Amanda Wells is a freelance writer and self-proclaimed Southern culture enthusiast. What better way to get enthusiastic in the South than over food? When she’s not writing for various regional publications, Amanda enjoys traveling the South (and beyond), blogging at amandadovewells.com, and scouring interior design blogs and magazines for her ever-changing project – her 1960s home smack dab in the middle of Jackson, where she lives with her husband, three kids, and teeny tiny yorkie.
Angela Shepard is the Sales Director for a local media company. She’s a fan of classical music, extreme tailgating, and Seaside, Florida. You can find her dragging her husband (and friends) to local restaurants, when she isn’t trying to emulate Martha Stewart in the kitchen.
Beth Kander loves new restaurants, old standby restaurants, foodie-events, cooking, farmer’s markets – you get the idea. When she isn’t eating or planning her next meal, you’ll find her writing, acting, consulting, or volunteering with an animal rescue group. Favorites: local restaurants, themed-food-and-film nights, red wine. Allergic to: mushrooms, penicillin, rude people.
Brent Hearn is a writer, actor, and musician currently residing in Brandon. He loves, loves, LOVES trying new food. To say he has a sweet tooth doesn’t do justice to his passion for desserts; step between him and chocolate and bad things will happen. Brent is proud of Mississippi and all of its contributions to gastronomy, literature, and music.
Danny Dauphin is an advertising copywriter, freelance actor, and occasional stand-up comic. He’s not much of a cook, which is why he spends so much time eating out. Despite being absurdly specific in his likes and dislikes (He likes the flavor of pecans but hates the texture. Peppers and onions ruin a pizza, but are great on a beer brat, etc.) he’s an adventurous foodie, and will try anything once. Seriously. Don’t believe it? Two words: Mealworm salsa.
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Erin McDill is a newbie farmer with a love for Mississippi agriculture, old people, health and high heels. As a recent graduate of Mississippi College, Erin loves influencing the world through a written word (or a few). If you don’t find her teaching yoga, you can find her freelancing, shopping at local farmers markets, hugging her perfect grandparents or scouring out the latest sweet spots in town.
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Julie Skipper grew up reading cookbooks and watching Julia Child, the Galloping Gourmet, and Yan Can Cook almost daily at her grandparents’ house. She also grew up eating out, a LOT, and getting to know the chefs at favored restaurants. Her grandfather’s intense interest in food and love of restaurants influences her still. Julie also loves Jackson, especially downtown, where she lives and works. She is excited to see Jackson’s food and bar scene continue to grow and to get to know the people making it happen while enjoying it.
Kate Dollarhide was born and raised in Jackson, MS. She love Jackson and its unique culinary scene. Kate recently graduated from Mississippi State University in May 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She loves people, cooking, and eating. Kate adores all things “food” and considers herself a mix between Julia Child and Paula Deen in the kitchen. Though she doesn’t have any professional culinary training, she considers herself sort of an “expert in eating”. She’s passionate about food and is always eager to learn and experience new things having to do with it.
Lisa Bynum is a freelance writer from Grenada. By day she is a wife, mother, and public relations manager. By night, she is a cook, writer, amateur photographer, and food blogger. She currently resides in Brandon with her husband and son, a boxer pup and a cranky kitty. In her free time, she shares recipes on her blog, The Cooking Bride.
Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney who knows how to tie a bow tie and is an experienced eater and amateur chef of all types of cuisine. He is excited to share his food experiences with you! Follow him on Twitter @wmatthewt for Food and Law interests.
How’s your momma and them-that’s a traditional greeting heard in the state of Mississippi. Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Rebecca Turner is a self-proclaimed twenty-first century Southern Belle with a passion for all things nutrition and running. As a registered dietitian and certified sports specialist in dietetics (CSSD) with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she believes everyone should take time for a run and good health. For her, running helps her have a healthy and balanced life.