NOSH covers all the hot news and scrumptious food-related stories in the East Bay. NOSH provides the buzz on new restaurants and bars, the chefs, the pioneers, the artisans, the food reformers and all things delicious in Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda and the surrounding area. NOSH is produced by Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s locally grown, independent news website.
Dana Velden grew up in the lush green suburbs of Wisconsin. Her earliest food memory is helping her grandfather slaughter and roast a delicious chicken for dinner. She was age 5. A man seriously ahead of his time, he also taught her to grow and eat kohlrabi and to make sourdough bread. She now lives in Oakland amongst apple, pear, lime, plum, apricot, persimmon and fig trees where she is working on her first book, a collection of essays about life in the kitchen, due out from Rodale in Fall, 2015. She has written for The Kitchn since 2008 and is a contributor to The Kitchn Cookbook, October 2014. Follow Dana on Instagram.
Dara Thompson N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Mill Valley, CA . She is passionate about medicine, and believes that the food we eat is an integral part of healing. Dr. Thompson studied cell and molecular biology at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and UC Santa Cruz. She received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine at National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where she worked her way through school catering and teaching cooking classes. Dr. Thompson specializes in environmental medicine and providing supportive care for cancer patients. You can follow her food and nutrition blog.
Jesse Hirsch is the restaurant critic for the San Francisco Examiner. Before that he has been a critic for the East Bay Express, the editor of Edible Queens magazine, and a freelancer for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Wine and Spirits magazine, and the Village Voice. Since moving from NYC>SFO, Hirsch has joined a CSA, practices regular yoga, and barely uses his car horn. In short, he has undergone the type of Bay Area conversion that makes East Coasters feel smug. A theory – it’s possible Hirsch’s sharp edges have been blunted by an embarrassment of delicious food. Laugh away, oh ye cynics, while he Zens out on year-round produce, shrimp tacos, and everything al pastor. Full disclosure: Hirsch is goat cheese-averse.
Fresh to the food scene, I made a career change from education to food and media, after studying Culinary Arts and Broadcast Journalism at SF City College. Landing my first gig as a KQED intern for Essential Pépin, later recruited as an Associate Producer for seasons 6 and 7 of Check, Please! Bay Area. As a first-time Photography Editor, I collaborated with CCA Chef Instructor Al Meyer on his first culinary textbook The Working Garde Manger. Now, in an attempt to manage the full plate of emerging talent in the Bay Area, I’m developing Kenny Kusina, a culinary and media arts studio which produces several web series; FoodCentric covering food news, Fusion a music and arts channel, Kulinarya a focus on Filipino-American food, and a live show called Studio Gourmet featuring the city’s top Chefs. View my channel on YouTube and follow me on Twitter @kennykusina and Facebook.
Laura Beck is the founding editor of the award-winning (fancy!) blog Vegansaurus!, the Editor-at-Large and a columnist for VegNews Magazine, and the community manager for VegWeb.com. You can find her writing all over, including The Huffington Post, SF Weekly, SFist, San Francisco Magazine, SF Appeal, The Bold Italic, and others. She loves vegan food more than most people love their parents.
My name is Lo. I am a multimedia journalist and interactive web developer. I currently work at WIRED. I like data and stories. I like coding. I tried to do both at once. I occasionally write about food because food is life.
Lila Volkas is a Berkeley based Holistic Nutritionist, food writer and illustrator. She received her Nutritional Consulting Certification from Bauman College and offers clients individualized nutritional support. As an illustrator she creates hand drawn and digitally colored illustrations that whimsically capture the essence of her subjects and are easily digested by readers. Much of her inspiration comes from her undeniable love for vegetables, as well her knack for anthropomorphizing what's on her plate. Lila has had several pieces published in KQED’s Bay Area Bites as well as in Edible East Bay Magazine. For more of a taste of Lila's offering, check out her website lilavolkas.com
Lisa Landers is a producer and writer whose work includes documentaries, museum exhibitions, and educational multimedia. Her work has covered a diversity of subject matter including natural history, ecological and social issues, cultural exploration, food, music, and architecture. She’s developed and produced films for broadcasters such as National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, and the Discovery Channel. Her work as an exhibition developer and multimedia producer has been featured at institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, the National Building Museum, and The Tech Museum. Her writing has also appeared in a wide variety of print and online publications.