Hi there! We’re four best friends cooking consciously and creatively in Atlanta, Richmond, and D.C. We met the first semester of college at UGA (Go Dawgs!) and have been cooking, traveling, and making mischief together ever since. Over the years, we’ve moved from city to city, changed jobs, earned graduate degrees, and generally grown up. Many things have changed since our days together in the Classic City, but one thing remains: we love spending time with each other. We hope this blog is a small reflection of our love for each other and our shared passion for cooking, eating, drinking, and living well. Read on to find out more about each of us.
Ellen is a medical illustrator and children’s book illustrator living in Richmond, VA. After graduating with a Scientific Illustration degree from the University of Georgia, she earned a Master of Science in Medical Illustration degree from Georgia Regents University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia). When she’s not illustrating Amos or anatomy, Ellen is usually cooking. She also loves traveling, eating meals with her best girls, painting pet portraits, and snuggling with her chocolate lab, Nala. With her background in art and design, Ellen is our Creative Director, and enjoys developing and photographing new recipes for the blog. Read more about what inspires Ellen here.
Mary Parker Davis
Mary Parker is a Registered Dietitian working in oncology in the Atlanta, GA area. She earned her undergraduate degrees in dietetics and consumer foods from the University of Georgia, and then attended Georgia State University to complete her Master’s in Science – focusing in nutrition. In her spare time, Mary Parker enjoys trying new restaurants in Atlanta, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and, needless to say, cooking. Her philosophy towards nutrition and diet is “the small, healthy changes you make are the changes that will last a lifetime.” As our in-house RD, Mary Parker is our expert on nutrition, recipe substitutions, and healthy living. Read more about what inspires Mary Parker here.
Leigh was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia before heading to the University of Georgia to earn her Bachelor of Arts in English. Following graduation, she moved up north to Washington, D.C. and now works as a press secretary on Capitol Hill. Even after six years in the city, Leigh spends her free time exploring all the amazing restaurants, museums, and culture the District of Columbia has to offer. With her extensive copywriting and PR skills, Leigh oversees our publicity and growth. She also enjoys photography and recipe development.
Sara Ann Manocheo
Sara Ann is a flight attendant and resident wanderlust based out of Atlanta. After she earned a degree in Interior Design from The University of Georgia she moved to Chicago where she discovered her passion for wine and cooking. She earned her self-awarded “Masters in Bartending” while working at a local steakhouse in the Windy City. There she was trained on wine pairings and the ins and outs of wine tasting. She wrote for an online magazine reviewing food and wine festivals. She has attended many wine tastings around Chicago, learning from some of the world’s best sommeliers. In efforts to discover different cultures and foods, she took a job in the airline industry and moved to Atlanta. With her background in food and wine, as well as design, Sara Ann heads up the #wineaboutitwednesday series on Instagram and contributes to the creative visual content.
All photos by the lovely Kathryn McCrary Photography.