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Owner: Deborah Smith
Launched in 2007, Jersey Bites began as a home to Deborah’s growing collection of recipes, but soon grew into a hub for food news throughout the Garden State. Blogging for nine years about food in New Jersey led Deborah to her latest adventure: authoring The Jersey Shore Cookbook, Fresh Summer Flavors from the Boardwalk and Beyond (Quirk Books, 2016). In addition to her duties as Head Biter (we mean that affectionately) and author, Deborah owns Foxtrot Media, a full-service digital marketing company that specializes in content development, social media marketing and search engine optimization. [email protected]
Editor: Rachel Bozek is a writer and editor based in suburban Essex County. She loves interviewing chefs and restaurateurs—especially the ones who love New Jersey. She grew up in Bergen County, and has lost track of how much time she’s spent on LBI and in the Wildwoods. After graduating from James Madison University, Rachel spent 10 years at Nickelodeon, where she was an editor at Nickelodeon Magazine. Now she does a range of editorial and marketing work, including writing and editing for audiences of all ages, kid-friendly content, marketing research, and of course, Jersey Bites! Through it all, her search for the perfect pancake continues. You can find her at her website, rachelbozek.com.
Intern: Lessly Delcid is a rising senior at Rutgers University, majoring in Journalism and Media Studies, and minoring in Digital Communication, Information, and Media. Becoming a vegetarian at the young age of 12, she was required to get creative and to put herself—and her taste buds—out there. Since then, she has spent more than one too many dollars on acai bowls and pasta. Aside from school, she enjoys writing for the Rutgers chapter of The Odyssey Online, and is looking forward to a summer surrounded by good company and good eats.
Peter Culos is the editor of “Beer Bites,” Jersey Bites’ coverage of breweries, bars and good beer in the Garden State. A graphic designer by day, and a lifelong New Jersey resident, Peter was first introduced to the novel idea that beer could actually have flavor during several visits to the UK. He’s been riding the craft beer bus ever since. It has been called the ultimate social lubricant and Peter’s philosophy on beer is, “I’d rather split my last good beer with a friend than drink the whole thing by myself.” Besides beer he also likes history, dogs, Jeeps and painting. In the past, he has written a History and Art blog for the Weider History Group and occasionally contributes to his own blog, history-geek.com. Life is short. Drink good beer.
Veronique Deblois, Food & Wine Chickie: Veronique is a food and wine writer based in Morris County. As the author of the popular blog, Food & Wine Chickie Insider, Veronique shares recipes, wine and restaurant reviews and insight into the travel industry of which she’s a 15-year veteran. Follow Veronique on Twitter or like her Facebook page.
Amanda Biddle is a food writer, photographer, social media consultant, and lifelong Central Jersey resident who believes there are few bad days that can’t be improved with a warm baguette and a wedge of Brie. Amanda shares her passion for all things food and wine on her blog, Striped Spatula, where she publishes recipes, restaurant reviews, and culinary event recaps. When she isn’t blogging, Amanda enjoys playing classical piano, golf, and stand-up paddle boarding (which she recently discovered on vacation in beautiful Stone Harbor!). Follow Amanda’s foodie adventures on Instagram or contact her at [email protected]
Julie Hartigan of Cooking w/ Julie is a Professional Chef and Recipe Developer who left a career as an engineer to pursue her passion for all things food, cooking, cocktails, and fun! A longtime Jersey resident, Julie splits her time between Hoboken / Asbury Park and loves exploring both cities’ ever-changing dining and cocktail scenes…while she talks shop with the chefs. By day, Julie works with brands such as Weight Watchers, Bed Bath Beyond, Real Simple, Food Network, and others and shoots cooking videos, writes recipes, and appears on TV to share her tips and tricks. She’s thrilled to bring a “Chef to Chef” perspective to Jersey Bites and introduce you to the standout spots, dishes, and drinks on her must-try list! Follow Julie’s culinary adventures and get her recipes, cooking tips, and easy entertaining ideas on Instagram @cookingwjulie and on Facebook at Cooking w Julie.
