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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


Jim Juliano

Editor

Hometown: San Jose, California
College: San Jose State University and University of Vermont
Day Job: At Home Parent/Substitute teacher
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to describe you: Kind
Favorite Cuisine: Italian
Favorite Restaurant: Nuestra Cocina in Portland, OR.
Favorite Podcast: Strong Songs by Kirk Hamilton, Portland, OR.
Favorite T.V. Show: The Wire

Arista Zhu

Content Creator
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

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

savory wine experts

Kassandra Briggs


Hometown: Southern California
Education: Cal Poly Pomona, Hospitability Management (2012)
Wine-specific certifications: Court of Masters, Level 1
Current job: General Manager at Restaurants Current wine obsession: Weird wines people don’t want to try – give me the odd blend you have never heard of, I want it!
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Tanis Farlow

Hometown: Portland, OR
Education: Linfield College, B.S. in Physical Education (2019)
Wine-specific certifications: Napa Valley Wine Academy WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Level 2
Current job: Client Relations and Project Manager at Winery
Current wine obsession: The Corvain! Being the only wine-drinker in my house, I want to savor the special bottles I have collected. When I am not sharing a bottle with friends or family, I like to break out my Corvain to enjoy my favorite wines and help preserve them for a longer period.
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Fi Gratteau


Hometown: Sunnyslope Region, ID
Education: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2001); Oregon State University, B.S. in Viticulture and Enology, Minor in Chemistry (Present)
Wine-specific certifications: Currently certifying with the Court of Master Sommeliers
Previous job: Bartender and Bar Manager at various French fine dining restaurants in Vail, CO and Sun Valley, ID
Current wine obsession: My favorite wine gadget is the handheld decanter from Traveling Vineyards. I love that it is small enough to easily fit inside your purse. The design is quite clever and trendy as well. Oh, and I will never say no to a bottle of sparkling rosé.
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Tracy Onufer

Hometown: Lansing, MI
Education: University of Michigan, B.S. in Chemical Engineering (1995); Troy University, M.S. in Management (2006); Naval Postgraduate School, M.S. in Defense Analysis (2009); Oregon State University, B.S. in Food Science and Technology (Present)
Wine-specific certifications: WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) Level 1 + Level 2
Previous job: U.S. Air Force Colonel (retired after 25 years of service)
Current wine obsession:I am currently obsessed with everything wine, hence my return to the world of undergraduate education with students who could literally be my children. However, I am especially enamored with the idea of being a part of the process of creating wine!
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savory writers

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
portland,or

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

Loretta Berry


Hometown: Mooresville, NC
College: West Hills College Lemoore, CA
Day job: Freelance Travel Writer
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Conscientious
Favorite cuisine: Asian
Favorite book: The Walk (by Richard Paul Evans)
Favorite movie: The King and I (1956)
charlotte

Christen Bevis


Hometown: Houston, TX
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

Kathy Condon

Hometown: Palm Springs, California
College: University of the Virgin Islands
Day Job: Journalist and Travel Writer
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to Describe you: Curious
Favorite Cuisine: French
Favorite Restaurant: Spencer’s
Favorite Book: Song of the Lark
Favorite Movie: Dead Poets Society
Palm Springs

Jeanine
Consoli

Hometown: Fort Lee, New Jersey
College: Montclair State University
Day job: Freelance Writer
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Thoughtful
Favorite cuisine: Thai
Favorite restaurant: The Drunken Poet
Favorite book: Memoirs of a Geisha
Favorite movie: Pride & Prejudice
Tampa

Julie
Diebolt Price

Hometown: Owosso, MI
College: Orange Coast College, University of LaVerne
Day job: Photographer, teacher, travel writer
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Curious
Favorite cuisine: Italian
Favorite restaurant: Il Ritrovo, Positano
Favorite book: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Favorite movie: Murphy’s Romance
Phoenix

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

Anu Hara

Hometown: Vancouver, BC, Canada
College: Thompson Rivers University
Day job: Project Manager
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to describe you: Adventurous
Favorite cuisine: Indian
Favorite restaurant: Miku
Favorite podcast: This American Life
Favorite tv show: Breaking Bad
Vancouver, BC

Kirsten
Harrington

Hometown: Winter Garden, Florida
College: Pomona College
Day Job: Food & Travel Writer
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Adventurous
Favorite cuisine: Asian
Favorite restaurant: Mr. Js Hand-Pulled Noodles
Favorite book: Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle Favorite TV show : HGTVs House Hunters International
Orlando

Tonya
Hennessey

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
College: University of Wisconsin-Madison & Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Day job: Independent Consultant – Nonprofit Fundraising | Website Content Audits & Strategy
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Persistent
Favorite cuisine: Chinese
Favorite restaurant: The Dead Fish
Favorite book: PJ Tracy’s Detective
Favorite movie: Pulp Fiction
San francisco

