Here you’ll find some of my recent writing:
Now Kalamazoo: Kzoo Kitchens
Ice cream customers flock to the chicken. Rollup Ice Cream’s unique treats drew crowds in Kalamazoo and Portage stores, but the chicken sandwich is giving wings to the local parlor’s expansion to Missouri.
Vegan cuisine no longer just a trend. Menu options are expanding, a new all-vegan restaurant is soon to open, and a day-long festival at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market are expanding the horizons for area foodies.
Bronco footballer returns to campus as BBQ stand-out. With inspired recipes and a rotating menu of meats and sides, the new House of Soul and Seafood by Chef Jarrell McKinney gets a crowd even before the doors formally open.
“This is my thing.” A Portage chef trained in both nutrition and culinary arts packs flavor for all sorts of dietary needs into a unique meal prep business.
Second Wave Media
Early Online Articles: MLIVE.com
Talking Turkey: Introduction to the Dining Culture of the Ottoman Empire The Culinary Historians of Chicago 2009
Local Foodways, Everything But the Beak: Cooking Your Chicken with Thought A Collaborative program with Fair Food Matters, Portage Public Library and Tillers International 04. 2008
Awards and Recognition
Silver Medalist, Living Now Book Awards, Ethnic Category: A Celebration at the Sarayi: Reliving a Feast in the Palace of Suleyman the Magnificent 2009
Cultural Ambassador, Turkish Cultural Foundation Cultural Exchange Program. Travelled to Turkey as a guest of the foundation for a three-week cultural exchange spanning the cities of Istanbul, Amasya, Iznik, Izmir, Gallipoli, Beypazari, Ankara, Cannakale, and Konya. We met with dignitaries, financial and educational scholars, cultural groups, and spent time learning the art and culture of Turkish society. September-October 2009
Guest Author, Chicago Turkish Festival 2008
Finalist: Food Network, The Ultimate Recipe Showdown. “Gingerbread Cake with French Brandy Sauce and Whipped Orange Flower Cream” Hollywood, California 2008
Jamming for Jobs at the Northside Community Center, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Kalamazoo MI 2010
Local Food and Community Network, Bread for the Journey, Detroit MI 2008
Sunburst Community Garden, Fair Food Matters, Kalamazoo MI 2005-2013
Executive Chef, The Eclectic Kitchen, 2002-Present
Chef du Cuisine, Omega Chi, Western Michigan University Chapter, 2021-2022 academic year
Sous Chef, John Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo MI 2007-10