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About Us

Welcome to Our Kitchen!

We’re Jack and Martha Pesa, the husband and wife team behind A Family Feast. We live south of Boston, Massachusetts and are parents to our young daughter, Emma, as well as our grown son Tim and daughter Courtney. We also have three wonderful grandchildren!

For us – preparing a great meal is one way that we show our love and caring to family and friends.  We get great satisfaction when someone enjoys the food that we serve, and we hope as you read our blog, that you’ll also enjoy some of the inspiration and stories behind our recipes.  We also hope you’ll be inspired to make some of the recipes yourself.

Portraits and Day In The Life kitchen photos taken by Andrew Riley Photography.

Our History

How We Got Started

Jack and Martha Pesa of A Family Feast

We love to cook and entertain, and over the years, we’ve been asked to share many of our recipes. We started A Family Feast in 2012 as a fun way for us to organize, document, and share our recipes with family and friends – and today more than 1.5-million visitors come to our site every month for recipe inspiration and cooking tips!

Cooking is something that we realized we had in common when we first met – in fact, part of our dating courtship was spent trying to impress each other by cooking some of our best recipes! (Jack always says that he knew he wanted to marry Martha when she made him mushroom risotto for the first time.)  We catered our own wedding for 100 guests (and survived to tell about it!) and our honeymoon consisted of a week-long culinary vacation to the Toscana Saporita Cooking School in the Tuscany region of Italy.  (We’re hoping to make it back sometime soon for an anniversary vacation!)

Jack and Martha sometimes get a little competitive in the kitchen – in fact you might see some “Martha’s version” and “Jack’s version” of recipes that we each make just for a little variety.

Official Bios

Who We Are

Jack Pesa is a creative, “cook big” kind of guy – opening up the refrigerator, grabbing whatever available ingredients he can find, and making a fabulous meal.  After completing a high school culinary vocational program, he spent more than 20 years in food service management before earning his college degree and transitioning to a career in information technology management.  During his food service career, some of Jack’s accomplishments included managing food preparation for an event attended by then-President George H. Bush for his re-election campaign, being part of a team that won the Newport, Rhode Island Chowder Festival, managing numerous large scale public dining events, directing a private dining club in Boston, Massachusetts which hosted politicians, dignitaries and celebrities, and being a runner-up in a National Pork recipe contest. At A Family Feast, Jack shares in the cooking and recipe development and takes most of the photographs you see on the blog.  He is also our technical network expert. Jack’s specialties are soups, breads, meats and fish, and comfort foods. The kitchen is always a mess after Jack cooks.

Martha Pesa is a self-taught cook, who loves to read cookbooks and try new recipes. She previously worked as an online marketing professional before blogging full-time, and she puts her MBA and journalism degrees to good use on A Family Feast as main writer and storyteller, WordPress guru, photography art director and food stylist, and social media marketer.  She also shares in the cooking and recipe development. Besides managing A Family Feast food blog, Martha likes to run (both to stay in shape and to burn off the calories consumed by tasting our recipes) and proudly has a marathon and several half-marathons under her belt. She is also the family chauffeur – driving daughter Emma to swim practice, piano lessons, and art classes on time. Martha’s specialties are baking, desserts, vegetables and pasta dishes.  She is a clean-as-you-go type of cook so the kitchen is always very neat after Martha cooks.

Featured On

Martha and Jack Pesa of A Family Feast
Over the years, we’ve had the wonderful honor of being featured in the following publications and websites: Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, Women’s Day,, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Food Network,,, and Cosmopolitan.

Work With Us

We would love the opportunity to work with you and partner on meeting the needs of your business. Below are just a few ways in which we can work together.

Recipe Development

We love creating recipes and would be happy to develop new recipes using your company’s products.  We can develop recipes for publication on your website, or we can publish a post on A Family Feast with a (no-follow) link back to your site. You can see a few examples of our past sponsored work at the bottom of this page or by clicking HERE.

Food Styling & Photography

In addition to developing recipes, we can style and photograph the recipes for use on your company’s website, or they can remain on A Family Feast with a link back, depending on the agreement.

Company Events and/or Brand Ambassador Programs

We are available to attend a food event or press trip to share with our readers. We are available for hire to represent your brand or company on an ongoing basis through sponsored blog posts, trip promotions, social media posts, recipe development, and more.

Freelance Editorial

We are available to write editorial content for your print or web-based food publication.

If you have any other ideas for working together, or would like to see our media kit, please email us at

A Few Last Notes

All sponsored content on A Family Feast is compensated and not in exchange for product or exposure. We will always disclose to our readers the nature of our partnerships with brands.  We have a full disclosure policy on our website, and we will also include a small disclaimer in any post on A Family Feast that is sponsored by a company, brand or partner.

Contact Us

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Comments and Questions

We’d love to hear from you! If you have any comments or questions about one of our recipes, please email us at Additionally, comments may be left using the comment form at the end of each recipe.

We reserve the right to remove any comment for any reason.  Please remember that this is a family-friendly website so any insulting, rude, mean, or spam comments will not be approved to post.

Brand Sponsorships, Press and PR

If you are interested in featuring our blog or any of our recipes and photos, please email us at the address below.

If you are interested in having us feature your product in a sponsored post, please visit our Work with Us page for more information.  Please note that all sponsored content on A Family Feast is compensated and not in exchange for product or exposure.

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