Tuesday, December 19, 2017

So Long and Thanks for All the Sandwiches

It's true. I'm leaving my post as editor of Eater PDX after 2.5 years. It was one of the most rewarding, humbling, and challenging positions of my life, and that's exactly what it should be: I believe Eater is publishing some of the best food journalism out there and is truly leading the industry into the future. Point blank: Eater repeatedly stuns me with its no-BS approach to accurate food news and storytelling.

In the position, I was in charge of running the day-to-day operations of Eater Portland, from working with some of Portland's most talented freelancer writers and photographers to building lasting relationships with Portland's many talented chefs. It was my goal to give a voice to Portland's epic food scene during a period of immense change in the publication industry, when traditional news publications were fighting to keep their influence and anyone with a computer could start a blog or social media feed.

At the end of the day, it always came down to meeting and listening to people and telling their stories with an eye for what connects us. For me, that's the most potent dishes and exciting restaurant atmospheres worthy of pushing technology aside to spend some time with Portland's vibrant, intimate communities.

I am really proud that I wrote my 1000th article for Eater PDX on March 8, 2017, and I will keep on writing until my final day, December 29, 2017. I am also humbled by the many, many stories left to tell. If you're the right person to tell Portland's food stories — and hopefully, many of the stories I missed — the position is currently open.

To all my Eater colleagues, you have verged on becoming family. A big shoutout to my manager, Carolyn, for the training and support.

Immediately, I'll continue to publish culinary travel writing with a focus on Portland, the Pacific Northwest, and Europe (especially Italy) through my personal brand, Ravenous Traveler (Twitter and Instagram), including a book with the most insane stories from being a full-time culinary travel writer for the past 10 years.

Lastly, I'll continue my work as a board member of the Travel & Words Conference, dedicated to travel writing in the Pacific Northwest. Hope to see you in 2018.


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