which first appeared in 1999 and was revised in 2009. His new book is How Italian Food Conquered the World(Palgrave-MacMillan, 2011).

Stephanie Palmer is the CEO of Good In A Room and author of the best selling book by the same name. She helps creative professionals (especially writers)improve how they present themselves and their ideas so they can grow their businesses and sell their work.

Stephanie Palmer was the Director of Creative Affairs for MGM where she supervised the acquisition, development, and production of feature films. Some of the films she worked on include Legally Blond, Con Air, and Titanic among others.Stephanie was also named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the “Top 35 Executives Under 35.” Prior to MGM, she worked at Jerry Bruckheimer Films. We are proud to have her associated with as an expert, contributing to Around The Table.

John W. Coleman is a producer-director-writer with over 30 years experience in all forms of media, from broadcast TV and radio to cable and interactive web. He is the Executive Producer of Twin Oaks Communications and a member of the Directors Guild of America. Having worked at four major market TV Stations and on location in 49 of the 50 states, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean he often knows what he is talking about. As a child actor, Coleman was a member of AFTRA—but don't ask him about residuals. He has taught various courses in media and production as an adjunct professor at colleges in both NY and CA. He currently serves on the international Board of Directors of Media Communications Association-international and is a co-founder of Roundtable.Media. And, oh yes, he has an opinion on everything.

Art produces documentaries, events, commercials, & promotes the entertainment arts in Southern CA. Highlights include the "20th Anniversary of A Christmas Story" including much of the principal cast and crew, four episodes of a television pilot, In The Credits, and "The Brick People," the story of a southern California company town during the first half of the twentieth century and its residents, mostly immigrants, who built the world's finest bricks. Art has also been involved in the creation of several commercials.

He has served on the boards of all the major industry organizations in Orange County, CA and is currently the President and Treasurer of Media Communications Association International, LA/OC chapter and has served on its international board.

Grace McKay has been in the production industry in many capacities over the years, including shooter, editor, producer, and film transfer specialist. Here at Roundtable, she is one of the principal partners.