Summer 2012 Contributors

Luke Atkinson

Luke Atkinson is a graphic designer in Washington, D.C. He is at Ruby Tuesday in that photo (credit: Angela Faison). That’s like smoking in Runner’s World. More work at

Katherine Brewer

Katherine Brewer  is a writer, multimedia producer and journalist in Washington D.C. She covers politics by day, eats burgers and cheese by night, and tries to backpack on every warm weekend.

Bobby BruderleBobby Bruderle doesn’t like writing blurbs about himself, but he does enjoy a good batch of truffle popcorn. He is a freelance photographer and director of photography based out of Washington D.C., and has shot everything from super bowl commercials to magazine covers. You can see more of his work at

Marian BurrosMarian Burros spent 27 years as a staff writer for the New York Times, covering every aspect of food. She continues to write for them and other publications. Before going to the Times, she worked for the Washington Post, and WRC-TV. She is the author of 11 cookbooks.

Catherine DownCatherine Down ate her way around the world before settling down in Washington, D.C. She studied food in every way possible while getting a M.A. in Food Culture & Communications at the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Prior to returning stateside to launch and edit edibleDC, she had a brief but delightful stint at the food blog Paris by Mouth. She is also a Culinary Strategy Associate at EDENS and could happily eat nothing but cheese every day.

Christine CarrollChristine Carroll is a trained chef and co-author of the cookbook “Come In We’re Closed: An invitation to the world’s best restaurant staff meals” due out in October 2012. She is also the founder of CulinaryCorps, the nation’s first volunteer service organization for culinary professionals. She lives and tends bees in Washington D.C.

Hannah ColclazierHannah Colclazier is a portrait and lifestyle photographer based in Washington, D.C. She specializes in natural light photography and is known for her clear and crisp style. Her photography has been featured in The Washington Post, Washingtonian Bride & Groom, Style Me Pretty, along with other blogs and publications.

Kate HeadleyKate Headley is a lifestyle photographer and filmmaker living in Old Town Alexandria. Her photographs have been featured in the pages of Health, Martha Stewart Weddings, Washingtonian B&G and numerous blogs and websites. An accomplished wedding photographer, her wedding work was recently published in a book by Southern Living.

Sam HiersteinerSam Hiersteiner is a contributor to edibleDC, Washington City Paper, DC Modern Luxury, Flavor Magazine and By day, he is a policy and communications consultant to non-profits, foundations and businesses at the Glover Park Group. He lives in D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood and was born and raised on Kansas City BBQ. Reach him on Twitter @ SamsGoodMeats.

Emily HoppeEmily Hoppe graduated from Johns Hopkins with a degree in English and Italian, and became a Baltimorean along the way. She is a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing with plans to specialize in child psychiatry. Although she writes about ice cream in this issue, her first love is Italian gelato.

Louisa KasdonLouisa Kasdon has authored more than 500 articles about food, restaurants, health, and business and has won an M.F.K. Fisher award for Excellence in Culinary Writing. She is the food editor for the Boston Phoenix/Stuff Magazine and is a regular contributor to Kasdon is the founder and CEO of Let’s Talk About Food (, an events-based organization that bring community and the public together around issues in our food system. She can be reached at Louisa@

Justin KennedyJustin Kennedy is a freelance food writer. A native of southwestern Virginia, he currently divides his time between Washington and Brooklyn, NY. He has recently contributed to Lucky Peach and Young & Hungry, a blog of the Washington DC City Paper.

Melissa McCartMelissa McCart is a freelance writer who has recently returned to the D.C. market. She has a good deal of eating and drinking to catch up on. These days, her favorite flavors found in the city include a bowl of pho, Red Apron charcuterie, and a martini from The Columbia Room.

Jonna McKoneJonna McKone started out her career researching food access in NYC neighborhoods for the organization, City Harvest. Now she works as a reporter, writer and producer. You can hear her work on WAMU 88.5’s airwaves. Her work has also appeared in the Washington City Paper and she used to blog for the World Resources Institute Blog, TheCityFix. Jonna is a graduate of Bowdoin College. To listen, read and watch her work, go to:

Torie PatridgeTorie Patridge is a mural artist, designer, and illustrator. Her company, Cherry Blossom Creative, has created unique installations and brand work for clients including Living Social, Founding Farmers, ACE Hardware, and Blind Dog Cafe. She was named one of GOOD Magazine’s “artists to keep an eye out for in DC”.

Suzanne Simon and Bettina SternSuzanne Simon and Bettina Stern are best friends and bloggers. They love to cook in synch with the seasons for their families. With a passion for sharing home-cooking recipes, ideas and inspiration based on what’s freshest at market, is their website where you can follow more of their writing.

Emily TeelEmily Teel grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and her first foray into the world of local food happened in the form of strawberry picking at Butler’s Orchard in Montgomery County. An alumna of Bryn Mawr College and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, she is both a freelance writer and the Director of Public Programming at the Longview Center for Agriculture in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. She’s passionate about food and committed to the idea that everyone deserves access to meals that are both nourishing and satisfying.

Rachel TepperRachel Tepper is an assistant editor for The Huffington Post’s Food page. Previously, she held positions writing about food and D.C. life for NBC and Washingtonian Magazine. Her work has also appeared in publications including The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, The Forward and The Economist’s arts and culture website, More Intelligent Life. She recently spoke about her food photography on WAMU’s “Kojo Nnamdi Show,” and maintains a blog of her work, called The Pumpernickel Collection. A native Washingtonian, Rachel has seen the city’s food scene blossom over the last 10 years. She currently resides in New York City.

Carole TopalianCarole Topalian co-founded Edible Communities in the spring of 2004 with her partner, Tracey Ryder, after two years of publishing edible Ojai, the first-ever edible magazine. Topalian has enjoyed a 40-year photography career, which has taken her to all corners of the globe as well as every corner of North America’s farms, ranches, rivers and oceans. Her photography has been published in all 70 edible magazines, 5 cookbooks, and countless other magazines and periodicals.