About NOSH

NOSH is Berkeleyside’s food website. We provide the buzz on new restaurants and bars, plus stories on the chefs, the pioneers, the artisans, the food reformers and all things delicious in Berkeley, Oakland and the surrounding area. NOSH was launched in 2012 as a part of Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s locally grown, independent news and community website. NOSH provides daily stories on all things East Bay food, plus Bites, a weekly news round-up, and NOSH Weekly, an email newsletter showcasing our top stories of the week.

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Who We Are

TT-ABTracey Taylor (co-founder) is the co-founder of Berkeleyside. Previously she was a professional freelance writer and editor. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, the Financial Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her articles include business stories, features on food, homes and architecture, as well as profiles and interviews. Tracey has worked as an editor for various business-to-business magazines and at the Financial Times, as well as for private clients, including non-profits and authors. She has edited two books — and worked as a professional blogger. Email: traceyktaylor@gmail.com

Kate WilliamsKate Williams (editor)  has been writing about food since 2009. After spending two years developing recipes for cookbooks at America’s Test Kitchen, she moved to Berkeley and began work as a freelance writer and recipe consultant. She started writing for NOSH at its launch, in 2012. In addition, her writing has appeared on Serious EatsSF WeeklyBay Area Bites, and The Cook’s Cook. Kate officially joined the NOSH team as an editor in 2015. Email: williaka@gmail.com

Emilie RagusoEmilie Raguso (senior reporter, community engagement chief) joined the Berkeleyside team in October 2012. Prior to that, she launched and ran community news site Albany Patch in Albany, Calif. Her stories have been featured on the New York Times website, Salon and NPR, and in the East Bay Express. Emilie was a crime reporter for The Modesto Bee after getting her master’s in journalism from UC Berkeley in 2006. She has lived primarily in the East Bay since 2004. Read moreTel: 510-459-8325. Email: emilie@berkeleyside.com


Amanda CarrollAmanda Kuehn Carroll is originally from the cornfields of Nebraska, but she has spent most of her life wandering and wondering, often getting lost in the process. She is fascinated by the complexity of people and driven by a need to connect and a desire to understand. Amanda is a voracious eater and enthusiastic epicure who loves discovering new stories and being surprised by her food. She writers for various Bay Area publications and enjoys dancing in water and spinning essays in her (limited) free time. You can follow her @Akakuehn

Kathleen Costanza picKathleen Costanza is a writer, photographer, and Bay Area transplant by way of Chicago. In the last year, she has interviewed affordable housing developers, professional potters, urban farmers and middle school teachers. She still believes a Chicago-style hot dog is high art.

Deborah Grossman headshot smallDeborah Grossman is a San Francisco Bay Area food, drink and travel journalist who writes about people and places with a special emphasis on life at the table. Deborah finds the behind the scenes stories of food and beverage innovators with tempting perspectives on their culture and culinary heritage. She contributes to Berkeleyside, The Huffington Post, Wine Enthusiast, Drink Me magazine, JustSayGo.com, and The National Culinary Review, She blogs at iSanté magazine and is the Poet Laureate Emerita of Pleasanton, 2009-2011. http://deborahgrossman.com@DeborahGrossman

E Laskin head shotEmily Laskin spends most of her time being a graduate student at Cal where she studies Soviet literature. When she’s not doing that she’s a freelance writer and translator from Russian. In addition to Berkeleyside NOSH her work has appeared in Hypocrite Reader and Vestiges.

Anna MindessAnna Mindess writes passionately about the connection between food and culture. She is  a frequent contributor to Oakland Magazine and KQED Bay Area Bites. She also works as a sign language interpreter and is the author of a book comparing Deaf and hearing cultures. She marries her two interests by leading tasting tours in ASL through Edible Excursions. Follow Anna’s adventures on her blog, East Bay Ethnic Eats.

risa nyeRisa Nye is a Bay Area native. She was born in San Francisco and grew up in the East Bay. She spent many happy years on the UC Berkeley campus, both as a student and as an employee. She has worked in hospitals and high schools. Five years ago, she left the world of counseling to pursue an MFA in creative nonfiction. She has found her special niche at Berkeleyside: writing about the local cocktail scene as Ms Barstool. Her writing has also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Monthly, Hipocampus Magazine, and at www.eatdrinkfilms.com

ben setoBenjamin Seto has worked as a reporter and editor for various newspapers around the country, and is currently a communications professional and freelance food writer based in Oakland. Ben is also the founder and creative mind behind Focus:Snap:Eat, a food blog he started in 2011 to showcase his love of food photography. He spotlights food he finds in his kitchen, around restaurants and shops in the Bay Area, and from his culinary adventures when traveling. A self-taught home cook, Ben enjoys a variety of cuisine but is influenced by his Chinese-American heritage and his childhood growing up in Honolulu. He loves lavender and hates eggplants. But isn’t afraid to try everything else in between.

Granate Sosnoff head shotGranate Sosnoff wanted a glass of wine in a dive bar one evening and lamented the cold, hard truth that a good glass wasn’t to be had. So, she started a pop-up wine bar “Mugsy’s” and dove into an exploration of urban,  queer and people of color-owned wineries. Writing about wine and food is a true labor of love for Sosnoff. In her day job she is a communications strategist for advocacy and social change — the reason why she needs a good glass of wine in a dive bar. @granate

moriah-with-squirrels (2)Moriah VanVleet is the voice behind butter, sugar, flowers, a blog started in 2011 to showcase her original (and often unusual) dessert recipes. Her creations have since been mentioned by the New York Times Diner’s Journal, the Huffington Post, Buzz Feed, Today.com, and more. She enjoys living and working in the East Bay.

Alix WallAlix Wall appeared in her hometown paper in Riverside, California as “Chef of the Week” when she was 15 years old, and in high school, she founded “The Bon Appetit Club.” After working as a journalist for many years, Alix became a certified natural foods chef from Bauman College in Berkeley in 2007. While she continues to cook healthy, organic meals for busy families, she is also a contributing editor of j. weekly, the Bay Area’s Jewish newspaper, in which she has a monthly food column and writes other features. Her food writing can also be found on KQED’s Bay Area Bites, SFoodie, and The Jew & the Carrot. In addition to food, she loves writing about how couples met and fell in love, which she does for the San Francisco Chronicle’s Style section and j. weekly.

piper picturePiper Wheeler lives in West Oakland, where she writes, waits tables, and edits the Hypocrite Reader, an online monthly of criticism, ideas and experimental writing.