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RFT Contributors

Who Writes for Realfoodtraveler?

People like you. Our contributors include professional travel and food writers and photographers who travel the world to bring you stories about unique places and fabulous food. We also welcome people who don’t consider themselves professional writers/photographers, but who have a passion for travel and for regional foods.

If you’re interested in joining our growing community of RFT Contributors, check out our Writer’s Guidelines and send us an email.

Alice EricksenAlice Ericksen

Alice Ericksen is a retired school superintendent who lives with her husband, Paul, in Ohio. When Alice isn’t trotting around the globe enjoying great restaurants, she and Paul love to cook at home.

Andrea WorochAndrea Woroch

Andrea Woroch is a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. She has been featured among top news outlets such as Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, MSNBC, New York Times, Kiplinger Personal Finance, CNNMoney and many more. You can follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.

Anne NorupAnne Norup

Anne Norup is a freelance writer who lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. She’s been published in NW Travel + Life magazine (including several cover stories), Destination Golf UK (which was also translated into Chinese and published in China), HARBORS magazine, Outdoors NW, Canada’s SunCruiser magazine, Canada’s Snowbirds & RV Travelers magazine, Coho ferry’s onboard magazine, Victoria Clipper’s onboard magazine, Equestrian Retailer, and Dressage Today.

Annelise KellyAnnelise Kelly

Annelise Kelly is a freelance writer based in Portland, Oregon. She’s traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and North America. Constantly on the lookout for the delicious, the unusual, the quirky and the culturally significant, Kelly finds camel trekking in Rajasthan and exploring downtown Los Angeles equally compelling and exotic. Her writing has appeared in publications including National Geographic Traveler, Destination Hyatt, Waldorf Astoria Magazine, and Latitudes. She’s been interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday by Liane Hansen about her summer cooking gig in Martinique. She cooks professionally, and brags about her dream gig: a month in the USVI every winter.

Billie FrankBillie Frank

Billie Frank is a freelance travel and food writer. Her blog Santa Fe Travelers has been called the most comprehensive blog about Santa Fe. She did a stint as the Santa Fe Local Expert for USA Today Travel Media's Billie and her husband Steve Collins are passionate about food and travel.

Bobbie HasselbringBobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.

Carla WaldemarCarla Waldemar

Carla Waldemar of Minneapolis, NM, is a longtime food and travel writer. She has served as a food editor for Better Homes and Gardens and senior editor for Cuisine magazines and is the Twin Cities editor of the annual Zagat Survey.

Carmel BaronoffCarmel Baronoff

Carmel, who dubs herself as the “Health Coach” for baby boomers, shows audiences that with healthy eating, continued activity and mental clarity, being 50 and older can become the best time in our lives. She is the cheerleader and guide for living well in during your 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond with the promise of achieving new meaning and satisfaction for decades. Carmel hosts the PBS television show “Living Well with Carmel.”

Chef Jaume BrichsChef Jaume Brichs

Jaume Brichs, chef, pastry chef, food and beverage consultant, and cooking class instructor, is a man passionate about his Catalan food and culture. A food service professional for nearly 20 years, Jaume (pronounced (Jow-may), has trained in France, England and Germany and has worked in a Michelin Star restaurant as well as various luxury hotels. This resident of Barcelona, Spain, works as a private chef, cooking instructor, and food and beverage director for one of Barcelona’s best hotels. “I have always loved food,” says Chef Jaume. “I like the opportunity to taste; to discover the products of the region. I love mixing the flavors of the sea and the mountains. It is my culture and it is important.” His website is

Courtney Drake-McDonoughCourtney Drake-McDonough

Courtney Drake-McDonough, RFT's Publisher and Managing Editor, is an award-winning writer, editor and photographer based in Colorado. She is passionate about the food world and loves to write about all aspects of it. She is also a social media marketing specialist and is the editor of two blogs,, covering restaurants, theater, movies and travel, and, a travel site helping people with different interests enjoy the same trip, together.

Debi LanderDebi Lander

Debi Lander is a freelance journalist and photographer specializing in travel, food and lifestyle. She currently calls St. Augustine, Florida home, but frequently follows an unrelenting desire to get away and explore. While on the road, she enjoys tasting local cuisine from hole-in-the-wall eateries to fine dining and wine establishments.

Debi is a member of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association and Society of American Travel Writers. Her website,, features published stories from her global adventures and a link to her travel journal: The Luggage Diaries.

Her food blog, Bylandersea-Food Tales, offers restaurant, product, and cookbook reviews as well as recipe triumphs and failures in her own kitchen.

