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judiPublisher & Creative Director: Judi Gallagher | www.judigallagher.com
A graduate of Johnson & Wales, Judi has managed restaurants and owned restaurants in the northeast and was the founder of a successful dessert company. Today, she is a sought-after restaurant consultant, TV cook on the ABC affiliate in her home town, and culinary editor of a city magazine. Her personal passions are culinary travel to exotic places and holiday cooking in her home for huge gatherings of friends and relatives. Her guilty pleasure? Bruce Springsteen concerts. “I follow him around the country and have for years,” she admits. “But, in every city where Bruce sings, I do check out new restaurants and talk to up and coming chefs. I want all the food news I can get.”

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jimInternet Media Director: Jim Galiano | www.jimgaliano.com
Jim Galiano started in the online publicity and publishing business in 1998. He is the president of Gulf Coast Internet Publishing which has built over 300 websites since the late 1990s. His consulting, marketing and publicity services are used by businesses in the U.S., Australia and Ireland. Jim is the author of over a dozen business publications and has been interviewed by a variety of media sources including the Wall Street Journal and CBS News in NYC.

Contributors:

abbyAbby Weingarten – Copy Editor and Spa Director

Abby Weingarten is a food, lifestyle and travel writer/editor for newspapers and magazines all over the world. For the past 12 years, she has regularly contributed articles on cuisine, cocktails, spas, décor and every other aspect of the culinary craft, hospitality and relaxation. “There is nothing I love more than to indulge in new flavors and experiences, all while spotlighting the amazing people who make it happen,” she says.

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marshaMarsha Fottler (Original Editor)
Marsha has been a newspaper and magazine food and lifestyle writer first in Boston and since the early 1970s in Florida. She regularly contributes to regional and national publications with articles on food, culinary history, trends, chef profiles and restaurant design. She is a frequent lecturer on the restaurant experience. “Food is history, culture, the livelihood of many and the pleasure of all,” she believes. “For many people food may be the primary reason friends and family gather together to share experiences, express love, argue and make memories. Whenever people gather around a table anywhere in the world to eat, talk and laugh, only good things can come of it.”

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Doc Lawrence – Contributing Writer
Old school journalism describes the style and stories produced by Doc Lawrence. “In everything I do,” he says, “there is a beginning, middle and an end.” One of the top travel writers in the country, Doc is steeped in the heritage of the deep south. Traveling the back roads from Texas to Virginia and on down to Key West inspires stories about local food and wine preferences, community theater, folk art and music often leading to clues for a good story. Heroes include Faulkner, Hemingway, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Ralph Ellison, Dorothy Parker and Willie Morris. An Atlanta native, Doc keeps a well-stocked wine cellar and bar and two outdoor grills. He enjoys entertaining and believes that the greatest challenge for a writer is to keep searching for a higher life.  www.winesdownsouth.com | editors@docsnews.com

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Chelsea Ferguson Linde – Contributing Writer

Chelsea is a hairdresser by day, and word/media enthusiast by night. A graduate of the University of South Florida, Journalism and Creative Writing were at the top of her studies. From food, hair and beauty, to fashion and home décor, Chelsea elates in writing colorfully with a strong voice. Aside from fresh cut flowers and snuggles from her pup, Jade, traveling and eating through new cities with her fiancé is her favorite thing to do. “I love to get lost in a city. When I immerse myself in a new environment and culture, it is easy to notice inspiration everywhere. I find appreciation for simple things like walking a city’s downtown on a Saturday morning, latte in hand, with no place to be.”

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Deepa Alfano – Contributing Writer

Deepa is very passionate about Indian food. It’s the cuisine that she grew up with, and still prepares to this day. Deepa’s culinary journey started very early; she recalls being a sous chef to her mother from the age of three! After moving to Sarasota from the United Kingdom ten years ago, she decided to host Indian cooking classes and dinners out of her home to friends and family. Deepa now teaches Indian Cooking classes at a location which can accommodate a larger class size – her approach is to teach a simplified version of Indian Cuisine which can be easily made at home using wholesome fresh ingredients and spices. The way people eat has changed over the years and they are more willing to experience different spices and cooking methods. For more information on upcoming Indian Cooking Classes and demonstrations: https://www.theindiantable.com | deepa.alfano@gmail.com

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sharonSharon Pritchard – Contributing Writer

Sharon Pritchard’s varied careers all over the globe make her the ideal international culinary travel writer. Her first occupation was that of a French telephonist at the Continental GPO telephone exchange in London in the days way before direct dialing!  Then, she was a tour guide with American Express and the travel industry became her love for the next 15 years until life led her in a different direction – pub, restaurant and hotel management in the UK. Crossing the Atlantic, she  spent 10 years in Sarasota, Florida where she owned and operated a motel on Siesta Key, during which time she also owned a British import store.  After  returning to the UK, Sharon once again turned to pub and restaurant management running three country inns and a hotel in Kent. During that time, she also  edited website content, books, essays for local businesses and students. Ten years ago she qualified as a teacher of English as a second language and taught a variety of students, children and adults from a multitude of nations.  Retiring  to Normandy, France two years ago enabled Sharon to embrace a passion, cooking and entertaining.  With Paris just two hours from her  home, Sharon  now conducts  private tours of that  vibrant city as well as tours of the World War II Normandy Landing Beaches. And she still continues to teach English as a second language.

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Anna Dantoni – Contributing Writer

Here is a woman who never saw a cookbook or culinary history book she didn’t want to hug, read and tell the world about. Reviewing books for Flavors & More is a guilty pleasure for this book club member and hunter of obscure food books in stores of pre-owned books. She loses count of how many food books she evaluates a year, but reveals that she cooks at least one recipe from every book she reviews to make sure that the recipes make sense and that the instructions are sound and easy to follow for the home cook. Her favorite type of food book? “That’s easy,” said Anna in a rare moment of divulging anything about her private life. “I love culinary mysteries, you know the ones where the author serves up the murderer along with about a dozen delicious recipes for me to try. I can’t yummy up enough of them.”

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Keffie Lancaster, Associate ASID

Keffie has been with providing Interior Design services for 15 years and is the owner of Keffie’s, a retail store and Design Bar in downtown Sarasota, FL. Keffie’s design and her boutique focus on products with a purpose, both eco-friendly and sustainable, that have meaningful conscious impacts on society and healthy living.

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lori-rodgersLori Rodgers – Contributing Writer

Lori’s passion for food and fine dining began at an early age. She started reading Gourmet at 8, and was fortunate to have a father who included her in his travels to cites across the US, often frequenting restaurants she had read about in the magazine. After studying hotel and restaurant management at FSU for two years and thoroughly enjoying the summer program in Switzerland, she graduated with a degree in International Business with a minor in Spanish.

Lori owned and operated the family business, Bert Rodgers Schools of Real Estate for 25 years, indulging her cooking hobby by whipping up meals for family and friends on the weekends. She has two teenagers who have adopted a vegan lifestyle, adding a new challenge to Lori’s cooking repertoire. Lori recently sold the business and is embarking on a new chapter and new career, returning to her true calling, cooking and exploring the multifaceted world of food!

 

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Photographer:
Rod Millington
www.rodmillington.com
infocus333@comcast.net

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Flavors and More is an online magazine dedicated to the pleasures of the table realized through recipes, libations, travel, books, entertaining and features that celebrate food and all those who gather together to share meals and memories.The publishers of Flavors and More bring to this enterprise more than 30 years experience in the world of food and entertaining as writers, consultants, chefs, restaurateurs and world travelers.