“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. Here’s some of my freelance food & booze work:
Bon Appétit: The Undocumented Chef Behind Kansas City’s Most Inclusive Restaurant and How I Got My Booth: The Tuesday Night Boys at Pietro’s and Why Whole30 Founder Melissa Hartwig Loves Eating Crickets
Serious Eats: Let the Kids Make Dinner
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 and All Hail the 6-Year-Old ‘Shirley Temple King’ and Workers at ‘America’s Most Influential Bakery’ Are Accusing Its Owners of Union-Busting
Eater Carolinas: New Boundary-Pushing Restaurant at the Forefront of Greensboro Dining Reopens and With $25,000 Award, Durham’s Saltbox Seafood Owner Wants to Pay It Forward and Durham’s Zimbabwean Restaurant Zweli’s Finds Footing in Uncharted Territory and Find the Best Crunchwrap Copycat at Durham Restaurant Ex-Voto and Barbecue Legend Ed Mitchell Launches Smoked Meat Delivery Service in Raleigh and New Durham Restaurant to Offer Bookstore and Free Podcast Studio
The Nosher: Seltzer is Having a Moment
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 and Inside Former Breads Baker Adir Michaeli’s Lower East Side Bakery and At the Union Square Greenmarket, Even the Charcuterie is Seasonal
Creative Loafing Atlanta: Edible History (Paschal’s Restaurant and the Civil Rights Movement)
Indy Week: Local Film Under Contract Highlights the Human Story Behind the Chicken in Your Biscuit and How to Eat Fresh Raw Oysters at Home Without Winding Up in Urgent Care and 15 Minutes: Chantel Johnson, Farmer at Off Grid In Color and This List Makes It Easy to Find Heated Outdoor Dining Options in Durham and Triangle Businesses Clean Up at Annual Good Food Awards and Black-Owned Farmland Is Disappearing. A New Wake County CSA Is Helping Stem the Tide.
Compound Butter: The Magic of ‘Naughty Dinner’
Raleigh Magazine: This Overlooked Vineyard Offers the Perfect Weekend Adventure
I’ve regularly covered food & drink for Winston-Salem Monthly magazine.
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.