About Edible Louisville & the Bluegrass Region

By Edible Louisville | November 06, 2016
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Welcome to edible Louisville & the Bluegrass Magazine

Over the past 10 years, Louisville has experienced a significant increase of interest in local food. Whether it’s the growth of farmers markets, the increased use and promotion of local products by the city’s many outstanding chefs on their menus, or the increasing presence of local specialty and gourmet products on the shelves of local merchants, we are experiencing a major shift in thinking about the food we consume.

We at edible Louisville & The Bluegrass want to celebrate and promote the people and products that are making this happen. We welcome you to join us.

Edible Louisville & The Bluegrass is a community-based bi-monthly publication that promotes the abundance of local foods, season by season. Our mission is to: “Transform the way our community shops, eats and appreciates food that is grown and prepared in the local region.” Through our flagship publication and our website, we connect consumers with local growers, retailers, chefs, and food artisans, enabling those relationships to grow and thrive in mutually beneficial, healthy and economically viable ways.

Meet the Team

Steve Makela, publisher

Inspired by the writings of Wendell Berry and Bill McKibben, Steve started publishing Edible Louisville and the Bluegrass in the spring of 2010. Their writings provide the theoretical inspiration while Martha, his wife, provides the practical - both in shopping and cooking. Read Steve's stories...

Chris Valentine, co-publisher

Chris has spent the better part of his life in one form of agriculture or another. While the bulk of his career has been spent in the commercial seed industry, his current more agrarian pursuits have been inspired by Wendell Berry. Chris has kept bees on a small place in Michigan for about ten years, and finds that avocation at once fascinating and challenging. A former dairy operation is slowly being transformed into a bee friendly enterprise, with crops such as wheat, alfalfa, vetches, and buckwheat being planted in rotation without the use of herbicides or pesticides which might harm the bee yard. The pleasures of good honest food, raised and prepared in a manner which is healthy for both the planet and humans, produced, served, and savored in families and communities is the pursuit which brings Chris the most enjoyment. Read Chris's stories...

Ann Curtis, managing editor

Ann enjoys bringing attention to the many people and organizations working hard to develop and encourage local economies. A believer in the value of education and experiential learning, Ann has most recently worked with Middlebury College to establish and develop the FoodWorks Fellowship Program, a nine-week food systems college course operating Louisville, KY; Middlebury, VT, and Washington D.C. She serves on the board of Slow Food Bluegrass,Les Dames d'Escoffier: Kentucky Chapter, and the Smoketown Family Wellness Center.  Read Ann's stories...

Leslie Friesen, art director

Leslie is a full-time faculty member teaching graphic design in the Communication Art & Design BFA program at the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute. She has been the designer of edible Louisville & the Bluegrass since its first issue in 2010. In addition to her passion for design, Friesen and her husband enjoy cooking and being able to incorporate both produce from their garden and purchases from local their farmer’s market. See Leslie's stories...

Steve Coomes, writer

Steve is an award-winning Louisville restaurant industry veteran turned food writer. In his 25-year career, he has edited and written for dozens of national trade and consumer publications including Nation's Restaurant News and Southern Living. A past restaurant critic and feature writer for Louisville magazine, he pens features for Edible Louisville magazine and is a spirits columnist for Food & Dining Magazine. He also serves as ghostwriter for multiple companies in the restaurant segment. Read Steve's stories...

Lois Mateus, writer

Lois is chair of the advisory board for the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky. Read Lois's stories...

Jeneen Wiche, writer In the Garden

Jeneen is a farmer and professor at the University of Louisville.  She writes a weekly farm and garden column that is published in community newspapers across Kentucky and Southern Indiana in addition to writing for Edible Louisville. She teaches American Indian Studies and Food Studies courses including Food and Body Politic which addresses the evolution and consequences of our industrial food system. She also directs students as they navigate the emerging Real Food Challenge- a student driven campaign for healthy, humane and real food on campuses nationwide. She farms with her husband, Andy Smart, in western Shelby County. Swallow Rail Farm is Animal Welfare Approved for its high welfare standards growing and selling Kentucky grazed lamb, poultry and eggs. Read Jeneen's stories...

