Becca Parrish began her career as a features reporter in Montgomery, Alabama. After a stint in Atlanta as communications manager for a non-profit group, she moved to New York in 1997 to pursue a career in public relations. With nearly 20 years in the media business, Becca has built a career on listening and delivering. She has established fruitful, long-term relationships with a wide range of lifestyle, broadcast, travel and culinary media. She believes in the power of elegant PR — that which is largely invisible. Her approach is appreciated by some of the country's most acclaimed chefs, hoteliers and restaurateurs. Whether working with legendary properties or establishing new talent, Becca is naturally creative, strategic and focused on delivering results that exceed her clients' expectations. A native of Pensacola, Florida, Becca earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a fellowship from the Poynter Institute of Media Studies, and a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Florida State University. She is the proud mom of a trencherman and she, too, lives to eat.
Helen Medvedovsky joined BeccaPR in 2007 after a 14-year career in food & beverage and consumer public relations. When she was introduced to the world of hospitality PR, she found she could marry her love of travel, restaurants and entertaining with her job. As partner and managing director of BeccaPR, Helen works with some of the country’s top chefs and culinary brands, including Eric Ripert, Scott Conant, George Mendes, Gotham West Market, Casa Dragones sipping tequila and more. Previously, she was vice president of hospitality at KB Network News, where she had the opportunity to manage and oversee PR for properties such as Wynn Las Vegas, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ and The Carlyle Hotel. Before embarking on her hospitality PR career, Helen worked at Stanton Crenshaw Communications with brands such as Starbucks, The Weather Channel and CNBC. Helen earned a B.S. in Mass Communication from Boston University, College of Communication in 1997.
Lauren Fonda is a managing partner of BeccaPR and heads up the Los Angeles office. She joined the team in 2007 to further her longtime interest in the restaurant industry. A L.A. native, she moved to New York in 2001 to attend New York University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts with a major in print journalism. After graduation, she worked as a restaurant supervisor and learned about management and operations. Lauren later realized that she missed her writing roots and turned to BeccaPR as a way to combine her drive for storytelling with her love of the culinary world. Over the years, Lauren has worked with a variety of renowned chefs, restaurants, hotels and innovative brands and now enjoys collaborating more closely with West Coast clients and contributing to California’s ever-growing creative community. When not working away in the BeccaPR office, she is at the center of a dance party, crossing travel destinations off her endless list or savoring a dinner of steak and martinis.
Jamie Goldstein joined BeccaPR to further her passion for the culinary and hospitality industries. While studying abroad in Florence, Italy, Jamie's enthusiasm for food and restaurants was ignited. She graduated from NYU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, and then attended the Institute of Culinary Education in New York where she studied Pastry Arts. After working as a pastry cook at The Breslin Bar & Dining Room under chef April Bloomfield, Jamie realized her desire to combine her communications education with her love of food and entertaining, and decided to pursue the public relations side of the hospitality industry. At BeccaPR, Jamie heads up digital strategy and works with acclaimed chefs including Michael Symon and April Bloomfield, restaurants such as wagamama, and brands like Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams . When she's not exploring New York's ever-changing culinary scene, Jamie enjoys traveling as much as possible, singing karaoke, binge watching television series and baking chocolate chip cookies.
After getting her start at an online advertising agency, Casey Kahn joined BeccaPR in 2009. She worked on openings for numerous venues including Encore Beach Club at Encore Las Vegas, Rosemary’s, Riverpark, and Tertulia; with chefs such as Seamus Mullen, Marco Canora and Bill Telepan; and oversaw media strategy for Casa Dragones Tequila, Terroir's Summer of Riesling and more. Casey left to pursue screenwriting -- her work was recognized by The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Austin Film Festival -- and provided strategic counsel for various companies, including a private aviation startup for which she secured top-tier media placements and formed key partnerships. In 2014, Casey realized she missed the energy of BeccaPR and returned, now working with The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, The Grey in Savannah, Le Bernardin and more. She is a graduate of The University of Michigan (2008) who lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their books.
