Food and Health-related stories from NPR including NPR Radio; NPR’s food blog, “The Salt”; NPR’s Health News blog, “Shots”; NPR’s Breaking News blog “The Two-Way”; NPR’s global stories blog “Goats and Soda,” NPR’s economy explainer “Planet Money”; food-related technology news from NPR’s “All Tech Considered”; and food series “Kitchen Window.”1376 Articles
Kim Laidlaw is a cookbook author, editor, food writer, producer, project manager, and baker who has been in the kitchen covered in flour since she was big enough to stir the biscuit dough. She has over 16 years of experience in book and online publishing, and a lifetime of experience in the kitchen.
Her first cookbook, Home Baked Comfort, was published in 2011; her second cookbook, Baby & Toddler On the Go, was published in April 2013; and her third cookbook, Williams-Sonoma Dessert of the Day, was published in October 2013.
She was the first blogger on KQED’s Bay Area Bites blog, which launched in 2005, and previously worked as a professional baker at La Farine French Bakery in Oakland, CA. She lives in Petaluma with her husband and their child, whom she cooks for everyday. Find out more at http://www.kimlaidlaw.com.314 Articles
I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED Food. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area; Taste This; Jacques Pepin’s websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED Food. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos and video of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX. You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.568 Articles
Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen
Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen is a longtime local food writer, author, and cook. Her books include The Art of Vintage Cocktails (Egg & Dart Press), World of Doughnuts (Egg & Dart Press); Kids in the Kitchen: Fun Food (Williams Sonoma); Honey from Flower to Table (Chronicle Books) and The Astrology Cookbook: A Cosmic Guide to Feasts of Love (Manic D Press). She has studied organic farming at UCSC and holds a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. She does frequent cooking demonstrations at local farmers’ markets and has taught food writing at Media Alliance in San Francisco and the Continuing Education program at Stanford University. She has been the lead restaurant critic for the San Francisco Bay Guardian as well as for San Francisco magazine. She has been an assistant chef at the Headlands Center for the Arts, an artists’ residency program located in the Marin Headlands, and a production cook at the Marin Sun Farms Cafe in Pt Reyes Station. After some 20 years in San Francisco interspersed with stints in Oakland, Santa Cruz, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, she recently moved to Sonoma county but still writes in San Francisco several days a week.277 Articles
Amy Sherman began blogging in 2003, because all her
friends and family were constantly asking her where
and what to eat. Three months after it launched,
Forbes chose her blog, Cooking with Amy, as one of the
top five best food blogs, praising her writing as
“smart, cozy and witty”. Since then her blog has been
featured and recipes reprinted in many newspapers and
magazines in the U.S. and the world.
In addition to regularly updating her blog, Amy is a
guest contributor to the Epicurious.com blog, and
Contributing Editor of Glam Dish. She also writes
restaurant reviews for SF Station.
Her focus on Bay Area Bites is primarily cookbook
reviews along with some interviews and current events.
Amy is a recipe developer and freelance food writer.
She is author of WinePassport: Portugal and wrote the new introduction to the classic cookbook, Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book, published by the University of Nebraska Press. She recently completed 45 recipes for a Williams-Sonoma cookbook and wrote her first piece for VIA magazine.
She is currently serving on the board of the San Francisco Professional Food Society and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Amy lives in San Francisco with her husband, tech journalist Lee Sherman.202 Articles
“My passion for food began young.”
I am the editor of the influential website www.EatLocalChallenge.com which encourages readers to support local farmers and producers.
I began my personal website, Life Begins at 30, in 2003.
I have been published in Edible San Francisco and Fine Cooking, write regularly for Bay Area Bites, Serious Eats, and have been quoted in many nationwide publications. Photography is a passion, and I have had photos printed in National Geographic Traveler and Travel + Leisure.
I contributed to a Williams-Sonoma cookbook: Cooking from the Farmers’ Market, which was released in February 2010.
I live in San Francisco, California and can often be found at local farmers markets seeking out the best of what’s in season and chatting with farmers.166 Articles
Stephanie Hua is the creator of Lick My Spoon, a place for all things delicious. So far she has learned that she very much enjoys salted caramel anything, a good soup dumpling is worth a scalded tongue, and there is no room in life for non-fat cheese and crappy chocolate. Also, a barrel of cheese balls never ends well.