Gabrielle Garofalo is a born and bred Jersey girl who spent much of her life in Essex County, with the exception of a fabulous 12+ years in Manhattan. In 2010 she migrated south to Monmouth County, where she loves raising her family near the beach and thoroughly enjoying the amazing local food and drink scene. Consulting for the better part of her career with expertise spanning advertising, marketing, experiential, branding, promotion, and events, she’s been passionate about entrepreneurial pursuits since 1999. Throughout her career she’s led massive projects for top brands including Vanity Fair, O, The Oprah Magazine, CNN, and Courageous Studios, helped produce the first-ever New Yorker Festival, managed talent and sponsorship integrations for the Billboard Music Awards and produced New York Magazine’s annual food event, Taste of New York. Two years ago, she and a business partner purchased Harvest on the Harbor™, an annual food and drink festival in Portland, ME. Her latest creative venture is her new column, “A Lady Walks into a Bar…,” which appears every other Friday and showcase specialty drink and food reviews from bars and restaurants throughout Monmouth County and the northern part of Ocean County. Find her on Facebook and Instagram. A Lady Walks into a Bar™ is owned and trademarked by Gabrielle Garofalo.
Cindy Dudas is a wife, mom, and lover of all foods except cilantro. She is a member of both the New Jersey Digital Moms and the Philly Social Media Moms and is a current contributor to several publications including NJ.com’s Parental Guidance section. She has two blogs of her own: Whatever Works is the story of her life while her recipe blog asks the question What the heck’s a bonbon? In her off time, you can find Cindy on some sort of sports field or court cheering her kids on. And she probably has snacks.
Dina Deleasa-Gonsar is born and raised in New Jersey along with a loud Italian family! Dina has appeared alongside them on the E! Networks show Married to Jonas, where, for her, food is synonymous with family and life events. She grew up with Sunday dinner being treated like a weekly holiday. A family dinner is serious business—and perhaps a lost art. Dina’s training comes first and foremost from her mother and grandmother. Along the way she has picked up techniques from various cooking classes from the Institute of Culinary Education and the Ninety Acres Culinary Center. She hopes to inspire home cooks to venture out and aspire to create meals that are the centerpieces for family time and traditions. She is a contributor to EatUp New York, and recently had her first cooking demo on a morning show. She is so excited to share recipes and restaurants with the Jersey Bites community. As evidenced by her blog Dish It Girl, Dina’s versatility allows her to put on some heels and hit up a five-star restaurant, and then chase down a food truck. If you can dish it, you best believe she can eat it! You can also find Dina on her YouTube channel.
Mary Wozniak is a South Jersey freelance writer based in Leeds Point, the home of the Jersey Devil. Mary is a regular contributor to Flavor, a locally-focused food magazine of the Atlantic City Press. She is the Jersey Bites Regional Editor for Atlantic County, which is a foodie’s dream—from the celebrity restaurants of Atlantic City to the blueberry farms of Hammonton. Mary can be reached at [email protected]
Taylor Sumereau is a journalism and media studies major at Rutgers University. She received her associate’s degree in baking and pastry arts from the Culinary Institute of America in 2016. At the CIA Taylor was able to master forms of pastry as well as explore various aspects of the culinary field. While earning her degree, she furthered her learning by working at the Apple Pie Bakery Café at the CIA campus, at Ninety Acres in Gladstone, New Jersey, and currently holds a position as production manager at the Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe in Chester, New Jersey. In her free time, Taylor enjoys exploring new restaurants, discovering all of the unique and delicious foods New Jersey has to offer!