Diane DeFidelibusDiane DeFidelibus

Diane DeFidelibus has always had a strong curiosity and, early on, focused that curiosity into science and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. For many years, she managed environmental projects in the Western U.S. and worked with communities and regulators to provide environmental solutions to challenging problems. Her curiosity also led her to languages (English, French and Italian), gardening (roses, vegetables, garden design), traveling (especially by car to gain an intimate perspective on the country and people) and cooking, where she loves to bake breads and create savories and analyze and re-design recipes.

Edward PlacidiEdward Placidi

Edward Placidi is a freelance travel writer/photographer who discovered his passion for exploring the world ‒ and sampling its foods ‒ as a teenager and has gone on to travel in nearly 100 countries, mainly on solo, independent adventures. He has penned articles for numerous newspapers, magazines and websites, from the Los Angeles Times to He served on staff with several magazines, including as Bureau Chief for TravelAge West, and co-founded, with his wife Marian, Placidi & Gerlich Communications (P&G), a boutique PR and marketing agency specializing in travel and hospitality. When not traveling, Edward is whipping up delicious dishes inspired by his Tuscan grandmother who taught him to cook with as many ingredients as possible coming from the large vegetable and herb garden at his home in Los Angeles.

Elizabeth Margolis-Pineo, East Coast EditorElizabeth Margolis-Pineo, East Coast Editor

Elizabeth “Libby” Margolis-Pineo knows her way around a tasting menu. She’s attended countless wine, sake, and beer tastings and she loves all things brunchy and boozy. She’smashed ripe Tuscan figs into her mouth straight from the tree, ordered Poutine well past midnight in Montreal, and will eat the skin of just about any roasted animal, especially pig. In addition to being a food and travel writer, Libby imports a line of cozy and stylish shawls from Italy – “Italian Warmth for Maine Winters." She is also founder and editor of which she created to showcase her published work and ongoing adventures. Libby is delighted to be East Coast Editor of

Elizabeth RoseElizabeth Rose

Elizabeth Rose, based in the Portland, Oregon area, travels throughout the West and beyond writing about destinations, services, accommodations, events and restaurants. As an expert in cultural tourism, her writing reflects that passion.

She has won awards for her photography and accompanies her articles with her own images. She also provides photos for magazine covers, web sites and magazine articles (both print and Internet). Examples can be seen on Fine Art America.

When not out exploring, she can be seen at Vancouver, Washington dog parks with Cinnamon the Blogging Coonhound.

Hannah GeorgeHannah George

Hannah George is a chef at the Latigo Ranch in Colorado. She spends her kitchen time alongside her chef brother and chef parents who own the ranch. She’s been toddling around their commercial kitchen since she sat in the sink and washed dishes. Time off her feet is spent writing novels, creating other works of art, riding her horse, and cross-country skiing during the winter months.

Irene Middleman ThomasIrene Middleman Thomas

Irene Middleman Thomas writes about travel, food, craft beers, food, lifestyle, food, business, food and just about anything else. She thinks enjoying food is essential to enjoying life.

Julie Pegg, RFT ContributorJulie Pegg, RFT Contributor

Julie Pegg has been writing about food, wine, and spirits for 15 years. She was a product consultant for 14 of her 24 years working for the British Columbia Liquor Board in Vancouver. She still keeps her hand in (and elbow firmly bent) at Dundarave Wine Cellars in West Vancouver, British Columbia. Julie is also a keen amateur cook who loves culinary travel. Farmers’ markets and wine shops are always her first stop.

Lee JuilleratLee Juillerat

Veteran travel writer Lee Juillerat lives in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where he works as the newspaper's regional editor. He also freelances for publications such as Northwest Travel, Range and the inflight magazines of Horizon and Alaska airlines. A longtime member of the North American Snowsports Journalists (NASJA), Lee is also co-owner of the web travel publication High On Adventure,

Leslie LongLeslie Long

Leslie Long is a New York-based travel and lifestyle writer and photographer with a love of authentic places off the tourist track. She and her family often cross many state lines and travel far and wide in search of fabulous food and indigenous restaurants. She enjoys baking pies, growing as many herbs and vegetables as she can in containers ,and the constant pursuit of things that are wonderful and new.

