Shannon is the Managing Editor of Wide Open Eats. She's from Maryland, but made her way to Texas by way of Colorado, so she puts both Old Bay and chili verde on her breakfast tacos. She's worked in seafood restaurants and bakeries, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing. She still can't manage to not splatter tomato juice on herself when dumping a can of San Marzano peeled tomatoes into her skillet, but is never far from a glass of cava.
Jessica Devenyns is a copywriter and editor based in Austin, Texas. As an English literature graduate, she has been working in the freelance industry since 2014 as a content creator and editor for publications like EASTside, Published, Reyn Spooner, and My Trending Stories. As a writer, Jessica is driven by words. She has wandered from one side of the world to another learning how words define interactions and drive communication. In her native language, Jessica particularly enjoys writing about food, travel, languages, and fitness. Outside of work you can find her concocting experiments in the kitchen and playing with her cats.
Zak Hansen considers himself a writer. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and raised in the Borderlands of Southern New Mexico. He cares about art, live music, film and food. He currently resides in historic east Austin, Texas, with a little black pug named Mortimer.
Carissa Stanz was born and raised in the suburbs of the Bay Area. She is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Television, Film, and New Media. An avid traveler, her passion for writing, photography, and good beer lead her to set out on an expedition across the USA. Inspired by culture and an appreciation of food, she works as a freelance writer traveling the country. She writes about good eats, healthy living, and off-the-beaten-path discoveries.
Taylor Kamnetz is an avid giggler, writer and photographer from Austin, Texas with a knack for disrupting the status quo. Amongst her various colorful qualities, she considers herself a conscious foodie; someone who recognizes and appreciates exotic flavors and textures, yet strives to incorporate the powerful flavors from good food into food that’s good for you. Living in Austin has allowed Taylor to experience a plethora of contrasting dining experiences—from the decadent to the excessively health-conscious, and everything in between. Falling in love with food, nutrition and its effects on the human body and mind has completely changed Taylor’s life, and she can’t wait to take you on a journey to change yours. When she’s not writing or entertaining her life away, you can find her in a dimly lit coffee shop blasting Jon Bellion through her headphones while hunching over her MacBook compulsively and repetitively falling into the black hole that is YouTube.
Christian Kogler grew up in Pennsylvania and was named after a British boy who believed himself to be a dog. His undergraduate career began at Bucknell University and ended at the University of Denver where he studied creative writing and philosophy. While there, Christian often found himself waxing poetic in the mountains and chatting with the local canine population. Christian then moved from Denver to New York to attend the Columbia Publishing Course, Columbia University’s graduate program for all things publishing. After completing the course, he was hired by Lehigh Valley Style, a regional lifestyle magazine, as a contributing editor. Most recently, Christian served as the healthy eating editor for The Daily Meal, an online publication that covers all things food and drink. Like his British eponym, Christian too loves dogs.
Fabiana Santana has been covering the world of food for over a decade. She has eaten her way through thousands of cookbooks, countless restaurant menus, endless Sunday dinner pasta bowls and more Instagram DIY-dessert videos than she cares to mention. She is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and a traditional college her mother approves of. She is also getting her Certification in Wine and Spirits from the WSET, so drinking with her, while delicious, might be boring. She can do some serious damage with a Santoku knife but regularly gets her butt kicked by her three toddlers.
Ashley McElmurry is a Houston native who has found herself in the heart of Austin, Texas. With a degree in Communication and English from Texas A&M University, there was no other perfect choice other than to pursue the creative career path of writing. You can find her writing funny anecdotes on her blog or writing about music and culture for MUD Magazine. When she isn't doing that, she is most likely spending too much time forcing her cats to snuggle, finding ways to eat Ramen for every meal and attending any venue that offers up live music and a good time.
J. Marie Martin is a native Texan who enjoys writing, traveling, and photography. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from Texas State University. She is most comfortable out of her element, whether it’s trying new foods or new experiences. When she’s not planning her next big trip she can be found enjoying a glass of wine on her porch, playing with her dog and two cats, or watching horror movies with the lights off. Her favorite foods are Asian and authentic Mexican. She also writes for Because I Got Wine. Click the house below to learn more about her, follow her on social media, and read all of her articles.
Jessie Washington is a young chef from Houston, TX by way of Baltimore, MD. Jessie graduated from Texas Tech University in 2012 with a degree in marketing. Since his graduation he has spent time in marketing, sales, and analytics before following his dream of becoming a chef. Since 2014 Jessie has worked toward his goal by engulfing his self in the culture. Last year Jessie started a blog centering around brunch, rightfully named, Brunchaholics. The blog has picked up while he goes to the best brunches he can find and writes reviews based on his experiences. The blog has even spurred a catering company that specializes in brunch items but can do it all nonetheless Jessie has a passion for food and plans to eventually open a food truck that will one day turn into a restaurant. Follow him on his journey and you will not be disappointed.
Heather Newman's first published work was a short book exploring the cultural impact of food through the lens of a potluck dinner. The schoolhouse press published it when she was six, and the only copy was subsequently eaten by a dog. But she wasn’t done writing about food. She grew up and went on to start a food blog in 2004 that celebrated cooking and eating in and around New York City She turned her love of food into a career writing about it and went on to write for companies looking to change how we think and write about cooking. She is an avid home cook, and goes through long periods of vegetarianism. Heather often cooks dinner with her children and enjoys watching their passion for the kitchen grow. When she’s not writing or cooking, Heather can be found hiking barefoot through the mountains and enjoying life. Her kids are usually at her side, most often asking “are we there yet?” and “where is the ice cream you promised?” She shares her adventures at http://thebarefoothiker.com, and has never met a taco she didn’t like.
Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef and a food writer. After graduating from Cascade Culinary school, Lindsay became the Executive Chef at Jackson's Corner in Bend, OR, where she remained from 2013 to 2016. She has a genuine passion for food and sustainable food practices. She recently found the farmer in herself and has been enjoying the trials and errors of small plot farming in Durango, CO. She is currently writing a cookbook that aims to teach home cooks how to write without a recipe, tentatively titled "The Art of Bricolage: Cultivating Confidence and Creativity in the Kitchen." Check out her food blog, Zest and Tang, at http://www.zestandtang.com
A lover, fighter, and content writer, Maria Cristina Lalonde blogs by day and trains to be a championship female kickboxer by night. You can find her work on sites like Groupon, Offers.com, and AskMen, and her mother’s fridge.