Imbibe Magazine (Portland, OR)
Penelope Bass drinks professionally on behalf of Imbibe magazine where she is the Associate Editor. Based in Portland, she has been writing about the food and drinks scene for the better part of a decade for both local and national outlets. You can find her drinking tequila in the summer, bourbon in the winter and way too much coffee all year.
Repertoire (San Francisco, CA)
Jessica Battilana is the author of Repertoire: All the Recipes You Need, and writes a bi-monthly home cooking column for the San Francisco Chronicle. She’s also co-authored five chef cookbooks, including Charles Phan’s Vietnamese Home Cooking and Home Grown with chef Matt Jennings. When she’s not writing books she is the lunch lady at a school in San Francisco, preparing 220 from scratch lunches each day. And when she’s not cooking or writing, she’s wrestling her two sons (ages 7 and 5).
Joshua M. Bernstein
Imbibe Magazine (Brooklyn, NY)
Joshua M. Bernstein is a beer, spirits, food, and travel journalist (phew!) who regularly contributes to Bon Appétit, Men’s Journal, Draft, Wine Enthusiast, and Imbibe, where he’s a contributing editor. Additionally, he’s the author of Brewed Awakening, The Complete Beer Course, and the forthcoming The Complete IPA. He lives with his wife, daughter, and dog in Brooklyn, where he drinks plenty of beer, eats loads of dumplings, and leads homebrew tours. Say hi!
Lord Birthday (Corvallis, OR)
Lord Birthday is a series of lightly satirical poems, lists, and illustrations created by Chad Murphy in 2015. Chad does the LB writings and drawings from high atop a coconut tree, which is where he feels most comfortable. His wife, Mindy, provides key editorial input and manages LB’s emerging global empire. She is the salt to Chad’s cookie dough, the Brian Eno to Chad’s Achtung Baby. In March of 2018, Chad’s debut Lord Birthday book, How to Appear Normal at Social Events, was published by Andrews McMeel.
The Meadow (Portland, OR)
Mark Bitterman, is a James Beard Award-winning author, and Owner of the bicoastal bitters emporium, The Meadow. Mark’s fourth book, The Field Guide to Bitters & Amari, started to take shape when he was a child, with a surreptitious sip at a family cocktail party. The spicy-bitter-sweet-stinging taste ignited a life-long wanderlust for flavor has led to features in The New York Times, Splendid Table, Food & Wine, Bizarre Foods, and countless other media. It has been speculated that Bitterman’s family name, which has Ashkenazic roots in Romania, proves that bitters is in his DNA.
Square Mile Cider (Portland, OR)
Thomas Bleigh is the innovation Brewmaster at Craft Brew Alliance and responsible for the creation of Square Mile Rosé Cider. As a 16 year craft beer industry veteran and a graduate of UC Davis with a masters in Fine Arts, Thomas strives to combine his love of all things fermented with his passion for the arts. His rose cider was inspired by a trip through France in 2016 and the hope of creating a quality rosé cider through the use of botanicals. As a champion of all things fermented, Thomas enjoys finding opportunities to be creative in the intersections of beer, wine, and cider. Thomas also aspires to put the “FU back in FUN!”
Cor Cellars (Lyle, WA)
Born in Manhattan, Luke moved to Washington for college at Evergreen State. After two harvests in Italy, at Tenuta di Trinoro in Tuscany, and Passopisciaro on Mt. Etna in Sicily, Luke moved to the Columbia Gorge in 2003 to launch COR Cellars. Working as an assistant at Syncline Winery and Wind River Cellars, Luke slowly increased production and began working on COR full time in 2006. With production now about 4000 cases, COR focuses on “mountain” white varietals from the cool climate Columbia Gorge AVA, and Bordeaux red varietals from the Horse Heaven Hills.
Angry Orchard (Walden, NY)
Ryan is the head cider maker at Angry Orchard. He is based at the cider house on the Angry Orchard, a 60-acre orchard in the Hudson Valley of New York. He grew up in Williamson, New York – a region known for apple growing – and his first jobs involved working on orchards in his hometown, so apples have been a part of his life from the beginning. Ryan has always been interested in agriculture and fermentation, both of which led him to pursue a career in cider making. Prior to joining the Angry Orchard team, Ryan racked up years of professional cider making experience, with a particular focus on cider barrel aging and varying fermentation processes. He currently serves as a board member to the United States Association of Cider Makers (USACM) and the Cider Institute of North America (CINA).
