Passion, wit, a zest for knowledge and a fervent love for the hospitality industry are just some of the attributes that Heidi Brown pours into her work day-to-day. With over a decade of experience working with some of the best restaurants in the country, Heidi continues to foster her strong relationships within the industry to champion her clients and ensure that their message is heard.
After graduating from culinary school, Heidi worked in kitchens in Italy and Napa Valley before realizing her calling was not on the line but rather in the office. She began to create a niche for herself, assisting managers and chefs with logistics at Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, Quince Restaurant, The Mermaid Inn and Momofuku. It was at Momofuku that she learned the importance of a keen brand identity and how it can impact a company’s growth. Back in California, she helped open El Paseo with The Florence Group and spent nearly four years at the Michelin three-starred The Restaurant at Meadowood, developing a position as culinary liaison and eventually moving up to Restaurant Communications. During her tenure, Heidi created distinct content and messaging; garnering national coverage for an immensely successful and celebrated restaurant-providing invaluable experience and knowledge which she now brings to her clients.
Heidi is thrilled to work alongside her husband, Michael Gilkison, on any projects with clients that require photography and videography. A filmmaker, writer and comedian, Michael was recently an instructor of technology at Santa Clara University and is an accomplished photographer.
Heidi also enjoys freelance food and travel writing having contributed publications such as to Lucky Peach, Edible Silicon Valley and Journy. An East Bay Area native, she divides her work between the SF Bay Area and her new home in Los Angeles. She is currently obsessed with her most ambitious and exciting project to date, her one year old son Ambrose.
“Heidi is the 29 year old ‘Culinary Liaison’ at Michelin-starred The Restaurant at Meadowood. And if her fans and co-workers are to be believed, she’s the glue that holds the operation together…”
“The pho ga (chicken pho) steals the show at this ostensible sandwich shop: it’s the purest, most pristine expression of everything right and good about chicken soup."
“In a world where celebrity chefs hog center stage, Brown flexes her superpowers behind the scene, working on the restaurant admin side with a ‘Who’s Who’ of the food world…”
“One week in Mexico City will leave you bewildered, enchanted, inspired…and very, very full…”