2016 Is Starting Out Very Busy!

IMG_1333hey guys! here’s what I’ve been up to:

I wrote . . .

about cheese & wine pairing for Vogue.com, read here! (s/o to Murray’s Cheese for teaching me all I know)

about natural wine for Esquire.com, read here!

about SOMM the sequel for Food Republic, read here!

about delicious wine pairings for pork for Vine Pair, read here!

about visiting biodynamic winery Cascina degli Ulivi for Edible Magazine, read here!

* moretocome * moretocome * moretocome * sooooooooon *


I’m In a National Commercial (And I Was Only Paid $250)

From all corners of the country, I’m getting e-mails from people I haven’t heard from in years. “I saw you on TV! You look great!”

I am not an actor by trade, and yet I wound up in a Match.com commercial that is currently airing on several major networks, including ESPN, Bravo, and the Food Network. My roommate is a professional actor and she would kill for an opportunity like this, but I just stumbled into it. I was scouted by a talent agency, randomly, while I was working at my retail job in Williamsburg (by a customer!). She took me outside for a 2-minute video interview. A few weeks later, I went to Madison Square Park for the shoot. I waited around for a few hours, chatting with the rest of the “talent”–many of whom turned out to be actual professional actors. I figured, if these “real” actors are here, I’m sure they won’t actually use my footage–it will just be market research. Finally, I was called, and my stomach started fluttering just like it would in high school right before I made a stage entrance. I’d forgotten how amazing that feeling is!

They filmed me talking to the guy in the shot with me about why I wasn’t on Match. At first, I was a little restrained; I wasn’t sure how honest they would want me to be, so I said that I felt deterred by the $60 membership fee (which is true). They cut the take and I thought we were finished. Then, someone whispered into my interviewer’s ear bud–perhaps sensing that I had not entirely fessed up–and we did another take. That’s when I gave a more honest explanation, and that’s what ended up in the ad.

So, there’s my acting debut! I got paid $250 total. Normally, actors receive payment each time a commercial airs. Here’s to being cheap labor. Oh, and my mother is truly embarrassed.

“American Meat” premieres at Cinema Village April 12-18

CM Capture 1Friends,

Many of you know that I’ve been working doing public relations for a film called American Meat; this documentary film tells a story about food that you haven’t heard before, even if you’ve seen Food Inc and maybe even if you’re an avid Michael Pollan reader. It’s a story about meat farming in the U.S., how it’s changing and where it might be headed, and why you should care. 

The film has been touring to colleges and high schools across the nation, and now it’s premiering here in New York City–with a smashing line-up of panel discussions. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the film and listen to a live discussion with food professionals and activists. American Meat is not a pro-vegetarian/vegan film; it’s a film for people who care about food, agriculture, public health, and our nation’s economy. And if you do like a good steak/hamburger/side of bacon, then it’s most definitely for you. More info/buy tickets HERE.

Main details:

When: April 12-18

Where: Union Sq’s Cinema Village! 

Each 7pm screening is followed by unmissable panel discussions including the likes of Joel Salatin (you know, the “chickens must express their chicken-ness” guy who runs Polyface Farms in Virginia); representatives from Niman Ranch, Applegate, and Chipotle; Brooklyn Grange founder Ben Flanner; South Bronx food justice activist Tanya Fields; New Amsterdam Market founder Robert LaValva; butcher Tom Mylan and green caterer Mary Cleaver–the list goes on! (Friday, April 12th is SOLD OUT, sorry.)

And . . . after the screenings, there are after-parties either at the Union Square Chipotle (on Friday, April 12th) or at Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village, so you’ll get to mingle with some of our nation’s finest farmers, food activists, urban planners, and chefs over local food and drinks.