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About Ohio Authority

OhioAuthority.com is a fully interactive web magazine that features a wealth of regionally driven editorial content. As Ohio’s premier online magazine, OhioAuthority.com features award-winning writers and experts who connect readers to the community with contemporary coverage of the region’s best and brightest. Readers will find stories from the culinary world, arts community, entertainment industry and fashion scene, in addition to the latest home and garden trends, and health and education news. A professional team of experienced editors and designers manages OhioAuthority.com. The editorial tone is positive in nature and builds excitement about our region as a great place to live, work and play.

OhioAuthority.com is an award-winning member of the Press Club of Cleveland, an organization that brings together journalists and other communication professionals for educational and social opportunities.


Authors and Contributors

Ivan Sheehan

Ivan Sheehan

ivan@ohioauthority.com / Editor

Although he was born in Dublin, Ireland, Ivan J. Sheehan has called northeast Ohio home for more than 25 years. The Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism grad worked in various editorial capacities for Northern Ohio Live magazine, most recently as Senior Editor/Food&Drink. His work has appeared in national publications, such as Blender.com, Restaurant Hospitality, Living Without magazine and Gayot.com. He has made multiple appearances on WCPN 90.3FM 's Around Noon radio show, and as a guest on the Emmy award–winning Live From the Circle TV program. He enjoys the occasional strong drink, and earned an Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, cultivating a fascination with wine. He is a capable cook, though ever thankful he lives in one of America's finest culinary destinations. He enjoys tinkering with his '66 Vespa VBB, and ogling autos he'll likely never drive. 

Latest: Live From Bad Racket: The Womack Family Band, posted in Arts

Sarah Sphar

Sarah Sphar

sarah@ohioauthority.com / Editor

Sarah R. Sphar has been a northeast Ohio-based writer and editor for more than ten years. Her experience includes writing news and features for national trade magazines and regional consumer titles, including a five-year stint as editor-in-chief of Northern Ohio Live. Her work has also been published online at the travel and dining site Gayot.com and the late, lamented humor site BlackTable.com. She is a decidedly amateur photographer, a better than average baker, a witheringly astute critic (of anything, just ask) and an avid reader.

Latest: Rock Crystal, posted in Home & Style

Carlo  Wolff

Carlo Wolff

carlo.wolff@gmail.com / Contributing Editor

Carlo Wolff writes for numerous publications including The Boston Globe, the Chicago Sun Times, the St. Petersburg Times, International Watch, HotelNewsNow.com and Asian Hospitality. He specializes in music criticism, book reviews, and feature articles about popular culture, travel, watches, and business. He was Features Editor of LH-Lodging Hospitality magazine from 1990 to 2008. The author of Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories, he lives in South Euclid, Ohio. Read his blog at www.carlowolff.com.

Latest: Top Brass, posted in Region

Judith Mansour

Judith Mansour

judith@the-lit.org / Contributing Editor

Judith Mansour is the executive director of The LIT: Cleveland’s Literary Center and editor of MUSE. She joined the organization in June of 2007, coming from the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, where she worked as assistant executive director for two years.

Mansour, after working for 10+ years in the field of mental health and social services, made a career change to pursue her passion for literary arts. In 2000, she became the editor and associate publisher of Northern Ohio Live magazine, where she worked until 2002, when she left to pursue a master of arts in creative writing from Cleveland State University. Since that time, she has worked as both a freelance writer and editor, and her work has been published in angle, a journal for arts + culture; Northern Ohio Live; Cleveland Magazine; Ohio Magazine; and the Plain Dealer.  

In her spare time, Mansour tries her very best to write fiction that is worth reading, but like all writers, has serious doubts, so mostly sticks to reading.

 


Ben Borowski

Ben Borowski

ben.borowski@typeoneerror.com / Designer/Developer

Ben Borowski is the interactive director and owner of Typeoneerror Studios (typeoneerror.com). A graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art and native of Ohio, Ben has learned to love his Ohio sports from afar in his current home town of Seattle. Ben designs and develops engaging interactive experiences for the web; when Ohio Authority approached Typeoneerror to design and develop the site, he was thrilled to get back into the Northeast Ohio world. Ben spends his free time loving cats and growing beards.


Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

eric.anderson.brewer@gmail.com / Writer

Eric Anderson is a transplant Clevelander putting his talents to work for Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood as Beer Engineer and Brewer. After graduating from Allegheny College in 2007 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in music theory he earned his degree in Master Brewing from Siebel Institute in Chicago and Doemens / World Brewing Academy in Munich, Germany. He has spent time all over the country and in Europe sampling pretty much everything he could get his hands on in the way of fermented delights and culinary creations. For the last year and a half Eric has been producing the much loved Buckeye Brewing Co. beers and pub exclusives like Cleveland Porter, Aigre Bois de Erique, Quad Loco, and the Greenhouse Tavern collaboration Saison de Maison.

Latest: The Brew Master: Belgian Beer 101, posted in Food & Drink

Kristen Ashenbach

Kristen Ashenbach

kashenbach@gmail.com / Writer

Kristen M. Ashenbach was born in Lorain, Ohio, and began theater performances at the age of five. She nurtured a love of acting and dance through her college years at Ohio University, where she earned a bachelor’s in psychology. As Ashenbach’s own autoimmune health struggles throughout the years began to multiply, she looked to find alternative ways to subside or even eradicate symptoms. Her ongoing study of different treatments ranging from diet therapy to chiropractic treatments to aromatherapy to Rolfing (to name a few) has helped in her constant journey toward health. In the spring of 2009, she finished her chef’s training certification at the Natural Gourmet Health Institute in New York City, NY. The school’s mission is devoted to the natural healing modalities of food, use of whole foods and quality ingredients, as well as medicinal cooking and food allergies. She is currently studying through a distance-learning program, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, based in New York, to become a certified health counselor. She is a certified Pilates instructor, enjoys outdoor sports and activities, reading, meditation and prayer, and has a current love/hate relationship with Facebook.

Latest: Off the Beaten Patch, posted in Health & Education

Gail Bellamy

Gail Bellamy

bellamy.gail@gmail.com / Writer

Gail Bellamy is the 2009 City of Cleveland Heights Poet Laureate and the author of Cleveland Food Memories (Gray & Co.) and Design Spirits: Bars, Brewpubs and Techno Clubs (St. Martin’s Press), as well as two poetry collections—Victual Reality and Traveler’s Salad (both part of the Pudding House Chapbook Series). She is executive food editor of a national trade magazine for the restaurant industry, and radio host of the weekly program Dinner Plans, heard in the Cleveland area on WELW 1330 AM.

Latest: Broken Letters of the Heart, posted in Region

Lori Brandt

Lori Brandt

lorilbrandt@gmail.com / Writer

Lori Brandt is a writer specializing in education and health. She began her career as a reporter writing for the University of Akron's newspaper while earning a degree in journalism/creative writing. The mother of two went on to work for Northern Ohio Live magazine in Cleveland as assistant editor and now works as a freelance writer. Brandt resides in northeast Ohio and offers her readers informative information on the latest regional developments in the medical and educational fields.

Latest: A Critical Need, posted in Health & Education

Doan Buu

Doan Buu

doanbuu@gmail.com / Illustrator

Doan Buu is a Cleveland native who currently resides in New York City. Buu, a Cleveland Institute of Art graduate, is a graphic designer and the two-year reigning "Dancing With The Staff" dance champion at the Rachael Ray Show. When not accepting challenges for his crown, Buu works as the show's package and props designer, while doing everything from illustration to web design in his spare time (www.dbuu.com). Aside from work, Buu appreciates the simple things in life, such as eating, drinking, sleeping and playing in a punk band.


Julie  Cajigas

Julie Cajigas

julie@inspiredfreelancer.com / Writer

Julie A Cajigas is a Northeast Ohio-based freelance writer and owner of Inspired Copy & Communications, a copywriting and public relations firm. She is a regular contributor to several national trade magazines and works locally and nationally with marketing firms and corporate clients. Her writing has appeared locally in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and on CoolCleveland.com. Cajigas is also an avid vocalist and violinist who performs regularly in Cleveland with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and the Allison Bencar band. She holds undergraduate degrees in Music and Communication from Cleveland State University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Communication there.

