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Dean Abbott is the son of a long line of farmers. He is a college professor and lives in Central Ohio with his wife, two daughters, and their three-legged dog, Celia. You can read more of his writing at or follow him on Twitter @deanabbott.

Brooke Albrecht grew up in the country outside of Cincinnati and has been drawing since before she can remember. After years of working as an art director and corporate designer, she left to pursue a career as a freelancer, focusing on her passion of illustration and design. Being creative is necessary for Brooke. Her passion is illustrating things she loves, food, a whimsical idea, or flowers. You can find her latest drawings on her blog:, and on her website at

Carole M. Amber is a food writer and marketing professional with an international MBA and experience operating a gourmet dining company in Chicago, Illinois. She and her husband (photographer Troy Amber) run a food blog ChopSizzlePop! Join them for recipes, chef recommendations and juicy details about their quest for the best food in the world on

Kim Beeman is the librarian at The International Culinary Center in New York City and is a graduate of the ICC's professional culinary program. She edited and revised The Big Basic Cookbook (2007) and has written about cookbooks for Edible Columbus and The Paris Review Daily.

Bryn Bird is a farm girl hailing from a dirt road outside Granville, Ohio. She grew up raising livestock and produce on her family’s farm, Bird’s Haven. She gained a master’s in public health from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and is now empowering the rural lifestyle while working with Rural Coalition.

Amy Bodiker is a food systems expert who works as a non-profit fundraiser. She is the chair of the Franklin County Local Food Council and coordinates the Veggie SNAPS incentive program at area farmers markets. Learn more at

Seth Borgen taught English at the American University of Iraq—Sulaimani. He has an MFA from the University of Mississippi, where he served as a graduate teaching fellow, and a BA from the Ohio State University. His fiction has appeared in Brink Magazine, Green Mountains Review, Ampersand, and others. His first collection of short fiction was a St. Lawrence Book Award semi-finalist.

Simon Buehrer is a freelance writer and emerging cider enthusiast. He resides in Columbus, Ohio.

Having recently graduated from Oberlin College, Liv Combe is a San Francisco based travel and food writer. Check out more at

Joannie D’Andrea credits her passion for flavor to her years working under Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. In her time as a Dairy Heiress, Joannie worked as a scooper, a baker, a writer for the marketing team, and everything in between. These days, Joannie is in pursuit of a career in special education. She lives in Columbus with her husband, Nick, and their houseplants. Most nights, she rushes home from work to try out a new recipe with Nick. 

Nijma Darwish graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Youngstown State University. She spent several years chasing the news as an on-air journalist before settling down in Columbus. With deep roots in her Middle Eastern heritage, Nijma shares the authentic, healthy, and delicious recipes of the Middle East in her cooking classes at The Seasoned Farmhouse. When she's not writing about her love of food and healthy living she spends her time with her husband and two children. Follow her social media twitter: @BrnAndBread, Instagram: @nijma_darwish or visit her blog

Holly Davis is a seasoned media relations, marketing and communications professional and a longtime advocate for Ohio's organic farms. As a Great River Organics (GRO) executive board member, Holly oversees the creation and execution of GRO's marketing efforts. When she's not busy using her charm and wit to change the world, she's in her tiny galley kitchen putting up crock pickles and homemade jam.

 Janine Harris Degitz lives in Clintonville, is a natural bee keeper, the creator of Restorative Living and Fermenting Abundance, teaches wild fermentation, natural bee keeping, and compassionate communication, write poetry, gardens in her front yard, and is a steward of five hives of honey bees. She is a passionate advocateof being in relationship with the life around her. Learn more at

Julia Flint lives, eats, writes, and gardens in Athens, Ohio, where she will be beginning a Master's program in Latin American Studies this fall. She can be reached at 

Julie France is a freelance writer and recent graduate of Kenyon College. She enjoys writing stories that illuminate people living their passions, especially when it concerns a healthier lifestyle. To see more of her work, visit

Shawnie Kelley Foy is owner of Wanderlust Tours, specializing in cultural and culinary tourism. She has written several books, including the Insiders’ Guide to Columbus, Discover Cape Cod and A Woman’s Guide to France. Shawnie is a passionate home cook, food blogger, and advocate of local foods and businesses. She co-founded and chairs an annual non-profit event, Fête en Blanc, which raises money for local food organizations. Shawnie is a regular contributor to several magazines and teaches travel and culinary courses at a variety of places, including Lifelong Learning in Upper Arlington, where she lives with her husband, Kevin. 

Lynn R. Glickman loves words almost as much as she loves food. Born and raised in New Jersey, Lynn combines east coast sensibilities with a Midwest love of farm-to-market produce and meats. She is a full-time copywriter, part-time food writer, and the proud owner of a backyard wood-fired pizza oven.

