Heidi Baumstark is a freelance reporter who writes history-related articles for areas in western Prince William County, Loudoun, Fauquier, Clarke and surrounding counties. When she’s not busy writing, one of her favorite past times is exploring the beauty of the Virginia piedmont, and stumbling upon charming small towns. She hopes others will also be inspired to get out there and explore the Old Dominion’s rural routes
“Philip Carter Winery,” Early Spring 2012
Bedarf , Anne T.
Anne T. Bedarf lives and gardens in Albemarle County, where she and her husband are currently experimenting with a four-person CSA on their land near Monticello. This summer they will be volunteering at three music festivals, advising organizers on waste reduction, recycling, composting, and sustainability awareness.
“A Novel Approach to Saving the Family Farm,” Aug./Nov. 2009
“Flavor Cafe: Fossett’s at Keswick Hall,” Spring 2012
Jane Black is a food writer who covers food politics, trends and sustainability. She is also at work on her first book about one town in West Virginia’s effort to change the way it eats.
“A Tale of Two Species,” Late Summer 2011
Marian Burros was on staff at The New York Times for 27 years and still writes for them. She has lived in the Washington area since 1959 and remembers when there were no farmers markets. At one time or other, she worked for The Washington Post and the late lamented Washington Star and Washington Daily News. She was also a consumer reporter for D.C.’s WRC-TV. The author of 13 cookbooks, she has been writing about small farms and the pleasures of local food since the 1980s.
“Artisans & Entrepreneurs: Cheese Greater,” Jun./Jul. 2010
“First-Annual Holiday Gift Guide,” Nov./Dec. 2010
“Carole Morison Discusses Life After “Food, Inc.,” Late Summer 2011
“Holiday Gift Guide 2011,” Fall 2011
“Neighborhood Restaurant Group,” Winter 2011
“Flavor Cafe: Ris,” Early Spring 2012
“Their House,” Spring 2012
Dyan Carlson is a professionally trained chef, part-time freelance writer, and full-time innkeeper living near Charlottesville. Discovering new restaurants, supporting local farms, and participating in the Slow Food movement are just a few of her passions.
“Flavor Cafe: Palladio,” Nov./Dec. 2010
Dancisin, Mary Ann
“Imbibe: DC Bread and Brew,” Jun/Jul 2011
Laura Greenleaf is a Virginia Master Naturalist and freelance writer. She lives in Richmond’s Bellevue neighborhood with her husband and young son.
“Flavor Cafe: Comfort,” Jun/Jul 2011
John Haddad is obsessed with food: growing it, cooking it, eating it, and writing about it. Marketing guy by day and writer and photographer by night, he is also the Vice Chair of Slow Food RVA and Chair of Know Your Veggies. Find him at www.epicuriousity.net @Epicuriousity on Twitter.
“Flavor Cafe:The Empress,” Winter 2011
Kristen Hartke writes about food, health, education and the arts, both locally and nationally. Her musings about food and family are featured in her blog Cooking on the Fly and she is currently having way too much fun researching her upcoming blog, Good Booze.
“From Gotham to Green Acres: Farmstay Vacations,” Late Summer 2011
“Flavor Cafe: Grandale Farm Restaurant,” Fall 2011
“Natural Skincare: From the plate to your face,” Winter 2011
Kate Haus Photography is a destination Photography service based out of Washington D.C. started by Katharine Hauschka in 2005. Kate specializes in weddings, portraiture, events, nature and travel photography. She also works with photography in food, sports, modeling, fashion, architecture, archiving, retouching and multimedia slideshows. Kate is a graduate of Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging and her work is published and on display in various parts of the country. www.KateHausPhotograpy.com / www.KateHausBlog.com / k(at)katehaus.com
“Capital Charcuterie: Locally Grown & Ground,” Jan./Feb. 2011
Pamela Hess is a writer who works on Capitol Hill. She was the Associated Press’s intelligence and national security correspondent from 2007 to 2010, covering the CIA, intelligence, torture, espionage, and foreign and military policy. Prior to joining AP, she was United Press International’s Pentagon correspondent and a war correspondent.