Sarah Fritschner, writer Cooking Fresh

Prior to being a writer for Edible, Sarah worked as a food writer for the Louisville Times and Courier-Journal for 24 years. Her work with local farmers provided the foundation for her current work with Louisville Farm to Table, a Metro Louisville project that works with farmers and consumers to increase Kentucky farmers’ percentage of Louisville’s $3 billion food market. In that capacity, she works with Jefferson County Public Schools, the University of Louisville and others to bring Kentucky food to a broad base of consumers. Read Sarah's stories...

Doug Adrianson, copy editor

Doug handles copy editing for about 30 of the now-80 Edibles, from San Diego to Manhattan to Louisville. A 25-year newspaper journalist (mostly with the Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times), Doug lives in Ojai, California, where the Edible Communities seed was first planted. He believes the Edible publications and the whole locavore movement are among the most significant and positive trends of our time, and is deeply delighted to be involved.

John, E.S. Bruhmann, photographer

After 25 years of newspaper photography, in 2012 John left journalism to establish and operate a commercial photo studio for a local furniture manufacturer. When not photographing food for Edible, usually prepared by his wife, contributor Sarah Fritschner, he's walking the family retriever on trails through Cherokee Park or driving his car at track days on race courses in the surrounding states. See John's stories...

Tomese Buthod, writer

Born in Tulsa, OK, Tomese was raised on her family’s farm where she hated her gardening chores, but always loved eating what came from the garden and pasture.   Her formal education is in business and health administration, and she worked in public health for more than 20 years.  She has always loved cooking (and eating) and after she moved to Louisville 16 years ago, she discovered the joys of vegetable gardening, much to her mother's amusement.  A self-taught cook, she loves to share her appreciation of good food any way she can. Read Tomese's stories...

Andrew Hyslop, photographer

A native Louisvillian, Andy is an alumni of St. Francis High School and The University of Colorado Boulder. When he isn’t taking pictures in his spare time he is wrangling his 3 young sons, sometimes doing both.  His work has also appeared in Garden & Gun, The Local Palate and Imbibe magazines. See Andy's stories...

Jason Thomas, writer

Jason is a Louisville-based writer with more than 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism and public relations. Follow him on Twitter: @ScoopThomas. Read Jason's stories...

Lindsey McClave, writer Edible Schoolyard

Also known as foodie-girl, Lindsey is a food and travel writer, co-host of The Farmer & The Foodie on Crescent Hill Radio and KET, and serves as the Chief Food Officer for Fixe Meals. You can take a peek into Lindsey's ever-growing recipe box and read her travel logs on her website, LindseyMcClave.com. Read Lindsey's stories...

Norma Taylor, Bluegrass Region advertising representative

Norma has 25 plus years of business experience, including executive level human resources management; sales, marketing and distribution in the food and appliance industries; marketing and advertising in publishing and general business areas.  Norma has worked in politics, the real estate and home building industries, importation and sales of appliances and food products, general business, marketing and human resources consulting for large and small businesses. Read Norma's stories...

Kara Voit, Louisville area advertising representative

Prior to joining Edible, Kara spent 15 years as Business Development Manager for a large digital agency and was responsible for generating new business for four U.S. offices. Though corporate America served her well, Kara loves working at Edible as she enjoys meeting local business owners in Louisville and sharing Edible’s mission and vision with so many that share those same values. In her spare time, Kara enjoys running, going on picnics, eating good food, making handmade wreaths, hanging out with her pooch; and most importantly, spending time with her family and significant other, Tim. 

Meagan Jeanette, dining guide & southern Indiana

After receiving culinary arts training at Sullivan University, Meagan cooked for several Louisville restaurants before settling down at Amore di Mona Couverture Chocolat Speciale as a Chef and Sales and Marketing Manager. She began curating Edible's Dining Guide in 2015. Now fully transitioned into the culinary sales environment, Meagan cooks just for herself, her partner, Rob, and friends at their home in Phoenix Hill.

Abby Laub, writer

Abby Laub is a Lexington based writer, editor and photographer who loves to get outside with her husband and two children. Abby and her husband Jeff own J.A. Laub Photography. JALaubphotography.com. 

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