John Gutekanst is owner of Avalanche Pizza in Athens, Ohio. He has won numerous national and international awards for both culinary expertise and food writing, and was selected to appear in Best Food Writing 2012. He is a decorated Naval Airborne veteran and lives in Athens with his wife and children.

Molly Hays graduated from the University of Washington with two degrees, one Mellon Fellowship, and no idea when to buy a melon. Since moving to Ohio in early 2009, Molly and her family of five have been getting to know Columbus one ice cream scoop at a time. Molly writes about food and life at

Raised in a nomadic and adventurous family, Claire Spurlock earned her degree in magazine journalism from the Scripps School at Ohio University. After a few exciting and formative years working in Columbus restaurants, Claire is now the Associate Publisher of Edible Columbus

There is nothing Debra Knapke loves more than inspiring people to get out and garden. Known as “The Garden Sage,” Debra is a popular speaker at professional symposia as well as gardening events throughout the Midwest. She has written five books and numerous articles, teaches horticulture courses at Columbus State, is a garden designer and consultant, and has crammed an amazing variety of perennials, trees, shrubs, fruits, and vegetables onto the 2/3-acre lot surrounding her home. Read more of Debra’s work at and

Sarah Lagrotteria is a French Culinary Institute-trained chef who has worked for Mario Batali, taught writing classes on food culture at Stanford, and contributed to numerous cookbooks. In 2003, Sarah co-founded Apples & Onions, a private chef company in Malibu, CA. She now lives in Worthington with her husband and daughter, Marlowe.

Gabrielle Langholtz is editor of Edible Manhattan and author of the New Greenmarket Cookbook. She's grown organic vegetables in the Catskills, run communications for the NYC Greenmarket, and is married to the head livestock farmer at the Stone Barns Center. She prefers carrots to sticks. 

Eric LeMay lives in Athens, where he teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Ohio University, his alma mater. Visit his website for more of his writing on foodie and non-foodie things alike:

Born and raised in Central Ohio, Susan Liechty is the current vice president of The Herb Society of America. She is an Advanced Master Gardener in Delaware County, and a contributor to the “Dig In” garden column for The Delaware Gazette. She loves all things Italian, travel, food, photography, gardening, herbs, and art.

Marta Madigan is a food and travel writer who, as an editor and contributor, helped begin the Polish edition of National Geographic magazine. She has collaborated with Edible Columbus since 2010. She now lives in Orlando and continues writing about the local food scene for Edible Orlando. Marta collects American recipes and shares them on her Polish language blog Przepis na Amerykę

Nancy McKibben is happy to combine her loves of eating and writing with the opportunity to advocate for local food in the pages of Edible Columbus. Her suspense novel, The Chaos Protocol, the first book of The Millennium Trilogy, was a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award for Fiction in 2000. The second, Blood on Ice, followed in 2012 and the third is in the works. (The series is set in Columbus, and the books are available at She is also a poet and lyricist, the mother of six and the wife of one. View her work at; contact her at

Although she grew up in eight different cities, Columbus is the place that Catherine Murray truly calls home. She lives for all things edible; for effortless conversation, kitty hugs and falling snow; and for watching the world through individual frames. Her company, Photo Kitchen, feeds her creative passion while producing photos good enough to eat. Learn more at

Robin Oatts returned home to Columbus after graduating from the School of Advertising Art in 2004. After spending years learning under talented creatives, she launched Genre Creative (, a design and photography agency. Since then she has worked with a wide range of clients from Fortune 100 companies to local food bloggers. She loves her home in Clintonville and can usually be found tinkering in her backyard garden or planning her next remodeling project.  

Jan O’Daniel is a full-time writer, part-time foodie, and sometime cook. She lives, works, and eats in Central Ohio with her salad-loving husband under the ever-present eye of their three catnip-craving cats. Contact her at

Sheryl Pfeil is a faculty member at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She loves teaching medical students, especially the small group of students (Learning Community) who meet regularly at her home, where the shared meals are as meaningful as the shared insights and experiences.

Genevieve Rainer spends her free time cooking, baking, gardening, brewing, and enjoying Columbus' expanding food scene. She writes the blog “Ham Sandwich Indicted,” where she shares her adventures and documents her experiments in the kitchen.  She’s passionate about eating local, but also fascinated by the field of molecular gastronomy.

Nicole Rasul recently moved back to Ohio, her home state, after many years on the East Coast. She and her husband live in Clintonville where they enjoy the farmers market and their backyard garden. Nicole enjoys writing about food and exploring Central Ohio’s food scene. She studied anthropology at Fordham University and earned a master’s degree in public policy from New York University.