Stephanie has been known to choose her company based on how much they can pack it down. Ability to endure cramped quarters, sketchy back alleys, and uncharted paths to seek out that special dish is also a plus in her book. If you fit the criteria, drop a note. You’ll probably get along just fine.161 Articles
Denise Santoro Lincoln
I am a writer, editor, mother of twins, and enthusiastic home cook. I was raised by an Italian-American mother who, in the 1970s, grew her own basil (because she couldn’t find any in the local grocery stores), zucchini (for those delicious flowers), and tomatoes (because the ones in the store tasted like “a potato”). My mom taught us to love all kinds of food and revere high-quality ingredients. I am now trying to follow in my mother’s footsteps and am on a mission to help my daughters become adventurous eaters who have a healthy respect for seasonal food raised locally. My daughters and I grow vegetables and go to the farmers’ market. We also love to shop at Piedmont Grocery and Trader Joe’s. When I’m not hanging out with my daughters or cooking, I like to contribute to cookbooks (including Williams-Sonoma’s Food Made Fast and Foods of the World series), work as an editor, and write about food for Bay Area Bites and Denise’s Kitchen. My food inspirations are M.F.K Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters — three fabulous women who encompass everything I love about food.153 Articles
Mary Ladd is a freelance writer and event professional based in her hometown of San Francisco. Her writing has been featured in SF Weekly, Tasting Table, the San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere. She has shuttled Anthony Bourdain around town and mastered the art of properly loading a catering van in a flash. Mary has eaten the world’s hottest burger and loves to cook and eat. Follow her at @mladdfood145 Articles
Thy Tran writes literary nonfiction about food, the rituals of the kitchen, and the many ways eating and cooking both connect and separate communities around the world. She co-authored the award-winning guide, Kitchen Companion, and her work has appeared in numerous other books, including Asia in the San Francisco Bay Area: A Cultural Travel Guide and Cooking at Home with the Culinary Institute of America. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Fine Cooking and Saveur. A recipient of a literary grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Thy is currently working on a collection of essays about how food changes in families across time and place.
Though trained as a professional chef, she works on cookbooks by day, then creates literary chapbooks by night. An old letterpress and two cabinets of wood and lead type occupy a corner of her writing studio, for she is as committed to the art and craft of bookmaking as she is to the power of words themselves. In addition to writing, editing, teaching and printing, Thy remains active in local food justice and global food sovereignty movements. Visit her website, wanderingspoon.com, to learn more about her culinary adventures.117 Articles
Jenny is a long-time contributor to Bay Area Bites, KQED’s popular food blog. She formerly worked as an Interactive Producer for the Science & Environment unit. Jenny graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Film and Television program and has worked for WNET/PBS, The Learning Channel, Sundance Channel, HBO and the University of California.109 Articles
Megan Gordon is originally from Eureka, CA although she’s lived in numerous college towns around the country (another story altogether). A freelance food and travel writer, Megan has written for publications like Ready Made Magazine, The San Francisco Examiner, Edible SF and Edible Marin & Wine Country, Olive Oil Times and The San Francisco Bay Guardian. She writes regularly for Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchn and maintains her own local food blog, A Sweet Spoonful. Yes, Megan even tweets @meganjanesf. In addition to writing and photographing food, Megan is the founder (and head baker) of Marge, a Bay Area baking company specializing in classic American pies and nostalgic desserts.106 Articles
Sarah Henry hails from Sydney, Australia, where she grew up eating lamingtons, Vegemite, and prawns (not shrimp) on the barbie (barbecue). Sarah has called the Bay Area home for the past two decades and remembers how delighted she was when a modest farmers’ market sprouted in downtown San Francisco years ago. As a freelance writer Sarah has covered local food people, places, politics, culture, and news for the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, California, San Francisco, Diablo, Edible East Bay, Edible Marin & Wine Country, and Berkeleyside. A contributor to the national food policy site Civil Eats, her stories have also appeared in The Atlantic, AFAR, Gilt Taste, Ladies’ Home Journal, Grist, Shareable, and Eating Well. An epicurean tour guide for Edible Excursions, Sarah is the voice behind the blog Lettuce Eat Kale and tweets under that moniker too.79 Articles
