[Photograph: Mel Cole]
I live in Austin by way of New York and New Orleans. I grew up in Rhode Island. I’ve had lots of odd jobs along the way like cheesemonger, farmers’ market coordinator, and youth gardening instructor, just to name a few. Today my work appears in a variety of publications including Gastronomica, Serious Eats, BUST, The Local Palate, Edible Austin, Modern Farmer, Fodor’s, Austin Monthly, and CultureMap. Sometimes my photos even make an appearance.
Like any good Austinite, I definitely keep up with the new-restaurant-of-the-moment buzz. But my favorite stories always showcase passionate chefs, artisans, or farmers. I also love exploring dishes and ingredients that make a place truly unique, like barbacoa in South Texas, paczki in Poland, or Kampot pepper in Cambodia. Really, I want to examine where people, culture, and food intersect, and I also develop recipes and write about cooking. I’ve also been known to smoke a pastrami or stuff a sausage from time to time.