Food & Drink

“Eric eats a lot of tacos. I would trust his judgment.” -Ann Thuy Nguyen, endorsing my review of La Perlita’s barbacoa and al pastor tacos

I spent four years writing Triad City Beat‘s food column, and the better part of that time writing the Barstool booze column, too. I’ve regularly covered food & drink for Winston-Salem Monthly magazine, and I wrote these freelance food articles as well:

Bon Appétit: How I Got My Booth: The Tuesday Night Boys at Pietro’s 

Munchies (part of VICE): The Dark Side of Barbecue is Pig Shit and Inside the Restaurants That Fed the Civil Rights Movement and This Pupusa Truck Funds Scholarships for Undocumented Students and Supermarket Chains Ignored this Black Community, So Residents Opened a Co-op and A Love Letter to Cook Out, the Most Underrated Fast Food Chain and Stop Calling Food ‘Plantation’ and I Love Boston Market’s Mac & Cheese More Than I Hate Capitalism

Healthyish (part of Bon Appétit): Why Whole30 Founder Melissa Hartwig Loves Eating Crickets

Edible Brooklyn: In South Slope, The Dynamite Shop Teaches ‘Home Ec 2.0’ to Teens and Tweens and Park Slope’s Plant Factory Teaches Kids to Cook ‘with Their Instincts’ and A Modern Russian Hanukkah Dinner and At Hunky Dory in Crown Heights, Sustainability is on the Menu and This Rooftop Vineyard Wants to Harvest the City’s Backyard Grapes and Pilar Cuban Bakery Serves the Pastries We Didn’t Know We Needed and  Shelsky’s Park Slope Bagel Shop Bucks Its Jewish Deli Tradition and Brooklyn Botanic Garden Moves to Stop Construction of Proposed Skyscrapers and This Gowanus Brewery Only Uses New York State Ingredients and This Passover, Swap Your Gefilte Fish for This Spicy North African Stewed Fish and Smorgasburg’s 5 Most Exciting New Vendors

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Photo by Todd Turner

October: How One Brewery Is Shaking Up a Sleepy North Carolina Town

AM New York: Kava bar workers find a new home after striking out at a Bushwick tea room

Edible Manhattan: The Allure and Importance of a Syrian Refugee’s New Cookbook and Just North of the Border, a Delicious Québec Road Trip and 6 Ideas for a Perfectly New York Valentine’s Day and Dean & Deluca Has Opened a Fast Casual Restaurant in Meatpacking

Creative Loafing Atlanta: Edible History (Paschal’s Restaurant and the Civil Rights Movement)

Newsday: Make a Barbecue Pilgrimage to North Carolina

Indy Week: Local Film Under Contract Highlights the Human Story Behind the Chicken in Your Biscuit

AAA Living: Calling All Taco Fans: Here’s a Road Trip for You

Compound Butter: The Magic of ‘Naughty Dinner’

The Wine Zine: You’re Not Saving the World By Drinking Natural Wine (But You Could Be)

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Photo by J. Sinclair for Winston-Salem Monthly

I turned Triad City Beat newspaper’s food coverage into one of the paper’s flagship components, the lone reason that countless people picked up a copy or clicked over to the website.

Some weeks I reviewed new restaurants or interviewed sommeliers, but I also hung out in a bar affiliated with Hells Angels. (Someone called a threat into our office after that one, but luckily it ended there.) Some pieces tackled serious issues like immigration or lunch on lockdown, while others were decidedly light-hearted.

I regularly wrote longer food & drink features, walking into all the true barbecue pits in the area, scouring restaurants for unusual brunch options, compiling the annual “Beer Issue,” hanging out with a street vendor, and exploring ways to tackle food insecurity.

But all of my food articles aim to take readers somewhere they haven’t been before, to pose questions they haven’t considered, and to help them better understand our food system and how they fit into it.

 

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