Tootise Tomanetz (pit master at Snow's BBQ) and me at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest.

   Tootise Tomanetz (pit master at Snow's BBQ) and me at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest.

I’m a food, beverage, and travel writer who recently moved to the Washington, DC area from Austin by way of New Orleans, New York, and a year in Madrid, Spain. I’ve tried lots of odd jobs over the years like cheesemonger, farmers market coordinator, and youth gardening instructor. Writing is the only thing that ever stuck. Today my work appears in magazines and on websites like SaveurCondé Nast TravelerBon Appétit, Travel + Leisure, New York Magazine, Playboy, Gastronomica, BUST, The Local Palate, Fodor’s, Modern Farmer, and numerous local publications.

For two years, I was also the Austin correspondent for the James Beard Award-winning website Serious Eats, authoring over 50 articles about that city and others like New Orleans and Birmingham, AL.

I’ve always been interested in the intersection of history, culture, and food. I love a fancy restaurant as much as the next food writer, but my favorite stories highlight overlooked or underappreciated food and beverage traditions. So, in the name of journalism, I've tasted rare cognac in France, visited pepper plantations in Cambodia, slurped noodles in Vietnam, eaten paczki in Poland, and tracked down authentic barbacoa in South Texas.

You can reach me by email at hello at meredithbethune dot com or on Twitter: @meredithbethune.