At the cider house, Ryan leads Angry Orchard’s research and development efforts. He and the other cider makers are focused on recipe and ingredient experimentation as well as cider innovation, including single varietal ciders and barrel aging. The ciders made in Walden are experimental, and have potential to ultimately become part of the Angry Orchard family of ciders available nationwide.
Imbibe (Portland, OR)
Paul Clarke is the Executive Editor of Imbibe magazine and the author of The Cocktail Chronicles. He considers coffee, rum and wine essential parts of a liquid diet. He lives in Seattle.
L'Ecole No 41 (Lowden, WA)
Martin Clubb is Managing Winemaker and Co-Owner with his wife Megan of L’Ecole N 41. This third generation, family-owned winery is located in the old Frenchtown Schoolhouse depicted on their label. Founded in 1983, L’Ecole was the third winery in the Walla Walla Valley. L’Ecole has been named a “Winery of the Year” by Wine & Spirits magazine for fourteen consecutive years. L’Ecole is a partner in the highly acclaimed Seven Hills Vineyard as well as the nearby 2,700 acre vineyard development – SeVein – home to L’Ecole’s exclusive estate vineyard named Ferguson. The first vintage of wine from this vineyard, 2011 Estate Ferguson, was named best Bordeaux blend in the world over £15 at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards in London in 2014. The 2013 Estate Ferguson was named Best New World Bordeaux Blend at Six Nations Wine Challenge in Australia in 2016. Martin’s ongoing dedication and commitment to the Washington State wine industry is evident in his many leadership roles. He has served more than thirty years on the Boards of various wine industry associations, including the Washington Wine Commission. He is currently a Director of the Washington Wine Institute and Board Member and Chair of WineAmerica. Marty was instrumental in the founding of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, serving as its first President. Marty worked with other industry pioneers in the development of the Walla Walla Community College Center for Enology and Viticulture and continues to serve as an emeritus member of its wine advisory board.
House Spirits Distillery (Portland, OR)
Jordan Felix is the Westward American Single Malt Advocate. Before joining the House Spirits Distillery team last year, Jordan ran the well regarded Multnomah Whisk(e)y Library and worked on the noted team at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon. Managing bars and restaurants from Melbourne, Australia to New York City, he is dedicated to educating about spirits and sharing hospitality with the world. Jordan is an amateur writer, a keen swimmer and a lover of ice cold Boulevardier.
Secret Supper (Portland, OR)
Danielle is a seasoned creative professional who brings her ideas to life through Secret Supper, along with leading her highly acclaimed event space/creative studio, Tendue. As an accredited wine expert and former interior designer, she’s focused on blending these two worlds together to craft visually inspiring spaces and experiences that center on food, wine and place. Her portfolio showcases a range of exceptionally well-crafted events and experiences from across the world, earning her high praise and a respected reputation sought by the leading brands she collaborates with. With a passion for travel and adventure, she’s often found out exploring somewhere new with her husband or enjoying a glass of Champagne with friends.
Bar Norman (Portland, OR)
Dana has been working in restaurants for over 16 years, with most of her attention paid to wine, even when she should have been focusing on other things. She has been the wine director at multi-award winning Ava Gene’s, named one of Food & Wine’s Sommeliers of the Year and Bon Appetit’s Sommeliers to Watch, and will be opening Bar Norman, her ode to good music, natural wine and the people who make it, this summer. Dana’s first book, Wine Food, written with co-author and friend Andrea Slonecker, will be published by Lorena Jones Books/Ten Speed Press in September 2018. Dana and her husband have a winery (Bow & Arrow), a six-year-old (Orly), and spend their free time trying to chill out (impossible).
Back Bar Project (Seattle, WA)
An 18-year veteran of the Seattle bar scene, Erik spent a decade at the renowned Zig Zag Café before departing in 2017 to found the forthcoming Pink Lady, an upscale cocktail bar at the new 7 Seas project in downtown Seattle. In 2012, Erik co-founded the now nationally-recognized Back Bar Project, a craft spirits import company focusing on mezcal, rum, vermouth, and liqueurs. Erik’s drinks and likeness have been featured in publications such as Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, Seattle Met, Sunset, Imbibe, Details, Playboy, and GQ.