Latest: You Can’t Keep a Good Girl Down, posted in Arts

Bridget Callahan

Bridget Callahan

sharpshinyclaws@gmail.com / Writer

Born and raised in Cleveland, there are three things in life Bridget needs to be happy: a computer, a car and an industrial wasteland. Oh, and a lake. So four things. Everything else is incidental. She is currently praying that someday she will be "discovered", though she's a little uncertain what that actually means. If you know, she'll gladly buy you a drink. In the meantime, she writes at Bridget Callahan is Your Best Friend, which she personally guarantees will be more interesting than shopping for shoes online, unless you are just really into shoes.

Latest: Drinking Stories: Fracas, posted in Food & Drink

Peter  Chakerian

Peter Chakerian

peter_chakerian@yahoo.com / Writer

A lifelong Northeast Ohio resident and award-winning writer, Chakerian is the author of The Browns Fan’s Tailgating Guide (Gray & Company) and Pop Goes Cleveland! The Impact of Cleveland (and Northeast Ohio) on Pop Culture (Cleveland Landmarks Press). Over the course of two decades, he's written about arts, culture and entertainment for The Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal, Northern Ohio Live, Cleveland Magazine, Scene and dozens of other publications throughout the Midwest. He most recently served as the Managing Editor of CoolCleveland.com. Chakerian is a work-at-home-stay-at-home dad who enjoys a good beer, downtempo electronic music, rustic cooking, futbol (and football), late 1970s popular culture and has more interests than time. Keep up with him on his blog, Joyrides for Shut-Ins.

Latest: Fresh Start: Week of January 31, posted in Home & Style

Lee Chilcote

Lee Chilcote

leechilcote@gmail.com / Writer

Lee Chilcote is a journalist, essayist and poet whose work has appeared in Cleveland Scene, Cleveland Magazine, the Cleveland Free times, Crain’s Cleveland Business, Inside Business, Northern Ohio Live and other publications. He earned his Master’s degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Cleveland State University in 2002, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from CSU’s Levin College in 2003. Since 2000, he has also worked in urban real estate development and community development, helping several nonprofits and companies to develop marketing materials and to manage projects. Originally from Cleveland Heights, he lives in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood with his family.

Latest: End Zone, posted in Region

Brandon Chrostowski

Brandon Chrostowski

bechrostowski@yahoo.com /

Brandon Chrostowski has been involved with some of the world’s finest restaurants for over a decade. The recipient of an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Restaurant Management from The Culinary Institute of America, he apprenticed at the legendary Charlie Trotters in Chicago. Ever the jet-setter, Brandon’s next stop was at Lucas Carton, Paris’ longest-standing Michelin 3-star restaurant. The intricacies of a French kitchen provided cutting-edge experience. Brandon later returned stateside to New York City, where he worked at Le Cirque as a Chef de Partie and later as a saucier at Picholine. Having been in the kitchen for several years, Brandon chose to expand his restaurant knowledge by working in the dining room at Le Pavilion, a small gem tucked away in upstate New York and owned and operated by former CIA instructor Claude Guermont.  During another stint in New York City, Brandon had the opportunity to manage Chanterelle, a New York Times and James Beard award-winning restaurant, where he worked under the tutelage of restaurateurs Karen and David Waltuck. While at Chanterelle, Brandon worked closely with Master Sommelier Roger Dagorn in pursuit of becoming a sommelier, and ultimately became certified through the Court of Master Sommeliers. He is currently the manager at L'Albatros Brasserie + Bar

Latest: The Cultured Palate: Heart of the Rhone, posted in Food & Drink

Chris C.  Davis

Chris C. Davis

chriscdavi@gmail.com / Writer

Chris is a Columbus, Ohio, resident. He recently sold his small retail business in hopes of pursuing a career in advertising, as a copywriter. He is an avid reader, an audiophile with an anglophilic slant, an imbiber of large quantities of coffee (and sometimes Scotch), a lover of great food and wine, a passionate fan of ice hockey, a frustrated observer of politics, a wide-eyed admirer of art and design, and a frequent accidental giver of unsolicited opinions. He considers a day where he doesn’t learn anything new a wasted day. And, though he’s not religious, he tries to live his life by the golden rule (unless you’ve done something to upset him). He also has and on-again, off-again relationship with his blog, The Waste Land Chronicle.

