Bred a full-blown PA Dutch gal, Amy Strauss is a Philly suburb-based food fiend who lives to chomp up-and-down the East Coast. Weaving through the latest brewpubs and craft breweries, up-and-coming bakeries and eclectic eateries, this twenty-something aims to live her food life as seen on an edible Travel Channel episode and always dashes to eat dessert first.
Raised on a mix of authentic Italian cuisine and the German meat n' potato diet, Angela is a goofy food enthusiast who believes there is no such thing as too much garlic. She's giddy about trying nutritious recipes from all over the world, but refuses to measure ingredients. If you can't find her at the nearest Mexican restaurant, food or beer festival, she's most likely enjoying an adventurous outdoor activity.
A lover of both the sweet and the savory, Michele never met a cupcake or a French fry she didn't like. Raised in a home with bread and butter on the table at every meal, Michele became enamored of more adventurous fare while working in the publishing world in New York City. Now happily housed in Brandywine Country and the proud mom to a crab cake aficionado, she and her family make it their goal to try each new local restaurant as it opens.
When she's not crunching numbers and balancing the books, Shannon moonlights as a bartender and waitress at a country club. Shannon is a Philly loyalist at heart. She loves checking out new restaurants, supports live (local) music, and will never turn down tickets to see a Phillies game.
Allison Benford is a West Chester-based photographer who has been taking pictures since her Grandmother gave her a camera for her eighth birthday. Allison enjoys photographing events, weddings, candid portraits and delicious food.
Becca Boyd is a certified High School Cooking teacher and new mom – currently out on maternity leave. She’s pretty much obsessed with food, whether she’s talking nutrition, dining out, or doing some good, old-fashioned home cookin'. She thinks cooking is important and exciting, and loves to share recent recipes with LOTS of pictures of the how-tos with non-complicated cooking terms on her blog.
Jim Breslin prefers cheeseburgers over filet mignon and porter over pilsner. He once ordered and ate Six Meats and Sauerkraut in Luxembourg, though he didn’t finish the tripe. He’s fumbled with chopsticks in Beijing, eaten conch fritters in Grand Cayman and fish and chips in Australia. His biggest dining faux pas? Asking a Quizno’s employee in Toronto for American cheese. At home, he is known for homemade pizza, stromboli, and killer enchiladas. Jim is also the founder of the West Chester Story slam and a fiction writer. His first collection of short stories, Elephant, is best served with Victory Hopdevil or a a chilled Pinot Grigio.
Nina's true passion is reflected in the images she captures. She has chronicled life, love and laughter from her home in Chester County clear across the USA to the Pacific Ocean. Nina seems to be everywhere and always has her camera... so make sure you're smiling.
Ronna grew up in Northeast Philly and has had a love of dining out and trying new tastes her whole life. The daughter of supermarket owners, she spent her youth browsing never ending aisles of food, checking out huge walk in refrigerators, and reading food labels. She still enjoys spending hours walking through markets.
Ronna began her love affair with beer at Penn State, where she originally learned to order "what’s cheap tonight" beer. After meeting her husband in 1995, her tastes expanded to craft beer and the rest is history. She is also President of the local women's social club, The West Chester Beer Ladies and mom to 3 children.
Sarah is a twenty-something transplant from the South. She loves the local foodie scene here in Chester County, and is constantly on the move, in search of culinary delights and new places to explore. She lives by the motto of "trying anything once" when it comes to food and drink, and she will never turn down a glass of wine or own enough scarves.
Nathan is a passionate foodie, avid home cook, and a lover of seasonal, sustainable eats. Half a dozen kinds of sea salt typically grace his pantry and a collection of single-origin chocolates his shelf. He loves to taste fine wine, beer, and spirits and then create delicious food pairings with them. Some of his favorite foods to cook are slow-cooked beans and homemade bread. When he’s not exploring the world of food you might find him playing music or enjoying the challenge of a cross-training workout.
