Where it all began...
the co-founders of Feel Good Foods. They met while working at a New York
City restaurant – Tryg as Executive Sous Chef and Vanessa as a server who
couldn’t enjoy staff meals due to her gluten-free diet. Working alongside some
of the world’s best chefs at N.Y. hotspots such as Nobu, Spice Market, and
Jean-Georges’, Tryg was up for the challenge and asked Vanessa which foods
she missed most. Vanessa, longing for her favorite Asian foods, begged Tryg
to create a gluten-free dumpling. Tryg worked tirelessly to prepare
gluten-free versions of the foods she craved. Dish after dish, she was
floored. And today Vanessa can finally eat with confidence.
Vanessa Phillips - Founder + CEO
Having grown up in a family of New York restaurateurs, Vanessa found herself immersed in the city’s diverse culinary culture from a young age. However, a celiac disease diagnosis in her late teens meant strict adherence to a gluten-free diet thereafter, and came with the realization that her favorite cuisine – Chinese food – might have to become a thing of the past. Vanessa blended her gluten-free lifestyle with an enduring obsession with food to start Feel Good Foods, in order to bring great-tasting, all-natural,gluten-free recipes to the masses.
Favorite Feel Good Foods Product – Pork Dumplings
Best Part about Working with Feel Good Foods – Getting so many sweet notes and phone calls from happy customers thanking us for making foods they can eat again.
Interesting Fact – When I was a kid I auditioned for a movie playing the daughter of Meg Ryan. Convinced I was going to get the part, I went to school and told all of my teachers and principal that I was dropping out of 4th grade and relocating to Los Angeles to become a star. Sadly, I didn’t get the part.
Tryg Siverson- Co-Founder + COO
Tryg is an accomplished restaurant chef with experience in top New York
City kitchens. Over the years, he has worked alongside some of the world’s
best chefs, at NYC hot spots such as Nobu, Spice Market, and Jean-Georges’
Steakhouse, as well as LA’s famed Chateau Marmont, Nantucket’s Straight
Wharf, and gourmet prepared-foods destination, Balducci’s. Tryg graduated
from the Culinary Institute of America and studied Food Science at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo. He loves combining his passion for food & agriculture with
food science and believes it was his calling to create gluten-free,
chef-inspired foods for everyone to enjoy.
Favorite Feel Good Foods Product- Chicken Egg Rolls
Best Part about Working with Feel Good Foods- As a chef I love being
challenged and creating gluten-free foods, but holding them to the same
caliber as I always did is the most rewarding challenge I could think of.
Interesting Fact- I was a collegiate swimmer and used to be an avid
triathlete (until I started cooking!)
Elizabeth Tilchin- Director of Operations
Elizabeth graduated from Boston University with a major in economics and a business minor. After graduating, she was a contributing writer for a
Boston-based food blog, featuring hand-picked recipes from the web’s best
bloggers and chefs. She had a six-month stint working in a kitchen at a
resort in the Berkshires before moving to the big city.
Favorite Feel Good Foods Product – Pad See Ew Noodles
Best Part about Working with Feel Good Foods – Being the office D.J. I pick the music and can set the mood each day with different tunes.
It’s a tough job but someone has to do it!
Interesting Fact – I have no idea how to ride a bike.
Silvana Nardone - VP Marketing
Silvana, a graduate of Tufts University, comes to Feel Good Foods from the media and food industries. As the founding editor of Rachael Ray Every Day and the author of several cookbooks, including Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy, Delicious Meals, Silvana weaves together stories through food to create a seamless lifestyle experience for consumers.
Favorite Feel Good Foods Product – Chicken Empanadas
Best Part about Working with Feel Good Foods – Satisfying people’s desires for tasty snacks and appetizers—gluten-free or not!
Interesting Fact – I’ve appeared in a famous music video, Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy.”
Julie Marina- Office Manager
Julie, a graduate from SUNY New Paltz, majored in marketing and law. During her college years, and in between classes, she interned for an event management company as a marketing project manager. Following graduation, she applied to work for Feel Good Foods, instinctively feeling it was the perfect fit.
Favorite Feel Good Foods Product – Chicken Dumplings
Best Part about Working with Feel Good Foods – I love getting to interact with our customers on a daily basis and hearing about how much they love the products.
Interesting Fact – When I was a kid I fantasized about growing up to become a zookeeper. I woke up extra early on my Saturday mornings to catch new episodes of Animal Planet.
Diana LoMonaco- Creative and Art Director
Diana is the creative curator behind the Feel Good Foods brand. She handles all art direction and design projects for the company. In addition to working with Feel Good Foods, Diana works with several lifestyle, fashion and food companies in graphic design, brand identity, art direction and marketing.
Favorite Feel Good Foods Product – Chicken Dumplings
Best Part about Working with Feel Good Foods – Getting to travel and dine with Feel Good Foods CEO, Vanessa. (Yes- in addition to working together we are also gal pals!)
Interesting Fact – I am a designer by trade, but a fashion stylist at heart. It wouldn’t be rare to find me thifting and bargain hunting in my free time, in search of my next great treasure.