Lisa Pisano is a Bergen-county based lifestyle blogger, PR/Social Media consultant and content director. Her love and appreciation of food began at an early age, in the kitchen of her Italian-American home, and then extended to a fascination and enjoyment of all things foodie as an adult. Food is very much a central part of Lisa’s personal life — from partaking in culinary vacations and walking tours to dining throughout the NY/NJ Metro Area and developing original recipes. Professionally, she’s worked as the first in-house PR Manager of Manhattan’s Institute of Culinary Education and has provided consulting and content creation to food websites and restaurants. Lisa brings her passion for food, fashion, family and pop culture to life through her blog,mom a la mode. Follow Lisa on Twitter @momalamode and on Facebook.com/momalamode.
Christina Carrell is a freelance writer, mom, and food lover from Medford. She grew up learning to cook from her mother and grandmother and loves trying new types of cuisines. After college she continued pursuing her love of writing and food when she taught a food-themed English Composition course at Rutgers. She then worked in nonprofit communications before becoming a freelance writer. In her free time, she loves inventing her own dishes, trying out new restaurants, being a tea enthusiast, and reading. You can check out Christina’s home culinary adventures on Instagram or follow her on Twitter.
Kerry Brown, Jersey Bites Regional Editor for Burlington County, writes about people, food, local business, and the arts for several regional print and digital media outlets. At home she shares simple, flavor-packed meals (often from the grill) with family and friends. When out and about, she looks for lively street festivals, local brewpubs and wineries, and rustic taverns featuring craft food, craft beer, an amazing selection of wine by the glass, and live music.
Jennifer Miller: I am a mom on a mission: to help others foster a love of eating and preparing wonderful food. I am a passionate home cook, wine enthusiast, meal-planning specialist and budding food blogger, with a love of eating, drinking, food photography and serving fresh farm to table meals. As a mother of three, I am committed to raising “foodie” children who enjoy farmer’s markets, restaurants and artisan food shops. In addition, I share healthy, in-season recipes and tips on my web site http://mealdiva.com and on Facebook as MealDiva. I am very excited to be contributing to Jersey Bites from Hunterdon County!
Gina Glazier is a born and raised Jersey Girl. She recently earned her Master’s degree in Reading & Literacy and is currently a teacher. Gina lives with her husband, Matt, who is her number one fan and shares in her passion for the culinary arts, minus the cooking part! Her “culinary life” became a reality a few years back when she was chosen to be a guest of The Star Ledger’s Munchmobile. This ignited Gina’s desire to be around food and all its counterparts all the time, meaning restaurants, cookbooks, TV shows, cooking, etc. Gina says her “biggest and most monumental experience” was being a part of The Star Ledger’s Pizza Patrol two years ago where she traveled the entire state, eating at 3, 4, sometimes 5 pizzerias a night for just about 6 months! You can check out her Hungry Teacher adventures, on her blog www.ahungryteacher.blogspot.com.
David K. Mullen is a retired school psychologist and therapist and a lifelong resident of New Jersey. Since retiring he has been pursuing two other passions: wine and writing. During this time, David completed two courses at the Philly Wine School (requiring written exams, as well as a blind taste test), receiving certifications in both. Over the years, David and his wife have traveled and sampled wines from some great wineries all over the country. David firmly believes that New Jersey wines are under-rated and their wineries are now offering fantastic foods and great entertainment at special events such as wine-paired dinners, pasta nights and farm-to-table dinners. For the past year and a half, David has visited all of New Jersey’s wineries and has been writing a blog about them. He is currently completing a book on the same topic, which will be published this summer. When not writing, or enjoying a good glass of wine (and sometimes while enjoying one) David can be found playing guitar.
Melissa Beveridge is a freelance journalist and editor, focusing on great food, healthy living, and wellness. Her passion for eating and living well embodies her writing. A lover of all things Jersey, she is also an avid traveler, always looking to discover those hidden culinary gems everywhere she goes. Her musings can be found on her blog mbeewell.wordpress.com.
