FRED THOMPSON, PUBLISHER
Fred is the “Weekend Gourmet” columnist in the Raleigh News and Observer and the author of nine cookbooks covering subjects on seafood, grilling, barbecue, and beverages. Hot Chocolate
was nominated for an IACP Cookbook Award in 2007. His next book, The Southern Sides Cookbook: Mouthwatering Dishes That Really Make The Plate
is scheduled for a fall release.
He is passionate about all things food. Raised in North Carolina, he is an expert on the region’s food. When he heard about the publication franchise, he knew he had found a worthwhile publication with a cause, to promote local food and the people who bring it to our tables - fisherman he calls “the last hunters and gatherers”, farmers, chefs, and vintners.
You may have seen his work in popular publications such as Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, and Everyday With Rachael Ray. Foodies see his writing in Food and Wine, Fine Cooking, and Gourmet. BELINDA ELLIS, EDITOR
Belinda has spent her entire career developing food products and recipes. Specializing in baking, she has taught hundreds of people hands-on baking classes. In addition, she has experience in recipe communications through print materials, media, television, and writing/hosting training DVDs.
Fred and Belinda are partners who realized that they could combine their love of local foods with a commitment to connect people to where their food comes from. For us, this is not a job it is a lifelong passion coming to fruition.