Meet the Editorial Team
- Mary Kong-DeVito
Founder/Editor-in-Chief. Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks. Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper. She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.
- Michael DeVito
Men's Lifestyle Editor. An appreciation of food runs deep in his Italian American heritage, but Michael’s adventures really began in earnest while living in South Korea, where he learned to see food as a means of exploring different cultures, meeting new people, and having fun while expanding his horizons. Michael earned his street cred snacking on Rocky Mountain oysters, fried chicken feet and his personal favorite--grilled octopus. Michael brings his deep and abiding love for beer, whiskey and barbecue, and is available for freelance writing, bachelorette parties and the occasional fight club. He accepts payment in fine cigars, motorcycles or Goodfellas quotes.
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Amanda Jane Cooney
Amanda Jane is a quarter-life legal eagle whose cooking will put a smile on your face. This native Upstate New Yorker started her food adventures in college, drinking amber ale and watching Sunday football, because "crab cakes, football [and beer], that's what Maryland does." She's tried Caribbean, Ethiopian and Vietnamese fare, even churned her own butter (!), prosecuting Washington's dining scene with Champagne taste and a beer budget.
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It probably began the moment she compared her 3-month-old niece’s thighs to Pillsbury croissants. From a fancy gourmet McDonald's to a corner street taco truck, her stops prove that love bites. And biting back tastes so good. If it can be stuffed inside bread, drizzled in a sauce she can only dream of bathing in or sends that top pants button popping off, she knows food has been done right.
As a child, Kelly was founder and president for life of the "Clean Plate Club." Later, in college, she ate pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner for six days straight. Third-generation Washingtonian Kelly has caught, cleaned and cooked her own seafood. She's seen centers--convention, capital, shopping--rise and fall. And she can probably tell you what restaurant "used to be here," but she's never met the President. Now, this refined (finicky?) fed finds the ways and means to fine dine with a good wine.
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Lauren is a travel guru with a ceaseless case of wanderlust. She’s traveled around the world quite a few times where she’s dined on everything from alligator to zebra. Now that she has settled in the District, she’s always on a quest for the next culinary marvel (fried chicken and donuts, anyone?). She enjoys all things that include carbs, cheese and sauce and never says no to a good beer. If she’s not working in the travel industry by day or going to grad school by night you might spy her at a food truck or roasting a leg of lamb in her kitchen.
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Lisha is a true Virginian, bearing an unhealthy obsession with Smithfield ham and Piedmont wines. Born with an appetite for the worldly, she grew up in her potty-mouthed grandma's soulful kitchen, asked for a bread-maker on her 11th birthday, has lived in Spain, and ate a whole spit-roasted guinea pig in Ecuador. She gets creative with her own cooking, too--like beer-battered shrimp tacos made with Natty Light and pancake mix. When she's not working as a consultant, or hunting for the best cheap eats, Lisha is tweeting her dining endeavors and leisurely whereabouts (or at home eating mac n' cheese, if we're being honest).
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Photographer. A DC resident, Nicole is an aspiring globetrotter who has lived in California, Europe, Haiti, and New York. A government worker bee by day, her time outside the office is spent traveling, and counteracting the benefits of physical exercise through heavy carb consumption and movie watching. She hopes to one day own a juicer.
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