BEHIND THE SCENES
THE MAGAZINE MAKERS
We’re fortunate to work with the most passionate, creative, clever, witty, and poignant storytellers.
Co-Publisher and Editor in Chief Carol Newman’s devotion with Art Culinaire began as executive editor of AC Issues 71-75 working with legendary names such as Charlie Trotter, David Bouley, Lidia Bastianich, Michel Richard, Mario Batali, Ron Siegel, Charlie Palmer, and Gray Kuntz. She proudly reeled in exclusive features with Daniel Humm, Josh DeChellis, and architect David Rockwell. Carol edited the third ‘Best of Art Culinaire’ tome and contributed to several other issues (84, 85, 104, and, 109). Over the years, Carol has written about small plates, wild game, and sustainable wine for Food Arts. She authored the inaugural magazine, Epicure, for the first annual Pebble Beach Food and Wine. She has covered chefs and properties for Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, and penned the gamut, from a feature on her cross-country golf odyssey in The Golfer magazine to editing a variety of pieces for wineluxury.com. A CIA Hyde Park student from 1994-1996, Carol admits that her chickens untrussed too easily, her consommés clouded, and terrines were forgettable. Yet her externship at Chocolatier and Pastry Art and Design magazines proved guiding lights. Carol appreciates good humor, an entrepreneurial spirit, and great writing.
Co-Publisher and Director of Operations Lars Ryssdal was a fixture on the Northwest wine scene for over 25 years. He comes to Art Culinaire with a deep background as a wine educator and twice-certified sommelier, and serves as general manager for family-owned Ackerman Family Vineyards in Coombsville, California. As Lars puts it, “I’ve spent my entire life carrying a bag.” Among his many roles, he served as Brand Manager for Corliss Wine Estates and working sommelier for Seastar Restaurant, The Herbfarm, and Cascadia. Lars takes pride in his 10-year stint as Chef Sommelier for the Children’s Hospital Auction of Washington Wines, and his appointment by the Washington Wine Commission as the state’s first and only “Ambassador of Wine.” Lars has helped facilitate the careers of many aspiring sommeliers with his heartfelt involvement in the Court of Master Sommeliers and Society of Wine Educators. Before wine, Lars hustled records in the San Francisco Bay Area for 10 years. He promoted the early Huey Lewis and the News albums (among many others), represented Motown and Stevie Wonder the night John Lennon was shot, and made San Francisco the breakout market for Bobby Caldwell’s hit, ‘What You Won’t Do for Love.’ Lars chairs the Strategic Partner Committee and is on the Marketing & Promotions team for Napa Valley Vintners. He still listens to a lot of music.
Art Director Marina Stevens brings her 20+ years experience in graphic design to Art Culinaire. Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, and fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English, Marina graduated with a BA in visual communications from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado. Her worldly creative art direction, brand identity, and print design give Art Culinaire its streamline, modern, and elegant aesthetic. Marina says, “Now Art Culinaire is easier to read with an image-centered design and use of white space as a fundamental element.” Marina, a former semi-pro volleyball player in Brazil, now coaches her daughter’s team in Napa, California.
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Barb Rybicki a contributing editor and writer to Art Culinaire Magazine is also a freelance marketing consultant specializing in cultural analysis to help brands stay in step with consumers by anticipating change. She has deeply explored such topics as the future of snacking, beer, and breakfast, evolving meanings of ‘generosity’ in the U.S. for a chocolatier, and of ‘authenticity’ for a cheesemaker, and the transformation of stigmatized products from ‘ick to wow’. Barb’s piece on artist Eric Joyner appears in Issue 111. In Issue 115, Barb writes about native cuisine’s Renaissance. In AC’s most recent issue, 119, Barb explores the challenges of feeding school kids who live in Barrow, Alaska.
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Andrea Bricco is a bi-coastal (Los Angeles and New York) food and lifestyle photographer and artist. She grew up in a small town in Wisconsin working in her family’s restaurants where food presentation and family recipes sparked her interest. After attending school in Madison Wisconsin, she moved west to Los Angeles. Since then Andrea has been photographing some of the best and most well-known restaurants in Southern California including Spago, CUT, Bestia, Tar & Roses, Rustic Canyon, Alma, Din Tai Fung, Salt’s Cure, Under Belly, Hinoki and the Bird, Little Fork and Willie Jane. Andrea shot the rustic Bernhard Mairinger photos for Art Culinaire 111, Matthew Kenney in Issue 112, and most recently, Niki Nakayama at n/naka for Issue 115.