“Flavor Cafe: Restaurant 3,” Jan./Feb. 2011
“On Location: Virginia Beach,” Late Summer 2011
“On Location: Berkeley Springs, WV,” Winter 2011
“Meet the Future of Farming,” Winter 2011
Sam Hiersteiner lives in Washington, D.C., where he consults for non-profits by day and writes the Sam’s Good Meats column at www.hypervocal.com by night. He is from Kansas City and would always rather be eating KC barbecue.
“Some Pig,” Early Spring 2012
Pat Jarrett is a photographer based in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and is a staff photographer at the News Leader in Staunton. Jarrett subscribes to the Low and Slow philosophy of cooking meat and is working on a collection of photos about meat and the American relationship with meat. His work has also been published by National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The Christian Science Monitor, and he has been seen on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is the president and founder of the Beard and Moustache Society of the Blue Ridge. Portfolio: www.patjarrett.comBlog: www.patjarrett.blogspot.com Flickr: www.flickr.com/patjarrett/
“Chateau Morrisette: From Family Hobby to Desitnation Winery,” Nov./Dec. 2010
Georgia Landman was born and raised in Europe and moved to Virginia in 2001. She recently graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design and is a full time fine art photographer, with a special interest in human importance. You can view her website at www.georgialandman.com.
Jim Law is the owner and winegrower of Linden Vineyards in Linden Virginia. Jim’s passion for wine started at the family dinner table in the 1960′s, and then intensified while studying in Europe in the 1970′s. The marriage of wine and farming began inauspiciously in the Congo during a two year service as an agricultural Peace Corps Volunteer. Once back in the States, Jim earned and learned his way through the wine and grape business as a tractor jockey and cellar rat, eventually settling in Virginia in 1981. The unlimited potential of great mountain sites convinced Jim that he had found viticultural nirvana. In 1983 with his family’s help he purchased an overgrown mountain farm appropriately named Hardscrabble. After many years of begging, borrowing but not stealing, a vineyard was established and winery built in time for the 1987 harvest. Jim’s typical day is about the same as it was 30 years ago, except he now pulls the corks on much better wines which gives him great satisfaction.
“Growing Wines: Chardonnay,” Jun./Jul. 2010
Zora Margolis has lived in Washington, D.C., since 1996. She is a frequent contributor to Flavor and co-hosts the farmers market forum on www.donrockwell.com, D.C.’s popular food lovers’ discussion site.
“Capital Charcuterie: Locally Grown & Ground,” Jan/Feb 2011
“Taming the Wild Yeast,” Jun/Jul 2011
“The Edible Treasure Hunt,” Spring 2012
Jody Broadwater Macfarlan is a freelance journalist in Charlottesville, Va. A lover of all thing foodie, she has a particular affinity for shrimp and grits.
“In Vino Veritas,” Spring 2012
Laura Merricks lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. She tries to capture the beauty of the area’s people, places, events, and food in photographs. She is a freelance photographer specializing in commercial and family photography, and can be reached at lauramerricks (at) yahoo.com.
“Catching the Bus,” June/July 2010
“As American as Apple Cider,” Nov./Dec. 2010
“Flavor Cafe: Palladio,” Nov./Dec. 2010
Natalie Mesnard farms, cooks, and writes in Richmond. She works for Amy’s Garden, an organic farm, and Savor Café, a small restaurant that sources ingredients locally, and strives to learn as much as possible about every aspect of food.
“Something Old, Something New,” Jan./Feb. 2011
Frank Morgan works in the aerospace industry by day, and writes about wine all other times. His musings on wine are featured on this blog ‘Drink What You Like.’ Frank lives with his growing family in Chesapeake, Va.
“Look for the Virginia Label (just not quite yet),” Fall 2011
“Flavor Cafe: Bezu,” Late Summer 2011
Walter Nicholls is a former staff reporter for The Washington Post. A native Washingtonian, he has tracked down and written about the best food markets, restaurants, and farms for 21 years. He can be found at walternicholls.com.