Kim Westerman has been writing about food and wine for most of her adult life. Originally from North Carolina, she moved to Berkeley in 2006 to pursue the California dream, which, it turns out, is all it’s cracked up to be. She’s a farmers’ market junkie, a lover of all things tomato, and Champagne-obsessed. She loves to cook with her kids, eight and three, and she makes frequent pilgrimages to International Boulevard in search of her next favorite Mexican dish. She spends an inordinate amount of time thinking about food and wine pairing, often starting with the wine and working backwards when planning menus. She is a Level I Sommelier and a Licensed Q-Grader. Her work has appeared in KQED’s Bay Area Bites, Forbes.com, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Tasting Table, Fodor’s Travel Guides, and lots of other publications. You can follow Kim on Twitter and Instagram @throughtraveler.71 Articles
Shelby Pope is a freelance writer living and eating her way through the East Bay. She’s written about food, art and science for publications including the Smithsonian, Lucky Peach, and the Washington Post’s pet blog. When she’s not taste testing sourdough bread to find the Bay Area’s best loaf, you can find her on Twitter @shelbylpope or at shelbypope.com71 Articles
Kate Williams grew up outside of Atlanta, where twenty-pound baskets of peaches were an end-of-summer tradition. After spending time in Boston developing recipes for America’s Test Kitchen and pretending to be a New Englander, she moved to sunny Berkeley. Here she works as a personal chef and food writer, covering topics ranging from taco trucks to modernist cookbooks. In addition to KQED’s Bay Area Bites, Kate’s work appears on Serious Eats, Berkeleyside NOSH, The Oxford American, America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks, and Food52.69 Articles
Kelly O’Mara is a writer and reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes about food, health, sports, travel, business and California news. Her work has appeared on KQED, online for Outside Magazine, epsnW, VICE and in Competitor Magazine, among others. Follow Kelly on Twitter @kellydomara.68 Articles
My passion is exploring the connection between food and culture. I write regularly for Oakland and Alameda Magazines and Berkeleyside’s NOSH. My blog, East Bay Ethnic Eats, gives me an excuse to track down the only Bay Area baker making fresh filo dough or learn to stuff a dried eggplant with help from a Turkish immigrant. Culture is the thread that ties together my several careers. As a sign language interpreter, educator and author, my study of Deaf culture has taken me around the world, where I fell madly in love with seed-strewn Danish bread, attacked platters of French shellfish with a small arsenal of tools and sampled a Japanese breakfast so fresh it wiggled. I’m also an epicurean concierge for Edible Excursions Japan town tours (that I lead in either English or ASL). And when I conduct in-depth cultural trainings for foreign workers being transferred to the Bay Area, I am sure to discuss the delights of doggie bags and the mystery of American restaurants serving ice water in the dead of winter. I can be found tweeting @EBEthniceats65 Articles
Civil Eats is a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. We publish stories that shift the conversation around sustainable agriculture in an effort to build economically and socially just communities. Follow Civil Eats on Twitter @civileats and on Facebook.58 Articles
Bay Area Bites
Bay Area Bites (BAB), KQED’s public media food blog, feeds you visually compelling food-related stories, news, recipes and reviews from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.50 Articles
Jerry James Stone
Car and technology writer for Discovery Channel and the producer and main recipe developer for TreeHugger’s Green Wine Guide. I also contribute regularly to MAKE magazine. You can also find my work at The Atlantic, Digg.com and Fodor’s Travel Guides.
I studied Computer Engineering at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. During my time there I was a DJ at the campus radio station KCPR and I also wrote for the campus paper, Mustang Daily.
I am currently launching a social media startup called Trak.ly
Alix Wall appeared in her hometown paper in Riverside, California as “Chef of the Week” when she was 15 years old, and in high school, she founded “The Bon Appetit Club.” After working as a journalist for many years, Alix became a certified natural foods chef from Bauman College in Berkeley. While she cooks part-time healthy, organic meals for busy families, she is also a contributing editor of j. weekly, the Bay Area’s Jewish newspaper, in which she has a monthly food column. Her food writing can also be found on Berkeleyside’s NOSH and in Edible East Bay. In addition to food, she loves writing about how couples met and fell in love, which she does for The San Francisco Chronicle’s Style section and j. weekly. In 2016, she founded The Illuminoshi: The Not-So-Secret Society of Bay Area Jewish Food Professionals. She is also writer/producer for a documentary-in-progress called The Lonely Child. Follow Alix on Twitter @WallAlix.42 Articles
Stephanie is a writer and cookbook author recovering from her former tech-startup life. On the side she’s also a media consultant, specializing in all forms of digital goodness: audio, video, print, design, and social media.
