BOOKBITES . . .
The Lisa Ekus Group celebrates
its 35th Anniversary
Tucked into a 250-plus year-old renovated barn in the small agricultural town of Hatfield, MA, The Lisa Ekus Group makes a lot of dreams come true. As a renowned boutique agency specializing in the Culinary Arts, today it is celebrating 35 years in business, providing a variety of publishing and culinary services. Says owner/founder Lisa Ekus, “We support the careers of culinary professionals around the globe. We find high-profile publishing, media and endorsement opportunities for our clients. I love the creative opportunities of building connections and careers.”
The Lisa Ekus Group, aka TLEG, is a now mother-daughter run business that employs three other women. Together, the team runs every aspect of the business, from managing over 150 clients around the world to booking consultations and media training, as well as connecting large food brands with the agency’s talent. As Literary agents they represent and sell dozens of books each year to the world’s leading publishers. TLEG has a storied history, one that began in 1982.
Originally as Lisa Ekus Public Relations, it was the first PR agency in the United States devoted solely to publicizing cookbooks, chefs, and food products. As the agency grew the focus broadened, and it’s now a full-service culinary agency “representing a world of culinary talent” that spans first-time cookbook authors to seasoned chefs, as well as professional food writers, bloggers, and YouTube/TV personalities. Services include literary agenting, talent representation, branding consultations, culinary career consulting, media training, and an a la carte publishing division.
Founder Lisa Ekus launched the first cookbook of and media trained Emeril Lagasse before his enthusiastic “Bam!” hit the ears of culinary fans the world over. Padma, Bravo’s Top Chef judge and model/actress, has been twice to the Hatfield studios for TV prep work. Renowned Chefs Charlie Trotter, Norman Van Aken, and Julia Child have all graced the company’s offices and dining room table, among hundreds more. Book deals have been struck for more than 200 authors, and the company has worked with leading food manufacturers and represented some of the nation’s top restaurateurs and restaurants, books, and food companies on the public relations side. But, it’s her 5,000 volume cookbook library that inspires and feeds her soul, says Ekus. And, it’s where she can often be found doing research and choosing a new favorite recipe.
Lisa’s daughter Sally joined the agency in 2009 and became a partner in 2015. As she finished her college career she aimed to work in the mental health field, but life had other plans and she soon found herself working alongside her mom.
“I never thought I would move back home, and when I realized I could do big city work in a country atmosphere I jumped at the chance,” Sally said. “We are the present and the future of the culinary and publishing industry, and I am honored and excited to lead the next 35 years alongside the best mentor, Lisa, my mom/boss, also known as my ‘moss.’”
The Lisa Ekus Group team is one built on effective communication, effortless synchronicity, and a great passion for what they do—supporting books, authors, and the culinary world. Together, they work creatively to further their clients’ careers, always keeping their local community in mind.
For more information about The Lisa Ekus Group, visit www.lisaekus.com, Facebook. Twitter, or Instagram.
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