Martha Holmberg is a food editor and writer, with a range of notable publishing activities in her resume, including founding Portland’s MIX magazine, editing and testing recipes for Rene Redzeppi’s upcoming fermentation book, and receiving a freshly minted James Beard Foundation award for the cookbook Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables, which she wrote with Chef Joshua McFadden. Martha begin her life in cooking and writing by studying in Paris at La Varenne cooking school. She began her affection for cooking and cannabis by going to college in the 70s and wanting to eat good snacks. Martha is an avid vegetable gardener and is pleased that her raised beds now include a couple of Girl Scout Cooking plants among the Sun Golds and Kentucky Wonders.
Serra (Portland, OR)
Holly was among the first female chocolate makers in the country and now spends her days pairing chocolate origins and terpene profiles. As Product Development Director for Groundworks Workshop (home to a spacious 14,000 sq ft cannabis kitchen), she has immersed herself in the world of cannabis and is feverishly hatching plans to infuse everything with the bewitching plant. Former owner-operator of Goddess Chocolate and Mana Chocolate, Holly approaches things from the perspective of a maker while also honoring all that cannabis has to offer. When she’s not delighting in culinary elevation, Holly’s frolicking with her twins, playing banjolele, or learning how to juggle.
Jacobsen Salt Co. (Portland, OR)
Founded in 2011, by Ben Jacobsen, Jacobsen Salt Co. is the first company to harvest salt in the Pacific Northwest since Lewis & Clark built their salt works in 1805. Since then Jacobsen Salt Co. has transformed from a local, small business to a nationally recognized brand as America’s leading salt maker. Harvested from the cold, pristine waters of Netarts Bay on the Oregon Coast, our flake and kosher sea salts have garnered worldwide favor for their beautiful presentation and pure taste by professional chefs and home cooks alike.
Helen's Wines (Los Angeles, CA)
Helen was born in New York City. She started working in the restaurant industry while in college in Madison, WI. Her involvement at L’Etoile and the fine dining and farm-to-table driven experience inspired her to continue growing in the food and wine industry. She moved to Los Angeles and worked at Craft as a manager for two years before signing on with Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo in July of 2009. She is now a partner at Jon & Vinny’s in Los Angeles, and the owner of helen’s, the gem box retail wine shop nestled in the back. Helen is the Beverage Director for not only Jon & Vinny’s, but for all associated restaurants in the group: animal, Son of a Gun, Petit Trois, Trois Familia, Trois Mec & Kismet. She also hosts wine classes and has a curated wine club, and was recently titled Best New Sommelier by Food & Wine in 2016.
Lisa Jones and Samantha Cole
Pigeon Toe Ceramics (Portland, OR)
With an aversion to the excess of mass-produced goods, Lisa Jones formed Pigeon Toe in the winter of 2008, with a vision to create uniquely beautiful objects that incorporate and celebrate the extensive history of American handcrafts and manufacturing. As creative director/dabbler-in-chief, Lisa aspires to find fresh perspective through innovative material combinations, harking back to an era where artisans not only create, but inspire. In 2014 Pigeon Toe became sibling-owned in addition to female-owned, with Lisa’s sister Samantha leaving a decade in corporate business development to join Pigeon Toe as co-owner, sales director, and chief Instagram Story Officer. Together, the two of them have hoisted the freak flag high and proud, producing vibrant and delightful pottery from their studio in Portland.
Modern Macramé (Portland, OR)
Emily Katz is an artist, author, teacher, interior designer, creative consultant, public speaker, and owner of Modern Macramé. Emily has taught macramé to thousands worldwide through private lessons and team building workshops, from LA to Tokyo to Copenhagen. Her creativity doesn’t stop there, as she has designed restaurant interiors and residences inspired by her travels, as well as large-scale custom macramé installations for clients like Ralph Lauren, Microsoft, and Nordstrom. Named as the “Queen of Macramé” by The Guardian UK, her work has also been featured in Forbes, LA Times, Elle Japan, Buzzfeed, and more. As a self-made entrepreneur of 15 years, Emily employs an all-women team of creatives at her studio, which serves as a production center, showroom, office, and event space. Emily calls Portland, Oregon her home with her partner Adam and their dog Donut and cat Cowbear.
