I primarily write about food culture and policy, but I’ve also reported on public safety, health care discrimination, and a lawsuit over a documentary about competitive tickling. Although I haven’t followed my elementary-school dream of becoming a cake decorator (yet!), I once dressed up as Emeril Lagasse for Halloween, so that’s gotta count for something, right?
I’m the creator of Nosh Box, a weekly email newsletter and podcast in which I dive deep into the ingredients, brands, and dishes you see every day. A magazine feature I wrote won the Best Writing on Food award in the student division from the Association of Food Journalists in 2018, and a deeply reported article of mine shared a first-place win for best local business coverage from the Missouri Press Association in 2017. I’m a grad student in Boston University’s gastronomy program and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 2018.
If you want more details, check out my resume.
Three stories I’m most proud of:
- “Columbia’s hidden figure: Verna Laboy brings Annie Fisher to life,” Vox Magazine, 2017 (feature on beaten biscuits, race, and how people get forgotten — the magazine’s cover story. View it in print here. This story won the best student writing on food award from the Association of Food Journalists in 2018.)
- “The St. Paul-based inventor of Go-Gurt tells the dramatic story of his totally tubular idea,” City Pages, 2018
- “Angling for Catfishing’s Future,” Vox Magazine, 2018
My work: (in roughly reverse chronological order)
For Roads & Kingdoms: On sfenj, the Moroccan breakfast doughnut that nearly became a Jewish Hanukkah staple
For Vox Magazine: On mid-Missouri catfishing culture and the debate between catch-and-release and catch-for-dinner; on the early 20th-century black chef Annie Fisher and her erasure from (and revival in) local history; on the artistry of plating; on a medical professor’s views on discrimination faced by Native American patients
For Plateselector: On Restaurante Last Monkey, an Asian-fusion joint in Barcelona (article in Spanish)
For Food Tank: On the Minneapolis winery that makes cider from apples they pick from your front yard; on Food Network chef Justin Warner’s perspectives on the food system; on the ways the Trump administration could reshape food policy
For The Tower Magazine: On the virtues of Amba, an Iraqi-Israeli spicy mango condiment
For the Boston Globe opinion section: On the benefits of bookstores at memorial sites