Marked by wanderlust and intrigued by the twists and turns that lead people to their passions and pursuits, I write about food, culture, travel, and the spaces in-between. Most often, the anchor for this work is sense of place. Following that muse, I have been fortunate to interview everyone from sixth-generation baymen and women along the Jersey Shore to Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, cookbook author Naomi Duguid, and Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen. My work has been featured in publications including NPR’s The Salt, Civil Eats, Culture, Time Out, Taste of Home, Paste, Edible Communities and beyond.
In 2018, I was honored by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) with a Narrative Food Writing Award for an eight-part series on New Jersey’s oyster revival, “Special Report: Oysters.” An article from the same series, “Oyster Innovation: Building Reefs, Business and Community,” was a 2018 Eddy Award finalist in the Sustainability category, which recognizes the best work from among 90-plus Edible Communities publications. My series on family-dinner traditions, “When We Gather,” was a 2018 Association of Food Journalists Award winner for Best Food Column.
A wanderer by nature with an ever-rumbling belly, I’m fast learning that the best stories are hidden in plain sight. When not on deadline, I can be found wandering backroads and overturning stones.
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