Jackie Varriano

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Food Writing

I look at food writing through a few different lenses. Not only do I love to delve into research, learning about why we eat the things we eat (and when do we eat them), but I love to tell the stories of people who are working in the food system somehow. Additionally, I love to cook and find ease in the kitchen - so naturally I love working on recipes and testing recipes I get from others. 

Over the years this has translated into stories introducing readers to passionate seed savers and champions of Slow Food principles, chefs musing on what words like "salmagundi" mean to them, and quizzing food historians and cheesemongers about their opinions on the white cheddar vs. yellow cheddar debate.

Additionally, I've reported on food and restaurant trends for publications like Zagat and Gayot and know with intimacy the ins and outs of the greater Seattle food scene. 

Cauliflower and Kale Soup

Travel Writing

The food you eat while traveling can be make or break. Stories I love to tell involve finding that amazing sandwich hidden just around the bend or discovering a walk-up window dishing up crazy good ice cream in a mostly industrial area. It's approachable, fun and a little insider-y, which is just how I like to travel. 

Editorial Packages

I love to sink my teeth into larger projects. Sometimes this looks like crafting bios for artists of all stripes for websites like Makers Market and Of a Kind - and other times it's putting together a handful of interviews detailing the incredible morning routines of creatives for KIND Bar. Maybe you need some newsletter copy? I've got you covered there, too. 

Additionally, I've concepted, written and edited three issues of Seattle Met Bride & Groom, a premier bi-annual bridal magazine from start to finish. 

Photo by Nicholas Peter Wilson

Photo by Nicholas Peter Wilson

Music Writing

My first foray into music writing was churning out band blurbs for First Ave nightclub in Minneapolis in 2005. Now I've gotten interviews with everyone from Mike Love and Atmosphere to Gene Simmons, Joan Baez and Cecile McLorin Salvant under my belt. Sometimes there isn't much a celebrity hasn't touched on publicly, but I love probing further into things they don't always talk about and having conversations with artists about how their everyday life influences the art they make. 

Interview with xxxx featured in the Register Guard on xxxxx.