Loko Kitchen (Seattle, WA)
Seattle-based, self-taught baker, Lauren Ko founded the Instagram account Loko Kitchen in August 2017 simply as a holding place for her food photos. By some stroke of wild internet magic, her colorful, geometric pie designs and punny captions immediately went viral and she has since amassed over 175,000 followers. Her intricate creations have been featured in publications such as Vogue, BuzzFeed, and Oprah Magazine. When she isn’t crafting unconventional designs with dough and produce, she is likely hiking around the Pacific Northwest, scouting the best happy hour nachos, and taking endless slow-motion videos of her bear dog, Santi.
Bon Appétit (New York, NY)
Julia Kramer is the Deputy Editor of Bon Appétit. As Senior Editor at BA, she traveled the country, scouting the best new restaurants in America for the “BA Hot 10.” In January 2017, she oversaw the launch of BA’s sibling site, Healthy-ish, and she continues to guide its editorial direction. As editor of the ASME award–nominated BA Kitchen section, which focuses on weeknight recipes and essential cooking know-how, she is a passionate home cook. A native Chicagoan, she is a graduate of Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where she studied fiction writing. She has been nominated for two James Beard Awards, for “Lunch Al Desko” and “Smoke Signals,” which also appeared in the 2016 Best Food Writing anthology. Prior to joining Bon Appétit in 2013, she was the food editor and restaurant critic for Time Out Chicago.
House Spirits Distillery (Portland, OR)
Krogstad established House Spirits Distillery in 2004, bringing together his experience as a brewer and winemaker and tapping his passion for outstanding cocktails and food. House Spirits Distillery crafts all of its award-winning products exclusively in-house, in small batches, with an intense and passionate pursuit of perfection using ethically sourced ingredients. Today, the House Spirits portfolio includes Westward American Single Malt Whiskey, Volstead Vodka, Krogstad Aquavit, and Casa Magdalena Rum. Under Krogstad’s direction, House Spirits Distillery has created a portfolio of spirits that celebrate contemporary cocktail culture, beginning with the creation of and eventual sale of its flagship brand, Aviation American Gin. In 2006, Krogstad collaborated with internationally acclaimed bartender Ryan Magarian to create Aviation American Gin, the pioneer of a new, more balanced expression of gin that is popular with a new generation of gin enthusiasts. More recently, Krogstad has focused his efforts on expanding the House Spirits Distillery footprint with the creation of a brand new, $6 million distillery on Distillery Row in Portland. In its new home, House Spirits Distillery is the largest distilling operation in the Pacific Northwest. The new facility, which increased the company’s distilling capacity sixfold, allows House Spirits Distillery to focus on growing its newer innovations, including Westward American Single Malt Whiskey, an award-winning whiskey inspired by Oregon’s rich brewing culture that is distilled from Pacific Northwest malted barley and aged in new American Oak barrels. Prior to founding House Spirits Distillery, Krogstad managed the Carlton Winemakers Studio, in Carlton, Ore., the country’s first green-built cooperative winery that is made up of a network of independent small-batch winemakers.
Bon Appétit (New York, NY)
Born in northern New Jersey (the pretty part), Brad Leone grew up hunting and fishing with his dad and spent a lot of time in the woods. There, he learned the respect for ingredients and nature in general. Cooking has always been a major part of Brad’s life, and it has helped him become the person he is today. Brad has held many jobs over the years and each of them has helped pave the road to where he is now. Today, Brad manages the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen and hosts a YouTube show called, It’s Alive. The show focuses on food projects, from learning how to ferment different products to traveling to the origins of certain ingredients. Fermentation and different ways of cooking have become a passion of his both at work and home.
Mezcal Los Javis (Portland, OR)
Just a mezcal nerd finally living his dream. This is my exit, right?
Hummingbird High (Portland, OR)
Michelle Lopez is the blogger behind the award-winning baking blog, Hummingbird High. Hummingbird High has over 120,000 followers on Instagram and has been featured in Saveur magazine, America’s Test Kitchen, Food & Wine, Food52, and more. Michelle currently splits her time between Brooklyn and Portland, where she spends a lot of time thinking about what Hogwarts house she’d be in and riding her bike to burn off all those baked goods. She is currently working on her first cookbook, Weeknight Baking, to be published by Simon & Schuster in 2019.
Elixir Craft Spirits (Eugene, OR)
Andrea Loreto, founder of Elixir Craft Distillery (Eugene, Oregon), was born in Florence, Italy. His company specializes in amaros and botanical liqueurs, including four award-winning Italian-inspired products invented by Loreto: Calisaya, Iris, Fernet dei Fratelli Loreto and Caffe’Corretto.
