savory team


Michael Adams

Managing Director

Hometown: Gig Harbor, WA
College: Orange Coast College
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to Describe You: Loyal
Favorite Cuisine: Mexican
Favorite Restaurant: Dick's Drive In (Washington)
Favorite Book: Grapes of Wrath
Favorite Movie: Field of Dreams



Emma Adams

Managing Editor

Hometown: Portland, OR
College: Portland State University
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to Describe You: Kind
Favorite Cuisine: Thai
Favorite Restaurant:
Farmhouse Thai Kitchen (Portland, OR)
Favorite Podcast: Crime Junkie
Favorite Movie: Booksmart



Will Hahne

Digital Marketing Specialist


HOMETOWN: New Orleans, LA
COLLEGE: Lewis & Clark College
SAVORY OR SWEET: Sweet
WORD TO DESCRIBE YOU: Amicable
FAVORITE CUISINE: Vietnamese generally, Bahn Mi specifically!!
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Tartine
FAVORITE BOOK: Dune by Frank Herbert
FAVORITE MOVIE: Baby Driver


Maggie
Wierzbowski

Editor

Hometown: Quincy, MA
College: Emerson College
Day Job: Head Usher
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to Describe Me: Hopeful
Favorite Cuisine: Spanish and Chinese
Favorite Restaurant: Tasca
Favorite Book: Frankenstein
Favorite TV Show: The X-Files



Cole Petters

Content Creator

Hometown: Saratoga, CA
College: Lewis & Clark College
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to Describe You: Social
Favorite Cuisine: Italian
Favorite Restaurant: El Sancho (Bend, OR)
Favorite Podcast: SmartLess
Favorite TV Show: The Office



Elizabeth Aikens

Web Designer

Hometown: West Chiltington, UK
College: Everest
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to Describe You: reliable
Favorite Cuisine: Indian
Favorite Restaurant: Canteen (portland)
Favorite book: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Favorite Movie: Interstellar

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Timber

head of puplick relations

Hometown: Damascus, OR
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Sweet
Favorite cuisine: Apples
Favorite restaurant: Fills Coffee
Favorite book:
And On the 8th Day
God Created Golden Retrievers
Favorite movie: Air Bud

Willow

furnancial advisor

Hometown: Ontario, OR
Savory or Sweet: No preference
Word to describe you: Hyper
Favorite cuisine:
Anything I can get my paws on!
Favorite restaurant: Mudbay
Favorite podcast: No Bad Dogs
Favorite movie: Best In Show

Piper

Barketing Manager

Hometown: Fresno, CA
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to describe you: Introvert
Favorite cuisine: Whipped cream
Favorite restaurant:
Anywhere pup cups are served
Favorite book: Skippy Jon Jones
Favorite movie: Beverly Hills Chihuahua

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Ashley
Albritton


Hometown: Deerfield, IL
College: Bradley University
Day Job: 4th-grade teacher
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Favorite Cuisine: Japanese
Favorite restaurant: Kai Zan (Chicago, IL)
Favorite podcast: Up and Vanished
Favorite tv show: Schitts Creek
chicago

Larissa Banitt


HOMETOWN: Portland, OR
COLLEGE: St. Olaf College
SAVORY OR SWEET: Savory
WORD TO DESCRIBE YOU: Creative
FAVORITE CUISINE: Mexican
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Casa del Matador
FAVORITE BOOK: Kings Rising
FAVORITE MOVIE: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
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Clarice Beasley


Hometown: Portland, OR
College: University of Oregon
Day Job: Sales Consultant
Savory or Sweet: Both!
Word to Describe You: Passionate
Favorite Cuisine: Thai
Favorite Restaurant: Sushi San (Chicago, IL)
Favorite Podcast: SmartLess
Favorite TV Show: Arrested Development
chicago

Christen Bevis


Hometown: Houston
College: The New School
Day job: Content Writer
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Considerate
Favorite cuisine: Japanese
Favorite restaurant: Oh! Taisho
Favorite book: Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Favorite tv show: Schitt’s Creek
Houston