Latest: Sound Notes: Cloud Nothings, posted in Arts

Danielle DeBoe

Danielle DeBoe

danielle@roomservicecleveland.com / Contributor

Danielle DeBoe is a native Clevelander who took a 4-year hiatus out to LA many years ago where she realized that going to a larger market city for a creative job is not necessarily enough to yield the quality of life she had imagined.  Building a creative career in Cleveland, as the Proprietor of the arts-centric lifestyle boutique, ROOM SERVICE and the Creator/Organizer of the MADE IN THE 216 event, Dinner With Strangers and Who Is Cleveland has allowed her to live creatively within the context of a community that also feeds her soul.

Latest: Shop Class: Episode Six - "Stocking Stuffers, Part 2", posted in Home & Style

José Feliciano Jr.

José Feliciano Jr.

josefelicianojr@gmail.com / Writer

While attending Muskingum College, José Feliciano Jr. entertained listeners on WMCO 90.7 FM, helping shape the station as a DJ and music director. For the past four years, José and his wife have maintained the music and culture blog, Sensory Overload. José is actively involved in civic development as president of the Young Latino Network and co-chair for the Civic Area Involvement Team for Convención Hispana 2010. José is a graduate of the Cleveland Bridge Builders' Flagship Class of 2008 and is a member of LeadDIVERSITY's Flagship Class of 2010 through Cleveland's Diversity Center. In his free time, José enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and dying by the sword of Cleveland's sports teams (it's a love/hate thing!).

Latest: Acts to Follow: April, posted in Arts

Marianne Frantz

Marianne Frantz

mfrantz@americanwineschool.com / Writer

After spending more than 10 years producing wine events across the country, Marianne Frantz founded the American Wine School for consumers and hospitality professionals in 2002. The school teaches leisure classes and is the exclusive program provider for the London-based Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in Ohio and Chicago. The school’s tasting center, Cellar Door, operates in Beachwood, Ohio and features a classroom, tasting room and retail shop. A member of the Society of Wine Educators and a Certified Wine Educator, Marianne currently holds a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from WSET and is a candidate for the Master of Wine. In 2006, she earned the Advanced Sommelier qualification from the Court of Master Sommeliers and is currently a Master Sommelier candidate. Marianne writes regular wine columns for TheWineBuzz and is a contributing writer for City Visitor and national trade publications such as Restaurant Hospitality. Additionally, she hosts Wine On the WAVE, a weekly radio segment on 107.3FM in Cleveland and travels the country on behalf of Schott Zwiesel educating consumers on facts behind the wine glass.

Latest: At Cellar Door: Decanting, posted in Food & Drink

Marty Frazier

Marty Frazier

marten.frazier@gmail.com / Writer

Marty Frazier is a native Ohioan who's recently returned from a stint teaching in Brooklyn, NY. An Oberlin College graduate, Frazier has had an interest in issues affecting Northeast Ohio since he began volunteering as an educator in the Oberlin community during his undergraduate years. That passion has stuck with him, and Frazier continues to work as an educator at a public school in Cleveland.

Latest: Requiem for a Million, posted in Arts

Aaron  Freeder

Aaron Freeder

adf5142@gmail.com / Videographer

Aaron Freeder is an aspiring creative filmmaker from Solon, Ohio. He made his directorial debut in the fifth grade with the original production Vacation to Planet Earth. His tastes have evolved a bit since then, though he still likes to make all types of nonsense with his friends. He likes biking the hills of Central New York, impersonating police officers on occasion and consuming the works of Paul Thomas Anderson. View some of his work here.