Madeline Scherer is 13 years old and lives with her family of eight in Columbus. She writes: “Mommy, Daddy, me, and I have three sisters and two brothers—all younger than me. I am homeschooled—or alternatively schooled, as my mom likes to say. I take classes all over the city! My favorite things to do are practice the piano and violin, read books and go to my Uncle Tom’s farm. I absolutely love to cook and started cooking as soon as I could read recipes; at least that’s what I remember. I make a great guacamole and a pretty good hummus, too. Someday I want to become a farmer and cook all foods from my farm.”

A graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, Nicolene Schwartz moved from New York City to Columbus in 2008. She consults and develops cocktails for a number of local outfits, including Rigsby's Kitchen, MoJoe Lounge, and Watershed Distillery. When not working, Nicolene is rehabbing the medical-office-turned-unusual-home she shares near Franklin Park with partner, Scot, and dogs Mavis and Trout. 

Megan Shroy is a writer, publicist, and self-proclaimed “Columbus Guru,” authoring the blog “Columbus a la Mode,” which covers trendy restaurants, events, and hot spots in the capital city. During college she traveled abroad, studying Italian food, wine, and culture at the Umbra Institute in Perguia, Italy. Megan earned a B.A. in communication from Wittenberg and received a double minor in journalism and business management. Since, she has been growing as both a writer and a community activist. She resides in Grandview, Ohio with her husband,  Brent.

Kristen Stevens is a commercial photographer specializing in product photography. She graduated Cum Laude from the Columbus College of Art & Design in her hometown, Columbus, Ohio. After graduating, she moved to the Pacific Northwest with her fiancé. Kristen works for Zulily in Seattle, Washington as a product photographer, and shoots freelance food and product photography for various publications and small businesses. When she isn't shooting, Kristen enjoys cooking, hiking, coffee shops, and good books. Learn more at

Charmaine Sutton is a designer with an obsession for all things food-related. With a background in magazines and architecture, she spends her days honing her skills as a marketer of architecture. As a recent transplant to Columbus, she enjoys exploring town with her husband in search of the perfect bowl of noodles.   

Sharon Teuscher is an account coordinator specializing in branding, website, and social media platform development at The Buzz Maker! An artist at heart, she has a passion for painting and graduated from CCAD's Fine Art program, magna cum laude. Get to know her on Instagram @la_vie_creative or visit her website,

Tamara Mann Tweel is a freelance writer and PhD candidate in American History at Columbia University. Born and raised in New York City, Tamara comes from a boisterous clan of exploratory eaters with two passions: family and food. She is excited to bring this spirit to Columbus and discover the many world traditions that are being recreated within our city. Her culinary writing has appeared in such publications as The Washington PostIcons of American Cooking and Museum.

Susan Vance is a native Ohioan and current Columbus resident who works for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and enjoys traipsing across the state hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping.

Stephanie Wapner holds an MBA from the Ohio State University where she is now a PhD student.  She is an active participant in Central Ohio’s local food movement and writes about the connections between food, cooking, health, and community. 

Gina Weathersby is an award-winning artist and professional photographer based out of Cincinnati, Ohio where she lives with her husband and daughters. She runs two separate businesses (portrait and food), three blogs, and has produced four food magazines. Gina contributes regularly to editorials, food stock photography, has been published internationally, and most recently, has fallen uncontrollably in love with creating “Food Narratives” for her food world clients. Learn more at

Brian Williams is an agriculture specialist for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, with a focus on local foods and farmland preservation.  His projects include overseeing the Central Ohio Regional Food Council, working on the Food District at Weinland Park, and promoting the development of a local-food processing and distribution infrastructure. Before that, he had a 25-year newspaper career that included four years as agriculture reporter for the Columbus Dispatch. Learn more at

Teresa Woodard writes and produces home and garden stories for regional and national magazines. She blogs about Midwest gardening with two other writers at She also volunteers as a master gardener and gardens on 2-1/2 acres along the Little Darby Creek in Madison County. She and her husband, Brian, have three teenage kids, a cat named Shadow, a dog named Tucker, and three chickens.

Kit Yoon is a licensed acupuncturist and health coach with her own private practice in Bexley, Ohio. She and her family moved to Columbus in 2010 from coastal California, and enjoy exploring their new home state. She is a real food advocate, believing in locally and organically grown produce. She lives with her family in Bexley where they are lucky to have a small menagerie and a bountiful vegetable garden. 

Liz Bell Young is the author of In the Wide Country of Love, a memoir about Italy, war, and finding home. Young is also the founder of “Haven Magazine.” She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two boys, and one on the way. 



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