The Barnacle (Seattle, WA)
Lindsay Matteson is a seasoned beverage professional who has worked at some of the top bars in America. She is a former actor and has trained and performed at such renowned theaters as the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar College. Lindsay teaches on the overlap of theater and bartending as well as bitters and amari. She is the former head bartender at Amor y Amargo in New York City and has trained hundreds of bartenders nationally with Movers and Shakers Consulting. She currently resides in Seattle, WA.
Mixography Inc. (Portland, OR)
Jim Meehan, a bar operator, spirits and cocktail educator, and author of The PDT Cocktail Book and Meehan’s Bartender Manual, worked at some of New York City’s most popular restaurants and bars including Gramercy Tavern and the Pegu Club, before opening the James Beard Award-winning bar PDT in New York City in 2007, Prairie School in Chicago in 2017 and PDT Hong Kong in 2018. The former editor of Food & Wine Cocktails and Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide, Meehan is a frequent magazine contributor and the curator of the cocktail programs for American Express Centurion airport lounges. He and his family reside in Portland, Oregon where he operates his consulting firm Mixography Inc.
L'Oursin (Seattle, WA)
To be a relevant voice in natural wine is a challenge and pleasure. To champion its eccentricities, to fight for its place at the table, and tell the story of its cultural and gastronomic significance is to spend a life campaigning for the underdog. An underdog with grit and heart and integrity, but maybe a lopsided ear or a sideways eye. Having trained under Notable Weirdo/Wine Savant Marc Papineau in the inimitable Bar Ferd’nand before becoming wine director at L’Oursin, Kathryn has been privileged to team up with the fantastic Mr. Zac Overman to build a clubhouse for the misfits among us. The downbeat snares in a hi-hat world. Her obsession has been documented by the Seattle Times, Seattle Met, The Stranger, Sprudge and countless other publications trying to get a handle on “what exactly natural wine’s whole deal is, exactly”. It also contributed to L’Oursin’s accolade of Imbime Magazine’s Wine Bar of the Year which features a very nice photo of her looking at a dog, probably just before inviting him inside for some spot prawns and a glass of something strange.
The Riddler (San Francisco, CA)
Jen Pelka is the founder of The Riddler, a Champagne bar in San Francisco, which was named Eater’s Wine Bar of the Year. The Riddler has over 100 Champagnes by the bottle and dozens of sparkling wines by the glass to choose from: old and new, traditional classics and unusual discoveries. Pelka’s career in restaurants began at Chef Daniel Boulud’s Restaurant DANIEL, where she served for 5 years across a broad range of roles—kitchen stagier, Chef Boulud’s research assistant, and the US Competition Director for the Bocuse d’Or under Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller. She went on to lead influencer marketing, content strategy, and media relations in-house at OpenTable, Gilt Taste, and Tumblr. She has been named Forbes “30 Under 30” for Food & Wine, Details “Digital Maverick, and a Cherry Bombe “It Girl.” She was a recurring guest as a secret diner of Bravo TV’s “Best New Restaurant”, and a guest on Season 6 of Top Chef. Pelka won an IACP Award Winner for Best Culinary or Brand Site in 2012 for Gilt Taste, and was a James Beard Award nominee for Best Food Coverage in a Food Focused Publication.
Bon Appétit (New York, NY)
Adam joined Bon Appétit in 2011 as editor in chief, and with his distinct point of view reinvented the food lifestyle category. With 22 National Magazine Award nominations, including wins in 2014 for General Excellence and Photography; 13 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award nominations, and 63 Society of Publication Designers nominations, he has made Bon Appétit the most decorated food brand in the industry. In 2014, as editorial director of Epicurious, he relaunched and re-branded the iconic cooking website. Under Adam’s leadership, Bon Appétit has soared to new digital heights. It boasts a robust video platform, the No. 1 food podcast on iTunes (which Adam hosts), and more than 1 million social followers each on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Adam is a frequent guest on the TODAY show, CBS This Morning, and NPR. You can see what he’s eating, drinking, and wearing on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @Rapo4
Not Without Salt (Seattle, WA)
While on a path to become an art professor Ashley Rodriguez was waylaid by the lure of how food brings people together. After experiencing this first hand in Italy she came back to the states and promptly ditched the dream of teaching high school students art and dove head first into working any job possible around food. She landed in Wolfgang Puck’s Spago Beverly Hills kitchen where she learned the hustle of restaurant life. Since leaving L.A. for her native Pacific Northwest, Ashley has focused her mad skillz on writing and photographing cookbooks, developing recipes for international brands, teaching workshops, creating pantry products, opening a brick and mortar shop, cooking for groups in her private dining room as well as mom’ing hard to three young children. Her next cookbook will be released fall 2018. In the meantime, you can visit her shop and try her renowned cooking in Ballard or check out her new outdoor cooking series, Kitchen Unnecessary.