Latest: Live From Bad Racket: The Womack Family Band, posted in Arts

Cheryl Higley

Cheryl Higley

chigley@oh.rr.com / Writer

Cheryl Higley is a freelance writer based in Avon Lake. Her full-time job is mother and chauffeur to three daughters ages 11, 10 and 6.

Latest: Teaming Up for Success, posted in Health & Education

Tim Kempf

Tim Kempf

tim@duohome.com / Contributor

Tim Kempf is a long-time Cleveland resident, active in the local architecture and design community for more than 25 years. A professional interior designer, Tim's most recent endeavour was the creation of duoHOME (6507 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 216-651-4411), an eclectic home furnishings and accessories store anchoring The Gordon Square Arts District of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.  Along with business partner and fellow interior designer Scott Suskowicz, the pair not only created and operate this chic boutique but also manage a growing interior design practice. Tim feels the duoHOME design aesthetic is best-described as being thoughtful, appropriate and personal. Every object selected for the store, every decision made in a design project is carefully considered, and bears the taste signature of the owners. Primarily a residential design firm, duoHOME does commercial projects as well. 

Latest: HomeWork: Positive Reflections, posted in Home & Style

Laura Kennelly

Laura Kennelly

lkennelly@gmail.com / Writer

Laura Kennelly is a freelance arts columnist and reporter who lives in the Cleveland area. As member of the Music Critics Association of North America, she shares a blogging site with arts writers in the USA and Canada at classicalvoiceamerica.org. She also serves as associate editor for BACH, a scholarly journal about J. S. Bach and his circle, published by the Riemenschneider Bach Institute at Baldwin-Wallace College.

Latest: Friday Night Sights, posted in Arts

Ryan Lally

Ryan Lally

ryanmlally@gmail.com / Writer

Having spent the past six years living and working in New York City, Ryan is currently traveling around the world with his fiancée and their two 70-liter backpacks. A native of Shaker Heights and an accountant by trade, he is temporarily forgoing his days with financial statements and taxes in order to see, learn from and engage with as much of the world as he purposefully can in twelve months. With an eye towards experiencing more while spending less, he is discovering that frugal travel can be the best kind of travel. To read more, visit his blog Exploring the Gap. For current updates and low-resolution photos of what he’s eating, follow him at @exploringthegap

Latest: Conscious Compass: Mountain Blooms, posted in Health & Education

Erich Lasher

Erich Lasher

lasher216@gmail.com / Writer

Erich Lasher is the self-described resident wino and beer nerd at La Cave du Vin in Cleveland Heights. His knowledge of and passion for beer is well-known among La Cave's loyal following, who come to sample from hundreds of hard-to-find, unique beers personally selected by Lasher. He has helped craft beer lists for numerous area restaurants, uniting his culinary acumen with his trained palate. He has traveled all over the globe, wining and dining, and is a trained thespian, martial artist and cat lover.

Latest: Behind the Bar: Flavor Trip, posted in Food & Drink

Eleanor  LeBeau

Eleanor LeBeau

eleanorlebeau@yahoo.com / Writer

Visual arts writer Eleanor LeBeau is a native Clevelander who recently returned from a five-year walkabout in Arizona and California. In 2007, she earned an M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her exhibition previews and reviews, feature stories, museum guides and arts-related news articles have appeared in Art Papers, Contemporary, Cleveland Scene, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Northern Ohio Live, Sacramento News & Review and Sactown Magazine. Her interests include performance studies, social practice and the intersection of cultures expressed in contemporary American art, with an emphasis on the work of North American indigenous peoples. She holds undergraduate degrees in art history and journalism from Kent State.

Latest: Spirits in the Material World, posted in Arts

Ken Mengay

kmenstudio@sbcglobal.net / Photographer

For more than three decades, Ken Mengay of Photographic Illustrations has been the Midwest’s premier food photographer. A Cleveland native, Mengay attended Cleveland Public High School and graduated from Cleveland State University. During the 1970s, Mengay worked as a stringer for the Associated Press and United Press International. By the end of the decade, Mengay moved to commercial photography, working with clients such as Rubbermaid, Hoover and Stouffer’s to create product packaging images that proved profitable for his clients. His studio work with Stouffer’s, restaurants and other food industry accounts is where Mengay found his niche. In 1988, Mengay founded Photographic Illustrations, uniting his passion for photography with his years of experience as a studio photographer. In 1991, Mengay moved to his current studio on Lakeside Avenue. Today, Photographic Illustrations is the Midwest’s premier dedicated food-photography studio.


