Close to the Source, My New Edible San Diego Blog, Is Up and Running

I've been writing for Edible San Diego for as long as it's existed. They're getting ready to launch a new web design but in the meantime they invited me to start in with their first blog, Close to the Source. Sponsored by Specialty Produce, the bi-weekly blog appears on the first and third Mondays of each month and delves into what's happening with our local markets, farms, and producers of artisan foods--with a hint or two here and there for how to enjoy their products.

My first post focused on fisherman Phil Harris' delicious black gill rockfish, sold at the new Fishermen's Farmers Market in Pt. Loma. I got Catalina Offshore Products' Tommy Gomes to teach me--and the gathering crowd--how to break it down and cook all the various parts so we enjoy it from tail to gill (except we don't eat the gill).

Take a look at How to Break Down a Whole Fish in Five Easy Steps.


Four New Awards from San Diego Press Club

This year’s San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism (J-Awards) competition results were just announced and I received three awards for food writing. I earned the top award in the Magazine Food & Restaurant category for my piece for Edible San Diego on Chino Farms. And San Diego Foodstuff received second- and third-place honors for my posts respectively on dealing with diabetes and making dill pickles.

Additionally, San Diego Wine and Dine, which had a radio show I co-hosted, received First Place in the Integrated Media: Food & Restaurant category for our coverage of “Amaya: Easy Going Elegance at The Grand Del Mar.”

Four Awards From San Diego Press Club

Last night's San Diego Press Club Journalism Awards has been on my mind for months now. I was on the organizing committee, tasked with rounding up restaurants for our dinner at the Hall of Champions. I hadn't thought much about actually winning any awards, although I had certainly sent in entries and learned that I'd won something. Getting 20 restaurants settled into their booths and serving our 370 attendees was higher on my list of priorities. So, I was thrilled to learn that I hadn't just won something. I'd won four awards for my food writing. I got two third-place awards: one for a story on the City Heights Farmers Market for Edible San Diego and the other for a piece on jam making for the San Diego Union-Tribune. I received a second place award for another Edible San Diego story--this one on the avocado industry in San Diego County.  And, my plaque for first prize was awarded for a piece on The Sausage King for San Diego Uptown News.

It's been a long time since I'd entered a journalism contest so this was a real thrill. And, the evening went beautifully, with kudos to all the chefs who fed us so well!