Betsi Hill

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
College: Ferrum College
Day job: Freelance writer
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Vivacious
Favorite cuisine: Seafood
Favorite restaurant: Urban Asado
Favorite podcast: That Florida Podcast
Favorite movie: Nights in Rodanthe
St. Augustine

Sacha Ivanov

Hometown: Boston, MA
College: Boston University
Day job: Digital Content Creator
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Creative
Favorite cuisine: Japanese
Favorite restaurant: Yume Ga Arukara
Favorite book: One of Us Is Lying
Favorite tv show: Breaking Bad
Boston

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

Sydney Louie

Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Day job: Student
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Motivated
Favorite cuisine: Japanese
Favorite restaurant: Café Flora
Favorite book: Paper Palace
Favorite tv show: Friends
Seattle

Lauren Mack

Hometown: Miami, FL
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

Mandi Mikasa

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
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

Robin
O'Neal Smith

Hometown: Saxton, PA
College: Shippensburg University
Day job: Freelance Writer
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to describe you: Persistent
Favorite cuisine: American
Favorite restaurant: Brazen
Favorite book : The ONE Thing
Favorite movie: Harry Potter Movies
pittsburgh

Cathy
O'Sullivan

Hometown: Miami, FL
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

Marni Patterson

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
College: Syracuse University
Day job: Freelance Writer
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to describe you: Curious
Favorite cuisine: Italian
Favorite restaurant: Tutti Santi
Favorite book: The Diamond Eye
Favorite tv show or movie: Schindler’s List
Phoenix

Heather
Raulerson

Hometown: Hereford, Arizona
College: Michigan Technological University
Day Job: Freelance Travel Writer & Photographer
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to Describe you: Energetic
Favorite Cuisine: Italian
Favorite Restaurant: Mongolian BBQ
Favorite Book or Podcast: Outlander
Favorite Movie: Some Kind of Wonderful
TUCSON

June
Russell-Chamberlin

Hometown: Hillsboro, OR
College: University of Oregon
Day job: Travel Writer
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to describe you: Adventurous
Favorite cuisine: Thai
Favorite restaurant: Cafe Soriah, Eugene, OR
Favorite book: Pass the Butterworms
Favorite TV Show: Ted Lasso
Portland

Janice
Sakata-Schultze

Hometown: Golden, Colorado
College: Pomona College
Day job: Travel Advisor with Cruise Planners
Sweet or Savory: (I‘m both)
Word to describe you: Adventurous
Favorite food: Mexican
Favorite restaurant: Tin Plate Pizza, Breckenridge
Favorite book: Farewell to Manzanar
Favorite podcast: Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me
Favorite movie: Chinatown
Denver

Luke San

Hometown: Libertyville, IL
College: Georgia Institute of Technology
Day job: Technical Program Manager
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to describe you: Hungry
Favorite cuisine: Chinese
Favorite restaurant: Waffle House
Favorite book: Exhalation: Stories
Favorite movie: Hot Rod
Chicago

Theresa
St. John

Hometown: Franklin, MA
College: Assabet Valley
Day job: Travel Writer
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Curious
Favorite cuisine: Thai
Favorite restaurant: Phila Fusion
Favorite book: Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
Favorite movie: Forrest Gump
New York

Craig Stoltz

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
College: Kent State University
Day job: Digital Strategist
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Enthusiastic
Favorite cuisine: Farm-to-table
Favorite restaurant: Joy by Seven Reasons
Favorite podcast: Gastropod
Favorite TV show : Better Call Saul
washington D.C

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

Michael
Upton

Hometown: Lancaster County, PA
College: University of Maine at Farmington
Day job: Freelance Writer
Savory or Sweet: Sweet
Word to describe you: Seeker
Favorite cuisine: Nouvelle
Favorite restaurant: Kol (Iceland)
Favorite book: Hope Against Hope: A Memoir by Nadezhda Mandelstam
Favorite movie: Apocalypse Now
Philadelphia

Lana
Van Cleave

Hometown: Ponca City, OK
College: Oklahoma State University
Day Job: Yay! Retired CPA!!
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Traveler
Favorite cuisine: Italian
Favorite Restaurant: Ristorante il Refettorio
Favorite Book: Beneath a Scarlet Sky
Favorite Movie: Under the Tuscan Sun
oklahoma city

Troy Villar

Hometown: Miami Beach, FL
College: Florida International University
Day job: Social Media Marketing
Savory or Sweet: Savory
Word to describe you: Funny
Favorite Cuisine: Mexican and Greek
Favorite Restaurant: Huahua's Taqueria
Favorite podcast: Crime
Favorite movie: Interstellar
Miami

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

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