Lexi Van de Walle, Lighthearted Locavore
Writer/marketer/nutrition counselor/food advocate/home chef. My blog, Lighthearted Locavore, is about local food on Long Island's East End and in Manhattan. I write about and photograph farms and farmers markets, fishermen and their catch, hunters and their game, locavore restaurants and artisan food makers, and the impact of policy on the New York region. It's through cooking for friends and family that I celebrate one of American's great agricultural and fishing regions. It's the only food blog that features original recipes, showcases the farmers and fishermen who produce the ingredients, addresses serious food policy issues, and provides nutritional information and culinary history. There are nearly 200 seasonal recipes and hundreds of photos to guide even the most novice home chef. All in one place.
While I've been cooking all my life, I spent nearly 30 years in consumer products advertising and marketing with Ogilvy and Mather, American Express and other NYC companies and ran my own consulting practice before dedicating my career to my passion. I have a MBA degree from Kellogg, and nutrition counseling and chef certifications from Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Peter Kump’s Cooking School (now Institute of Culinary Education). Lighthearted Locavore is featured on The New York Times Cityroom Blogroll and Magellan Press’ Where the Locals Eat in the Best Food Blogs section . I also contribute my posts to FoodieLink and FoodBuzz. I am an active member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and on the The Culinary Trust's Board of Trustees (IACP's Foundation) and have been published on HuffingtonPost, MotherEarthNews,com, and in the Oxford University Press' Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America and Companion to American Food and Drink.