About Edible Piedmont
Who We Are
Edible Piedmont is a community-based publication that promotes the abundance of local foods in the greater Piedmont area of North Carolina (Triad, Triangle, and Charlotte). We celebrate the growers, producers, retailers, artisans, chefs, bakers, home cooks, and others who energize our community with authentic, locally based food choices.
Edible Piedmont is intended for those who are interested in:
- Eating delicious, locally grown, seasonal foods
- Getting to know the people who grow, produce, cook and sell those foods
- Learning more about what's available in the Piedmont in terms of great dining, day trips, food events, and festivals; great books to read and great products to try
Meet the Team
FRED THOMPSON, EXECUTIVE EDITOR
Fred is the “Weekend Gourmet” columnist in the Raleigh News and Observer and the author of nine cookbooks covering subjects on seafood, grilling, barbecue, and beverages. Hot Chocolate was nominated for an IACP Cookbook Award in 2007. His next book, The Southern Sides Cookbook: Mouthwatering Dishes That Really Make The Plate is scheduled for a fall release.
He is passionate about all things food. Raised in North Carolina, he is an expert on the region’s food. When he heard about the publication franchise, he knew he had found a worthwhile publication with a cause, to promote local food and the people who bring it to our tables - fisherman he calls “the last hunters and gatherers”, farmers, chefs, and vintners.
You may have seen his work in popular publications such as Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, and Everyday With Rachael Ray. Foodies see his writing in Food and Wine, Fine Cooking, and Gourmet.
BELINDA ELLIS, SENIOR EDITOR
Belinda has spent her entire career developing food products and recipes. Specializing in baking, she has taught hundreds of people hands-on baking classes. In addition, she has experience in recipe communications through print materials, media, television, and writing/hosting training DVDs.
Fred and Belinda are partners who realized that they could combine their love of local foods with a commitment to connect people to where their food comes from. For us, this is not a job it is a lifelong passion coming to fruition.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR - MELISSA PETERSEN
COPY EDITOR - ROBIN TILLY
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS - JILL WARREN LUCAS • MATT PROPS • ELIZABETH WIEGAND
ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR - LINDA JOHNSON
TEST KITCHEN EXECUTIVE CHEF - KYLE WILKERSON
PHOTOGRAPHERS - FRED THOMPSON • KYLE WILKERSON • MACKENZIE BROUGH
“I just love reading [Edible Communities] publications cover to cover—they are some of the best things I've ever read.”
“I call what you are doing 'The Edible Phenomenon'—you've accomplished something that most publishers have not done. The concept and the publications are fantastic.”
—Margo True, former Managing Editor, Saveur magazine (now the Food Editor for Sunset magazine)
“[Edible Communities publications] are the New Yorker of food—smart, witty, and attractive.”
—The Ventura County Reporter
“[Edible Communities publications] have become the unofficial literary journals of the farmer-writer movement.”
—The New York Times
“Everything about the vibrant seasonal newsletters is local. [Edible Communities publications] aim to define a distinct regional cuisine for each [area they publish in].”
—San Francisco magazine
“[Edible Communities publications] are magazines with a mission!”
—The East Hampton Star
“Beyond the printed word, their mission is to connect consumers with local growers, chefs, and food artisans of all kinds...”
—Cape Cod magazine
“Your publications always leave me with a good feeling. One can easily recognize they are in the hands of a talented team of writers and designers as well as a caring publisher.”
—John Thorne, publisher, Simple Cooking