Menu Guide Contributors 2013

Michael Schafer Esq., The Wine Counselor, is a native Detroiter who writes, speaks, and teaches about wine and food. He is a Sommelier, C.S.W. (Certified Specialist of Wine), who entertains while educating. His humorous and fun approach to wine is reflected in his trademark phrase, “I taste bad wine so you don’t have to.” See what he’s found out about our changing tastes in the “Wine Trends” article.


Molly Abraham has been covering the metro Detroit restaurant scene long enough that several of her all-time favorites are now just memories. However, when one departs, another shows up. Now The Detroit News restaurant critic and a regular contributor to Hour Detroit, she says: “I still love that year-in and year-out, I can depend on the fact that there will always be new and interesting places to discover.”


Editorial director Steve Wilke always enjoys working on Menu Guide, but always looks forward to shipping it to the printer — mainly so he can stop eating lunch at his desk and actually get out to some restaurants. The Detroit resident learned to cook mainly by watching his “Oma” (grandmother) cook German delicacies, then tried them out on his understanding family.


Mallorie King, who wrote our story on the steakhouses in metro Detroit, knows a bit about steak. She earned her chops working for a butcher while getting a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan’s English and creative writing department. After spending a summer working in sales for a San Francisco food company, she’s back in metro Detroit, contemplating grad school and writing about food and hoping to take her skills to Nashville.


Copy Editor John S. Schultz is a longtime Detroit area journalist, having worked at several publications, including The Daily Tribune in Royal Oak, Metro Times, and The Detroit News. He is a perfect fit for Menu Guide, as he is known to take forever to study every word on the menu before deciding what to order. Besides Menu Guide, Schultz works on other Hour Media publications, including DBusiness, Metro Detroit Bride, and others.


Joe Vaughn’s tantalizing photographs of “Specialties of the House” dishes appear throughout this guide. A native Detroiter, Vaughn says the most interesting part of food photography is the people behind the cuisine. A regular contributor to Hour Detroit, Vaughn has also shot for The New York Times Magazine, Fast Company, The Boston Globe, The Food Network, HBO, and Mario Batali.

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