Chris  Minnillo

Chris Minnillo

chrisminnillo@gmail.com / Writer

Chris Minnillo has devoted his life to the potent potable. He has involved himself variously and intimately in the wine business - making it, selling it. He is a cocktail enthusiast and bartender. He makes hard cider from Ohio apples. He has enough homebrewing equipment to keep the Australian Navy drunk for a week. He loves everything with two wheels and a motor. He has a hard time deciding between Steely Dan or the Supersuckers or Merle Haggard. And he generally loves to share his passion for the place he calls home - the people, the food, the art, the architecture, the history, the neighborhoods and the life of being a Clevelander. He writes about adult beverages and more at http://ciderworks.blogspot.com.

Latest: Short Supply, posted in Food & Drink

Paulius  Nasvytis

Paulius Nasvytis

paulius@velvettangoroom.com / Writer

Paulius Nasvytis opened the Velvet Tango Room in 1996. There Nasvytis and his team have focused on handcrafted cocktails that not only preceded the currents trends, but also proved influential on the current local and national cocktail scenes. Through the years, the VTR has received numerous local, national and international accolades, including recent highlights in Food & Wine magazine, (“Top 100 Bars in America,”,March 2009),  Budget Travel (“Top Nine Speakeasies,”,August 2009), USA Today (“Top 10 Speakeasies in the USA,” February 2009), and Condé Nast (“2008 International Hotlist”). To learn more about the VTR, visit www.velvettangoroom.com,

Latest: Cocktails 101: The Fizz, posted in Food & Drink

Kevin Nortz

Kevin Nortz

kevinnortz@gmail.com / Photographer

Kevin Nortz (b. 1981) grew up in Toledo, Ohio. He is a graduate of Ohio University’s highly regarded Visual Communications program, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in photojournalism with a specialization in anthropology. Over the past five years, he's traveled throughout southeast Asia, Thailand and the Philippines shooting for the Asia Times, and later worked in Seattle as a staff photojournalist for The Washington Post Co. He was named the Pacific Northwestern Photographer of the Year in 2008. He currently resides in Chicago, where he has opened an independent furniture refinishing and restoring workshop (http://hotcoffeemodern.blogspot.com) while his girlfriend pursues a doctorate at Northwestern. An enormously fat cat named Fern lives amongst them.


Stefanie  Paganini

Stefanie Paganini

stefanie@lpscinc.com / Writer

A graduate of Wittenberg College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Stefanie began her professional career as an assistant prosecutor for both Lake and Geauga counties. She joined the family business after attending the Pastry Arts Diploma Program at ICASI, the International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute. At the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking, Stefanie wears many hats, including those of marketing director and chief legal counsel; currently, she is also the director of student services. She teaches a number of classes in the recreational program, including children's, pastry and hands-on dog biscuit making. Other works includes food stylist credits for Dr. Agaston, creator of the South Beach Diet, and for the Fabulous Food Show in 2007 and 2008, where she worked with such Food Network stars as Guy Fieri, Paula Deen and Duff. Currently, Stefanie co-hosts a monthly cooking show, Dinner and Drinks, on Time Warner Cable's NEON channel. You can also see her on local television programs like Studio 3, Cooking with Hollie Strano, Channel 3 Noon News and Fox 8 News in the Morning. She is a regular guest on Channel 3's Good Company. That's Stefanie's voice you hear each week on the radio segment Paganini's Pantry on the WDOK morning show Trapper Jack in the Morning. An avid world traveler, Stefanie speaks fluent Italian.

Latest: Culinary Book Club: The Paris Wife, posted in Food & Drink

Earl Pike

Earl Pike

earlpike@yahoo.com / Writer

Earl Pike is a writer, artist, and consultant living in Cleveland Heights.  He spent 25 years, from the spring of 1985 to the summer of 2010, working in the field of HIV/AIDS, and now assists an array of nonprofits on questions of planning and strategy, advocacy and public policy, donor advising, leadership and other topics.

