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.

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

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 Directors 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 of three Edible magazines. When the brutal reality of COVID descended, Jennifer had a vision for how to help the Makers in her Hudson River Valley community connect with the large Edible audience that 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 Valley 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 9,500-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 Valley 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 Valley 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 incredible Makers with an expansive audience.

Phillip Ashley Rix

Doorstep Market, Special Purpose Markets

South X Southeast Doorstep Market, Market Director

Phillip Ashley Chocolates, Founder

Phillip Ashley Rix is one of the world's preeminent chefs and designers of luxury chocolate. He is an award-winning chocolatier, founding Memphis, TN based, Phillip Ashley Chocolates in 2012 . The brand has an international following and is retained by high-profile clients, top corporations and major events to offer premium gifts. A true Ambassador of Taste, he’s curated dining experiences at the James Beard House in New York City, as well as created tens of thousands of chocolates for Hollywood’s elite at the EMMYS®, GRAMMYS® and OSCARS®. In 2014, FORBES Magazine named Phillip Ashley the “Real Life Willy Wonka.”  In February 2020, he competed as a finalist on Food Network’s Chopped Sweets.

Ashley Krauszer

Doorstep Market, Director of Digital Marketing

Ashley is an experienced Digital Marketing and Ecommerce professional with over 11 years of experience with a variety of direct-to-consumer businesses. She brings with her extensive knowledge of customer lifecycle and retention marketing, heavily focused on driving loyalty through email and customer experience. Outside of the office, Ashley is busy with her 9 month old son, Jack, and 3 year old German Shepherd, Reef. She and her husband live on Long Island and enjoy boating, going to the beach and spending time with their family and friends. They look forward to traveling once COVID restrictions are lessened and celebrating Jack’s upcoming first birthday and the birth of a few nieces and nephews on the horizon.

Maryellen Case

Doorstep Market, Director of Business Development

Maryellen Case is New York through and through. Born and raised in Western New York, she moved to New York City to pursue what would become a vibrantly successful career in marketing and publishing. In 2007, she made the move (before it was cool) and settled in Beacon. From then, Maryellen began forging her career in the Hudson River Valley, establishing MCaseMedia, Inc., as a marketing, sales, and business development consulting agency. Her outside-the-box business sense has cemented her as a leader in the Hudson River Valley publishing industry and helped to revolutionize the Hudson River Valley small business community.

Julia Sexton

Doorstep Market, Editor in Chief 

Edible Hudson Valley, Edible Westchester, Editor in Chief

Julia comes to Doorstep Market as a national award-winning food writer, cookbook author, and the editor-in-chief of Edible Hudson Valley and Edible Westchester. Raised between New York City and the Hudson River Valley, she spent much of her childhood running dirty and wild in Woodstock and Washington County. For the last 15 years, Julia has traveled all over New York State profiling chefs, farmers, foragers, distillers, and brewers while cranking out restaurant reviews and round-ups. Old enough to pine for the fun and dangerous days of New York City, Julia now lives with her family in Westchester, and is happy to keep a foot in both the City and the Hudson River Valley.

Erin Brennan

Doorstep Market, Production Manager

Born and raised “across the river, to the Jersey side,” Erin Brennan prides herself as a chameleon in her professional life, one with some graphic design chops and a knack for the publishing industry. Brennan started as an ad designer for Edible Jersey but soon dove further into the Edible world, joining the production team at Edible Hudson Valley in 2018. As a frequent concert-goer who is constantly on the lookout for a good local drink and a vegetarian dish, she is no stranger to exploring the Hudson River Valley region and is honored to support local businesses in her community and beyond through Doorstep Market.

Ethan Jacoby

Doorstep Market, Operations Manager & User Support

Ethan may be a global citizen but his New York roots have kept him grounded throughout his travels and various work projects. An avid baseball fan, Ethan spent the early part of his career in professional baseball and would later push his personal and professional boundaries across the Pacific, learning Mandarin and Cantonese in order to survive the hustle and grit of wet and dry markets across Hong Kong and Shanghai. A problem-solver and troubleshooter at heart, Ethan is the first line of contact for any questions coming from vendors or buyers related to orders and shipping. He finds satisfaction and inspiration in working with small businesses of all kinds and is always eager to engage with local makers to help their businesses run as best they can.

Emma Litwa-Vulcu

Doorstep Market, Product Manager

Emma has a diverse background as a web developer, a photographic artist, and an award-winning film editor and colorist. She's developed and managed numerous enterprise web applications for various companies. She's also worked on and produced numerous commercials, music videos, documentaries, and short films. She holds an MFA in photography, and her work, experientially merging concepts in mythologies and science, has been exhibited in galleries around the country. When she's not in her office, she spends her spare time baking and cycling around New England.

Holly Boisvert

Doorstep Market, Digital Merchandising Manager

Holly is an ex-New Englander with a deep love of food culture and the creative arts, now living in beautiful Denver, Colorado. After completing an undergraduate degree in Interior Design, she began a career in eCommerce buying and merchandising and now has wide-ranging experience in many different retail product categories. Passionate about advancing small businesses and supporting local communities, Holly is proud to be able to elevate the makers and artisans of Doorstep Market as part of the company's digital team. When not at work, Holly enjoys rollerblading (badly), doing yoga (less badly), and trying out new recipes.

Alexandra Shea-Wassweiler

Doorstep Market, Marketing Coordinator

Alexandra is a passionate conservation biologist with a love for digital marketing. She joined the Doorstep Market team soon after returning to the Hudson Valley from studying primate behavior in Madagascar. Born and raised in Beacon, NY, Alexandra has experienced the impact of innovative, local businesses first-hand and believes in the dynamism of artisans and self-starters whole-heartedly. Enamored with learning and the beauty of evolution, she jumps at any opportunity to work on a new project with a defined mission. In addition to her digital marketing efforts, Alexandra is part of a research team currently studying the connection between Propithecus Edwardsi fecundity and cyclone incidence within Madagascar. She is a proud vegan foodie and rescue dog mom.

Patty Lemieux

Doorstep Market, Friend to the Maker

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Jessica Shea

Doorstep Market, Marketing Assistant

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Aaron Monro

Doorstep Market, Graphic Designer

Aaron was born and raised in Nebraska. Upon graduating high school, he joined the US Marine Corps where he served 4 years as a Field Radio Operator. Within his time in the military he traveled to 5 continents. After his 4 successful years of service he decided to attend Drexel University to pursue a degree in Graphic Design with two minors in Interactive Digital Media and Marketing. He has always been a creative and takes pride in his ambition for the design. He is an award-winning Graphic Designer who has worked with companies from an array of industries such as Drexel University and Schwab Brother Hydraulics.