Rose Cahalan ’10
(“On the Nose”) is managing editor at the Texas Observer in Austin and also edits the magazine’s arts and culture coverage. Previously, she was senior editor at the Alcalde, the University of Texas at Austin alumni magazine.

Keith Dannemiller
(“The New Agave”) is a documentary photographer based in Mexico City, where he has lived for the last 30 years. He exhibits his photography throughout Mexico and the United States and publishes his photojournalism internationally.

Katharine Shilcutt
(“The Founders”) is a native Houstonian who previously served as managing editor at Houstonia Magazine and food critic at the Houston Press. She is currently a media relations specialist at Rice.

Stacy Zarin Goldberg
(“Capital Brew”) is a freelance photographer based in Washington, D.C. Her work has been shown at galleries along the East Coast and her photographs are regularly featured in several local, regional and national publications.

Ray Isle ’85
(“Taste of Success”) is the executive wine editor for Food & Wine magazine in New York City. A native Houstonian, he has been nominated twice for a James Beard Award and has twice won the IACP Award for Narrative Beverage Writing.

Maya Kroth
(“The New Agave”) is an Atlanta-based freelance print and radio journalist who primarily covers human interest stories in Latin America. Her work focuses on women, urban design, food and drinks, culture and travel.

Alice Levitt, author of several stories in this issue, is a Houston-based freelance writer specializing in food, travel and medicine. Most recently, Levitt was the dining editor and critic at Houstonia Magazine.

Nico Oved (“Taste of Success”) is a Canadian photographer who specializes in portrait, food and lifestyle photography. He currently lives in Oakland, Calif., but previously lived in Brazil, where he became fluent in Portuguese and worked on his samba skills.