Hello, It’s Me!

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The Blog:  Still TBD, if I’m being honest. What is blog, even?

Who am I? I guess I have to say something about myself, huh.

The name is Joseph*, and I’m surprisingly, delightfully (if only to myself), a food writer. In a meandering fashion—through the film, fashion, and event-planning industries—I discovered my love for all things food, so I traded my old hamster wheel for another, except this new shiny one is chasing the next great flavor. Organizing a travel industry start-up, managing a wine boutique, assisting a celebrity chef, editing a national wine publication: These positions contribute to who I am today, an always-curious reporter for the renowned Chicago Tribune Food & Dining section.

A certified (really: Level 3 Advanced via the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, i.e. WSET) wine geek with a knack for knives, ketchup and kimchi, I’ve developed my palate by traveling the world, sipping (lots of) wine and putting food in my face at every opportunity. Whether I’m learning how to make a hyper-regional gnocchi or reading up on the more obscure aspects of French vermouth, I’m happiest when I can learn by doing, and I hope to reflect that here.

When not drinking Champagne or funky Loire Valley reds, you’ll find me, camera and phone in hand, documenting my latest meals, kitchen disasters and travels. As my favorite Doctor says, “allons-y!”

*Joey is acceptable, if we’ve met and you deem me a “Joey”; Joe is a no-no, forever and always.

My work: You can find the bulk of my work over at The Chicago Tribune. Here, though, you’ll find both my musings, recipes, photos and whatever interests pull my attention. I’ve written or edited for a number of publications, including Wine Enthusiast, Afar, Conde Nast Traveler, Modern Luxury Mens’ Book, Chef Marcus Samuelsson, TBEX, and many more.

How do I get in touch with you?: The Internet is a big place, and I’m not hiding. Find me on Twitter or Instagram, if you’re so inclined.

Disclosure: Don’t contact me about your gadgets and gizmos aplenty; I’m not interested. I don’t accept products or services in exchange for writing posts, ever. I’m not interested in your new product. I’m not currently accepting any advertising at all.

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