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Fiona Chandra has been blogging about food and drinks for 8 years, documenting her experiences at Gourmet Pigs. After relocating from LA to Boston in 2014, she’s been on the hunt for the best restaurants, breweries, and distilleries the area had to offer. The mission is simple: find the best places and products to eat and drink in Boston. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram at @gourmetpigs.
Kara Lydon, RD, LDN, RYT, The Foodie Dietitian, is a nationally recognized food and nutrition expert and yoga teacher based in Boston, Massachusetts. Kara offers nutrition coaching, consults with corporate wellness clients, and partners with like-minded food brands and organizations on recipe development and nutrition communications and marketing. Kara is also a speaker, spokesperson, and writer and regularly contributes to TODAY Food and Food Network’s Healthy Eats Blog. Her food and healthy living blog, The Foodie Dietitian, features delicious seasonal vegetarian recipes and simple strategies to bring more yoga and mindfulness into lives, and has been featured on TODAY, SELF, Buzzfeed and The Kitchn.
Jessica Derman has been blogging about the gluten free community in and around Boston since 2012, documenting her experiences at Gluten Free Boston and Beyond. Her blog covers restaurants featuring gluten free options, product reviews, events and giveaways. She loves sharing new places to eat and new foodie finds with her readers. During the day, she works as a recruiter at Eaton Vance Investment Managers. Follow her on Instagram @jessica_glutenfree.
Janna Comeau has been blogging under the name BachToTheFuture since 2009, and has maintained her food blog, BachToTheFuture’s Best Bites, since 2012. In addition to teaching music, Janna loves to attend various different food events, in particular those celebrating local food, beverages, and cheeses. She considers herself a locavore, and eats locally whenever possible.
Meagan Spencer has been blogging since 2011 when she knew it was time to change her diet to include more healthy options without constantly being hungry. As a southern native, she wanted to get healthy without having to give up her big southern appetite. Since 2011, she has become increasingly interested in local foods, local vendors, sustainability and healthy, whole foods. As an employee at American Cancer Society, where getting and staying healthy are always priority, these interests have developed even further. Her blog focuses on how to make healthy foods taste delicious. Check out her creative recipes at www.bigeatersmallbody.com.
Sabrina runs a Boston-based food blog. Her focus is on cooking and recipes using local, seasonal ingredients. As the sustainability coordinator for Boston University Services and market manager of the BU Farmers Market, she also tries to make dishes using ingredients from the weekly Ward’s Berry Farm CSA box, which subscribers can use.
Melissa Wallace is born and raised in Massachusetts and has been blogging about locally grown food since 2012. You can find her shopping at the many farmers markets throughout the greater Boston area. In her Blog, Livin’ Local Boston, Melissa writes about her appreciation of local food by sharing her experiences in shopping at farmers markets in the Boston area. Topics range from her favorite/unique vendors to in season recipes. Melissa is a believer in preserving in season foods and has begun canning and freezing her favorite fruits and vegetable to enjoy throughout the year. Like her Facebook page, Livin Local Boston, find the latest tweets @livinglocalbos, or check out some farmers market pictures on Instagram, livinlocalboston.
Karyn Novakowski, the Director of the Somerville Farm to School Project, is also the main writer for the Somerville Farm to School Blog. On the blog she highlights her programs including taste tests, local food days, recipes and tips for eating local. Photos are a key piece on her blog posts. She enjoys telling the story with words and pictures. As the project is new (about 1.5 years old) so is the blog. The blog audience is parents, students, teachers, administrators, and funders, which she takes into account when designing posts. She promotes the blog via her district’s social media accounts, which has the potential to reach approximately 5000 families in the Somerville area.
Emily Nichols is your average food-obsessed gal who spends an improper portion of each day thinking about what greatness the next meal will bring. When she married a cheesemonger the obsession only escalated. Rather than seek help she decided to feed the fire and start a food blog. On Hungry in Love she documents the results of her daydreams – recipes inspired by New England and beyond. By day Emily works in public health. The measured, thoughtful work is a nice counter to the hedonism and indulgence of food blogging. Say hello at @hungryinlove on Instagram and @emilyrnichols on Twitter.
Desiree Currie loves sharing stories with food and the meal as the focus. Her recipes on whatsinseasonwithdes range from “quick and dirty” weeknight meals to long and thoughtful Sunday Dinners. They are all tied to her belief that even the most humble and random ingredients can become something special. Desiree believes food brings people together, and she tries to connect to her blog followers by describing ingredients, techniques and memories that have inspired her as a home cook and as an eater.
Dana Howe is a Masters Candidate at Tufts University in her second year of the public health Health Communication degree. On danaehowe.com, her website, you’ll find posts about type 1 diabetes, why she loves Boston, and feminism in every day life. She write about these things on her blog because they’re important to her and she hasn’t always had another outlet to write about them. Working with Energize Everett, a public health initiative in Everett, MA last year, she had the opportunity to work with and write about local food systems and how they impact our health and well being. (http://energizeeverett.org/urban-agriculture/) As a type 1 diabetic and public health student, knowing about the quality and source of her food is important to Dana – but as a lover of food, enjoying eating is her ultimate goal.
Grace Brinton is a professional chef now running a private chef & health coaching business. She started a blog quite a few years ago to correspond with the food she prepares, but it has been mostly in the past year that it became a much bigger part of her work. She shares mostly healthy recipes on her blog as well as via Instagram. Instagram has been the best platform for her, since food is so visual and it’s a great way to connect with her followers.
Heather Atwood is predominantly a food blogger with emphasis on local food and highlighting programming that supports local food and fishing initiatives. She just published a cookbook that covers local foods from the coast of Massachusetts: “In Cod We Trust, from Sea to Shore, the Celebrated Cuisine of Coastal Massachusetts,” Globe Pequot Press. Her book would also be a great addition to the Boston Local Food Festival. She will also be a judge the day of the Seafood Throwdown.
Emily Goodman is a Boston native who loves all things food, health, and wellness. During the day she is an Event Marketing Manager as well as well as a lifestyle coach who is passionate about helping others to develop healthy lifestyle habits fitness, nutrition, and personal development using her own experience as guidance. At night you can find her with friends and family checking out Boston’s newest restaurants and bars. Join her as she explores and eats her way through this amazing city and shares her passion for fitness and nutrition on Instagram at @emilyjgoodman.