Kristen Baughman is the founder of Tabletop Media Group. Native to the Carolinas, she received a degree in Extension Education with a focus in Nutrition from North Carolina State University. She also received a Master of Science degree in Extension Education with a focus in Agricultural Leadership.
Working for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services coordinating events for the Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council and serving as a Food Safety Outreach Coordinator led her to become even more passionate about the food industry. During her time at the NCDA&CS she created a popular 43 Day Local Food Challenge Blog, which led to a food blogging opportunity with the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
Her varied career after university led to a social media marketing and public relations opportunity with the Got To Be NC Competition Dining Series. This new role spurred a career shift to focus on media as it relates to the hospitality, food, agriculture and beverage industries.
She later started a popular food blog and consulting company, Gadabout Food. After working in Raleigh, North Carolina for three years, she spent two years in New York City consulting for Shutterstock, Taste Talks, Northside Festival, Swig and other clients. Kristen decided to return to Raleigh, North Carolina in July 2016 to launch Tabletop Media Group.
Adventurous and passionate, Kristen has traveled over 26 countries to explore the different cultures and food options around the world. In her free time, you can find her relaxing outside with her dog Cheerwine or at one of the many Triangle breweries sipping on a North Carolina beer.
Social Media Manager
Jorden Yeargan is the Social Media Manager for Tabletop Media Group. This proud North Carolinian graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. While her degree is in Sociology/Anthropology, she was fortunate enough to focus her studies toward sociology of media studies. She also has a minor in Communications and another minor in Film. Jorden is passionate about media and communicating with the world, especially about food. Jorden’s dad is a chef, so growing up food was always a big part of her life. You could say she was destined to work in the hospitality industry. Along with having a background in hospitality, Jorden has also dabbled in marketing and office administration. She is glad to now be working in an industry where all of her passions combine! When not working, Jorden is watching movies, cuddling her cats, and admiring pottery.
Social Media Manager
Quinn Carlton is a Social Media Manager for Tabletop Media Group. Born and raised in Eastern North Carolina, Quinn has always loved everything made and related to this wonderful state. If you couldn’t tell by her sweet southern accent, Quinn is a true country girl as she was raised in a town that has one main stoplight and is 30 minutes from any movie theater or major chain grocery store (shout out Beulaville, NC).
After majoring in Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing and then proudly graduating from North Carolina State University in 2015, she loved Raleigh too much to move back home to Duplin County. Quinn’s passion is cooking and food – it takes up a big portion of her soul. In March of 2016, Quinn and her sister started their food blog, Soul-Full Sisters, where they share food they love including family recipes passed down from generations. Given her love for food as well as her experience in the marketing field, she is truly knowledgeable about effective communication through food and the intricacies of the food industry via several different platforms and the variety of individuals they serve.
Quinn is also a loving dog mom to her and her boyfriend’s Boston Terrier/Jack Russell mix, Packer; is an expert Christmas decorator, and an ice cream connoisseur.
Zayne Taber is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience. His entrepreneurial endeavor began when he was in 8th grade and started flipping cars for profit to pay for his braces. The success of his first project as an entrepreneur fueled an intense passion for building businesses and investing. Native to St. Petersburg, Florida and now residing in North Carolina, he has worked with four startup companies over the last 15 years in Florida, California and New York, two of which were sold and are still thriving today.
Zayne is a United States Marine and served one tour in Iraq. He graduated first in his class in both of his M.O.S. training schools and received a meritorious promotion to Lance Corporal. After his first enlistment, the entrepreneurial itch returned and he made the tough choice to leave his beloved Marines and start his second business.
When Zayne isn't reading or researching he can be found traveling, at a local car show or race track, and even racing cars himself. His passion for classic and race cars is almost as strong as it is for business.
Stacey Price Sprenz
Stacey Price Sprenz strives to build community through her photography. Stacey's specialties include culinary photography, product photos, events, headshots and architecture. She works with local businesses, restaurants and artisans as they seek to engage their audiences with high-quality digital photography.
With a background in teaching, Stacey has also found a way to share her passion with others through food photography classes for groups and individuals.
Website Designer and Social Media Manager
Chana Lynn is a Web Design and Social Media Consultant with over 20 years of experience in designing websites. Chana worked in Washington, DC and Sydney, Australia before moving to Raleigh 15 years ago. She is passionate about North Carolina's Triangle area and currently works with several local businesses including being the Webmaster for Booth Amphitheatre in Cary.
Five years ago, Chana started the popular blog RaleighWhatsUp to help people in Raleigh and surrounding areas know where to shop, eat, drink, listen and explore locally. She supports small businesses in Raleigh and recently partnered with several companies to promote small businesses in the area including Offline Media, Cameron Village, Visit Raleigh and ArtsNowNC.
When Chana is not traveling or working, you will usually find her somewhere in Raleigh, spending time at her favorite spots or checking out what's new!
Meredith C. Browne
Meredith C. Browne is defined by the pursuit of living to see it all.
Her career as a videographer serves as a vehicle for creativity, but most importantly it fosters a deeper connection with the human experience. Meredith has captured the stories of chefs, farmers, brewers, distillers, songwriters, beauty pageant contestants and activists to produce documentary-style films that contain themes of entrepreneurship, community, passion and adventure.
Meredith hopes audiences will achieve a greater consciousness after watching her films, moved through emotion, inspiration, reflection and action. To view a 90 second compilation of her work, watch her showreel here.
Amanda Meares Morris
I love design. It’s really that simple.
Design isn’t just making something beautiful, though that’s a prerequisite. It’s a mixture of the right business solution, the proper aesthetics, form following function, and stewardship of resources. Of course, if you can do all that with a smile on your face, too, even better. Given that we live in a time where design is, literally, everywhere (and much of it very good), it’s crucial that what we do for our clients stands out. That’s a challenge that just keeps growing. And while the last 15 years have introduced technologies and media outlets we never dreamed of, the need for great design remains the same. This is why I love what I do.
Bachelor of Graphic Design, May 2003, College of Design at North Carolina State University
Responsibilities include design from concept to completion, with a working understanding of layout, type and color. Manage production for printing, web graphics and signage. Projects range from brand identity, publications and multimedia to exhibit design.
Wrangling my active six-year-old son Collecting antique globes and sign letters Fine arts, crafts and cross-stitch Motown music
Emma Hollar was born and raised 20 minutes from Chapel Hill and is a junior at the University of North Carolina. She is studying journalism with a concentration in advertising. Emma has worked as a hostess at multiple restaurants and grown up around chefs so she is excited to combine what she is studying at school with her love of food.
While studying abroad in Copenhagen, Emma interned with The Copenhagen Post. There, she got a look into the real world of journalism and decided that she preferred the advertising and marketing side of things.
Emma enjoys travelling but when she’s home she enjoys watching Netflix with her cat, Linus.