Helena Brown most recently worked with Daniel Patterson, chef/owner of the critically acclaimed Michelin two-star restaurant Coi, where she helped open and operate Plum, Plum Bar, and Haven. Helena first fell in love with food while living in Paris, but it was while working in Senegal that she expanded her palette to include non-Western cuisine. Upon her return to the US, Helena took over management and cooking for her family’s café in the East Bay which was subsequently named ‘Most Enterprising New Business’ by the East Bay Express. Helena has also spent time as a film production coordinator and as Production Manager for WIRED Magazine.
Helen Springut launched her career in food & beverage with the Thrillist Media Group, where she oversaw local and national e-commerce partnerships for Thrillist Rewards. Helen is Co-Founder of the LA Fried Chicken Fest and Brew Something LA (the Los Angeles craft beer professionals' society); consults for food festivals and national F&B brands, including the LA Times” The Taste; and is Marketing Chair for Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation LA. Helen also runs LA Gastronauts, and has produced events including the Foie Gras Festival at Wilshire Restaurant, the pop-up Weed and Herb Dinner with Starry Kitchen and Laurent Quenioux, and the Top Chef Pig Roast.