Jamie Bartolacci is a freelance art director and illustrator. A Jersey Shore girl at heart, she lives in Jersey City with her smushed face dogs. She eats her way through her travels @placesiveconsumed on Instagram.
Helen Chandler began farming at Whistling Wolf Farm in Pittstown in 2013. She chronicled the first two seasons of her journey in Edible Jersey. She now farms at Lake Divide Farm in Michigan.
Danny Childs is a bartender at the Farm and Fisherman Tavern in Cherry Hill. He approaches cocktails through an anthropological lens, reimagining historical and regionally linked drinks using hyperlocal and seasonal ingredients. Instagram @slowdrinks.
Thomas Robert Clarke
Thomas Robert Clarke is a freelance food and architecture photographer. His work is featured on products sold in Target and Williams-Sonoma, as well as in Michelin Guides, Condé Nast Traveler, and in The Jersey Shore Cookbook, released in 2016. thomasrobertclarke.com
James J. Connolly
James J. Connolly is the former multimedia editor for the Asbury Park Press and Gannett NJ. His work has won awards from The National Press Photographers Association, New Jersey Press Association and Society of Newspaper Design. jamesjconnollyphotography.com
Melanie Eversley is an award-winning NYC-based journalist who writes about cities, race and social issues. She has worked for USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Detroit Free Press and the Asbury Park Press. She has completed 23 marathons.
Dr. E. Alma Flagg
Dr. E. Alma Flagg, Newark educator, was the first principal of an integrated school in Newark and in 1967 became assistant superintendent of Newark Public Schools. She was an active member in the NAACP and League of Women Voters. She died in March at age 99.
Jenn Hall writes about food, culture and travel. A wanderer by nature with an ever-rumbling belly, she’s learning that the best stories are hidden in plain sight. Follow her adventures at jennhallwrites.com.
Lauren Johnson is a freelance writer in Lambertville. Her work has appeared in The Berkshire Review, The Common Ground Review and Grid Philly. When not hiking with her pups, she can be found with her backyard hens. yeahwritelauren.com.
Fran McManus is a writer and educator focused on the sensory, social, cultural and economic relationships that shape community. She encourages the exploration of flavor through her Anatomy of Flavor note cards and Flavor Fundamentals workshops.
Cathy Miller is a longtime photographer, her camera tightly focused on food and music. A resident of NJ for 40 years, Cathy is happily vegetarian in the Garden State.
Julia Mullaney is a health & fitness writer based in North Jersey. She is the author of Man, You Can Cook! and runs Simply Delicious, a food and nutrition blog, SimplyDeliciousBlog.com, @simplydeliciousblogger.
Marilena Perilli has put pencil to paper for 20+ years as a NYC/Bronx-based freelance illustrator. Her maps celebrate her love of NYC and its surrounding areas. See her work at PoppinPosterPrints through Etsy.
Lauren Theis is director of education at Raritan Headwaters, yoga instructor, flower arranger and pet portraitist. She creates the weekly chalkboard at the HLT Farmers Market in Flemington. laurentheis.com, Instagram @laurenmarietheis.