Besides our the website, Spatulatta produces quality television and video programs for children and adults in the field of cooking, health, nutrition and kitchen safety.
We present cooking demonstrations and classes at schools, libraries, street fairs and conventions. With content easily accessible by both children and adults, our demonstrations and classes include information about nutrition, basic cooking skills, kitchen safety and how food figures into our culture.
We also provide in-service training on nutrition, health and kitchen safety for teachers, social workers and child care providers.
Award-winning content producers, Spatulatta can publish brochures and other printed material in the area of nutrition and kitchen safety for your organization.
For more information or to book an event, contact us at
Co-host Isabella Gerasole, 17
Isabella “Belle” Gerasole was 10 she hated rapini, but it least she knew what
it was. Over the years as co-host of the
James Beard Award-winning website Spatulatta.com, Belle has been delighted to
experience new foods and show other kids how to prepare them. Her favorite
recipe is pesto. She’s now a high schooler in Evanston, Illinois just north of
Chicago. She works hard at her studies and enjoys swimming, writing, and acting
Co-host - Olivia Gerasole, 14
At the ripe old age of 7, Olivia “Liv” Gerasole was
the only single-digit James Beard Award-winner on the planet! In addition to
her co-hosting duties on Spatulatta.com, Liv can play the piano, walk a
tightrope and make an incredible fresh blueberry pie. Liv loves school and is a
straight-A student in her hometown of Evanston. When she’s not making her
favorite snack (Berry Dip-N-Roll) you can find her perfecting her waltz jump at
the local ice skating rink, dancing a jig or teaching her chihuahua Consuelo to
Co-Producer - Gaylon Emerzian
Emerzian began cooking up Spatulatta.com in 1992, while directing
an educational program for National Geographic on the USDA Food
Pyramid. A ten-year old actor, thrilled with his efforts in combining
different food groups into a pizza exclaimed to his mom, “I made it
myself-- I always thought pizza came in a box!” Eureka!
with the neighborhood foodies netted her two spunky hosts and
Spatulatta was born. Emerzian is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker with a
rich and varied background in television and film production. She’s
a principal of Trillium Productions. Her
one-hour documentary on artisan cheesemakers: “Living on the Wedge” was also nominated for a James Beard Award.
Read Gaylon's Blog: A Pinch of Reasoning
Co-Producer - Heidi Umbhau
Umbhau has a background in television news and public relations. She
formerly worked for the US Senator from Hawaii. Emmy Award winner, she
has anchored TV news at several stations and was featured as the health
she’s a media trainer based in Chicago. But her most important job is
that she is Belle and Liv’s mom - filling their childhoods with wonder,
fairy parties, Girl Scout campouts and love. Her cake decoration
expertise and craft ability give Spatulatta that extra pop that kids
Editor - John Scott
Scott made his television debut at 11 making pizza on an Indianapolis
news program. Scott’s quirky humor is evident in his editing style not
only on Spatulatta but also on another James Beard Award nominated
program “Living on the Wedge: Wisconsin Artisan Cheesemakers.” Scott’s
quiet demeanor belies his ruthlessness in the editing room.
Community Out-reach – Marcus Farne
Farne believes in healthy balanced living where eating healthy is a
life style and should begin at an early age. Currently studying
Spirituality and Business at DePaul University. With experience in
theatrical, industrial and voice-over acting, Farne brings a variety of
talents to the sales and marketing division of Spatulatta.
Lisa Hoffman - Graphic and Retail Design
Lisa is responsible for the new look of Spatulatta and the Spatulatta Shop. She's a remarkable team member, coming late to the party but fitting right in. Her playful color sense paired with a knowledge of user psychology has made the new Spatulatta website an especially fun place.
Your Plan B - Webdesign
Jamey Brumfield and David Birdwell head up the tight-knit project team
at Your Plan B Company. Winners of a 2006 Webby Honoree Award for
their “Pirates of the Carribean” fansite for Disney, they are also 3
time winners of the Illinois Association of Museums award for online
exhibition sites with the Kenilworth Historical Society, Hoosier Grove
Museum and The Chicago History Museum (2000, 2003 and 2004
respectively). They are the code wizards that make Spatulatta function!
Illustrator - Daniel Herro
Herro designed the playful tools and implements for the Spatulatta
website. Beginning his career as freelance
artist/designer/illustrator/web builder, Herro is currently Head
Preparator at the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee, WI. There he
spends most his time preparing artwork and spaces for exhibitions. When
not spending his free time with his amazing wife and beautiful 10
month-old daughter, Herro enjoys working on his artwork, and a select
few freelance projects. Spatulatta being one of them.
Musician - Greg Curvey
The “Kitchen Symphony” that greets every visitor to Spatulatta is
Cruvey’s brainchild. Trained in classical pan and cheese grater, Curvey
plays rock and roll with “The Luck of Eden Hall.” Curvey is also the
proud dad of 19-month old Seda. Her name means “voices of the forest”