[ HELLO from our Editor in Chief, CHRISTINE VAZQUEZ ]
I received an invitation to the Denver Press Club - the oldest in the nation! - to be interviewed. We talked about food as the bridge to good conversation and meaningful connection, my love of the Dairy Queen crunch cone (RIP), bone marrow butter and more. When asked what Nourish Magazine is all about to me, here was my answer:
Storytelling. I start as a writer. Food is the net that holds that. As a writer - and other writers will understand this - we're obsessed with story, the why of things, and by nature, very curious. And also observant, hopefully. I tell our writers that great writing actually starts with observation. So, you think that writing is about putting words together, sometimes playing games with words, and being clever, and it's really not. There is that element, of course, but what it's really about is listening and observing and hearing where the story is. And then following that. So, that's what Nourish is about, through food. Story first. If you take food, tons of layers. So many angles, so many possibilities of meaningful, relevant, interesting, vibrant, inspiring stories.
You can listen to the interview here if you'd like: www.thetopicofconversation.com
Now, more than ever, we're craving connection, meaning, depth and breadth in our lives. Food is such a vital way of building the bridge to these things. I wanted to create a publication that engages us as individuals, enriches us and our families - both immediate and extended - and connects us to our communities.
One that encourages a playful, while earnest experience with food, cooking, dining, entertaining and gathering. One that is approachable, not elitist or exclusive, however politely. One that's warm and joyful - just as great food, dining, entertaining and community-building should be.
As an experienced writer and editor, I've edited other writers' work for years, myself written for Boulder Weekly, FELLOW Magazine, LON, and my own popular food blog, Hungry. I love digital [you're reading this on digital!], and it's an important avenue, no doubt, but when everyone is clamoring for clicks and link shares - and the pace is frenetic and furious - there's something gracious and beautiful about high quality words and visuals delivered in high quality print. It seems counterintuitive, and that's what makes it all the more interesting.
At FORK Social Lab, conceptualizing and hosting food-related events around Denver and Boulder, I saw firsthand the power food has to shape our experiences in a meaningful way. You can see those here: http://hungryinboulder.wordpress.com/fork-social-lab
It's my job to oversee the quality of content and aesthetic value of the publication, while drawing out the best from our contributors. I want us to be telling compelling stories, sharing exciting recipes, and offering you alluring visuals. To do this, we're thrilled to have as collaborators, those who care deeply about the quality of their work individually, and the quality of our work collectively. Our goal is to find the best angle for the story, choose the most accurate and authentic words to tell that story, so our readers are engaged in a thought-provoking, worthwhile way, while always answering the question - why does this matter?