Bio

I was fresh out of college—and putting my English degree to good use waiting tables—when I saw David Sedaris read from Barrel Fever. I didn’t know who he was, but his stories made me laugh so hard  I thought I might need oxygen assistance. That was the day I fell in love—not with a short gay author, but with the idea of making people happy through words.

 

So I hung up my Hard Rock Café uniform and worked my way from receptionist to columnist at Nashville Scene, writing half of “The Opposite Sex,” a he said/she said column about dating, sex and other topics about which I had no business giving advice.

 

My career in food writing began when I joined The City Paper, a Monday-Friday daily in Nashville, as the lifestyle editor and restaurant critic. I also had a small, unpaid side gig as office flirt with the sports editor, Dominic Bonvissuto, whom I married in 2005.

 

After seven years of daily deadlines, I joined The Atlantan as a senior editor and restaurant critic, then transitioned from staff to freelance a few years later. Thanks to a lot of lovely people, my portfolio now includes Food & Wine, Food Network magazine, Manhattan magazine, New York magazine’s food blog, Grub StreetTravel + Leisure and HGTVGardens.com

 

But my best work isn’t always pitched, assigned or attached to a paycheck. It lives in Dannyland, where stories about dog poop, ham sandwiches and good people doing good things are important … and advertising dollars or web clicks are not.

 

Off the clock, I have one son, two dogs desperately in need of a bath and a recipe for spinach artichoke dip that will change your life.

 

And on a good day, I have a way with words.