Our Team

We’re building a community of makers from one of the most diverse and culturally profound landscapes in the country — The Southland.

Ben Ford

California Southland Doorstep Market, Founder

Ford's Filling Station, Chef

Author

Ben earned his cooking stripes at some of the West Coast’s most-revered restaurants and alongside several of America’s most treasured culinary icons — including Alice Waters at Berkeley’s Chez Panisse, Eberhard Mueller at Santa Monica’s Opus, and Mark Peek at LA’s Campanile — before opening his own critically acclaimed restaurants, Chadwick and Ford’s Filling Station. His most recent culinary endeavour, Bull & The Butterfly, opened in Playa Vista fall 2020. In addition to his restaurants, Ben is the author of "Taming the Feast: Ben Ford’s Field Guide to Adventurous Cooking," and acts as an ambassador to the American Chef Corps, an advocate for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, and launched a garden at Farragut Elementary School in Culver City, CA to encourage students to explore and better-understand their own food-sources. Ben resides in Culver City with his wife and two children.

Danielle Bufalini

California Southland Doorstep Market, Creative and Operations Director

Danielle is a producer and editorial and creative director. She recently produced the new documentary series, #Travel — which explores the diverse cultures and communities behind trending destinations, urging people to explore beyond their social media feed — and a sui generis documentary feature "Wildlife, A Storytelling Manifesto." Previously, she was the Director of Content at Bloomingdale’s and the Editorial Style Director at DailyCandy. She launched the Red Hot Shop for Target, where she collaborated with designers to create new products. Additionally, she has consulted for Conde Nast Traveler, Self, and Bon Appétit, and has written for Travel + Leisure, Elle Décor, Food & Wine, and Martha Stewart Living. As a former New Yorker living in Los Angeles (yes, another one), she tries to avoid driving at all costs.

Joey Leff

Joey boasts a plethora of experience across multiple industries in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She is able to strategize a project from design through execution and pull from experiences running everything from press conferences to playgroups. She currently holds titles as the Director of Events and Partnerships for carvingblock, a creative communications consultancy located in Los Angeles; oversees the culinary curation for Los Angeles Times’ food festivals; and is the founder of the nonprofit organization, A Family Meal, as well as the Food Love Community Kitchen, formed to help feed the city’s homeless and food insecure populations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Max Block

Born into a family tenured in the restaurant community and with an innate attraction to all things food, Max has been drawn to the hospitality and culinary industries his entire life. A Los Angeles native, he attended Pitzer College, graduating with a double degree in sociology and media studies. He launched carvingblock — a creative communications consultancy — in 2014, which specializes in public relations, partnerships, and experiential marketing for chefs, restaurants, and food concepts. Max co-hosts Tastemade’s first talkshow-cum-podcast, Table Setting — which looks at how kitchen and culture collide — sits on the host committee of The James Beard Award Foundation locally, and oversees the culinary curation for Los Angeles Times’ food festivals.

Jennifer Solow

Doorstep Market, Founder, Brand Diva

Edible Hudson ValleyEdible Manhattan, Publisher

Jennifer Solow is a lifelong creative force. After graduating from RISD, Jennifer pursued a career in Advertising, where she won a Gold Lion, was named one of New York’s Young Guns by the Art Director’s Club and collaborated with creative luminaries like Spike Jonze, Spike Lee and Terry Richardson. In 2001, Jennifer performed a full life reset to pursue her truest creative passions: writing and the food world. Jennifer is a bestselling novelist and the publisher three Edible magazines. When the brutal reality of COVID descended, Jennifer had a vision for how to help the Makers in her Hudson Valley community connect with the large Edible audience who holds them dear. That vision became Doorstep Market. Jennifer is a mom (and stepmom) to four amazing adults and one very large kitchen garden at her farmstead in the bucolic hills of Columbia County, NY.

Tom Jacoby

Doorstep Market, Founder, The Business Guy

Tommy’s love of the Hudson River runs as deep and true as if the place itself was his family. An accomplished businessman, Tommy drives home to East Chatham and changes from his business suit to Carhartts as fast as possible. Tommy was raised in Columbia County, and while he’s lived in many places over the course of his life, he has always come home to these sacred lands. Along with his wife (see above), he was a founding contributor to the Berkeley Food Institute. Tommy has many hobbies and interests but perhaps his proudest moment was pulling in the 9500 pound class on a ’54 Case in the Columbia County Fair.

Jonathan Taee

Doorstep Market, Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Jonathan ended up in the Hudson River because he fell in love with a farmer. His wife owns and operates Ironwood Farm, and now he finds his house full of kids, mud and organic vegetables, and his table surrounded by a beautiful community of Hudson River families. When he’s not cooking, he’s running his digital agency Rhizome Consulting, assisting in the operation of Edible Hudson Valley, and now enjoying the rewarding work at Doorstep Market. He built this website and most of the mechanics that make it tick. He is excited to help connect the Hudson River incredible Makers with an expansive audience.