Latest: Change, Hope, Again, posted in Region

Heidi  Robb

Heidi Robb

heidi@heidirobb.com / Writer

With an extensive background working in restaurants, Heidi Robb is a multi-disciplined freelancer specializing in culinary media. Her work includes writing, styling, photography, recipe testing and development for chefs (Michael Symon, Stephen Raichlen) and their cookbooks, product development, advertising and more. She creates food that is desirable and appealing to the senses through print, visual and audio communications. Food is the currency of her communication, and you can find Robb blogging about her Life in Recipes at www.heidirobb.com. She's a self-decribed world traveler, music lover, yoga practitioner and tequila afficionado. She can usually be found smiling.

Latest: The Spice Trade: A “Toor” de Force, posted in Food & Drink

Andrew Samtoy

Andrew Samtoy

asamtoy@gmail.com / Writer

Andrew Samtoy has sold Cutco knives, worked at a theater box office, bought clothes from thrift stores and resold them on eBay, hand-loaded water bottles onto delivery trucks, written press briefings for President Clinton and interned at a community newspaper for four months in 2002. His boxing career was cut short only because his trainer was shot to death. He likes dogs, reading and alone time.

Latest: On Stage: My Name is Asher Lev, posted in Arts

Karen Sandstrom

Karen Sandstrom

ksands7@aol.com / Writer & Illustrator

Karen Sandstrom worked for 18 years at The Plain Dealer, including stints as homes editor, book editor and features editor. In 2009, she enrolled at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she studies illustration. Her drawings have appeared in The Plain Dealer, and on her blog. Her illustrations for writer Sara Holbrook's book of children's poems, Zombies! Evacuate the School, will be published in October by Boyds Mills Press.

Latest: Sketchbook Cleveland: Marblehead, posted in Region

Ryan Santos

Ryan Santos

ryan@pleasetoeatyou.com / Writer

Ryan Santos enjoys canal riding in his hometown with his weird dog and numerous female liaisons. He prefers wheat-free tamari for his octopus sashimi and lay-ups to slam-dunks, which he considers uncouth. He is the founder and executive chef of Please Catering.

Latest: No Restrictions: Introduction, posted in Food & Drink

Jonathan Sin-Jin Satayathum LEED AP [BD+C]

Jonathan Sin-Jin Satayathum LEED AP [BD+C]

sinjin.designspace@gmail.com / Writer

Satayathum is an independent interior designer and sustainability consultant based in Lakewood, Ohio. He has been involved for several years in the Northeast Ohio green building and design community working as a committee member for Northeast Ohio Chapter of USGBC, volunteer work with ZeroLandfill Cleveland and now initiatives with ZeroWaste NEO, The Green Restaurant Association and the 'Sustainable Cleveland 2019' group. He has specialized interest in restaurant design, with more than a decade of experience in related operations, management and sustainability implementation. Satayathum was involved in all aspects of The Greenhouse Tavern project and acted as liaison to the Green Restaurant Association to achieve the very first Green Restaurant Certification in Ohio. His team worked with Councilman Joe Cimperman to bring Municipal Co-Mingled Recycling to the entire East 4th Street entertainment and residential district.

Latest: Sustainable/Explainable: Green Opportunities for 2011, posted in Health & Education

Amelia Sawyer

Amelia Sawyer

amelia.zatik-sawyer@thegreenhousetavern.com / Writer

Writer Amelia Sawyer describes herself best on her popular blog, Chef's Widow: "Woman. Mother. Chef's Widow. Champagne harlot. Sour beer aficionado. Large handbag collector. Obscenely expensive shoe lovah. Blonde. Redhead. Brunette. Breastfeeder. Pug-fox terrier belly scratcher. Pitbull advocate. Drunken break dancer. Bartender to the stars. Semiconscious writer. Earth loving. Tori Amos listening. Loud mouth. Chef-loving lady..."

