Meet your Real Food Traveler editors:
Courtney Drake-McDonough, an award-winning writer, editor and photographer based in Denver, Colorado, is the new Publisher and Managing Editor for realfoodtraveler.com. She is passionate about the food world and loves to write about all aspects of it. She writes for a wide variety of magazines, newspapers and websites and is the editor of two other blogs, www.InGoodTasteDenver.com, a news and reviews site covering restaurants, theater, movies and travel and www.InsideoutTravel.com, a travel site for people who want to travel together but who have very different interests.
Ranch chef Lisa George, co-owner of Latigo Dude Ranch in Kremmling, Colorado, is realfoodtraveler.com’s Cookbook Editor. Lisa, who boasts a degree in English, creates dozens of new recipes for her ranch and large staff at the ranch, and enjoys exploring the world through food. Each year, she also produces the Latigo Cookbook, a compilation of guests’ favorite dishes of the season season.
Veteran travel and adventure writer Yvette Cardozo, RFT’s Ski & Dive Editor, is the 2013 winner of a Silver Award from Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Western Division for her story “The Brave New World of Travel Underwear (and More)” published on realfoodtraveler.com. SATW is the largest and most prestigious professional association for travel writers in North America.
Yvette didn’t even see snow until she was 25. That’s because she grew up in snow free, frost free South Miami Beach. In fact, she says, “When I finally got to see frost for the first time at age 13, I thought it was mold all over the cars. (Some of us were more sheltered than others).”
She finally got into skiing at age 30 and claims she has “probably the world’s most exhaustive collection of ‘dumb Florida gal discovers snow’ stories” in the world. That includes her first heli-ski trip when someone gently pointed out to her that maybe it was time to retire the novice ski angle. Yvette now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Bill Hirsch, 30 minutes from the nearest slopes and she skis at least once a week during the season.
She’s also done several multi-day snowmobile trips and once did an eight day dogsled trip above the Arctic Circle where she drove her own dog team. Look for Yvette to bring RFT readers exciting ski stories (that often include a food angle) and fabulous photos.
Additionally, Yvette has been diving for 40 years is is a certified scuba diver. Most recently, she did some freshwater diving in Mexico’s spectacular underwater tunnels (called cenotes).
Teresa Bergen is realfoodtraveler.com’s Vegan/Vegetarian Editor.
A vegetarian for more than 30 years and author of Vegetarian Asia Travel Guide, Teresa has a B.A. in journalism from U.C. Santa Cruz and an MFA in fiction writing from Louisiana State University. She’s written many articles for Examiner.com as a Portland Vegetarian Examiner. Her stories have appeared in both print and online publications, including India Currents, Ms., South China Morning Post, Vegan Voices, The Literary Traveler, Offbeat Travel, MSN Healthy Living, Whole Life Times and Livestrong.com. She also writes and Veg Travel and Fitness blog which covers vegetarianism, travel and fitness, especially where they intersect (e.g. workouts when traveling, vegetarian restaurants in other cities, interviews with vegetarians in other countries).
In addition to being a vegetarian and a journalist, Teresa is a yoga and group exercise instructor and personal trainer.
Award-winning writer, editor, and media producer Suzanne Corbett is trealfoodtraveler.com’s Food History Editor. Suzanne comes with a long resume that includes being the author of several noted cookbooks, including The Gilded Table: Recipe and Table History from the Campbell House (2015 Donning Publishing) (see our review); and Pushcarts & Stalls: The Soulard Market History Cookbook (1999 Palmerston & Reed Publishing). Suzanne also writes for News Magazine Network, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, StLSportsPage.com, AAA Traveler and Journey Magazines. Most recently, Suzanne’s RFT story, “Winston-Salem’s Morovian Cookies and The Morvavian Cookie Trail,” won first place (Gold Award) from the Missouri Professional Communicators, an Affiliate of the National Federation of Press Woman.
Suzanne has been a frequent guest on KMOX and FoodTalkSTL radio and has served as the host and producer of Hot Plates that aired on KSLG 1030AM. She has been a food historian/living history foodways interpreter at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial /National Parks.
Her awards are numerous, including two Telly Awards, a Davey Award, the Missouri Media Award (from the Department of Agriculture Missouri Wine and Grape Program) and the Quest Award from the National Federation of Press Women’s Missouri affiliate, which recognizes individuals whose work reflects an enduring quest for the highest standards of professional ethics and excellence. Other awards include Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards from the North American Travel Journalists Mark Twain Awards; 32 first place awards, including food and travel categories, from the Midwest Travel Writers Association writers contest; and the Mississippi Travel Writer of the Year (2013) Award from the Missouri Professional Communicators/National Federation of Press Women.
Elizabeth “Libby” Margolis Pineo, is RFT’s East Coast Editor. Libby 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’s mashed 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 anima. 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 EpicuriousTravelers.com which she created to showcase her published work and ongoing adventures.