From gourmet cheese to artisan beef, from wine, beer, and cocktails to various types of cuisines, Menuism's got it all. In our Meet Our Experts columns, you'll get a look at the voices who contribute to the Menuism Dining Blog. These experts are leaders in their respective fields, and these interviews will demonstrate exactly why.

Carrie Wynkoop

I love Oregon. I love wine.

And I love discovering and sharing great Oregon wine.

Like a lot of folks, as I was exploring the world of Oregon wine, I found myself joining one wine club after another.

Again and again, I kept wondering, “How come there’s not a single wine club that will just send me great stuff from all over Oregon?”

And from that little idea, Cellar 503 was born. (more…)

Posted by on August 8th, 2016

Lauren_DeitschWe’re excited to welcome Menuism’s new expert on chocolate, Lauren Deitsch! Lauren spends her day dreaming up new chocolate recipes for Lake Champlain Chocolates in Burlington, VT. Get to know Lauren a little better by reading her interview below, and check out her first lesson on the proper way to store chocolate!

Describe your history with chocolate.
My first memory of chocolate was at the ice cream stand as a child making what I thought was the grandest decision of my life… chocolate or vanilla. The pressure was on. You can probably guess what I chose on that warm summer day! Since then, I enjoyed many a chocolate cone, broke off countless pieces of Kit Kat, and dunked more Oreos that I can remember. However, it wasn’t until studying at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) that I was introduced to fine chocolate. (more…)

Posted by on March 19th, 2013

Madeline Puckette of Wine Folly

Editor’s Note: We’re excited to welcome Madeline Puckette to Menuism as our new expert on wine! Her first article will premiere this Thursday. We were sad when Etty Lewensztain moved on, as she has been a wonderful voice on our blog. But we know Madeline will be just as fantastic as Etty, having already contributed some great articles, including The Problem with Wine by the Glass (and the Solution), Pinot Noir, the King of Spring, and Fundamentals of Food and Wine Pairing. Madeline is the host of winefolly.com, a wine learning website serving up wine courses, videos and articles to inspire wine drinkers everywhere. Get to know Madeline even better with her interview below, and help us welcome her to the Menuism Blog! – KK (more…)

Posted by on November 13th, 2012

We’re happy to welcome Michelle Kretzer as our new expert on vegan dining! Michelle blogs for the PETA Files and has a contagious passion for meatless eating. Learn more about Michelle below, and look for her first column tomorrow. – KK

What prompted you to start eating vegan?

While pursuing my journalism degree, I took an agriculture course as an elective. Part of the curriculum concerned factory farming, and I was shocked when I learned how these farms force animals to live in filthy conditions, routinely mutilate their bodies, and haul them through all weather extremes to painful and terrifying deaths. I immediately decided that I could not continue to give my money to factory farms and financially support that cruelty to animals. So I stopped, just like that. (more…)

Posted by on September 25th, 2012

We’re delighted to welcome Kim Thompson as a regular contributor and Menuism sustainable seafood expert! Get to know Kim a little bit better below, see the guest post she wrote last month for National Seafood Month, and watch out for her future articles in this space. Her first contribution on Bristol Bay salmon will post tomorrow morning. Please help us welcome Kim in the comments! – KK (more…)

Posted by on July 16th, 2012

Marla Gulley Roncaglia is an American expat living in the Italian Alps. She and her husband run a bed and breakfast named Bella Baita, where they are active supporters of the slow food movement. Get to know our new Italian food expert with the following Q&A, and please help welcome Marla to the Menuism community! (more…)

Posted by on May 15th, 2012

It’s a great honor to welcome our newest Menuism expert, Jay Ducote, who will be writing about the world of barbecue. Jay chronicles his culinary and indulgent cultural experiences at BiteAndBooze.com, as well as on two radio shows that he produces. Jay was the 2010 winner of Tony Chachere’s Tailgating Cookoff and has triumphed in numerous competitive eating contests. In 2011, after competing on the FOX reality show “MasterChef,” he was named one of the Top 100 Amateur Chefs in America. (more…)

Posted by on February 28th, 2012

Kirstin Jackson is a professionally trained cook, wine bar manager and cheese program director, food and wine writer, consultant, and instructor, whose fridge and head is almost entirely consumed with cheese. Her cheese blog, “It’s Not You, It’s Brie,” was launched in April 2009, and has since received accolades from Blogs.com, Foodista, and Apartment Therapy’s The Kitchen. And now, we’re proud to say, she’s joined our expert ranks at Menuism! Get to know Kirstin a little better with this interview, and please help us welcome her to community. (more…)

Posted by on February 16th, 2012

Photo Credit Robby Virus

Mr. Lew may be elusive when it comes to his personal identity, but one thing he can’t hide is how much he loves food—especially bacon, cheese, and of course, burgers. Since 2009, Mr. Lew has been exploring Montreal and its environs seeking out the ultimate in burger offerings. He’s tasted and blogged about over 100 different burgers, from major chains to small delicatessens. (more…)

Posted by on January 24th, 2012

John Brady of Brady's Beef

Listen to John Brady talk about meat–and specifically grass-fed beef–and no matter how brief the period, be it a few minutes or much longer, you’ll come away having learned something important about the meat you eat. John is a third-generation family rancher who’s been raising cattle all his life, but his knowledge runs a lot deeper than that. He’s passionate about ranching, as he puts it, the “new old-fashioned way”–a method that’s stuck a chord with quality-conscious carnivores across the country. 

On the Brady’s Beef blog, John writes about everything from the health benefits of grass-fed beef, to what’s being served in school lunches, to the latest legislation affecting our food growers and, in the end, eaters. We’re kicking off John’s brand-new column all about beef this week, so come back soon and check back often! (more…)

Posted by on August 22nd, 2011

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