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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.
Jayne Chacko is completing a major in Journalism and Media Studies and a minor in Creative Writing at Rutgers University. Born and raised in Jersey, Jayne is always on the hunt for a new, local restaurant to rave about. At Rutgers, she is the chief campus editor and a writer for The Black Sheep Rutgers. She is also a board member for the Society of Professional Journalists.
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]
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.
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 [email protected]
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.
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.
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.
Susan Bloom is a leading New Jersey-based freelance writer and radio personality who covers food and health topics for many of New Jersey’s most prominent newspapers, magazines, and online publications. A resident of Morris County who enjoys cooking (and eating!), Susan is excited to share the latest in the world of food with Jersey Bites readers and to help bridge area residents with the most current culinary trends and options in their community. Follow her on Twitter @SusanBloomSBC.
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.
Amy Casey, of Sparta, is a cookbook author and a food columnist for the New Jersey Herald. She has developed a wealth of recipes as a personal chef and also while cooking for her own family of five. See more of her recipes on her website www.amycaseycooks.com. Her recently published cookbook is entitled Dinner for a Year 52 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Spice Up Your Family Menu Planning. Follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/amycaseycooks and on Twitter at @amycaseycooks.
Melissa Baratta has been cooking and exploring the restaurant scene since the age of 12 when she first discovered the Food Network. Originally from Vermont, she is passionate about healthy and sustainable living, and loves to experience new flavors from around the world. She is a pescetarian with a love of fresh seafood, but is married to a full-blown omnivore, so her recipes range from unique salads, homemade pastas and grain dishes to grilled fish and curried chicken. She lives in Ocean County with her husband and young son, and when she’s not working at her Manhattan-based PR agency, she can be found cooking, gardening, and checking out local eateries. Melissa blogs about food and healthy living at www.SomeSugarAdded.com.
Elizabeth Norton is the Jersey Bites Regional Editor for Cape May County and is a Jersey lover at heart. She loves Jersey Products, Jersey People, and Jersey Food. She runs a digital network for online moms who live in, you guessed it, New Jersey. She is a baker and sweet connoisseur and is on a personal mission to find the best place to eat brunch at the Jersey Shore. Her mantra is “Keep the Kitchen Clean. Eat Out!” She loves a good party and loves being a mom of 3. Her favorite night of the week is date night where her and her husband take turns trying out the newest restaurants Jersey has to offer.
Beth Christian subsisted primarily on cheeseburgers and liverwurst sandwiches during childhood and refused to try most new foods. Her culinary horizons were expanded during her college days in Schenectady, New York, where she learned the joys of trying slow-simmered Italian dishes, Szechuan cuisine, and everything in between. When not engaged in the practice of law in Monmouth County, Beth is busy scouting out interesting restaurants, farmer’s markets and food purveyors near her home in Burlington County. Beth’s primary dining sidekick is her husband John, but she also enjoys having her daughter Meghan, son Michael and her wonderful friends come along for the ride. Email Beth at [email protected]
John and Lisa Howard-Fusco Regional Editors, Ocean County. Although they and their two kids call Ocean County home, their John and Lisa Are Eating in South Jersey food blog has them traveling all over the southern region of New Jersey. They and their blog have been mentioned in articles by the New York Times, Courier-Post, nj.com and njmonthly.com. Lisa has written articles and reviews for South Jersey magazine as well as for Ed Hitzel’s Restaurant Newsletter and Hitzel’s Restaurant Magazine. And John could use a Gaetano’s cheesesteak right about now.
Gwynn Galvin, chef and blogger, is delighted to share her original recipes on Jersey Bites. Born and raised in Jersey and a lifetime resident of Bergen County, Gwynn is Jersey through and through! Having been in the culinary field for more than 20 years, you can say that Gwynn is definitely well seasoned. With over a decade as Test Kitchen Director for a nationally published magazine as well as working for major food corporations and being partner and chef of a family-owned cupcake shop, Gwynn is also the creator of her blog, Swirls of Flavor. Her award-winning recipes have been featured in national ad campaigns, cookbooks, magazines, social media and on the internet. If you’ve ever made a recipe that was on the package of a food product or in a magazine or cookbook, chances are you’ve already made one of her fabulously delicious recipes!