After leaving the tech world nearly a decade ago, Stephanie made a career jump to her lifetime love, writing. She currently writes for the Huffington Post, KQED’s Bay Area Bites, NPR, and other select media outlets. Her first cookbook,Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese, is due out in fall 2013 on Little, Brown with coauthor Garrett McCord.
Being a recovering techy leaves an indelible mark, and everything Stephanie does is infused with her deep fascination with digital technology. She has been blogging since 1999, before blog engines even existed and a great readership consisted of a handful of friends who occasionally thought to check out your site. In 2005 she started her first food blog, which she repurposed in 2007 to become The Culinary Life.
Stephanie can be called many things: food writer, essayist, professional recipe developer, cookbook author, social media consultant, videographer, documentary maker, website developer, archivist of life. Despite all of these titles, she most commonly responds to Steph.32 Articles
Jeff Cianci is a freelance food writer based in San Jose. While studying journalism in college, Jeff’s curiosity landed him at a busy California bistro where he experienced a crash course in culinary training over two summer breaks, learning on the job with a very patient chef as his mentor. Around the same time, Jeff married his journalism degree to his appreciation for the restaurant world and determined food writing would be his career path. In his work Jeff most enjoys profiling chefs and learning their background, finding a new favorite restaurant and sharing his experiences with others through his reviews and social media. In addition to KQED’s Bay Area Bites, Jeff writes restaurant reviews for Metro Silicon Valley and new restaurant guides for Eater National. Follow Jeff on Twitter @Cheffreycianci.26 Articles
Vi Zahajszky, originally from Hungary, Boston, and New York, drove across the country to San Francisco a few years ago with her husband Chris and a rescue pup named The Bandit. By day she works at KQED and is involved in the station’s new media efforts. By night, her passions lie in vegan food and fashion. Her own blog, plantmade, focuses on vegan and cruelty-free fashion. She is a fashion writer for eco-conscious website One Green Planet, and has contributed to SF vegan lifestyle blog Vegansaurus and San Diego food blog Pizzelles.
Currently studying fashion design and pattern-making at Apparel Arts in San Francisco, she has plans to eventually develop a vegan clothing line. You can find her on facebook and on twitter @plantmade.
Oakland Local, Oakland’s leading news & community site, is filled with people who love to eat, drink and talk about food equity issues, sometimes all at the same time. We’re avid about farm to table, affordable local restaurants, food artisans, intense chefs, butchers, bakers, and gardeners and everyone who wants to talk about what tastes good–and where to get it/make it or grow it–in Oakland, CA20 Articles
Rachael Myrow is KQED’s Silicon Valley Arts Reporter, covering arts and culture in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. She also guest hosts for The California Report and Forum, and files stories for NPR and the KQED podcast Bay Curious.
Her passion for public radio was born as an undergrad at the University of California at Berkeley, writing movie reviews for KALX-FM. After finishing one degree in English, she got another in journalism, landed a job at Marketplace in Los Angeles, and another at KPCC, before returning to the Bay Area to work at KQED.
She spent more than seven years hosting The California Report, and over the years has won a Peabody and three Edward R. Murrow Awards (one for covering the MTA Strike, her first assignment as a full-time reporter in 2000) as well as numerous other honors including from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television News Directors Association and the LA Press Club.
