JULIE BEALL grew up in Plano as a little sister with a big appetite—for cupcakes, coloring books, and cat hugs. After graduating with her BFA from MICA in Baltimore and working a couple years in Portland, she’s now back in Dallas as the Ad Designer for Edible Dallas & Fort Worth. She’s also an Art Director at a top marketing agency in Plano and freelances for lovely clients all over the country. She lives with her husband, two dogs and three cats in East Dallas on White Rock Lake, where she enjoys cooking and bartending for friends and family.


LIZ GOULDING teaches biology at El Centro College and is a freelance writer based in Dallas. She has previously worked for Urban Acres, Holistic Management International and served as chapter leader for Slow Food Dallas. She is currently focused on the stories behind local food producers and artisans, and the ways that food unites families and communities.


TERESA GUBBINS is Senior Editor at CultureMap, an online news site in Texas, where she covers restaurants and food trends, and a contributing restaurant critic for the Fort Worth Star Telegram. She previously wrote for D Magazine and the Dallas Morning News, and was also a pastry chef at restaurants such as the Mansion on Turtle Creek and Cafe Society.

hinsleyMarshall MARSHALL HINSLEY is a writer and photographer who lives with his wife on a 40-acre farm south of Dallas. With a passion for growing sweet, vine-ripe specialty melons, he’s also a sustainable farmer whose mission is to grow food crops in a way that improves the ecosystem and benefits wildlife as well.

A wanderer by nature, KELSI KLEMBARA is most at peace learning about new places and visiting with new people. She is motivated to tell stories – through both writing and photography – with the power to change how people understand and interact with their surrounding world. Her goal is to share truth that moves people to hopeful action within both the good and bad realities our world faces. Kelsi has visited 15 countries and most recently returned from a year in Nairobi, Kenya, where she worked in communications for the human rights organization, International Justice Mission. She is currently based in Dallas, where she is focusing her attention on reportage and editorial storytelling.


VIVIAN MORROW JONES grew up watching her dad coax fresh vegetables from the caliche-ridden soil of Reagan County, Texas. A graduate of Baylor and UTD, Vivian’s writing has appeared in the Big Bend Journal and Literary Mamas E-Zine. Among Vivian’s prized possessions is a three-legged cast iron Dutch oven, used by her grandmother who drove the chuck wagon and cooked fora 1915 cattle drive through West Texas.


MARY OGLE is an artist, writer and podcaster. . Working as a professional artist in the digital medium, Mary’s commissions have included everything from fine art to fan art, book layout and cover design, event posters and magazine illustration. Mary’s love for writing is more recent but no less heart-felt. She is the author of Orangeroof Zoo a story of hope and rebirth combined with intricately drawn coloring book pages. Her tv show reviews and articles on geek culture can be found at and Mary currently finds inspiration in the Ojai Valley, residing in a snug little cottage with a recalcitrant cat. More of Mary’s work can be found at .

melindaOrtley MELINDA ORTLEY is a Fine Art Photographer who believes that every image should stand alone as a work of art. Using the classic medium of film, her goal is to create vibrant, original images that go beyond her client’s expectations, whether that client be a blushing bride, growing family, business owner or magazine editor. You can view her portfolio at

KIM PIERCE is a Dallas freelance writer and editor who’s covered farmers markets and the locavore scene for some 30 years, including continuing coverage at The Dallas Morning News. She came by this passion writing about food, health, nutrition and wine. She and her partner nurture a backyard garden (no chickens – yet) and support local producers and those who grow foods sustainably. Back in the day, she co-authored The Phytopia Cookbook and more recently helped a team of writers win a 2014 International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award for The Oxford Encyclopedia for Food and Drink in America.

Matthew-Rainwater MATTHEW RAINWATER is a Cowtown based photographer who spends a self-professed “unhealthy” amount of time cooking, eating, and photographing everything he loves. He works closely with Fort Worth based REAL School Gardens, a program that partners with high-poverty elementary schools to create learning gardens that become an integral part of their teaching culture and the community. To see more of Matt’s stuff, go to

As a consummate Professional Nerd, ERIC SWAYNE has many obsessions, but most of them are culinary: a perfect cup of handcrafted pour over coffee; a deeply complex mole sauce: the ultimate cracklin’ roasted potatoes. He brings his foodie infatuations to his work as a contributor to @DallasFoodNerd on Instagram, and as a contributing writer on Edible DFW. You will often find him working on these projects from coffee shops across DFW, plus on his day job as VP Strategy & Insights for Social Factor. You can also find out about his Marketing life as a patent holder, technologist and strategist at


MEREDITH STEELE is a recipe developer, food writer, food photographer and author of, an award winning family food blog celebrating creative and fresh foods. Her recipe development and photography company, MBS Recipe Development specializes in multimedia recipe development for commercial and small business who’s clients include everyone from Ziploc® to small wineries. Meredith’s work has been published online, in various print media, and has been nominated for the SAVEUR awards. She can also be found across the pond writing a monthly column for When Meredith is not in the kitchen, she’s roaming Dallas, Texas with her husband, curly-headed pixie of a daughter, and big floppy-eared dog.


ROBERT STRICKLAND is a Dallas-based freelance photographer who enjoys capturing the whole story behind food. His images have appeared in various print and online publications, and he has worked closely with restaurants and chefs on promotional photo projects. You can see more of his work at

annaThomas Longtime Ojai, California resident ANNA THOMAS wrote the iconic cookbook The Vegetarian Epicure while still a student at UCLA, followed by its two sequels and Love Soup. Her newest book, Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore: Dinner for Everyone at the Table (W. W. Norton & Co., 2016), was released in April.
jzhang JOY ZHANG was born in Shanghai and moved to the US in the late 1980s. With a longtime background in cooking and photography, she enjoys telling stories through food and focuses on capturing the shapes, colors and textures of food through natural light and contemporary styling.