Jessica Benjamin
Jessica BenjaminExecutive Producer

Jessica Benjamin is the fearless leader behind First Bite. Jess guides the brand and the First Bite team with heart and passion. With unparalleled commitment to the foodie community, the First Bite brand has been growing exponentially since she began steering the ship in 2019. And it’s only just begun…

Get to Know Jess:

  • Food you could eat 4 nights a week: Tacos! Could I eat them 7?
  • Favorite thing to cook: Sourdough Scones and Chicken Marsala
  • Best drink on a date night: Idaho Mule
  • How do you take your coffee: Vanilla Cortado
  • Famous person dead/alive you’d love to dine with: Anthony Bourdain hands down.
Jennifer Bridge
Jennifer BridgeSocial Media & Photography

Jennifer Bridge is one half of Branded Beet, a content creation studio who manages our social media and Jenn is our amazing staff photographer. Jenn takes our breath away with the way she captures a moment, a meal, and a memory behind the lens.

(Jenn, a fun-loving CO native, is co-founder of Branded Beet and a brand photographer with over a decade of experience in the industry. She focuses on building real relationships with clients and capturing the heart of what makes each individual business unique. She is married to her middle school sweetheart and together they have two young daughters. She loves traveling, saying hello to strangers, trying new foods and is always up for happy hour!)

(Together, they formed Branded Beet to offer branding photography and social media strategy to small businesses in and around Longmont. If you have any specific questions on branding, packages or social media help, please email them at [email protected].)

Get to Know Jenn:

  • Food you could eat 4 nights a week: 
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  • Best drink on a date night: 
  • How do you take your coffee: 
  • Famous person dead/alive you’d love to dine with: 
Rachael Caraluzzi
Rachael CaraluzziMarketing & Communications

Rachael Caraluzzi is our charismatic Marketing & Communications Director who loves connecting restaurants and diners through unique storytelling and creative culinary events that bring people together.

Get to Know Rachael:

  • Food you could eat 4 nights a week: Charcuterie Board 
  • Favorite thing to cook: Homemade Pasta & Bolognese 
  • Best drink on a date night: Coin Margarita (no salt) 
  • How do you take your coffee: With almond milk & in large doses! 
  • Famous person dead/alive you’d love to dine with: Anthony Bourdain 
Hailey Day
Hailey DayWebsite & Graphic Design

Hailey Day combines her knowledge of design and technology as she executes web development and graphic design flawlessly.

Get to Know Hailey:

  • Food you could eat 4 nights a week: Cacio e pepe (pasta)
  • Favorite thing to cook: onion focaccia, blueberry muffins, and homemade pasta
  • Best cocktail on a date night: red wine — like a Burgundy or Nebbiolo (I’m not as into cocktails)
  • How do you take your coffee: I like to joke that I drink “coffee essence” — really weak brewed vanilla coffee with half & half and sugar
  • Famous person dead/alive you’d love to dine with: Charley Harper. Unfortunately he passed away in 2007 so we’ll never meet, but I’m obsessed with his beautiful nature paintings and illustrations, as well as their jigsaw puzzle versions. As a designer his art is very inspirational and incredibly ahead of its time, and as a birdwatcher I appreciate his attention to detail when depicting different species.
Nikki Knez
Nikki KnezSocial Media

Nikki Knez is the other brilliant half of the Branded Beet team who brings the “creative” to creative content with her thoughtful execution of First Bite’s social media.

(Nikki is co-founder of Branded Beet and is a detailed and resourceful content creator with specialization in visual imagery and brand voice. She combines a sharp eye for design and clever social strategy to put quality and relatable content in front of local audiences. When she’s not scrolling Insta, Nikki can be found riding bikes with her three kids, wandering the local thrift shops, and sipping on iced macchiatos.)

(Together, they formed Branded Beet to offer branding photography and social media strategy to small businesses in and around Longmont. If you have any specific questions on branding, packages or social media help, please email them at [email protected].)

Get to Know Nikki:

  • Food you could eat 4 nights a week: Tacos – any size, any shape, any filling.
  • Favorite thing to cook: Desserts! No matter who you’re cooking for, something sweet is sure to leave them smiling.
  • Best cocktail on a date night: Depends – is it a date I want to remember or forget?
  • How do you take your coffee: Always sweet and always iced!
  • Famous person dead/alive you’d love to dine with: Chrissy Tiegen… but only if we could also cook the meal together — guaranteed juicy gossip, good laughs, and great food.
Sabina Zolot
Sabina ZolotSponsorship

Sabina Zolot is the intuitive and forward-thinking sponsorship manager building strong relationships between the First Bite community partners.

Get to Know Sabina:

  • Food you could eat 4 nights a week: Chocolate Chip Cookies (warm and soft). And yes, the answer was probably supposed to be a meal, but I could literally eat cookies all the time.
  • Favorite thing to cook: Cheese fondue
  • Best drink on a date night: Depends on where the date is, but I do enjoy a yummy cocktail out. One of my favorites is a chocolate martini.
  • How do you take your coffee: At home just milk, but if I’m out a vanilla latte or white mocha (can you tell I have a sweet tooth?).
  • Famous person dead/alive you’d love to dine with: Stanley Tucci or Bono (would cover my loves of food, movies and music)