From making blob-shaped pancakes for her family at age 6 to presumptuously reinventing recipes from well-known chefs, Susan has had a life-long food love affair. You’ll usually find her sniffing out great ingredient sources, locating intriguing food stories, inventing recipes and exercising like a demon as an antidote to her passion. This Bay Area native is a longtime food & wine journalist and blogger who has contributed to regional publications such as the San Jose Mercury News and its affiliates, Metro, San Francisco Chronicle, South Bay Accent, Urbanspoon and other epistles that are lucky enough not to have been killed off yet by the publishing crisis.16 Articles
Mark Taylor founded KQED Arts in 2005 and served as Senior Interactive Producer for Arts and Culture through 2014. Taylor was the online arts editor of KQED’s daily arts blog for nine years and created the station’s first web-original podcasts, Gallery Crawl and The Writers’ Block.
Taylor is an experimental filmmaker and visual artist whose work has been collected by the Library of Congress, Stanford University and the New York Museum of Modern Art, among many others. He teaches Media Studies at the University of San Francisco and is exploring the connection between film and food. Visit Mark Taylor’s website at emptypictures.net.16 Articles
Lila Volkas is a Berkeley based writer and illustrator who has a deep love for wellness. She creates hand drawn and digitally colored illustrations that whimsically capture the essence of her subjects and are easily digested by readers. Much of her inspiration comes from her undeniable love for vegetables, as well as her deep devotion to our Earth. Lila has had several pieces published in KQED’s Bay Area Bites as well as in Edible East Bay Magazine. She combines her fascination with the absurd and passion for health in her kombucha brewing workshops that she leads once per month around the Bay Area. For more of a taste of Lila, check out her website lilavolkas.com18 Articles
Lisa Landers is a producer and writer whose work includes documentaries, museum exhibitions, and educational multimedia. Her work has covered a diversity of subject matter including natural history, ecological and social issues, cultural exploration, food, music, and architecture. She’s developed and produced films for broadcasters such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, and the Discovery Channel. Her work as an exhibition developer and multimedia producer has been featured at institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, the National Building Museum, and The Tech Museum. Her writing has also appeared in a wide variety of print and online publications.15 Articles
CAAM (Center for Asian American Media) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. CAAM does this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media. For more information on CAAM, please visit caamedia.org.12 Articles
NOSH covers all the hot news and scrumptious food-related stories in the East Bay. NOSH provides the buzz on new restaurants and bars, the chefs, the pioneers, the artisans, the food reformers and all things delicious in Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda and the surrounding area. NOSH is produced by Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s locally grown, independent news website.14 Articles
Maria Finn lives on a floating houseboat in Sausalito, where she grows a rooftop container garden, despite the salty winds. She’s the author of the book, “A Little Piece of Earth, How to Grow Your Own Food in Small Spaces” (Rizzoli, 2010), and the memoir, “Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home” (Algonquin Books, 2010) , which is in development for a television series with Fox Studios. Her novel-in-progress, “Sea Legs and Fish Nets,” loosely based on her experiences working on an all female fishing boat in Alaska, is a finalist for the Pen/Bellwether Prize, founded by Barbara Kingsolver for novels that address issues of social justice. She writes for Sunset Magazine, Afar Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Visit her website at mariafinn.com and follow her on Twitter @mariafinn.11 Articles
Tilde Herrera is a San Francisco-based journalist who spends an inordinate amount of time plotting her next meal. Over the course of her career, she has reviewed restaurants, covered the commercial fishing industry in Florida and tracked the greening of mainstream Fortune 500 companies. Her work, covering food, business and sustainability, has appeared at the San Francisco Chronicle, Grist and GreenBiz, among others.9 Articles
Angela Johnston is an independent radio reporter and producer who recently moved back home to the Bay Area after spending the past six years on the east coast of Canada. She has a Master’s Degree in broadcast journalism and is currently making radio stories for KALW’s daily news magazine, Crosscurrents. When she’s not writing and reporting, she’s surfing surf small waves on her longboard or perfecting her paella recipe.9 Articles
