About The KaTom Blog

The KaTom Blog is a go-to source for food enthusiasts and professionals of all levels to find culinary inspiration. Here you’ll find extensive guides, articles, and lists that will help you navigate through today’s foodservice technology and trends. You are in the right place if you are looking for helpful tips and tricks, new recipe ideas, and advice from leading industry professionals. Have a question or interesting topic to share? Be sure to send us an email at blog@katom.com Happy reading!

About the Authors

Ariana Keller

Ariana Keller

Ariana Keller was raised on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in south Alabama, where she learned to fish and love football. She moved to Knoxville with her family when she was 12 and later graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in English. Passionate about Marvel Comics, Critical Role, and all things geeky, she spends her free time playing tabletop and video games, collecting beer caps from craft breweries around the country, and passionately rooting for mediocre sports teams. She is an advocate for animal rescue and lives in Knoxville with her husband and their two adopted pets: a hound dog named Beau and a Maine Coon mix named Vesper.

Courtney Dyke

Courtney Dyke

After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in English, Courtney Dyke married the love of her life, Mitchell. Soon after their nuptials, they adopted their miniature black-and-tan dachshund, Hazel. Rarely spotted without a cup of tea, she spends her time reading novels, crocheting up a storm, belting numbers from her favorite musicals, and watching Disney movies. Like a true Hufflepuff, if she's not doing these things, you can probably find her at Chick-Fil-A.

Delaney Pierce

Delaney Pierce

Delaney Pierce grew up in Lenoir City, Tennessee, a small town just southwest of Knoxville. She later moved to Johnson City and attended East Tennessee State University. After graduating with a degree in English and technical writing, she returned to the Knoxville area. Like many East Tennesseans, she loves Tennessee football but also follows other college, professional, and international sports leagues. She spends her free time watching as many games as she can, dragging her parents' dog along hiking trails, and buying too many toys for her cats Wallace and Otis.

Derek Hodges

Derek Hodges

Derek Hodges is a proud North Carolinian who moved to Tennessee in 2006 to preach the gospel of Cheerwine and mix some Tar Heel blue in with all the orange. He has made wonderful friends who tolerate occasional remarks like those above. He and his wife Amanda enjoy spending weekends at Dollywood and trying to convince their dog Shiloh to get over his fear of swimming.

Lyndsay Gower

Lyndsay Gower

A University of Tennessee graduate with a degree in advertising, she coordinates KaTom’s marketing efforts. When she’s not doing that, she can typically be found sharing a meal with friends, cruising Knoxville’s craft beer joints, or floating down one of East Tennessee’s numerous rivers. Her life’s goal is to visit every U.S. national park and she likes giving pets opposite-gender names.

Marie Powell

Marie Powell

Marie Powell grew up eating pecans, fresh fruits and vegetables, and homemade meals in rural southern Georgia. Thanks to her family's tradition of military service and the generosity and diversity of her friends, her culinary influences also come from Taiwan, Greece, and the Middle East. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she learned about food prep, storage, and presentation during her time as UGA's catering manager. Marie now lives in Phoenix with her daughter, Sophie, who has inspired her to learn more about adapting recipes for food allergies and intolerances, and their tortoise, Elizabeth, whose favorite food is dandelion greens.

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