Payroll clerk by day and craft beer aficionado by night (and weekend), Ryan Hudak is most often seen with a frosty beverage in his hand while out and about in the local drinking and dining scene. Originally from Cleveland, OH, Ryan developed an affinity for craft beer shortly after finishing college when he realized there was more to life than a night out with Natty Light. With a long list of favorites including local brews and exotic blends, Ryan happily reports on all of his beer-loving escapades around PA.
Travels around the world, intriguing people and stories inspire Laura’s writing and cooking. A Main Line resident and PR guru by day, she’s constantly seeking out interesting local restaurants and food finds, and challenges herself to whip up a new recipe each night. Read all about her culinary escapades at Main Line Feast.
Sarah's the owner of Juniper & Dash, an event planning and design company. She's lived in some pretty fun areas over the years but thinks the Northeast is the place to be! She loves pretty much all food… except raw tomatoes & mushrooms -- they have weird textures! She's a BIG fan of Moscato and is sadly allergic to beer. She loves sitting outside to eat dinner in the city and admits that she is a horrible housewife -- she doesn't clean, there are always dishes in the sink, and her stuff consumes three quarters of the bathroom counter.
What firecracker red head loves eclectic cuisine, fine wine, craft beer and creative cocktails–Nina Malone, that's who. Mamma and Pappa raised her right, "making" her try new foods and she's embraced that mantra into her veggie-inspired lifestyle. A frequent traveler to Napa and Sonoma, Nina has an appreciation for great wine and can properly use words like “butter esters" ...and she's also never met a freshly-made seasonal micro brew she didn't like. When Nina’s not leading her team as they bring good-for-you Arbonne products to the masses, she and her hubs can be found with a libation in hand and a plate of something good on the table and telling us all about it.
An avid lover of beer, Arne Morin spends his time sampling new beers on tap or compiling an eclectic "pick your own" six pack to bring home. He has tried over 450 different beers from 34 countries and 29 states. Not only does he spend his time drinking beer, but he also spends his time brewing it as well. Arne enjoys most styles of beer but lately he has been more partial to big beers like scotch and barleywine ales.
When she isn’t running, trying new recipes with her family or scouring Craigslist for deals, this mother of two (super-cute little boys) spends her free time (what's that again?) editing for West Chester Dish. This 30-year-old editor in Southern Chester County is always looking for the next best Mexican restaurant, tasty ice-cream treats, local products to incorporate into her meals and kid-friendly places to enjoy with her family.
Jeff Schaller comes from a humble upbringing in the country, graduating somewhere in the middle of his high school class and graduating from college with a graphic design degree--a major selected after the painting professor told him there was no hope in being a professional painter. Fast forward 16 years, he's married with three kids and a painting career. When he is not painting, he can be found enjoying life with a cocktail, as well as found roaming the great outdoors in search of food and clothing.
Laura Taylor, a busy young mom of two with a flair for design, created PhoenixvilleFunGuide.com as an online resource that allows readers access to the area's events and activities as well as fun local things to see and do. If she's not attached to her laptop, you can find her enjoying the sights and sounds of Phoenixville with her family, or enjoying creative pursuits such as photography, graphic design, music and writing.
Melissa is rediscovering the local food scene after spending a few years cracking coconuts and living the island life. Now she’s looking to sample new and exciting eats, fancy cocktails and everything tasty.
Lisa Yoder is a recent transplant to West Chester, having grown up on a dairy farm in the wilds of Central PA where she ate mostly meat, potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and pie. She spends her days proofreading and dreaming about where she will travel next.
Kathy, a senior at Immaculata University who dreams of someday being a Travel Journalist is a self-confessed Wino and spends her time in search of the best glass of Moscato the world has to offer. A fan of all things Cajun or otherwise spicy, she has an adventurous taste and will try anything at least once.She spends her days writing and searching Pinterest for new ways to incorporate Nutella into any kind of new dish.
Consider Kerry's author photo a visual guide to his main obsessions—great beer and the Philadelphia Flyers. Kerry has almost 15 years working in the beer biz and loves sharing his adventures in beer one pint at a time. Follow his adventures in the wonderful world of beer on his Facebook page, In My ExBEERience.