Deanna Quinones is the Jersey Bites Regional Editor for Morris County. A freelance writer, blogger, and unrepentant chocolate addict, Deanna spent 20 years in the San Francisco Bay Area where life was good and the burritos even better. She recently returned to the Garden State and now resides in Morristown, where she and her Texas-born/Jersey-raised/California-found husband are raising two wild and wonderful kids. An experienced book marketer, award-winning greeting card writer, and entertainment writing dabbler, Deanna can be reached at [email protected] (photo credit Pete Genovese/The Star-Ledger)
Terry Krongold is a life-long, passionate baker. In addition to a full-time job in the pharmaceutical industry, Terry has been involved with food for many years, including co-ownership of a dessert catering company in the late eighties called I Love Cheesecake, specializing in fine cheesecake and unique desserts. Terry is the author of The Cook’s Tour, a blog focused on food, baking, and travel. When not working, writing, or baking, she spends time planning vacations around restaurants to visit. She can be reached at [email protected]
Christine Van Arsdalen is a born-and-raised Jersey Girl, native to central and coastal NJ. As the author of the blog the Dexterous Diner, Christine chronicles her efforts as she indulges her foodie side on her very small budget which she likes to call “champagne dining on a beer budget.” She grew up being yelled at by an old Italian woman in the kitchen who was, surprisingly, not her mother. Her love of food grew from a combination of cooking in a restaurant and fond memories of creating scrumptious meals from scratch with her father. Today, she travels around the state of New Jersey and beyond searching for new twists on her old favorites: foods that bring you back to your childhood in a modern and sophisticated way. She loves unexpected and creative combinations, both in the food she eats and cooks. Though her palate has become more refined, she is still excited by a grilled cheese sandwich; that, and a great cup of coffee.
Kerri Sullivan is a writer, photographer, and librarian from Monmouth County. She enjoys exploring everything New Jersey has to offer, from beaches and historic sites to restaurants and farmer’s markets. She also likes books, cats, dessert, and watching the Food Network. She is the founder of Jersey Collective, a New Jersey-based Instagram project. You can see more of her work on her website: kerrisullivan.com and by following her on Instagram @ksulphoto.
Michelle Stavrou, the Union County regional editor, grew up in Bergen County, then moved to Hoboken (after a stop over in Queens) before finally settling in Cranford where she lives with her husband and daughter. Michelle was amazed to discover all of the delicious food in the Cranford area, which she documents on her blog, What’s Cooking In (& Around) Cranford.
Michael C. Gabriele is a freelance writer, historian and author of “The History of Diners in New Jersey,” published by The History Press.
Charlie Toms is a lifelong New Jerseyan who loves traveling around the Garden State, and visiting places off the beaten path. He’s been enjoying New Jersey wine at least since age 21, and has visited all 50 of the state’s wineries. Charlie grew up in Colonia, vacationed every summer in Wildwood, and now lives in Ramsey. A project manager by day, he formerly served as the New Jersey correspondent for the American Winery Guide, writing 24 feature articles on the state’s wineries. Charlie recently published Road to the Vineyard: Cruising Through New Jersey Wine Country, a 146-page winery guide based on the award-winning documentary Spain – On the Road Again, which provides detailed information on all of New Jersey’s wineries, and offers the reader eight unforgettable road trips.
Rachel Weston is a freelance food writer, culinary educator and author of New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table. She is committed to helping people understand their food system and how to make seasonally inspired meals for their families from foods produced locally. Sign up for her monthly newsletter, Cooking with Rachel Weston.
Michelle Lagana is a self-proclaimed foodie and member of the Jersey Bites food contributor team in Monmouth County. Originally from Georgia, Michelle has spent half her life in the Garden State. She is a wife, mom, and healthcare marketing consultant who enjoys food styling and photography, eating great meals and spending time in the kitchen cooking for family and friends. She makes a mean homemade margarita and once won a blue ribbon in her NJ town baking contest for Georgia cornbread cake! Follow Michelle on Facebook and Instagram @georgiapeach_eats for more of her foodie travels and home cooking.