Our Team

Editor-in-chief/Publisher

Linda Garson has always been a foodie with a passion for wine. She has worked with Chateaux in France, vineyards in Italy, Germany, Australia and South Africa and many more. After moving to Calgary, she created Vine and Dine, a wine and food pairing club held in restaurants all over the city. She has earned a reputation as one of Calgary’s prime wine and food experts, educators and influencers, speaking at functions all over the city. She is also the Canadian National Wine Examiner. Follow Linda at vineanddine.ca and @vineanddine.

 

Editors

Originally from Saskatoon, Dan Clapson is Culinaire’s contributing food editor. Dan moved to Calgary in 2006 with nothing but a parrot on his shoulder (and a full U-Haul) and currently writes for many media sources, including Food Network Canada, Avenue, FFWD Weekly and Flavours. He's a co-founder of Eat North, Canada’s first official national culinary website and Start From Scratch. Follow Dan at dansgoodside.com and @dansgoodside

Tom Firth is Culinaire’s contributing drinks editor, a freelance wine writer, wine consultant, and wine judge based in Calgary, Alberta. His love for wine and the beverage industry stretches back to the mid-90’s and his work frequently appeared in Wine Access Magazine and still appears in City Palate, Avenue, and Culinaire Magazine along with his online content. Tom is Competition Director for the Alberta Beverage Awards. Follow him on twitter @cowtownwine

Anna Brooks is Culinaire’s new digital media editor. A Mount Royal journalism graduate, stories have pulled her overseas to pursue international work in India, Africa and Thailand. She has been published locally in Metro, FreeFall and BeatRoute magazine. She likes magical realism, wine and English cocker spaniels (well, just one English cocker spaniel). She is also excited to be joining the fabulous team at Culinaire! Follow her on Twitter @Anna_Brooksie

 

 

 

 

 

Contributors

Stephanie Arsenault is a Calgary-based food and travel writer and photographer, and author of globaldish.ca. She is also the West Coast Editor of Eat In, Eat Out Magazine, and a Contributing Editor at International Taste & Travel Magazine. Her love for food and travel stems from the connection of the two, and she loves to seek out the significance of food in different cultures. When Stephanie isn’t in the kitchen baking up a storm, you’ll likely find her hiking or biking in the mountains, or at a local brewpub with a pint in hand. Connect with her on Twitter: @globaldish

 

Christa Bedwin is a world traveller, writer, and Jill of many trades. She has travelled to 42 countries, worked as a jilleroo, chemist, baker, logger, teacher... and enjoyed them all. She writes and edits fiction, scientific research, business, and other topics, and teaches technical writing and editing to engineers and scientists. She loves sharing her experiences of food, adventures, people, sights, sounds, and ideas. Connect with her on LinkedIn for articles.

 
Kirk Bodnar is a beer consultant for some of Calgary's better beer destinations, such as the Pig and Duke. He is also a Certified CICERONE®, BJCP beer judge, history teacher, avid home brewer, and most importantly a father to a future beer geek (hopefully). Follow him on Twitter @beersnsuch and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beersnsuch
 
Bartending in Japan in the early 1990s brought Matt Browman, in a roundabout way, to the beginning of a vinous obsession in Niagara-on-the-Lake, where upon completion of an English Literature BA he accepted a beverage management position for which he was sorely unqualified. He has completed the ISG Diploma, WSET Diploma, as well as the Court of Master Sommelier Advanced Diploma. Matt’s career has taken him through restaurant, retail, education, journalism and judging as well as many of the major wine-growing regions of the world.  
 

Always relevant and never compromising, Adrian Bryksa's poignant observations and astute questions strive to answer the query "What makes life taste good?" He is the voice behind yycwine.com and has freelanced for Wine Spectator (New York, New York) and Good Bottle of Wine (London, England). He has an affinity for German cars, Italian shoes and is married to the love of his life with three beautiful children. Follow him on Twitter @yycwine

 

 

Calgary-based writer and former CBC producer, Ellis Choe, loves to learn and tell a good story as much as she enjoys a fine feast - whether it's from a food truck, a Michelin star restaurant or her grandma's kitchen. Her writing has appeared in the Calgary Herald, Avenue, Essential Calgary and yp.ca. When she's not researching, interviewing and writing, she's running around town with her three kids, and learning with and from them.

Elizabeth Chorney-Booth is a Calgary-based freelance writer with over 15 years of experience. She writes about people, entertainment, travel and food for a number of publications including The Calgary Herald, Swerve, Where Calgary, Up! and Culinaire. Elizabeth is also the co-founder and co-editor of RollingSpoon.com, a website that explores the connection between music and food through interviews with musicians and chefs, with recipes provided and inspired by her favourite bands. 

Jeff Collins was a familiar voice on CBC Radio in Calgary for more than 20 years. After he retired in 2009, he moved to the Village of Delia, near Drumheller, and was elected as a Councillor in 2010. Jeff is an active shooter and hunter, and runs his own firearms consulting business. He has returned to Calgary and now lives in New Brighton.  

A born and raised Calgarian, Rebecca Davis’ passion for wine and spirits started early. Finishing her sommelier certification in 2008, she instinctively moved her passion to cocktails. Rebecca is a frequent competition bartender, a regular contributor to justcocktails.org and a director of the CPBA. She loves to travel with her work, attending the Manhattan Cocktail Classic and the Cointreau Academy in France. On her days off, you can find her enjoying a classic Old Fashioned.