“Making the Cut,” Oct./Nov. 2009
“Putting Their Eggs in Many Different Baskets,” Dec./Jan. 2010
“Flavor Cafe: The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm,” Feb./Mar. 2010
“Artisans & Entrepreneurs: Out of the Woods,” Apr./May 2010
“Veal’s Rosy Forecast,” Aug./Sep. 2010
“Saving the Bay One Perfect Oyster at a Time,” Nov./Dec. 2010
“Holistic Management International,” Summer 2012
Freelance writer Aimée D. O’Grady is passionate about great local food and environmental awareness. She lives with her own growing family in Warrenton, Virginia.
Amanda Page is a professional chef, wine expert and world traveler. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York and has cooked for various restaurants, including Cape Cod’s Chatham Bars Inn and DC’s Mandarin Oriental. Amanda is the former general manager, wine buyer and private instructor of Best Cellars wine stores in Virginia and DC. She currently teaches food and wine classes at Culinaerie in DC and is the retail manager of Screwtop Wine Bar in Arlington, VA.
Peterson, Molly M.
After many years in the Aspen area, Molly and her husband moved to the Virginia countryside. Together they run Mount Vernon Farm a grass-based beef, lamb and pastured pork farm. Both are excited to be a part of the local foods movement and committed to bringing healthy, nutrient-dense foods to the surrounding communities. Currently, Molly holds the Director of Photography position for Flavor. When she is not shooting for Flavor or helping on the farm, you can find her photographing lifestyle portraits from birth and beyond. She specializes in capturing the essence of the subject in an unobtrusive and honest setting. Her work can be found online at www.mJmphotography.biz or on her Facebook page as well.
“Putting Their Eggs in Many Different Baskets,” Dec. 2009/Jan. 2010
“No Whining in Winter,” Dec. 2009/Jan. 2010
“Artisans & Entrepreneurs: Out of the Woods,” April/May 2010
“Cover Feature: The Capital’s Hot Somms, The Commonwealth’s Hot Wines,” April/May 2010
“Artisans & Entrepreneurs: Cheese Greater,” June/July 2010
“Feature: Using Our Common Cents,” June/July 2010
“Cover Feature: Veal’s Rosy Forecast,” Aug./Sept. 2010
“Cover Feature: Saving the Bay One Perfect Oyster at a Time,” Nov./Dec. 2010
Bill Plante is Senior White House Correspondent for CBS News and a longtime wine aficionado and collector.
“Blind Tasting: Petit Manseng and Riesling,” Spring 2012
Gayle Price is an avid cook, eater, and food critic. When she’s not out eating, she can be found at home with her daughter, her boyfriend, a house full of pets, and a strong cocktail. You can follow her on Twitter at gayle_on_the_go, on examiner.com at www.examiner.com/dessert-in-richmond/gayle-price, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Henry Reidy is the owner of Richmond’s oldest wine shop, Strawberry Street Vineyard, located in the heart of Richmond’s Fan neighborhood. When he isn’t selecting wines to feature in his shop, Henry spends time tending “the ghetto garden” behind his wife’s butcher shop, Belmont Butchery, or watching the antics of their five Rhode Island Red Chickens, in their urban backyard.
Grace Reynolds is a Piedmont native who has been involved in the Virginia food and wine industry for two decades. She also teaches English at several local universities and community colleges.
“Artisanal & Accessible,” Aug./Nov. 2009
“Virginian Bordeaux: Boxwood Winery,” Aug./Sep. 2009
“Champagne in Translation,” Dec./Jan. 2010
French by birth, Virginian by choice, Sylvie Rowand lives in rural Rappahannock County where she grows a large kitchen garden, harvests year long, forages through the countryside, and preserves food. Through Laughing Duck Gardens & Cookery LLC, she provides cookery services for dinner parties and special occasions using local seasonal ingredients sourced from the Northern Piedmont. She also teaches kitchen gardening, cooking and canning workshops, and maintains a food and kitchen gardening blog, www.LaughingDuckGardens.com.
Internationally acclaimed conference speaker and author Joel Salatin and his family operate Polyface Farm in Augusta County near Staunton, Virginia, producing and direct marketing “salad bar” beef, “pigaerator” pork, and pastured poultry. He is now also co-owner, with Joe Cloud, of T&E Meats in Harrisonburg. Visit www.polyfacefarms.com for a list of restaurants and stores that feature Polyface products, a calendar of Joel’s speaking engagements, and information on his many books.