Shelby Burns

Hometown: Winter Garden, FL
College: University of Florida
Day job: Digital Marketing at a Nonprofit
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to describe you: Positive
Favorite cuisine: Mexican
Favorite restaurant: The Dabney
Favorite book: Where the Crawdads Sing
Favorite tv show: The Office

washington dc

Michael Cannon

Hometown: Houston, TX.
College: University of Houston
Day Job: Restaurant Server
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word To Describe Me: Passionate
Favorite Cuisine: Indian and Italian
Favorite Restaurant: Pappas Bros Steakhouse
Favorite Book: Julius Caesar
Favorite TV Show: Married With Children.
Houston

JR Denson

Hometown: Washington, DC
College: University of Florida
Day job: Health Policy Advisor
(and part-time EMT)
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to describe you: Random
Favorite cuisine: Anything with rice
Favorite restaurant:
It's impossible to pick just one
Favorite podcast: Revisionist History
Favorite movie: Clue
washington dc

Beth Erickson



Hometown: Portland, OR
College: Portland Community College
Day Job: Oregon Employment Department Business and Employment Specialist
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Passionate
Favorite cuisine: Pastries
Favorite restaurant: Toki
Favorite book: Atomic Habits
Favorite movie: Pride and Prejudice
portland, or

Dajha Judge


Hometown: Hempstead, NY
College: St. John's University & LIU- Post
Day job: Jewelry Manufacturer Account Exec.
Savory or Sweet: Savory with a hint of sweet!
Word to describe you: Real
Favorite cuisine: Seafood & Soul Food
Favorite restaurant: Mastro's Steakhouse
Favorite book: The Family Fang
Favorite tv show: Supernatural
New York

Jessica Kim


Hometown: Fullerton, CA
College: UC Davis
Day job: UI/UX designer
Savory or sweet: Both!
Word to describe you: Creative
Favorite cuisine: Korean
Favorite restaurant: Yoko
Favorite podcast: Crime Junkie
Favorite tv show: You
san francisco

Joshua Kurnia


Hometown: Jakarta, Indonesia
College: Iowa State University
Day job: Design Program Manager @ Qualia
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Spicy
Favorite cuisine: Italian & Thai
Favorite restaurant: Jitlada, Los Angeles
Favorite book : Humans of New York
Favorite movie: The Joy Luck Club
San francisco

Lauren Mack

Hometown: Miami, Florida
College: Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Day job: freelance journalist
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to describe you: wanderlusting
Favorite cuisine: Taiwanese
Favorite restaurant: Eleven Madison Park (NYC)
Favorite book: A Light in the Attic
Favorite tv show: Seinfeld
New york

Mellissa
Meisels

Hometown: Portland, OR
College: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Day job: Ph.D student
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Focused
Favorite cuisine: Italian
Favorite restaurant: Forma (LA
) Favorite book: The Bell Jar
Favorite tv show: Veep
nashville

Matthew
Mello

Hometown: Long Beach, CA
College: UC Irvine ('15) and UCLA ('21)
Day job: Land Use Planning Consultant
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to describe you: Conscientious
Favorite cuisine: Cajun/Creole
Favorite restaurant: The Attic On Broadway
Favorite podcast: This American Life
Favorite tv show: Seinfeld
Los Angeles

Kathleen
Messmer


Hometown: Tacoma, WA
College: San Francisco State (B.A.)
& Academy of Art University (MFA)
Day Job: Journalist, Photographer
Savory or Sweet: Both
Word to describe you: Honest
Favorite cuisine: German
Favorite restaurant: Antiquity
Favorite book: 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life
Favorite movie: Love Actually
Santa Fe

Mandi Mikasa


Hometown: Los Angeles
College: University of Southern California (USC)
Day job: Food blogging
Savory or sweet: Savory
Word to describe me: Adventurous
Favorite cuisine: Japanese
Favorite restaurant: Benihana
Favorite book: The Nancy Drew series
Favorite tv show: Gossip Girl
los angeles


Melanie
Ochoa

Hometown: Miami, FL
College: Florida International University
Day job: Senior Communications and Marketing Coordinator at the Humane Society of Greater Miami
Savory or Sweet: Half and half. Always.
Word to describe you: Indecisive
Favorite cuisine: American
Favorite restaurant: Etch in Nashville, TN
Favorite book: Count of Monte Cristo
Favorite tv show: Law and Order: Organized Crime
miami