Natalie Findlay is a freelance writer, photographer and pastry chef. Her food aspirations started at an early age as baked desserts for her family and friends as soon as she could use a mixer. Natalie’s love of food resulted in her graduating from The Cordon Bleu’s Pastry Program. Over the past 10 years, Natalie has been a pastry chef and cook in hotels and restaurants while managing her own business creating custom-made special occasion cakes.

 Mallory Frayn is a food writer and PhD student living and learning in Montreal. She loves to combine her two passions, food and psychology, to help people develop healthier relationships with food. Her site, becauseilikechocolate.com, aims to do just that (and obviously chocolate is always included). When she isn’t busy with research or writing, Mallory is most likely jogging, or eating (or both!) her way around Montreal. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @cuzilikechoclat

 

Growing up, Andrea Fulmek was lucky enough to be surrounded by the best of both worlds: flawless European cooking on her mother's side, and delectable baked goods on her father's side. Needless to say, delicious food has always been a part of her life. As a freelance food writer with an English degree, besides cooking and enjoying great food and wine, the best part for Andrea is writing about it. When she is not experimenting with new recipes or trying to incorporatechocolate into every meal, Andrea can be found hiking or spending time with her horse, Archie. 

Gabriel Hall is a freelance food writer and executive business consultant based in Calgary. Born in Vancouver, but having spent an inordinate amount of time all over North America, Asia and Europe, he perpetually wanders the world in search of close encounters of the gastronomic kind. He currently writes for multiple publications on topics including chef culture, cocktails and spirits, and ethnic culinary practices. Follow him @voyagegourmand

Renée Kohlman is a food writer and pastry chef living in beautiful Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her blog, sweetsugarbean.com, is a combination of her favourite things: cooking, food photography and writing, and she considers herself super fortunate to make a living doing what she loves. Renée writes restaurant reviews for The Saskatoon StarPhoenix and whips up delicious gluten-free dessert creations at Leyda's Café. Her affection for bacon, butter, and living room dance parties is legendary.

 

Growing up in a restaurant family, Patricia Koyich was destined to work in the Industry, and opened a fine dining restaurant, Il Sogno, in 2000. In 2011 she joined SAIT, teaching dining room service, bar mixology and wine service to the Hospitality Management and Culinary students in the Highwood dining room, and believes we have a responsibility to share the traditions, passions and stories with our future industry leaders.

 

At three years, Ingrid Kuenzel moved from Germany to Calgary. Hailing from architectural and design roots, she has toured many European historical sites, vineyards and breweries with a camera in one hand and most often a coffee, wine or beer in the other. In addition to a twenty-year real estate financing career, she works as a freelance photographer specializing in great food & drink and the people that make it. You’ll find her at ikuefoto.com and @ingridkue

Johanne McInnis is a freelance writer from Saint John, New Brunswick who started her whisky journey almost 30 years ago. She is certified in chemical engineering technology, which lends beautifully to her passion, the only female judge for the Canadian Whisky Awards, a panelist on international tastings, and presenter at Scotland’s Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival. Johanne spends her free time lecturing, leading master classes or writing about whisky.

Karen Miller is a lawyer by trade. She claims to have been on the "know where your food comes from" bandwagon sooner than most. Always willing to impart knowledge to absolutely anybody who asks, Karen is practical but creative, having taught many styles of cooking classes. She was also part of the Calgary Dishing girls (producing two cookbooks).

With her rural Canadian roots and love of grand experiences, Jeannette Montgomery is equal measures county and city. She’s as comfortable catching the fish for dinner as she is suggesting a BC wine to pair with it. Jeannette and her fella live in Oliver with three cats, a 1966 Satellite, and oodles of BC wine – for research, of course.

Diana Ng is a co-founder of EatNorth.ca, freelance food writer and digital media buff who is passionate about Canadian food. She's written for FoodNetwork.ca and CanadianLiving.com, among other websites and publications. The only foods she doesn't like are those prepared badly. Currently craving seafood, from West Coast to East Coast, and searching for gooseneck barnacles. Follow @FoodSalon and @EatNorthCa on Twitter.

Eat, drink, work out, repeat.... BJ Oudman supports her habits through the noble profession of physical therapy and through her sideline as a freelance food and fitness writer. She scours the world in search of unique products and stimulating experiences and is fortunate to also call Oregon and Thailand home. 

After ditching a career in international marketing, Jody Robbins, a former expat and explorer of over 50 countries now pens freelance travel and lifestyle pieces from her home in Calgary. When not travelling with her precocious children (one daughter, one husband and one dog), she can be found snowboarding in the Rockies and more often than not, indulging in après-ski. Follow her adventures on her blog Travels with Baggage or on Twitter @Jody_Robbins

 

A registered dietitian by day, you may think that Vincci Tsui would stop talking about food at night, but in fact, it’s the opposite! Aside from contributing to Culinaire, Vincci is the food editor of Calgary is Awesome, author of Ceci n'est pas un food blog and instructor for Start from Scratch, a non-profit cooking program for post-secondary students. She is also frequently called upon by local and national media to provide expert nutrition advice. When she’s not cooking, eating or on the computer, Vincci can often be found training for her next Muay Thai fight.

Somewhere between his day job as a construction lawyer and his nighttime/weekend gig as a father of 2 young boys, Peter Vetsch is a presence on Calgary's online wine scene through his blog Pop & Pour (popandpour.ca) and on Twitter (@petervetsch). Armed with an Advanced Certificate in Wine & Spirits (with Distinction) from the WSET, he is always looking to advance and share his passion about wine with a wider audience and is thrilled to have been part of the Culinaire team since the beginning

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