A Penn State graduate and native Philadelphian (Bucks County to be specific), Tina Clabbers moved to New York in 2008 to pursue her dream of working in food PR. Before diving into restaurants and chefs specifically, Tina represented Sam Adams (she's a certified graduate of Boston Beer Company University), Gallo Wines and DailyCandy at DeVries Global. Tina soon realized the restaurant industry was where she flourished and prior to BPR, she spent two years working with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, the South Beach and New York Wine & Food Festivals, Blue Ribbon restaurants, and chef Graham Elliot. Whether it's eating Pad Thai, trolling the aisles of Trader Joe's for hours, or exploring a farmers' market, Tina has found that her happiest moments are spent surrounded by food and drink, and the people who appreciate them. Beyond the culinary world, Tina is passionate about dogs, London, kickboxing, running (sometimes), traveling, the color green and anything pear-related.
Liz Pierson loves three things: dining out, dessert and film. After studying acting in London, she was smitten with her newfound passion for all things gustatory and enrolled in NYU's Food & Restaurant Management program. While there she worked at numerous restaurants, most notably alongside award-winning pastry chef Deborah Racicot at Gotham Bar & Grill, and wrote for food critic Danyelle Freeman's RestaurantGirl.com. Since joining BeccaPR in 2010, Liz continues to play with words and with food, working with acclaimed chefs Eric Ripert, Scott Conant and George Mendes, Saveur magazine and beloved neighborhood restaurants like Hearth, Terroir and Daniel Boulud's DBGB. She has also established herself as the office's resident dessert expert, and dispenses unsolicited anecdotes and bizarre trivia on everything from biology to cult horror movies. At home in New Jersey, Liz pours over her Fannie Farmer cookbook, quotes "Ghostbusters" and dreams of being a planetary scientist in another lifetime.
Elise Reinemann joined BeccaPR in 2013 to meld two of her lifelong passions: writing and hospitality. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Art History from University of Richmond in 2010, Elise attended the French Culinary Institute to focus her sights on a career in the culinary field. Following graduation, Elise apprenticed at L’Affable restaurant in Cannes, France for six months and upon her return to the states, worked as the research assistant to Jeffrey Steingarten, the long-time food critic at Vogue magazine and author of The Man Who Ate Everything. The position married Elise’s love of food, restaurants and cooking with her passion for writing, which led her to pursue a career in hospitality public relations. Since joining BeccaPR, Elise has worked with respected chefs such as Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert and George Mendes, sommelier Aldo Sohm as well as the popular food hall, Gotham West Market, and Ralph Lauren's The Polo Bar. For fun, Elise loves running, hosting dinner parties for friends and family and exploring new spots in her Brooklyn neighborhood.
Maude Michel worked in Bon Appétit magazine’s public relations department before joining BPR and became fully immersed in all things food. There, she was involved with broadcast opportunities for Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport, planning exclusive dinners for fashion designers as part of Feast or Fashion and more. Maude graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in journalism. Her love of the hospitality industry began while she worked as a barista at Talula’s Table, a small gourmet market and restaurant in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, Maude enjoys exploring everything the city has to offer from the hottest new restaurant openings to her favorite neighborhood dives.
Jordan Korn joins BeccaPR with a lifelong passion for food and restaurants. While studying writing and communications at The University of Michigan, Jordan furthered her passion for the restaurant industry by working with Eve Aronoff, a highly regarded chef in Ann Arbor, MI, handling social media and marketing for Aronoff's newest restaurant, Frita Batidos. While living in Ann Arbor, she also successfully launched and grew the local chapter of Spoon University, a national student-run food and dining blog.
Addie Smith joined BeccaPR in 2015 after graduating from Hamilton College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in English. Prior to joining BeccaPR, Addie interned for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, contributing to the publication of Martha Stewart Living while also assisting Chef Emeril Lagasse’s team. As a native New Yorker, her love of food and travel was cultivated at a young age; however, in 2013 while living in Rome she developed a particular affinity for the intricacies of the restaurant industry. Addie has taken a temporary hiatus from her Brooklyn hometown to tackle the restaurant scene in a new borough, Manhattan.