Dara Thompson N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Mill Valley, CA . She is passionate about medicine, and believes that the food we eat is an integral part of healing. Dr. Thompson studied cell and molecular biology at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and UC Santa Cruz. She received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where she worked her way through school catering and teaching cooking classes. Dr. Thompson specializes in environmental medicine and providing supportive care for cancer patients. You can follow her food and nutrition blog.8 Articles
Shuka Kalantari is a Bay Area journalist reporting on health, food, culture and immigrant communities in California and internationally. She’s reported for Public Radio International’s The World, BBC World News Service’s Outlook, Philosophy Talk, Vice Magazine. Shuka is also a frequent contributor to KQED Public Media. You can follow her @skalantari on Twitter and Instagram.8 Articles
I am a veteran newspaper reporter who has transcended to the life of a kitchen slave. In April, I took a leave from The Sacramento Bee, where I work as a columnist and editorial writer, to intern at Oliveto, an Italian restaurant in Oakland. Until at least September, I will be working five days a week at the restaurant, learning basic culinary skills and helping Oliveto prepare its nightly dishes. What will happen at the end of my sabbatical? Who knows? At the very least, I’ll be a far better chef than when I started. I’ve been a dedicated home cook for more than 20 years, largely because of the inspiration of my wife, Micaela Massimino. Mickie and I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively in Italy, France, the Deep South, New Mexico, Vietnam and Japan, and we enjoy cooking food from all of those places. I also have some experience in writing about food — particularly the environmental consequences of food production. In the 1990s, I covered the rise of industrial hog farming in North Carolina, while working at the Raleigh News & Observer. Since moving back to California in 1999 and joining The Bee, I’ve specialized in coverage of water issues and threats to the state’s fisheries. When I am not cooking, eating or writing, I like to take long rides on my various bicycles, which helps build an appetite for more cooking, eating and writing.8 Articles
Sonoma Magazine is an award-winning, bi-monthly publication that celebrates the Sonoma landscape and lifestyle. Through in-depth stories and vivid photography, Sonoma Magazine keeps readers on the pulse of the restaurants, wineries, arts, entertainment, culture and style that make Sonoma a destination, a haven, and a way of life. Visit sonomamag.com to sign up for a subscription and find out what’s new in Wine Country.8 Articles
Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report. He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.7 Articles
Tina Salter is the Executive Producer for KQED Food and series producer for Taste This, Jacques Pepin Heart & Soul and Check, Please! Bay Area, the Emmy and James Beard Award winning series now in its twelfth season.6 Articles
After learning to cook at his mother’s bed and breakfast, Daniel went on to work and train at many of the world’s top restaurants. His culinary education brought him to Spain, France, England, India and New York, where he has worked and trained at top Michelin starred restaurants including The Fat Duck (Heston Blumenthal), St. John (Fergus Henderson), Mugaritz (Andoni Luis Aduriz), Bouchon (Thomas Keller), Applewood (David Shea) and Craft (Tom Collichio). After graduating from NYU, Daniel also pursued a career in film. He has directed, filmed, edited and produced projects on various issues including the development industry in Africa ( “What are we doing here?”) and oil politics. Daniel is a 2013 James Beard Award winner and the founder of The Perennial Plate.6 Articles
I’m the SF Bay Area editor for Zagat. Before this post, I was a restaurants writer for Thrillist and SF Weekly, along with covering the wine industry for Vino 24/7. I’ve also dabbled in tech start-ups (of course) and TV journalism (most recently with NBC on their Rio Olympics research team). You’ll find me at taquerias, bakeries, bars, pizzerias, corner bistros and tasting menu destinations throughout the Bay Area. Cheers!5 Articles
My name is Lo. I am a multimedia journalist and interactive web developer. I currently work at WIRED. I like data and stories. I like coding. I tried to do both at once. I occasionally write about food because food is life.3 Articles
Lindsey Hoshaw is an interactive producer for KQED Science. Before joining KQED, Lindsey was a science correspondent for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes and Scientific American. On Twitter @lindseyhoshaw2 Articles
Lauren Sloss is a food, music, and lifestyle writer based in San Francisco. She is a frequent contributor to Serious Eats and The Bold Italic; her work has also appeared in Indie Shuffle, Fodors, and on RollingStone.com. Some of her favorite things include guacamole, goat gouda, and The Black Keys.2 Articles
Leilani Clark writes about books for KQED Arts. Her writing has been published at Mother Jones, The Guardian, Civil Eats, Time Magazine, Food & Wine, Edible Marin & Wine Country, and The Rumpus. She is the editor of Made Local magazine in Sonoma County. Find her on Twitter @leilclark.2 Articles
