About Spoonwiz


If life is to be savored, savor the best.

At Spoonwiz, we believe that every meal is an opportunity. In this spirit, we only feature the best establishments in every category and the best articles on all food topics.

Spoonwiz is an insightful culinary resource that connects users with a trusted network of food experts and savvy diners. We help users discover great restaurants and enrich their food experience, providing everything one needs to know about eating well and eating smarter.

Spoonwiz is a platform founded by writers for writers and readers.

Our namesake is the one utensil common to every cuisine, every culture. We are the wizards of all things culinary, and our goal is defining dining.

We are an inclusive network of independent critics, journalists, food writers, bloggers, and culinary professionals. We are looking for other writers who share our beliefs in complete transparency, fairness, integrity, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility.

Spoonwiz Founding Story

Spoonwiz Team

Andrew X. Pham
Andrew envisions a community-based media platform that is owned and operated by the content creators--a place that celebrates good food and good writing. He is an engineer, farmer, food critic, and author. He is a Whiting Writer and a Guggenheim Fellow. His work has received the Kiriyama Prize, the Oregon Literary Prize, the QPB Award, and other honors. He is passionate about adventure travel, good food, and chili peppers.
Fei Li
Social Editor
Fei builds and manages social communities. She has a background in law and economics, with special interest in business and contract law. She has served as Supervising Editor for Hastings International and Comparative Law Review and Editor for UC Berkeley Asian American Law Journal. She is passionate about food and photography.
Sue Lawton
Co-Founding Editor Social Enterprise
Sue connects businesses and people. She is a world expert in global supplier diversity and inclusion, with deep interest in social enterprise development. She is a TIAW 100 Women of Influence, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Visiting Research Fellow at Kingston University. She is passionate about social justice, theatre and hiking.
Lisa Catherine Harper
Co-Founding Editor
Lisa is an author, editor, food blogger, and teacher of writing and literature. Her work has won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Award, been recognized as an NBCC Independent Press Pick, and is translated into four languages. She holds an MA in fiction, a PhD in American literature, and loves to research almost anything. She’s taught nonfiction in MFA programs, lit & composition at universities, and NaNoWriMo in grade schools. She’s passionate about the intersection between food and family life, family adventures, and finding the right words.
Paul Reidinger
Co-Founding Editor
Paul writes essays, criticisms, and novels. He is an editor, journalist, and food critic. His food criticism has won awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. His books include several novels, from The Best Man (named one of the best novels of 1986 by Booklist) to the recently published The Bad American. He is also the author of a memoir, Lions in the Garden; a collection of essays and criticism, Patchwork, and the forthcoming novella The Varieties of Erotic Experience (Gemma Open Door). He was born in Eau Claire, Wis. and was educated in the public schools there, at Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is passionate about sociology and politics.
Lillian Howan
Co-Founding Editor
Lillian Howan is an editor, attorney and writer. Her writings have appeared in The Asian American Literary Review, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (formerly The Industrial Relations Law Journal), Café Irreal, Calyx, New England Review, and the anthology Under Western Eyes. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She is the editor of playwright Wakako Yamauchi’s collection, Rosebud and Other Stories (University of Hawai’i Press). Lillian is passionate about teas and grains of all varieties, as well as truly odd snacks and confections.
Lisa McNamara
Co-Founding Editor
Lisa is a writer and editor with a background in film, animation, and visual effects. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of San Francisco and her work has appeared at Literary Mama and Leite's Culinaria, as well as in the recent anthology “The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat.” She is passionate about the democratization of eating in America, pie baking, words, and dogs.
Sarah Bayless
Sarah, while a fair baker, is a poor cook and therefore greatly appreciates the patience and skill it takes to make good food. A copywriter and proofreader working in San Francisco, she spends her weekends hiking, (re)reading the classics, and sweating it out at hot yoga. Sarah has worked as an 826 Valencia intern, nanny, copy editor, and editorial assistant. In 2011, she earned her M.Sc. in 18th-Century British Literature from The University of Edinburgh. She is passionate about leafy greens, peach Italian sodas, and Finnish pulla.
Mark Pomeroy