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Chad Jenkins is a new contributor to Art Culinaire. He began exploring photography as a teen, inspired by the natural landscapes and snow sports of the Pacific Northwest. At 18, Chad joined the Marine Corps where he spent the next eight years. During his second enlistment in Iraq, he rediscovered his passion for photography. After his tour of duty, Chad started a successful commercial photography career and has not looked back! Chad’s photo of sommelier legend Larry Stone graces 111’s cover and, in the same issue, he captures doughnuts at The French Laundry. Find his photographs from State Bird Provisions in Issue 112.
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Greg De Villiers has spent more than four years living in and traveling around the Southern Cone—Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, and Argentina. He hails from South Africa, but currently works between Lima and Buenos Aires as a freelance food photographer and writer. We met Greg in Lima where he photographed chefs Pedro Miguel Schiaffano (Malabar) and Virgilio Martinez (Central). Greg triumphs in Issue 112 with his colorful cover photograph, and inside stories and photos about three prominent Cape Town, South Africa chefs. In Issue 115 Greg visits Kamilla Seidler of Gustu in La Paz, Bolivia.
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Evan Sung is a prominent food, lifestyle, and travel photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. A native Manhattanite, Evan has made his way through the world from Iceland to Senegal to Seventh Avenue. In addition to his freelance tenure with The New York Times, and many book bylines, we are fortunate to have Evan make magic happen inside the pages of Art Culinaire. Find Evan’s brooding shots of Wolfgang Ban’s dishes in Issue 111. In Issue 116, find Evan’s dazzling cover shot of David Bouley’s Scottish Langoustine, among many lovely others.
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Derek Richmond always finds ways to push the limits on the Chicago food scene. “I explore alternative angles and different types of lighting to reveal other perspectives.” Derek’s edge drives his success as a professional photographer and inspires him to pursue personal projects that dare to be different. Look for Derek’s work in Issues 114 and 115 and other upcoming issues. On the side, Derek relishes pickling, and he’s expressing himself through his personal project The Richmond Pickle Company, “Creative to the Richmond Pickle.”
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Kelly Puleio pushes the conventional ideas of beauty. A fine art photography graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia and the California College of the Arts, Kelly’s unique perspective graces our pages. We’re fortunate to have such a dynamic talent based locally in San Francisco, not far from Art Culinaire’s headquarters. In Issue 113, her camera captures the minimalist finesse of James Syhabout at Oakland’s Commis. Issue 117 features Kelly’s beautiful cover shot of Christopher Kostow’s chocolate blackberry.
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Joel Selvin is a San Francisco-based music critic and author known for his weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle which ran from 1972 to 2009. Selvin has written books covering various aspects of pop music including the No. 1 New York Times best-seller “Red: My Uncensored Life In Rock” with Sammy Hagar. Selvin has published articles in Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, Billboard and Melody Maker, has written liner notes for dozens of recorded albums. He has appeared in documentaries about the music scene and we’re thrilled to have his first contribution appear in Issue 113.
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Richard Byrne Reilly is an award-winning staff writer at VentureBeat in San Francisco where he covers Apple, Facebook, and Twitter. His work has appeared in Red Herring, New York Magazine, the New York Post, the National Enquirer, the San Francisco Examiner, the Pittsburgh Tribune and many other publications. Richard’s first book, Frigate Bird, a dark humor thriller, was published in 2013. His latest book, a micro-biography, is on the controversial figure Peter Thiel. A Bay Area, native Richard happily lives on the Central Coast. Richard’s piece on Future Bars appears in Issue 112.
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Vanessa Yap-Einbund is responsible for the design of this beautiful website. She’s a graphic designer with photo know-how, eye for clean design, flair for minimalism, and curiosity and appreciation for all things food and wine. It didn’t take us long to figure out Vanessa was the perfect match for us. She is uncompromising in quality and inspired by a clear vision. Based in San Francisco, Vanessa keeps busy with a variety of clients, her many knitting projects, and visits to restaurants and wine country.
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ENTHUSIASM FOR ART CULINAIRE
“I have always admired Art Culinaire for its commitment to gastronomy. The magazine consistently showcases and shares the best culinary artists from around the globe.”
– PAUL LIEBRANDT