Mike Kahn is proud to be a Project Supervisor for KQED Presents, helping independent film producers distribute their programs nationally to public television. He has the pleasure to help distribute programs like Food Forward and Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence (examples hand picked for you foodies out there!). Mike holds degrees in Sociology (U.C. Berkeley) and Interactive Media Design (Art Institute of California – San Francisco). Mike loves to learn about environmental sustainability and to share that knowledge with others through photography and multimedia projects. He’s a Bay Area native and has been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for 15 years. His personal claim to fame is riding his bicycle across the U.S. from California to Maine, alone.2 Articles
Maya Mirsky is an Oakland-based reporter who loves to compare the city to her hometown of Los Angeles, even though the natives hate it. In between assignments she works on finding legitimate-sounding reasons to eat out all the time. Her articles appear in the Oakland Tribune and its North Oakland weekly, the Montclarion. She spends summers in Budapest.1 Article
Don Clyde is an online producer, reporter and copy editor for KQED News. Before venturing into journalism, he worked as a medical device engineer and scientist for nearly a decade after earning a degree in physics from UC Berkeley. He loves travel, reading, living in Oakland, and most importantly, a good walk. Email him at email@example.com or follow him @clydedon.1 Article
Kristin Farr is KQED’s Arts Education Manager. She is the creator and producer of the Emmy Award-winning video series, Art School, which brings audiences into artists’ studios to learn about contemporary art, and engages learners with ideas for new ways to get creative. She is also an artist and a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine.1 Article
Since the closing of the Brick Hut Café in 1997, Joan has worked in 2 restaurants, become a certified massage therapist; moved on to work as executive chef at Bon Appetit and worked as a personal chef and caterer. She is currently working as a catering chef, which allows her the flexibility to pursue her new passion as a professional voice actor.
She lives in Oakland with her dogs, Jennifer and Harley-Anne.
Sharon Davenport was a founding member of The Brick Hut Collective and continuously worked there through all three Brick Hut Cafe iterations from 1974 to 1997. Currently, she is an archivist-librarian living in Oakland. She is a poet-writer with two published books of poetry, Mountain Singing (1986) and Between Us (1989). Her website Archival Assistance offers professional information and contact inquiries for research and archival assistance. She is currently the volunteer archivist for the Peralta Hacienda Historical House in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. She played a small role as a researcher and image cataloger for the current exhibit of Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. She believes that at this moment in history, it is manifestly important to speak for difference and polycultural diversity. The great poet, philosopher, and activist Audre Lorde said it well, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”1 Article
A pioneer of the “new soul/southern cuisine” movement, Tanya Holland is Chef/Owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, CA. She is the author of The Brown Sugar Kitchen Cookbook (Chronicle Books, 2014). Tanya was named California Restaurateur of the Year by the California Travel Association in 2013, the same year she was awarded the Key to the City by the mayor of Oakland. The previous year she was honored with Tanya Holland Day in Oakland on June 5th, 2012. Brown Sugar Kitchen has received numerous accolades including a Michelin Bib Gourmand. Tanya has been a member of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier since 2010.1 Article
Renée Alexander hails from North Carolina, where there are more pigs than people. Perhaps that explains her unapologetic addiction to pork, which culminates in an annual Pork of July potluck. After completing graduate school in the South, she drove West to Bend, Oregon, where she served as managing editor of the Source Weekly newspaper and ran one of the first online press release distribution services before launching grassrootsPR in 2002. She brought the business to San Francisco in 2009, where she continues to scout and share stories for non-profits and small businesses. When she isn’t scouting stories for clients, she enjoys adventure travel that takes her off the beaten path. She drove a tuk-tuk across India in the Rickshaw Run, chased a solar eclipse through the Australian outback, crossed a remote Guatemala/Honduras border in the back of a pick-up truck, and contracted dengue fever on her honeymoon. Her life’s goal is to get cheerleaders added to baseball. In addition to KQED’s Bay Area Bites, her work appears in 7×7, Saveur, Wired, and The Atlantic. Follow Renée on Twitter @grassrootspr1 Article
Adrienne Blaine is a Millennial writer from the South Bay. She has a BA in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies combined with Communications and Media Studies from Franklin University Switzerland. Living in Switzerland for four years and traveling from Morocco to Iceland introduced her to diverse art, culture and food. She currently lives in San Francisco and writes about these topics.1 Article