, the leading online source for food and dining information and services, has assembled an extensive network of the finest professional food and restaurant critics nationwide to provide comprehensive, up-to-the-minute news on local dining scenes, hot trends, and food preparation.’s newsroom currently consists of five full-time staff writers and editors, a photographer, eighteen restaurant critics, and a number of freelance food writers.

“This is the first time that professional restaurant critics of this caliber have come together to create such a unified voice for America’s dining scene,” said Brad Johnson, editorial director at “These writers represent some of the finest food and restaurant critics in the country, and I’m truly excited to be working with them at” Editorial Team

Brad Johnson, editorial director leads’s newsroom and editorial staff. He is the former chief dining critic for MSN Sidewalk Chicago, senior food editor for Restaurants and Institutions, and contributor to Food & Wine.

Joan Zoloth, senior features editor oversees’s restaurant stringers and writes the website’s travel-related and food-as-lifestyle articles. She reviewed restaurants for the Alameda Newspaper Group and has contributed to the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, and Epicurean Magazine.

Dan Liszt, associate editor writes the only national restaurant gossip column, “Juicy Gossip and Tasty News,” published on the Web, which now runs weekly. He has written for U.S. News & World Report and Lodging Magazine.

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Charity Ferreira, associate food editor develops’s weekly menus and recipe-related articles. She graduated from the California Culinary Academy and has contributed to Bon Appetit, the Los Angeles Times, and Citysearch.

Dimitri Spathis, photo editor/photographer is an accomplished food and lifestyle photographer whose work has appeared in Bon Appetit, Epicurean, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Jill Meyers, copy editor is the former copy editor for LookSmart.

Restaurant Critics

Colleen Dunn Bates, Los Angeles is the author of The Eclectic Gourmet Guide to Los Angeles (Menasha Ridge Press), and she has written about Los Angeles restaurants for Bon Appetit, Westways, Fodor’s, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, and others.

Stefanie Berry, Washington D.C. is senior editor of Washington Flyer Magazine & Travel Guide, where she writes about the local restaurant scene. She has also written for Washingtonian magazine and frequently contributes to the Washington Post food section.

Fred Brack, Seattle is the former restaurant critic for MSN Sidewalk Seattle and co-author of two cookbooks: The Tastes of Washington and Tastes of the Pacific Northwest. He has contributed to Sports Illustrated, Travel & Leisure, and Washington Magazine and received “Arts & Entertainment Reporter of the Year” by the Society of Professional Journalists in 1999.

Leslie Brenner, New York is a novelist, culinary historian and James Beard Award winner. She has written about restaurants for Travel & Leisure, New York magazine and Food Arts.

Dotty Griffith, Dallas has written for The Dallas Morning News for the past 26 years. She has authored The Texas Holiday Cookbook and Cooking with Days of Our Lives and has contributed to Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, and The New York Times.

Stephen Heuser, Boston has reviewed restaurants for the Boston Phoenix since 1996. He wrote the Boston restaurant section of the book Time Out Boston and contributed to Virgin Airlines magazine Hot Air and the Washington Flyer.

Nancy Hobbs, Salt Lake City wrote for The Salt Lake Tribune for more than twenty years. She covered hard news, features, and in the last three years, edited and wrote full time for the food section.

Alice Van Housen, Chicago has contributed food and lifestyle work to Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Chicago Magazine, Frommer’s Chicago Travel Guide, Fast Company, Wine & Spirits, Restaurants & Institutions, Chicago Social, Angeleno, and Crate & Barrel catalogues and website.

Max Jacobson, Las Vegas has been writing about food for several years for the LA Times and is currently covering Las Vegas restaurant and food scene for several local newspapers and radio shows.

Beth Kelly, Austin has been a food writer and restaurant reviewer covering the Austin dining scene for several years.

Ruth Mossok Johnston, Detroit develops recipes for the American Heart Association. She authored The Buffalo Cookbook, and has contributed to PBS, the Food Network, the Observer and Eccentric Newspapers, and the Daily Tribune. She also served as a food consultant for the Ritz Carlton.

Jenn Karetnick, Miami is a restaurant critic/columnist for the Miami New Times. She has contributed dining sections for Fodor’s Miami and Florida guidebooks and has written two books Around Miami with Kids and Miami Restaurant Recipes.

Christiane Lauterbach, Atlanta has been the dining critic for Atlanta magazine since 1983. She publishes her own newsletter, Knife & Fork, an insider’s guide to Atlanta restaurants, and is a frequent contributor to various travel and food magazines, including Town & Country and The New York Times. Her book, Atlanta Restaurant Guide (Pelican) is currently in print.

Annie McManis, Cincinnati has been the Contributing Dining Editor and restaurant columnist for Cincinnati CityBeat, an arts and entertainment weekly newspaper since June 1998. She has also written for Marketing News and Marketing Tools and contributed to Log Home Living.

John McNulty, Philadelphia hosts “On the Town with John McNulty,” a two hour talk radio program on WWDB FM Philadelphia focused on food, wine, and entertaining, and the show was recognized by Wine Enthusiast as the best radio program in the country. He also created a website to support the radio program at

Wayne A. Strei, San Francisco is a former TV news personality; he reviewed the San Francisco dining and entertainment scene for the Evening Magazine and People are Talking (KPIX-TV CBS) and Good Morning, Bay Area (KGO-TV ABC). He also contributed to San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, and San Francisco Magazine.

Kay West, Nashville is the restaurant critic for the city’s award-winning alternative newsweekly The Nashville Scene, and a contributing writer for several regional and national publications such as TV Guide, Glamour, and New Woman.

Nanette Wiser, San Diego has written about the best of San Diego’s food, travel and entertainment for America Online Digital City,, 3 Perfect Days, United Airlines Hemispheres, New York Post, San Francisco Examiner, Oakland Tribune, Miami Herald, San Diego Union/ Tribune, Better Homes & Gardens.

About is the Internet’s food and dining destination, offering a wide range of services from online ordering of restaurant meals to editorial content about dining and food. Updated daily, publishes local and national food-related news and features, with regular columnists dishing out the latest restaurant gossip, cooking advice and wine tips. Whether it’s an authoritative roundup of America’s hottest restaurants or a review of the latest must-have cookbook,’s cutting-edge editorial helps consumers make smart, informed decisions about food and dining. In addition,’s online takeout and delivery service has more than 16,000 restaurants nationwide, and consumers can order a meal online up to 90 days in advance. The Dining Guide enables consumers to search for information on more than 400,000 restaurants across the country, while the Marketplace allows consumers to shop for specialty food-related items from select partners. can be found on the World Wide Web at and can also be contacted at 415/403-5200.