de Garde Brewing (Tillamook, OR)
Trevor was born in Petersburg, Alaska as the second son of a fourth generation commercial fishing family. He fished for too long. After relocating to Oregon for a practical degree in sculpture and painting, then working various jobs in the construction, restaurant/kitchen/bar and wine industries, he met his wife Linsey. Together, they pursued the dream of starting a brewery with no real experience, and no financing. They set a modest goal of making world-class and truly ‘wild’ beer with a singular expression of place. Using strictly spontaneous fermentation and oak barrel aging everything for years, of course. They then won some unexpected awards, including being rated one of the top ten breweries in the world twice in their first five years of selling beer. They are now not able to make enough beer, but are flattered that people come to visit their brewery and are generally tolerant of their desires to stay small and be hands on in making the beer. Trevor lives with his wife on the Oregon Coast, where he is the Head Brewer at their small brewery. Which, it turns out, is just as messy and tiring as fishing, though notably less lucrative.
Dining In (New York, NY)
Alison Roman is a cook, writer and author of Dining In, published by Clarkson Potter in Fall 2017. Formerly the Senior Food Editor at Bon Appétit Magazine and BuzzFeed, her work has also appeared in the The New York Times, Cherry Bombe, Darling and Lucky Peach. In 2015 Short Stack Editions published her first book on her favorite ingredient, lemons. Originally from Los Angeles, she lives in Brooklyn where she tries to eat pizza for every meal, sometimes successfully.
Bon Appétit (Los Angeles, CA)
Marissa A. Ross is a wine drinker, writer and humorist based in Los Angeles. She is the contributing wine editor at Bon Appétit, as well as the author of the book WINE. All The Time. (June 2017, Plume), based on her award-winning wine blog of the same name. Aside from wine, Marissa enjoys sunbathing, mid-century everything and Mexican food.
Teardrop Lounge (Portland, OR)
Daniel Shoemaker began his career in the middle of the microbrew revolution in San Francisco in the early 1990’s, and subsequently slung his wealth of hops over the next 12 years. Just as the cocktail renaissance was heading into full swing in the Bay Area, he relocated to Portland, OR, a city already renowned for its profound commitment to excellence in food and beverage. After diligent research and too much time at his home bar during a lengthy opening period, he opened Teardrop Lounge in 2007, pioneering the next generation of cocktails in Portland. Placing a strong emphasis on homemade ingredients, Teardrop embraces the seasonal, the eccentric, and the esoteric. The first principles of cocktail construction, an examination of all components used to build an exquisite drink, and further standards of excellence became the signature hallmark of the venue. Daniel was quickly named Best Bartender by in a variety of publications, and Teardrop Lounge has received a wealth of accolades from Esquire, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, and Playboy. Over the subsequent years, Daniel provided mentorship for a large portion of Portland’s talented bartenders, and Teardrop has remained a launching pad for some of the city’s greatest talent.
Wine Food (Portland, OR)
Andrea Slonecker is an award-winning cookbook author, food stylist, and culinary teacher. Her books include Pretzel Making At Home, Eggs On Top, Beer Bites, Short Stack Editions, Volume 29: Pears, The Picnic, which won a 2016 IACP Award, and the freshly released Wine Food: New Adventures in Drinking and Cooking.
Bon Appétit (New York, NY)
Amiel Stanek is the editor of Basically, a new(-ish) site from Bon Appétit that is laser-focused on teaching folks who already love food how to actually make it. He was previously an editor for the brand’s monthly print edition, where he spent four years writing stories about home cooking, editing many of the magazine’s larger service packages and primers, and overseeing the production of the brand’s special interest publications. Outside of the media world, he was also the founding Culinary Director of Skill Set, a week-long summer retreat program for young people in the wilds of western Massachusetts, where he organized cooking-related workshops and ran the kitchen. He is secretly a Scorpio, thinks eating in bed is the epitome of vulgarity, and wants to convince you that the daiquiri is the greatest cocktail of all time.