Mark writes novels and poems. He is a father, soccer coach, and teacher of creative writing workshops in public schools. A former classroom teacher, he holds an MA in English Education from Columbia University, and he has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship for fiction. His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Open Spaces, The Wordstock 10, Portland Magazine, The Oregonian, and What Teaching Means: Stories From America’s Classrooms. He is passionate about wilderness hiking and fried chicken.
David Meeker
David is a professional gardener, poet, and essay writer. He received his M.F.A. In Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and his recent poems and essays have appeared in the Southeast Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Phoebe, Georgetown Review, and Nailed Magazine. David is also the owner of a landscape design and build firm in Portland, Porthole Design, and publishes a regular garden blog. He is passionate about collecting records, baking, and backpacking.
Elizabeth McKenzie
Elizabeth engages with language and content. She is an author, teacher, and publisher. She is a Silicon Valley Artist Laureate, Managing Editor of Catamaran Literary Reader, Senior Editor of the Chicago Quarterly Review, a former staff editor for the Atlantic Monthly, and an NEA/Japan US Friendship Commission Fellow. She holds an MA from Stanford, has received a Pushcart Prize and a Center for Cultural Innovation grant, and her novels were cited as Best Books of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune, among others. She is passionate about the natural world and spicy food.
Christina Waters
Contributing Editor
Christina is a Bay Area food reviewer and wine writer who has published in various alternative weeklies for the past 25 years. She has been nominated three times for James Beard Foundation Journalism awards, and has won wide recognition for her culinary criticism including awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and the Peninsula Press Club. She is Contributing Editor for Metro Newspapers. She is the author of the Central Coast of California Book, now in its 4th edition. She also lectures in the visual arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is passionate about wine, locally grown food and art.
Amber Turpin
Contributing Editor
Amber devotes her life to food that is grown and produced with integrity and devoured with joy. She is a food writer and baker who lives, creates and writes from her Bonanza Springs Farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She has owned and operated several artisan food businesses and was a staff member for the groundbreaking Slow Food Nation event. She is a regular contributor to Edible Monterey Bay and Civil Eats. She is passionate about community and cookies.
Bonne Marie Bautista
Contributing Editor
Bonne Marie thrives on creative energy, community and comfort food. A writer, editor and photographer, she has served as editor in chief of The Campanil at Mills College, where she earned a BA in English Literature. Bonne Marie coordinates the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) workshops and is an MA candidate at University of London, Birkbeck. Her poetry features in the recently published Everything Indicates: Bay Bridge Poems & Portraits (Heyday). She is passionate about learning, leafy greens and fountain pens.
Dana McMahan
Contributing Editor
Dana lives and eats and writes in Louisville, Kentucky, in between travels. Her work has appeared in Elle, NBC News, Lonely Planet, Fodors, Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune and many others. She is passionate about bourbon, macarons, and fitness adventures around the world.
Laura Valenti Jelen
Contributing Photographer
Laura is a photographer, curator, educator, and arts director based in Portland, Oregon. As a teacher, she works with photographers to identify sources of inspiration and reach photographic goals. She teaches an online course about moving away from a technical approach to photography, and towards an approach based on the core of the creative practice: intuition, emotion, and heartfelt personal inquiry. She is passionate about reading, running, snuggling dogs, and traveling the world with a camera in hand.
Daniel Do
Contributing Photographer
Daniel captures images and moments in time. He is a photographer and videographer with interest in food and sports. He is passionate about the human form and fresh bread.
Earl Fong
Earl's geek credentials include more years of writing software than he cares to admit. He learned to love Cantonese salted fish at his mother's table, kimchi while living in the South Korea countryside, and meatloaf as an American. He is passionate about creating software, being outdoors on foot, and living well while consuming less.
Fred Meyer
Front-End Web Development
Fred designs and builds websites. He is co-founder of Press Up, a full-service web consulting firm specializing in WordPress. He is passionate about meditation, jazz piano, and comedy.
David Hayes
Technology Architecture
David codes and builds websites. He enjoys learning, laughing, and thinking. He is co-founder of Medivate, an online platform to help people meditate regularly. David is passionate about great websites and software.