NIJMA DARWISH graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Youngstown State University. She spent several years chasing the news as an on-air journalist before settling down in Columbus. When she's not writing about her love of food and healthy living she spends her time with her husband and two children. 

Raised in a nomadic and adventurous family, CLAIRE HOPPENS called five states home and attended three colleges before earning her degree in magazine journalism from the Scripps School at Ohio University in 2011.

Claire is currently in training as a Managing Partner for Northstar Cafe, one of the many Columbus mainstays to solidify her love of people, food and our vibrant city.

NANCY MCKIBBEN is happy to combine her loves of eating and writing with the opportunity to advocate for local food in the pages of Edible Columbus. Her suspense novel, The Chaos Protocol, the first book of The Millennium Trilogy, was a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award for Fiction in 2000. The second, Blood on Ice, followed in 2012 and the third is in the works. (The series is set in Columbus, and the books are available at She is also a poet and lyricist, the mother of six, and the wife of one. View her work at; contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CATHERINE MURRAY, owner of Photo Kitchen, lover of food and photography—some might call her obsessed. Often spotted at the farmers market. Enjoys washing dishes. Spends her days creating photos good enough to eat.

NICOLE RASUL loves all things related to food and is especially inquisitive about food history and culture. She and her husband recently moved back to Ohio, her home state, after many years on the East Coast. They live in Clintonville where they enjoy the farmers market and their backyard garden.

A graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, NICOLENE SCHWARTZ moved from New York City to Columbus in 2008. She consults and develops cocktails for a number of local outfits, including Rigsby's Kitchen, MoJoe Lounge and Watershed Distillery. When not working, Nicolene is rehabbing the medical-office-turned-unusual-home she shares near Franklin Park with partner, Scot, and dogs Mavis and Trout.

TERESA WOODARD writes, scouts and produces home and garden stories for regional and national magazines, including Columbus Monthly, Ohio Magazine, Ohio Gardener, Midwest Living and Country Gardens. She blogs about Midwest gardening with two other writers at She's also a master gardener and gardens on two and a half acres along the Little Darby Creek in Madison County. She and her husband Brian have three teenage kids, a cat Shadow and a dog Tucker. Most mornings, you'll find Teresa writing or looking for inspiration as she walks Tucker in a nearby preserve. 


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