Pascale Beale grew up in England and France, surrounded by a family passionate about food, wine and the arts. With a deep-rooted love for cooking at an early age, and later encouraged and inspired by her friendships with Julia Child, Michel Richard and Alain Giraud, she founded Pascale’s Kitchen in 1999, a Santa Barbara, California-based cooking school focused on California-Mediterranean cuisine.Pascale is a regular contributor for Edible Santa Barbara magazine and other publications. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed Salade: Recipes from the Market Table and the four-volume Mediterranean-influenced cookbook series, A Menu for All Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Her latest book Les Fruits: Savory and Sweet Recipes from the Market Table was released in January 2016. She also publishes The Market Table, a farm-to-table blog located at www.pascaleskitchen.com, a foodies’ favorite website where her many book titles, select housewares, and gourmet food products are available.
Joan S. Bolton is a freelance writer, garden coach and garden designer who confesses to a lifelong love affair with plants. She and her husband, Tom, have filled their four-acre property in western Goleta with natives and other colorful, water-conserving plants. They also maintain avocado, citrus and fruit trees and grow vegetables and herbs year-round. SantaBarbaraGardens.com
Brina Carey has spent her career working in and for the environment. Now you can find her cooking vegan treats for her toddler and teaching him bird identification while fantasizing about her dream kitchen and veggie garden.
Fran Collin is a photographer who has worked in New York for 20 years before moving back to Carpinteria (Brooks grad ‘82). His work has been published in Food&Wine, Eating Light and New York Magazine. In addition, he has worked with City Meals on Wheels and some of the most gifted chefs in the world, with an ongoing portrait series at work-for-food.com.
Liz Dodder Hansen is a drinker, eater and traveler. She lives on California’s Central Coast and has eaten 5 kinds of foie gras in one day. She’s also a food & wine blogger, writer, photographer, recipe developer, web designer, social media maven and Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW). She has written for company Presidents, wine country magazines, a Google blog and Edible Santa Barbara. She also helps help small businesses with digital and marketing content and is totally obsessed with local Bubbles. Learn more about her on her website or email her.
Erin Feinblatt is a freelance photographer and videographer based in Santa Barbara. He is a graduate of the Brooks Institute and specializes in creating images of food, architecture and lifestyle for editorial and advertising clients. A California native, Erin spends his free time in the water via surfboard, boat, and fins or on land exploring Santa Barbara’s open space and sampling its local food. ErinFeinblatt.com
Rachel Hommel is a fearless gourmet and world traveler, promoting culinary tourism in the 805. When not rallying for fair food, Rachel Hommel can be spotted at the farmers market, practicing yoga and dancing to the beet of life. A native of Las Vegas, she is the Lead Tour Guide for Santa Barbara Tasting Tours and has freelanced for the Santa Barbara Independent and Wine Country This Week. Plan a tour with her at www.sbtastingtours.com.
Janice Cook Knight is a writer and cooking teacher in Santa Barbara. Her resume includes several years as head chef of the Follow Your Heart Restaurant in Canoga Park, California,
and she is the author of the Follow Your Heart cookbooks. In her food career Janice has worked as both a personal chef and a food coach, providing cooking lessons to individuals and families. Janice was a recipe tester or Bon Appétit Magazine, and has taught cooking and cookbook writing at various venues in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, including Santa Barbara City College’s Center for Lifelong Learning. She is a contributing writer for Edible Santa Barbara, and her article Hurray for the Orange, Red and Gold: The Season for Persimmons won first prize in Les Dames d’Escoffier’s MFK Fisher writing contest in 2015. She is currently writing a memoir about home, garden, family, and food, and teaches cooking and food writing classes for adults and teens. Learn more about Janice on her website, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer LeMay is a graphic designer, artist and writer based in Santa Barbara. She loves great food, talking with chefs, and shopping at the farmers market. Her work in the environmental field led to a lifelong interest in sustainable food systems, and exploring the benefits and joys of eating locally. Her writing for Edible Santa Barbara has covered topics ranging from wild mushrooms to chocolate, dates, and chef profiles. Visit her website at jlemay.com and paintings of landscapes and local food and farms at paintingsbyjen.com.
Nancy Oster is a writer and the recipe editor for Edible Santa Barbara. She has watched as many Santa Barbara lemon orchards and avocado groves have become housing developments and shopping malls. As a child visiting Santa Barbara, she ate fish her grandmother caught and abalone her uncles harvested. Milk was delivered daily from a local dairy. Afternoon snacks were loquats her grandfather carried in his pocket or strawberries she gathered in his garden. She is deeply grateful to Santa Barbara farmers, ranchers and fishermen, for the opportunity to share the unique tastes of Santa Barbara’s soil and ocean with her own grandchildren.
Laura Sanchez is a Santa Barbara–based wine writer who contributes to an array of print and online publications. Simple pleasures like Chablis and oysters, Champagne and French fries, and Port with figs and Point Reyes blue cheese make her a very happy girl. Laura@Nectar-Media.com.
Wendy Thies Sell is a familiar face on the Central Coast having anchored the local TV news for a dozen years at KSBY and KCOY. The four-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and former wine and food columnist has strolled through vineyards and sipped barrel samples and library wines with hundreds of winemakers over the years from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles. Wendy resides in Orcutt, balancing mom duties with her wine country wanderings.
George Yatchisin writes about food, wine, and cocktails for the Santa Barbara Independent (where he was Food Editor for five years and created the Foodie Awards and the Independent Sizzling Summer BBQ Contest), for Edible Santa Barbara (he writes the Drinkable Landscape cocktail column), and other venues all curated on his blog Georgeeats.com. His day job is as the Communications Coordinator for the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and the Iowa Creative Nonfiction Program, Yatchisin is co-author of Writing for the Visual Arts (Prentice Hall, 2000) and co-editor of Rare Feathers: Poems on Birds & Art (Gunpowder Press 2015). His writing has appeared in the anthologies I’ll Tell You Mine: Thirty Years of Nonfiction from Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program (Univ. of Chicago Press 2015), Clash by Night: An Anthology Inspired by the Clash’s London Calling (City Lit Press 2015), and Buzz: Poets Respond to Swarm (Gunpowder Press 2014), among other numerous journals and newspapers, from the Antioch Review to the Village Voice. georgeeats.com Twitter: @Gyatchisin