“Rebel with a Cause: Industrial Jargon Interpreted,” Oct./Nov. 2009
“Rebel with a Cause: Beware Those Sincere Conservation Easements,” Dec./Jan. 2010
“Rebel with a Cause: What We Can Learn from the Big Box Stores,” Feb./Mar. 2010
“Rebel with a Cause: After a Hard Winter,” Apr./May 2010
“Rebel with a Cause: Foodie Elitism,” Jun./Jul. 2010
“Rebel with a Cause: A Fresh Approach to Culinary Arts,” Aug./Sep. 2010
“Rebel with a Cause: The Chicken & the Egg,” Oct. 2010
“Rebel with a Cause: ‘Local’ and ‘Gourmet’ Does Not a Viable Restaurant Make,” Nov./Dec. 2010
“Rebel with a Cause: Local Food Can Feed the World,” Jun/Jul 2011
“Rebel with a Cause: Joel Salatin’s got a word for you: Plastics,” Late Summer 2011
“Rebel with a Cause: I Can’t Answer for all the Fringes,” Fall 2011
“Rebel with a Cause: Food Nazis,” Winter 2011
“Rebel with a Cause: The Tyrant Neighbor,” Early Spring 2012
“Rebel with a Cause: Why I Oppose Government GMO Labels,” Spring 2012
Trista Scheuerlein directs the Farm-to-Table Program in Rappahannock County Public Schools. She has been actively involved in the sustainable and organic agriculture movement for 15 years.
“Groundbreakers: Accountable Omnivores,” Summer 2008
“Keeping Virginia’s Moonshine Tradition Alive,” Jun./Jul. 2009
“Artisanal Baking,” Aug./Sep. 2009
Sarah Searle is a Virginia native and D.C. resident. A public health professional, her writing spans food culture and politics, wine, rural economy, and agriculture. She writes about the life lived around seasonal and garden-driven food at her blog The Yellow House (www.casayellow.com).
“Imbibe: Corcoran Brewing,” Winter 2011
Simon, Suzanne & Stern, Bettina
Suzanne Simon and Bettina Stern are real cooks with real kitchens. They inspire home cooking by writing and passing on recipes and tips on what to cook and how to shop. Go to Loulies.com to share their kitchens and to find more MarketCook recipes.
Jillian is a lifestyle photographer from Virginia. Her most recent work can be found at www.jillianmichelleblog.com. She left a jet-setting business career to become a freelance photographer and pursue her passion for sustainable agriculture and local food. This spring, Jillian will join her soon-to-be husband Buddy on their grass-based livestock farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia (www.powersfarm.com).
Julie Ulrich is a writer, community-based designer, and urban planner with a lifelong love of food and cooking. A transplant from Portland, Oregon, she has spent years working on a variety of local food–related projects.
“Local Food for the Whole Community,” Aug./Nov. 2009
After 15 years as the sommelier for the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Mary Watson-DeLauder was named chief sommelier for the resort’s parent company, Benchmark Hospitality International. She judges regional and international wine competitions, and her wine lists have garnered 22 Wine Spectator awards.
Adrienne Wichard-Edds is a freelance writer living in Arlington, Va with an affinity for the Charlottesville/Albemarle area.
“On Location: Charlottesville,” Fall 2011
“Flavor Cafe: Revolutionary Soup,” Fall 2011
“RdV Vineyards,” Winter 2011
“Great EGGspectations,” Early Spring 2012
“Locavore Weddings,” Summer 2012
Evan Williams is a project architect, a wine professional, and a self-avowed beer geek/avid homebrewer in Charlottesville. He is also part-owner of the Wine Guild of Charlottesville.(www.wineguildcville.com).
“Blind Tasting: Oktoberfest-Style Beers,” Oct 2010
“Grand Ambitions, Grounded Roots: Starr Hill Brewery,” Mar/Apr 2011
Pat Wingert has covered health and education issues for Newsweek magazine for more than 20 years. this fall, she starts a journalism fellowship at Columbia university.she lives in Washington with her husband and three children.
“Raw & Order,” Fall 2011