Latest: Pack Brats, posted in Home & Style

Bev Shaffer

Bev Shaffer

bev.foodwithattitude@gmail.com / Writer

Bev Shaffer is a chef, food writer, cookbook author [COOKIES to die for!, No Reservations Required, BROWNIES to die for!, Mustard Seed Market & Cafe Natural Foods Cookbook], culinary instructor, and makes frequent guest appearances on TV and radio, cooking and calming food phobias. She can be reached through her website, www.bevshaffer.com or at bev.foodwithattitude@gmail.com, where you can sign up for her bi-weekly e-newsletter, BITE THIS!

Latest: No Worries, Mate, posted in Food & Drink

John  Shaffer

John Shaffer

shaffer.jr@gmail.com / Photographer

John Shaffer is a freelance food and nature photographer. His work has appeared in publications including the Plain Dealer and Northern Ohio Live magazine. He is the husband of noted culinary author and chef Bev Shaffer, and has worked with her as photographer and food stylist for COOKIES to die for!, No Reservations Required, BROWNIES to die for! and the Mustard Seed and Cafe Natural Foods Cookbook. John was the first president of the Ronald McDonald House of Akron, and currently serves on its board of directors. 


Candra Squire

Candra Squire

candra@candrasquire.com / Contributor

Candra Squire has no idea what anyone would want to know about her, but she owns Salty Not Sweet boutique in the Waterloo Arts District, where she offers an exquisitely edited selection of handmade items from creators and designers near and far. She also writes terrible greeting cards and spreads those around the country.

Latest: Happy Holidays!, posted in Arts

Doug Trattner

Doug Trattner

doug@trattner.net / Contributor

Douglas Trattner has covered the Northeast Ohio food and dining scene for close to a decade. His restaurant reviews and industry news columns have appeared almost weekly since 2001, first in Free Times, then later in Scene, where he presently is Dining Editor. Trattner also is the author of Moon Cleveland, the definitive travel guidebook to Northeast Ohio. In addition to his local food writing, Trattner's work has appeared in the Plain Dealer, Wine & Spirits, Miami Herald and Insider Ohio, where he acts as managing editor.

 

Latest: ChowTalk: Episode 6, posted in Food & Drink

Adam Wagner

Adam Wagner

adam@gomedia.us / Contributor

Adam Wagner is a marketer, designer, writer, audio engineer and entrepreneur. He doesn’t sleep or eat much. These days, he's living the dream with the fantastic people of Cleveland. See and listen to what he’s been working on in the studio at Bad Racket, hear some songs he likes to play, or check out some tunes that sound way too similar. If you have a cool idea that keeps you from falling asleep, he'd really like to eat food or drink coffee with you.

Latest: Live From Bad Racket: The Womack Family Band, posted in Arts

Elizabeth Weinstein

Elizabeth Weinstein

e_weinstein@hotmail.com / Writer

Elizabeth Weinstein is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Magazine, Northern Ohio Live, The Cleveland Jewish News and The Oberlin Alumni Magazine. She recently completed her master’s degree in journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School for Journalism, and works at Oberlin College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 2002. She lives in Oberlin with her bichon frise-cockapoo mix dog, Punky Brewster.

Latest: Innovator, Educator and Unlikely Hero, posted in Health & Education

Rob Wrobel

Rob Wrobel

robwrobel7@yahoo.com / Writer

Rob Wrobel is a Northeast Ohio native who currently resides somewhere between Manila, Philippines; Brighton, UK; Toronto, Canada and Northeast Ohio. A graduate of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, he has worked in the field of international development since 2003. His programmatic and research interests include community-driven development and reconstruction in areas affected by conflict, and the political economy of international aid. After university, he spent three years roaming around the Afghan countryside trying to manage field operations of the National Solidarity Program, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s flagship rural development program (www.nspafghanistan.org). Later he spent more than two years in Aceh, Indonesia, supporting local government and community-based efforts at rebuilding in the wake of 30 years of conflict (www.conflictanddevelopment.org). He recently took an assignment in the Philippines, and is in the process of completing a master’s degree at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK.

Latest: Regional Relations: Extraordinary Exchange, posted in Region