A writer, editor and entrepreneur, I love to create pieces that capture the spirit of a place and time. From the Zagat books I've edited to the board game I invented, I'm always attuned to language and its evocative power.
I'm currently the editorial director of Rockefeller Center's food, fashion and entertainment blog, Front & Center, as well as a blog editor for Zagat, where I previously served on staff as a senior editor. I've also written about pop culture and the arts for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, Time Out New York and Tin House, among others. In addition, I've conceived and executed a number of independent projects, including the food-themed board game Menu Mash-Up, published by Chronicle Books in 2013, and a museum exhibition about Brooklyn shop signs for The City Reliquary in 2010.
I earned my BA in Comparative Literature at Brown University, and an MFA in fiction writing at Hunter College. During my freelance years, I've also traveled extensively, spending months at a time in Spain, India, Southeast Asia and Japan.
Food Writer & Editor
A longtime editor for Zagat, I worked as a senior editor for five years directing restaurant guides for cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New Orleans, and later served as a freelance contributor, editing the site’s blogs and reviews on a project basis. Before joining Zagat, I was the nightlife editor for Citysearch and wrote about restaurants and bars for New York Magazine. I've contributed to publications such as Extra Crispy and Bon Appétit as well.
Here's a selection of my work on food, restaurants and nightlife:
My pieces on pop culture, literature and the arts have included critical essays for The New York Times, humorous charts for Entertainment Weekly, theater reviews for New York Magazine and an in-depth biographical profile for Tin House. Here are some of them:
Out of a deep affection for the handmade shop signs that once marked my neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I curated an exhibition about them for the City Reliquary museum in 2010. In addition to conducting research through neighborhood organizations, newspapers and the New York Municipal Archives, I obtained vintage signs, photos and sculptural pieces. I wrote the complete text for the exhibit, which was later picked up to run for several months at the Manhattan gallery Partners & Spade.
Below are links to the Reliquary page, my text for the show, and a video in which I talk about the signs.
The idea for Menu Mash-Up sprang from a love of food, as well as a desire to work in the tactile medium of board games. I first designed the prototype using handwritten playing cards and tested it out with friends and family. (It was a hit!) After refining the game for several months, I sent a proposal to Chronicle Books, who picked it up for publication.
In this blog post for Chronicle, I wrote about my discoveries as I developed the game, and what's revealed when people get creative with ingredients.
In 2014, the Parents' Choice Foundation recognized Menu Mash-Up with a Silver Honor Award in its Toys & Games category. See other accolades on my Awards & Press page.
Awards & Press
Menu Mash-Up has been praised as a fun, engaging and beautifully designed game by a number of top organizations and publications.