First Press Public Relations


Passion. Experience. Diligence.


Since starting 15 years ago First Press has raised the visibility of consumer and commercial kitchen appliance companies, helped earn industry honors for elite chefs and restaurants, organized wine consortium market visits, and brought attention to culinary non-profits. In short, we’ve touched every corner of the food and beverage world.


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We are always excited to learn about new and upcoming projects in the food, beverage, hospitality and appliance space.

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Our Team



Benjamin Schmerler

Ben Schmerler has twenty years of experience writing about and consulting for high-quality food and beverage businesses: as a Senior Editor at Zagat, freelance food writer, and later as the co-founder of First Press.

He has counseled businesses ranging from Murray’s Cheese, the Napa Valley Vintners, and Hot Bread Kitchen to Ample Hills Creamery, Breville, and acclaimed restaurants Betony and Aquavit.

When not at work, he can often be found in his home kitchen striving to prepare food that impresses his wife and daughter.



Senior Account Executive

Rachael Calmas

Since graduating the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University with a dual degree in Public Relations and Marketing, Rachael has spent the past four years working in a variety of marketing and operations functions at leading restaurant groups in New York and Boston including Union Square Hospitality Group and The Dinex Group. 

Rachael is also an avid photographer, and when she’s not in the office she can be found in the kitchen or wondering around New York taking photos.