meet some of our contributors Kevin Hazzard, a former daily reporter, spent nearly ten years as a paramedic for Grady EMS. He's a freelance journalist, occasional novelist and itinerant screenwriter, who lives in constant fear of bad drivers. He will eat anything you put in front of him.
Michael A. Venezia is the Corporate Director of Education for United Distributors Inc. He is also Adjunct Professor of Hospitality Administration at Georgia State University. He lives in East Cobb with his wife Patti, who recently retired as an ESL teacher at Wheeler High School. His hobbies include collecting wine corks which currently number more than 5,000, and traveling to food and wine destinations in search of those “ gastronomic marriages made in heaven.“
Atlanta native and long-time contributor Meredith Pruden is a ravenous technophile, social media fanatic, word nerd, finicky foodie, landlocked surfer and scuba diver, and an avid traveler raising a cheeky, soccer playing teenage son. When she's not busy acquiescing to her wanderlust, chauffeuring her son to games or appeasing her gluttonous appetite (for food and for life), Meredith enjoys getting paid for being herself—a rebel raconteur. She has been an integral member of the editorial launch teams for several magazine startups and has been published hundreds of times as a feature journalist with specific expertise in lifestyle and popular culture. Her styling and writing work has appeared in “Cover Magazine,” “Rolling Stone” and on “Sweetjack.com,” among others. She has been a part of numerous award-winning publishing and marketing teams and, in 2011, was named one of “Atlanta's Top Creatives” by “CommonCreativ Magazine.”
Lindsay Field, who moved to Cobb from Southwest Georgia a little over three years ago, has more than 10 years of experience in writing for both newspapers and magazines. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Marietta Daily Journal and its special editions, as well as other local magazines featuring the lovely men, women and organizations that make Cobb such a wonderful community to live in. In her free time, she enjoys sewing, navigating her way around a tiny kitchen, and finding creative ways to keep a 3-year-old little boy entertained, without breaking the bank. Born and raised in Atlanta, Sam Bennett started photography in high school and continued at the University of South Carolina where he majored in Visual Communications. His work has previously appeared in several publications including the Marietta Daily Journal, Dawg Post, Score Atlanta and Johns Creek Herald. He also owns Cutting Edge Images that specializes in youth and high school sports photography. Sam has a passion for sports. He has served as a coach and umpire, acquired a black belt in Taekwondo and possesses a deep passion when rooting on his USC Gamecocks.
Michael J. Pallerino is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a number of local and national publications. Over the past 25 years, he has won numerous awards, including the Jesse H. Neal Editorial Achievement Award, recognized as the Pulitzer Prize for business-tobusiness magazines. While in the sports product industry, his monthly columns generated national attention from “USA Today,” “The Wall Street Journal,” “ESPN Magazine,” “Sports Business Journal” and “BusinessWeek,” among others. Food has been on Joan Durbin’s mind for as long as she can remember. In high school, faced with taking either French or Spanish for a language credit, she opted for French because she thought it would come in handy later for reading menus. Growing up in a Midwestern family in which garlic, herbs and spices other than salt, pepper and the occasional onion rarely made an appearance in the womenfolk’s cooking, Joan was flabbergasted and delighted to discover a whole spectrum of new flavors once she went away to college. She more than made up for lost time by embracing exotic ingredients and foodstuffs that gave her grandmother and mother the vapors. In her 20s, Joan adopted the kitchen as her favorite room in the house and spent ensuing decades attempting and often succeeding in creating edible meals. In the early years, she was the only one of her friends who preferred to throw a dinner party than a kegger. Moving from Ohio to South Florida to metro Atlanta, and traveling up and down the East Coast, Joan has picked up a passing familiarity with a wide variety of cuisines, regional specialties and cooking procedures.
Published on Dec 9, 2013