Our Contributors

March 26, 2017
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Anisse Gross

Anisse Gross was born and raised in Hawai'i and now lives in San Francisco where she is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. Her work has been featured in TheNewYorker.com, Lucky Peach, The Believer, The Guardian, and elsewhere, and she is at work on a memoir.

Bette Blau

Bette Blau, part of the photography team Randazzo/Blau, is inspired by light, texture, color, composition and design. Whether working in the city or surrounded by nature, Bette and Steven are passionate about creating images full of character and soul.

Dana Matthews

Dana Matthews was born in Alabama but currently resides in the Hudson Valley. For the past 20 years, she has worked with her cameras to create photographs and installations related to the environment and the sensitive time that we live in. Dana's work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States and also featured in domestic and international collections.

Debbie Gioquindo

Debbie Gioquindo, CTC (Certified Travel Counselor), CSW (Certified Specialist of Wine), WLS (Wine Location Specialist) is a wine blogger and educator also known as the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess. Debbie is also a chairperson for the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition and co-creator of Happy Bitch Wines. In 2015, she was ranked #37 of the most influential wine bloggers by Excel Wines.

J.N. Urbanski

J.N. Urbanski is a British writer, editor, and consultant based in the Catskills. She currently covers food for the Watershed Post, art for Catskill Made, and the economy for a local radio show on WIOX. 

Juditta Musette

Juditta Musette is a RISD alumna whose freelance illustrations have appeared in numerous publications during her four decade career. Graphic Recorder, portrait painter, teacher, videographer, musician, and Creative Director of Curious Sense, a digital design studio, are just a few of the many hats she wears as a 21st century multimedia artist.

Kevin West

Kevin West is a journalist and the author of Saving the Season: A Cook’s Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving (Knopf). He divides his time between the Berkshires and Los Angeles.

Laura Silverman

Laura Silverman is a writer, cook, and forager who lives in Sullivan County, NY. She is the creator of the lifestyle blog Glutton for Life and the founding naturalist at The Outside Institute, which encourages people to get outside and connect to the healing and transformative powers of nature.  

Libby VanderPloeg

Libby VanderPloeg is an artist, illustrator, and, occasional forager raised in Michigan and currently based in Brooklyn. She's been a mushroom enthusiast since she was little, and still feels a meal is incomplete without them. Sometimes, she can be spotted hunting for Chicken of the Woods or chanterelles to elevate her cooking.


Max Kelly

Max Kelly is a food & travel photographer. He is based in New York and Austin, but will work wherever light exists.


Molly Magnuson

Molly Magnuson went to Savannah College of Art and Design and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. Some of her clients are Oeuf, Natti Natti, Earnshaw’s, Milk Magazine and Smallish Magazine.

Nina Chakrabarti

Nina Chakrabarti was born and spent her early life in Kolkata, India. She moved to the UK in her teens carrying her stamp collection under her arm and little else. She is the author of four activity books for children and is currently working on a book about collectors and collections. She lives and works in London.

Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke has made her home in the beautiful Hudson River Valley for over a decade. She loves the farms, arts, and people who share this very special part of the world.


Sophie Wedd

Sophie Wedd is a Graphic Designer and the owner of Sophie Wedd Design, a tiny Graphic Design studio located in the in the Hudson Valley, empowering people and businesses to stand out, grow and thrive. 


Steve Randazzo

Steve Randazzo, part of the photography team Randazzo/Blau, is inspired by light, texture, color, composition and design. Whether working in the city or surrounded by nature, Bette and Steven are passionate about creating images full of character and soul.

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