Lisa GeorgeLisa George

Lisa George and her husband, Randy, are co-owners and head chefs at the Latigo Guest Ranch in central Colorado. Their two adult children join them in the kitchen during the busy summers to prepare wonderful meals for their ranch guests and staff. Although Latigo has some winter business for cross country skiing, Lisa uses the non-summer months to try new recipes. She gathers many of the popular ranch recipes into a cookbook each summer, and guests often enjoy replicating their favorites when they get home. Other tried and true recipes find their way onto the ranch website in the recipe of the week section:

Nancy ZaffaroNancy Zaffaro

Nancy Zaffaro is a travel and food writer based in Portland, Oregon. She enjoys travel, writing, good food and drink (of course!), cooking, yoga, kayaking, and photography. She’s a long-time writer and editor who has had interesting and varied careers in the arts and in business, and is thrilled to be able to travel the world and write about her adventures. Nancy is also the Editor of

Pamela McKuenPamela McKuen

Pamela Dittmer McKuen is a Chicago-based freelance features journalist who specializes in travel, home and fashion. Favorite experiences include swimming with whale sharks in Cancun, fishing for piranha in the Amazon River and viewing the annual sandhill crane migration in Nebraska. Plus, eating most anything. She hates playing Scrabble. Visit her travel blog at:

RFT ContributorRFT Contributor

RFT Contributor- has regular contributors, but sometimes people contact us with a one- or two-time contribution. We appreciate these contributors. If you’d like to be one, contact

Rich GrantRich Grant

Rich Grant is co-author with Irene Rawlings of “100 Things to Do in Denver Before You Die,” and is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and the North American Travel Writers Association.

Sandra ScottSandra Scott

Sandra Scott is a retired history teacher from Upstate New York. Scott has been traveling worldwide since the 1980s and writing about her travels since 1990. Her husband, John, is her traveling/writing/cooking partner. Their travels have taken them to over 100 countries, some several times. The Scotts have found that cooking experiences are an excellent way to meet people and learn about the local culture. Sandra tries to leave the cooking part to John while she takes notes and images. She believes that if John can make the recipe anyone can.

Sherrye WyattSherrye Wyatt

Sherrye Wyatt is a freelance writer with deep agricultural roots. She and her brothers still own and manage the family farm where she was raised in Eastern Washington. She has vast experience in the Pacific Northwest wine and cider industries. She was the first executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. Her feature writing has appeared in American Vineyard, Washington Magazine, Capital Press, The Grapepost, Wheat Life and Vineyard & Winery Management.

Spencer GeorgeSpencer George

Spencer George is one of the owners and chefs at the Latigo Ranch in Colorado. He specializes in desserts, confections, and all manner of dulcet creations.

Sue FrauseSue Frause

Sue Frause is a freelance writer and photographer whose words and images appear in print and online. She started her journalistic career in 1988 as a newspaper columnist and these days focuses on travel, food, entertainment and humor. Sue is the author of three blogs: Closet Canuck, Married to Martha and Eat|Play|Sleep.

Although her adventures have taken her to the seven continents, Sue’s favorite place on the planet is the Pacific Northwest. She and her husband “Farmer Bob” live on Whidbey Island, WA, where she hosts the popular Kitsch ‘n Bitch — a live theater series featuring chefs, cuisine, cocktails, and conversation.

Suzanne Corbett, RFT Food History EditorSuzanne Corbett, RFT Food History Editor

Suzanne Corbett is RFT's Food History Editor. She's a national award-winning writer and media producer who currently contributes News Magazine Network, St. Louis Post-Dispatch,, AAA Traveler and Journey Magazines. Suzanne is the author The Gilded Table: Recipe and Table History from the Campbell House (2015 Donning Publishing) and Pushcarts & Stalls: The Soulard Market History Cookbook (1999 Palmerston & Reed Publishing). She's won two Telly Awards, a Davey Award, the Missouri Media Award and more.

Teresa Bergen, RFT Vegan/Vegetarian EditorTeresa Bergen, RFT Vegan/Vegetarian Editor

Teresa Bergen, a freelance journalist who lives in Portland, Oregon, has been a vegetarian for more than 30 years. Her travel articles have appeared in India Currents, Yogi Times, The Circumference, and the Catholic Travel Guide. She’s the author of Vegetarian Asia Travel Guide. In addition to being a vegetarian and a journalist, Teresa is a yoga and group exercise instructor and personal trainer. She's also's Vegan/Vegetarian Editor.

Yvette Cardozo, RFT Ski & Dive EditorYvette Cardozo, RFT Ski & Dive Editor

Yvette Cardozo from the Seattle, Washington area, likes to visit interesting places and learn about interesting cultures and, if a tasty local dish is involved, so much the better. She’s eaten everything from gourmet food at the world’s finest restaurants to native food in Asia, the arctic, and all kinds of places in between.

Yvette recalls being in Antarctica and going out on the land with Inuit elders in arctic Canada , then bagging a caribou. They dragged it back to camp and ate it on the spot raw. She quips, “Hey, if you like steak tartare….”

Yvette, who is a veteran skier and diver, is RFT’s Ski & Dive Editor.