Sean P. Sullivan
Wine Enthusiast (Seattle, Washington)
Sean P. Sullivan is a contributing editor to Wine Enthusiast magazine covering Washington and Idaho. He is also the founder of Washington Wine Report, an online publication dedicated to the wines and wineries of the Pacific Northwest. The site is a four-time finalist and two time winner for ‘Best Single Subject Wine Blog’ from the Wine Blog Awards. A native of Massachusetts, Sullivan moved to Washington in 2000 to pursue a love of mountain climbing. Captivated by the area’s exploding wine scene, in 2005 he began writing wine reviews and distributing them via email before founding Washington Wine Report as an online site in 2007. Sullivan has authored over 100 print articles and published more than 1,700 blog posts on Northwest wine. In addition to his work at Wine Enthusiast and Washington Wine Report, Sullivan is a regular contributor to Seattle Metropolitan and Washington Tasting Room. He resides in Seattle, Washington.
Teutonic Wines (Portland, OR)
Barnaby’s wines are as diverse and quirky as his hobbies. He loves old Rieslings and loves working on old cars. He loves light-bodied aromatic red wines and loves the nuance of fly fishing. Last but not least, he loves blending exotic aromatic white varietals and is now learning how to play the tuba. Everyday life experiences have influenced how Barnaby approaches his winemaking – unconventional and off the beaten path. His belief about what makes a wine great is not a number or score that is decided by a reviewer, but how it makes the person feel who is drinking it. Believing in this mantra and not following others, Barnaby has given himself permission to make wines without boundaries, from bone dry to sweet dessert wines and everything in between.
William Grant & Sons (New York, NY)
As seen on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Hey Bartender, the movie, “Best American Brand Ambassador,” two time “Golden Spirit Award” winner at Tales of the Cocktail and recognized by the James Beard recognition for her contribution to mixology, Charlotte Voisey is the Director of Advocacy for William Grant & Sons USA. Host of The Proper Pour with Charlotte Voisey on www.smallscreennetwork.com, Charlotte has cocktail recipes published and placed on menus across the world including New York’s famed PDT, the iconic Dorchester Hotel in London and Whitechapel in San Francisco. In addition Charlotte seeded the cocktail programs at the Gramercy Park Hotel in Manhattan, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, FIG at the Fairmont Santa Monica, Beautique and at W Hotels across the country. Charlotte has traveled the world but made her name at home in London. In 2002, with the Gorgeous Group, Charlotte opened classic cocktail bar Apartment 195 and was soon named UK Bartender of the Year. In 2005 Charlotte was invited to guest bartend at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic and consequently fell in love with the US cocktail community, one year later Charlotte officially made the move stateside to represent her favorite spirit, Hendrick’s Gin. Charlotte was named inaugural “Mixologist of the Year” for Wine Enthusiast magazine and previously won the silver medal at the World Female Bartender Championships in Italy.
Woodblock Chocolate (Portland, OR)
Encouraged by the disruptive collision of desperation and opportunity, Charley started a chocolate factory! When Charley saw a side table for sale for $3.75 at IKEA, the reality of his furniture design career hit the fan. The desire to have a family business that would satisfy an insatiable creative drive lead to a mess of fun ideas ranging from digging a cave and aging cheese to the ultimate adhesive store, specializing in tape. It was the distinction between a chocolatier and a chocolate maker, a huge discovery made by his wife and Woodblock Chocolate’s Co-Founder, Jessica, that changed the course of his professional life. With a masters degree in industrial design and drawing from a diverse work history, making chocolate became his outlet. Looking at chocolate is a design problem, he and Jessica have built a brand of which they are both very proud.
Crooked Stave (Denver, CO)
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is the culmination of Founder and Brewmaster Chad Yakobson’s open source Master’s research, The Brettanomyces Project – a dissertation on wild yeast fermentations – conducted at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Yakobson, a Colorado native, set out to make a splash with wild and sour barrel-aged beers. The best way he knew how to get the brands into the Colorado beer scene was to go around and educate while hand selling every case, after every new release. Yakobson was responsible for every step of the process including opening new accounts and connecting with the craft brewing community.
Knucklehead (Washington, D.C.)
Evan Zimmerman has been bartending at various locales for more than 15 years. He recently left Portland, Oregon to work on new projects in Washington, DC and New York.