About Edible Jersey
Edible Jersey tells the story of food, from source to table. Published bi-monthly (six times per year), we spotlight the growers, producers, retailers, artisans, chefs, home cooks, and others who energize our community with authentic, regionally-based food choices.
Why? Because we believe that an understanding and enjoyment of local foods provide the critical path to a healthier and more sustainable world.
In the country’s most densely populated state, buying local has become increasingly important. It allows us to safeguard our open, undeveloped land supply, support our local economy, protect the environment, eat healthier, and, simply, to savor food. Rather than being subjected to thousands of miles of transport, preservatives, and processing, local food is ripe, ready, and at its peak of natural flavor.
With engaging stories and enticing photography, Edible Jersey magazine and website hope to transform the way New Jersey residents shop for, cook, eat, and enjoy food.
We celebrate the state’s diverse culinary landscape, from urban to rural, mountain to shore. From a tenth generation family farm in Oldwick to a blueberry festival in Hammonton… from clamming in Cape May to the food co-ops springing up statewide… We introduce our food-literate, savvy readers to New Jersey’s colorful cuisine… and its heritage, tradition, culture, and challenges.
What does it mean for your business? As part of Edible Communities, a national network of regional publications, Edible Jersey offers advertisers an extremely valuable audience. Edible readers nationwide are identified as consumers that recognize and support local businesses.
We invite you to join us as we help readers taste the true flavor of our region — and better appreciate the value that comes from sitting down at the table together.
Meet Our Team
Teresa Politano, Editor
Politano is the newest member of the Edible Jersey team. She is the author of “Celebrity Chefs of New Jersey” (2010) and is currently working on “An Improbable Chef.” She is a James Beard nominee and restaurant critic for Inside Jersey and The Star Ledger. She is also an adjunct professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.
Ray Painter, Publisher
Born and raised in Cranford, Ray has always called the Garden State home. He enjoyed a career in the IT arena at HP and then, later, at his own IT consulting firm before deciding to focus on that most important life question: what’s for lunch? Today, he oversees the business and sales operation of Edible Jersey.
Nancy Painter, Publisher
Nancy Brannigan Painter grew up within a large extended Italian-Irish family where “it was all about the food, of course.” Her twenty-five-year career in publishing includes an emphasis on the launching and development of major national, as well as regional, magazines and websites.
Eric Derby, Associate Publisher
A veteran publishing professional, Eric Derby wears many hats: devoted father, husband, do-gooder, environmentalist and freakishly good whistler. He also serves as Board President of the Foodshed Alliance and considers himself a catalyst in connecting food and community to ensure a healthier and more resilient local food system. On his days off, you can find him gardening with his sons, Carter and Jackson.
Debra Trisler, Design Director
Debra Trisler is graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Her focus is publication design, event and product promotion and marketing support. She has been Art Director for several food and lifestyle magazines, including Cigar Aficionado, Food Arts, Wine Spectator, Hamptons Country, New Jersey Life and Edible Hudson Valley. She is currently Design Director for Edible Jersey and Edible Philly magazines. trislerdesign.com.
Julia Mullaney, Editorial/Marketing Manager
Julia Mullaney is a writer, blogger and self-proclaimed macaroni and cheese connoisseur based in North Jersey. Her work has been published in Rachael Ray Every Day, Art Quench and, of course, Edible Jersey. In her spare time, she runs a food blog full of original, easy recipes. Chow down at simplydeliciousblog.com or on Instagram at @simplydeliciousblogger, and Look for her cookbook, Man, you can Cook! available the first week of June.
Cricket Allen, Advertising Sales Associate
Cricket Allen is a New Jersey native who spent 13 years in NYC, where she handled marketing for spirits and Champagne houses. For the last 10, she dove into the natural food and beverage landscape as an entrepreneur, creating brands that connected her foodie DNA with consumers she valued and respected. She is thrilled to share her zeal for NJ and epicurean passions with the community at large and peers at Edible Jersey.
Calla Aniski, Advertising Sales Associate
Calla holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration. She also runs Perchal Fibers, an ongoing luggage and design project focusing on custom orders. Calla also enjoys sewing, photography, and drawing. Her favorite foods are beets, noodle soup, and anything infused with botanicals (lavender, rose, kaffir lime leaf, violet, gentian root).
Amanda Manganaro, Advertising Sales Associate
Amanda has been part of the Edible community for over six years. Beginning with Edible Manhattan as an advertising executive and event planner, Amanda joined the jersey side in 2015 and loves getting back to her roots by connecting with local restaurants and purveyors she grew up with. You’ll find her strolling with her baby boy around Hoboken and Jersey City scoping out exciting new business ventures for Edible Jersey.