I’m a food, wine and lifestyle writer, classically-trained chef and seasonal food champion.
After receiving a Grand Diplome in Classic Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan, I worked as an intern and line cook at Aldea, a New York Times and Michelin-starred restaurant where I promptly got a good ass-kicking and learned how to arrange chive tips on a plate using tweezers.
I moved back to Syracuse, New York, where I was raised and where herbs are largely taken less seriously, to nurture a career in food writing. After my return, I wrote a food and entertaining column for Syracuse Magazine and a culinary column for the Syracuse Post- Standard, as well as taught cooking classes and performed relevant charity work. A recent private dinner for 8 cooked by me was recently bid on for $6,000 at the Jim Boeheim Basket Ball Gala.
On a national scale, I’ve written a travel guide for the city of Syracuse in partnership with USA Today, write about local food for Edible Finger Lakes, and write a column about cooking for guys for the CBS Man Cave Blog. I also write about chefs and more man food for Made Man and Tailgate Fan. (I like dudes, and I like food. What can I say?)
I’ve been a regular guest on the Morning AMp with Brian Babylon and Molly Adams, talking about eating local, organic and in-season.
I also write about wine, food, tourism and travel for the Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Alliance.
In March of 2012, I wrote a story about Greyrock Farm, a year-round, full-diet, draft-powered CSA in Cazenovia, New York. I fell in love with the lifestyle and hung around, cooking meals until I became a part of the farm crew. I spent the 2012-2013 season as the CSA and Communications Manager and full-time cook, performing various farmy tasks such as weeding vegetables, caring for livestock and learning to drive horses.
My first book, a farmy memoir about food, cooking and love, titled Waiting for Rain, will be published in Fall of 2014 under the Experiment. For inquiries, please contact my agency at Dystel & Goderich.
Food is important to me. I believe that it should be beautiful, thoughtful and fresh. It’s how I cook, and it’s how I eat.
I am currently based out of New York City, where I spend my “day job” as Associate Experts Editor for YourTango.com, an online dating and relationship advice magazine with a focus on helping people live their best love lives.