Past Meetup

The Berkshelf Way with Jamie Winsor

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I am super excited to announce that we will have Jamie Winsor ( for our next meetup with a very interesting presentation about "Authoring a Chef Cookbook" where he will show us how to properly author a cookbook and iterate quickly thereafter. Jamie Winsor is a lead software engineer at Riot Games ( working on their next generation deployment tools using Chef. He has been developing online games since 2007 with a strong focus on writing, maintaining, and operating distributed systems. He is a principle author of Berkshelf (; a companion tool developing and managing cookbooks.

"The Berkshelf Way" is based on the guide ( that Jamie posted on his personal website and this presentation is the core of what you can find at the upcoming ChefConf in the advanced workshop: "Chef Cookbook Authoring". He will talk about the application versus library cookbook pattern and how to leverage community cookbooks properly in your projects. He will also talk about his latest project, an orchestration framework for Chef. Just like Berkshelf was the missing link for cookbook authors, this framework is the missing link for anyone attempting to manage complicated clusters using Chef at scale.

** Lightning Talks **

- if you want to present something in a lightning talk format (5 mins) please let us know so we can add you to the agenda. This can be anything (hopefully somehow related to chef, but notnecessary); anything cool you want to share with the group.

** Food & Drinks **

- will be provided thanks to Adobe; come by starting 7pm to socialize and sync up. The presentation will start around 7:30pm.

** Venue info **

- the venue is nicely located close to public transportation, but if you are driving you can use the Adobe Garage at 650 King Street ( When checking into the garage you can ask the attendant for instructions on how to get to the lobby (located at 601 Townsend Street). If no attendant and you need help there is a buzzer at the ticket dispenser. You can park your bike as well in the garage.

When checking in just mention the Chef Meetup or use the name of our Adobe host (John Martinez). You should have a badge ready for you and will be directed to the conference room. If you RSVP after we sent the list, just give them your name to create the badge for you right there.