Editors

    Lyndsay Cordell

    Lyndsay is the Managing Editor here at Wide Open Eats. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and their 5 chickens, 2 dogs & 1 cat. When not writing you can find her in the garden or hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Allison Johnson

    Allison Johnson grew up in East Texas. After graduating from Texas State University with a degree in electronic media, she decided to pursue a career in media as a Commerce Writer for Wide Open Media. When she is not typing away at her desk, you can find her at a rock concert singing and dancing away, scrolling through meme pages on Instagram, or at home watching the latest Tarantino movie for the hundredth time.

Contributors

    Sarah Ramsey

    Sarah Ramsey holds a master’s in Science, Technology and Public Policy, and spent 17 years working for space-focused organizations like NASA. She wishes she could write space-based, because if she could live anywhere else, Mars would be it. She has written for senior government officials, scientists, and engineers, translating technobabble into English, and creating content and messaging for the best government agency on the planet. She decided to escape the cubicle lifestyle and pursue the other 30 or so things she’s interested in, including writing about policy and food and cool small food and beverage businesses around the country.

    Lydia Greene

    Lydia Greene, a Midwest native, received her B.A. in Anthropology, Psychology and Spanish. After spending a few years in Social Work, she decided to combine her love of writing with her love of food and become a food writer. Lydia comes from a long tradition of cooking and baking, and you can find her on any given day baking a fruit tart or a chocolate pecan pie with her cat. She also loves traveling the globe and embraces any opportunity to practice Spanish and have new experiences. Along with traveling and Spanish, Lydia is passionate about backpacking, scuba diving and salsa dancing.

    Josie Rhodes Cook

    Josie Rhodes Cook is a writer and activist based in Brooklyn, NY. She's a proud graduate of the SUNY system and has worked as a professional writer for over 10 years. She enjoys collecting pinback buttons, listening to the 15,000+ songs on her old school iPod, and taking cute photos of her cat, Thumper, for Instagram. She is not the leader of a girl group called the Pussycats. (Yet!)

    Carissa Stanz

    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.

    Cara Geertsema

    Cara is a food writer who lives in New Jersey with her husband and Rhodesian Ridgeback, Abner. She graduated from The Culinary Institute of America with her degree in baking & pastry and has become the go-to cake baker and decorator for her friends and family. When she’s not in the kitchen, she can be found hiking, spending time with her family, or watching cheesy thriller movies.

    Erica Landis

    Erica began writing in 2nd grade with a tear-jerking essay about a No. 2 pencil. Years later, she went on to write herself and her friends into a 1980's General Hospital storyline. The notebook pages were passed around the lunch table like wildfire. When not writing, Erica enjoys holding chickens and has the pictures to prove it.

    Lindsay Mattison

    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

    Shannon Ratliff

    Shannon is the Director of Editorial and Growth at Wide Open Media Group. 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.

    Sarah Abrams

    Sarah Abrams is a writer living in Austin, Texas with her husband, 1-year old daughter and cat. She’s loved cooking and trying local restaurants for as long as she can remember. She only got a Twitter account to stalk the burgeoning food truck scene in Los Angeles. She has every Ina Garten cookbook and is slowly working her way through those the recipes. When she isn’t cooking or eating, she loves hiking around the city and being with her family.

    Brandon Rich

    Brandon Rich is a writer who loves cooking food, digging in the garden, watching movies, or reading a thoughtful book. Originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Brandon is now a digital nomad traveling throughout the US.

    Rachel Pasche

    Rachel is originally from northern Michigan but moved out west in search of mountains and warmer weather. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and a degree in Publishing from the University of Denver. Since she has recently moved out west and as of yet has no friends, most of her free time is dedicated to hiking with her two dogs (Lilo and Maui) and reading fantasy novels.

    Kira DeMund

    Hi there! Kira is a writer who loves to cover a wide range of topics, from current event news to items you need in your kitchen. She is a native-born Floridian who loves the beach and can't wait to call the coastline her home. She has two sweet cats that keep her on her toes when she's not busy spoiling them.