Cathy
O'Sullivan


Hometown: Miami, Florida
College: University of Florida
Day Job: Happily Retired
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to describe you: Wayfarer
Favorite cuisine: Mediterranean
Favorite restaurant: I can’t commit to just one
Favorite Movie: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Favorite TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy
miami

Julia Park


Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
College: University of California, Davis
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to describe you: Kind-hearted
Favorite cuisine: Italian
Favorite restaurant: Sotto Mare
Favorite book: “The Great Gatsby”
Favorite tv show: Friends
san francisco

Sarah
Plasencia

Hometown: Miami
College: Miami Dade College
Day Job: Property investor
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Vivacious
Favorite Cuisine: Thai
Favorite Restaurant: The River Cafe in Brooklyn, New York
Favorite Book: A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
Favorite Movie: Schindler's List
miami

Claire Primack


Hometown: Portland, OR
College: SCAD
Day Job: Graphic Designer
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Expressive
Favorite cuisine: Mediterranean
Favorite restaurant: Cafe Mogador
Favorite podcast: Armchair Expert
Favorite movie: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
new york

Katerina
Slesarevich

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
College: Stevens Institute of Technology
Day job: Civil Engineer
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Adventurous
Favorite cuisine: Korean
Favorite restaurant: Hangawi
Favorite book: Priory of the Orange Tree
Favorite movie: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
new york

Amber Song

Hometown: Dalian, China
College: Rice University
Day Job: Medical student
Savory or sweet: SAVORY
WORD TO DESCRIBE YOU: ADVENTUROUS
FAVORITE CUISINE: CHINESE
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: KATA ROBATA
FAVORITE BOOK: HOLES
FAVORITE PODCAST: UNLOCKING US
FAVORITE TV SHOW: GREY'S ANATOMY
FAVORITE MOVIE: FINDING NEMO
Houston

Katie Sy

Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
College: UCLA (Go Bruins!)
Day job: MFT graduate student
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Motivated
Favorite cuisine: Japanese
Favorite restaurant: Tsujita LA Artisan Noodles
Favorite book: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
Favorite tv show: New Girl
Los Angeles

Sheena Tait


Hometown: Nashville, TN
College: Middle TN State University
Day Job: Business Professional
Savory or Sweet: Savory
One Word to Describe You: Intuitive
Favorite Cuisine: Mexican, Indian, Thai
Favorite Restaurant: Superica, The Continental
Favorite Book: Mexican Gothic
Favorite TV Show: Arrested Development
nashville

Mira Temkin


Hometown: Munster, Indiana
College: Michigan State University
Day job: Travel writer/theatre reviewer
Savory or Sweet: SWEET!
Word to describe you: Fun
Favorite cuisine: All-American, followed by Chinese Food
Favorite restaurant: Wildfire
Favorite book: The World According to Garp
Favorite tv show: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
chicago

Sophia
Tulchinsky


Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
College: TBD
Day Job: Student
Savory or Sweet: SWEET all the way !!
Word to describe you: Creative
Favorite Cuisine: French
Favorite Restaurant: Pani Aventura
Favorite Podcast: Even the Rich
Favorite Movie : Black Swan
New York

Kristine Wong

Hometown: Irvine, CA
College: UC San Diego
Day job: Dietetic Student
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Joyful
Favorite Cuisine: Taiwanese
Favorite Restaurant: Joy on York in LA
Favorite book: Intuitive Eating
Favorite movie: Encanto
San Diego

Alyssa
Yaguda


Hometown: Kings Park, NY
College: Adelphi University
Day job: Travel Consultant
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Loyal
Favorite cuisine: Seafood
Favorite restaurant: Old Ebbitt
Favorite book: The Great Gatsby
Favorite movie: Jaws

washington dc

Arista Zhu


Hometown: Fremont, CA
College: TBD
Day job: Marketing Intern
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Creative
Favorite cuisine: Spanish
Favorite restaurant: Republique
Favorite podcast: Sunstorm
Favorite tv show: Top Boy


san francisco

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