Over the past 10 years, Boston has seen a re-birth of interest in food. Whether it’s the opening of a farmers market in your town, the interest chefs have in using and giving recognition to local products on their menus, or the increase in specialty/gourmet food stores, we are seeing an emphasis on seasonal foods and local products. We at Edible Boston want to help support this renaissance. Our publication and website will be a resource for finding out what’s new, what’s available locally, and an introduction to the people instrumental in bringing about the change. Isn’t it time you knew about the farmer at your local farm stand? Although it is called Edible Boston, we include Essex, Middlesex, Worcester, Suffolk, and Norfolk counties, as they are major contributors to our region and the food culture of Boston. How could we talk about seafood in Boston without learning about the fishing industry in Gloucester and Ipswich? Join us in celebrating the abundance of local foods, season by season.
Ilene grew up in a family that enjoyed good food, wine and cooking. She has traveled the world extensively which lead to an increased interest in the foods and markets of other countries. Early on she developed a successful philosophy around different foods: "Try, then Ask." Upon leaving the corporate world, Ilene worked at Boston's last working farm. In the position of Marketing and Wholesale Manager, she learned to understand and respect the importance of sustainable agriculture, local foods, and local communities.
In 2005, while visiting eastern Long Island, Ilene read an issue of Edible East End and decided on the spot that she wanted to publish an Edible magazine in her hometown of Boston. 12 years later, Edible Boston is a thriving publication that has met her goals of supporting and helping the local food communities to grow and sustain themselves.
Before taking on the role of managing editor, Sarah was recipe editor, marketing director and ad account manager at Edible Boston. She’s worked as a recipe developer, personal chef/caterer, farm stand retailer, Italian imports buyer, cheesemonger and produce buyer among various other positions in both food service and food retail businesses. A graduate of Middlebury College with degrees in the History of Art and Italian Language and Literature, she lives in Wayland with her husband and two children, spending summers fishing, shellfishing and digging in her Cape Cod garden.
Michael is a freelance photographer based in Boston, originally from California. Michael studied Art History and Film, before settling into still photography and moving to New York City. Somewhere along the line he merged his love of cooking and food with his love of making pictures. He is currently Chief Photographer and Creative Director of Edible Boston Magazine. He also contributes to Food&Wine, Down East, Yankee Magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. His recent work on cookbooks include Two If By Sea with Barton Seaver and Maple Syrup Cookbook and Food Swap with Storey Publishing.
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Tara moved to Boston from her native San Francisco on a whim, after earning a degree in both Environmental Studies and Communication Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. From environmental consulting to nonprofit management to publishing, she has acted as a project manager, environmental scientist, travel writer, food writer, author, editor, event organizer and account manager. When Tara’s not managing a Kickstarter campaign, planning a supper club, dining in a hidden restaurant or writing about a local farm, you can find her riding her bike to a local farmers market or baking something gluten free.