Jordan Mackay is the wine and spirits writer for San Francisco magazine. He also writes “Juice,” the drinks column for Chow.com. His writing on food, wine, spirits, and beer has also appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco, Chronicle, Decanter, Wine Enthusiast, Wine and Spirits, Food & Wine, Gourmet, and other publications. His first book, Passion for Pinot, was published in 2009. He just recently won a 2011 James Beard Award in the Beverage category for his second book, Secrets of the Sommeliers.
Christie Dufault is a San Francisco–based sommelier and wine educator. After five years as Wine Director at Gary Danko and two years as Wine Director at Quince, she is currently a part-time sommelier at RN74 in San Francisco. Her day job is as a member of the wine faculty at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in the Napa Valley, where she has instructed for eight years. Christie is also a visiting instructor at the San Francisco Wine Center, which opened in 2010.
Julie and Matt Walker
The owners of the creative studio Tiger in a Jar (www.tigerinajar.com) in Salt Lake City, UT, Julie and Matt specialize in film and creative craft projects, and exploring new ways to make things less ordinary. They spend most of their free time obsessing over food.
Saukok and Jamie Tiampo
A trained chef and photographer, Jamie owns SeeFood Media, a kitchen studio specializing in food-focused TV and web video production Saukok owns 57Grand, a weddingwear collection inspired by New York, and REVEL, a shop-able inspiration site for modern celebrations.
Mindy Segal and Dan Thompkins
A James Beard–nominated pastry chef, Mindy is the owner of HotChocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar in Chicago. Her writing has been featured in numerous national publications. In their free time, Mindy and Dan can be found searching for antiques or drinking craft beer all over the world.
Andrea Reusing and Mac Mccaughan
Andrea is the chef and owner of Lantern in Chapel Hill, NC and the author of Cooking in the Moment: A Year of Seasonal Recipes. Mac plays music with Superchunk and Portastatic and is the co-founder of the independent record label Merge Records.
Molly Wizenberg and Brandon Pettit
In 2009, Molly and Brandon opened the restaurant Delancey in Seattle.Brandon is the chef. Molly created Orangette (www.orangette.net), named the best food blog in the world by the London Times, and her first book was a New York Times bestseller.
Lisa and Emmett Fox
After several years in Boston heading up a catering company and different kitchens, Lisa and Emmett moved to Austin and opened ASTI Trattoria and FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar. Both spots reflect their continued passion for travel and culinary adventure.