Seanan Forbes
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Three things you need to know about me:

I can make words do almost anything -- and like it.
I like to beat deadlines.
I am not precious about my words.

Three things you don't need to know about me:

A travel junkie, I have been to more than 30 countries.
Virgin Atlantic flight attendants call me "the chocolate lady".*
A seventh-generation Manhattanite, I bake great NY-style bagels.**

Three things you don't need to know about me but might want to:

I think the best things are better shared.
I like life behind the scenes.
Given a chance, I'd live aboard an old tall ship.

*If you ask, I'll tell.
**I didn't learn to bake bagels in New York. I learned in London, where NY bagels do not exist (outside my kitchen).

I have written for print, broadcasting, and digital media, including a smartphone app, and have produced content for trade and consumer readerships. I'm looking for permanent, contract, or freelance work in New York City, in London, or telecommuting.
mediabistro.com Questions
 

What do you wish you'd learned sooner?
That I belonged in writing.

Describe your dream assignment
I'm pitching it.

What book is on your nightstand right now?
Don Quixote. Again.

What's the best job you've ever had?
Being in the James Beard House kitchen with Chicago chefs during the event.

What's your idea of a perfect Saturday night?
Coming back from being on assignment, with a solid draft in the computer, loads of notes, excellent photographs, and new connections, skills, and memories.

What's your idea of a perfect Monday morning?
Waking up and knowing I have something great to get to. There are good craft-roasted coffee beans, a burr grinder, and an AeroPress at hand. Everything else is negotiable.

In ten years, I want to be:
I want to have a James Beard Award and a Michael L. Printz Award.

I want to be celebrating my tenth anniversary at a fabulous job.

I want to be mentoring someone and doing volunteer work, giving back to my city and my community.

I want to be using a gym membership.

I want to be replacing passports because they're full, and not because they're expiring.

Work Samples
 
Profiles  
(HERLIFE, 10/1/2012)
Self-effacing, funny, and knowledgeable, winemaker Matt Dees talks about winemaking, wine appreciation, and what it was like to make Jonata (Screaming Eagle's younger sibling) the success it is today.
(Viv Magaine, 9/6/2012)
U.S. veteran and paralympic volleyball captain Kari Miller brings strength, ambition, and strategic intelligence to the London Olympics.
(Hotels Magazine/Plate Magazine, 10/1/2011)
The Lanesborough's Karl Kessab is the world's first tea sommelier. He talks about tea, service, and a changing industry.
(7/19/2010)
Inspired by the sight of a stranger drinking kombucha, Eric Childs started a small business -- but it didn't stay small for very long. This is the tale of a young entrepreneur whose business is every bit as lively as his brew.
(Chicago Sun-Times, 4/25/2010)
Maria Boicesco became homeless at the age of 11, in WWII Romania. By 16, she was a chef. Now, her grandson is a chef in Chicago -- and Maria, at 85, is still feeding the farmhands and going strong. This story combines food, history and a profile. Recipes are included.
(Chicago Sun-Times, 3/24/2010)
This intern is veteran of some of Chicago's finest restaurants, including Alinea, Moto, Charlie Trotter's, Graham Elliot, Schwa and Perennial -- and he's only 16 years old.
(New York Post, 11/23/2009)
At the age of 81, Marilyn Liota is still working for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York -- 54 years and going strong. She's seen changes in the VNSNY, in the city and in the world -- and she remains certain that she made the right career choice, all those years ago.
(Chicago Sun-Times, 11/5/2008)
Catching up with Grant Achatz, James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef and cookbook author.
(My Midwest, 9/1/2008)
This is a profile of R. Crosby Kemper, the scion of a banking family, who took a career shift from banks to libraries.
(The New York Post, 1/28/2008)
Paul Schweitzer, owner of New York City's Gramercy Typewriter, is the last manual-typewriter repairman -- anywhere.
(The New York Post, 1/28/2008)
In great demand by individuals, collectors, and the designers working in stores and for Broadway shows, Gilbert Center is the only umbrella-repairman of our time.
Health and Fitness  
(The New York Post, 4/27/2009)
Having a desk job may be hazardous to your health -- and to your sleep. .
(Oxygen Magazine, 10/31/2008)
Fitness, exercise, dealing with insomnia, nutrition, breathing and more -- Simple, natural ways to increase your energy.
(Oxygen Magazine, 9/1/2008)
How to -- and how not to -- choose a personal trainer.
(Running Times, 4/1/2008)
This set of exercises strengthens the small muscles that support the knee and ankle. For this article, I drew on my own experience as an athlete and personal trainer.
(Running Times, 11/1/2007)
A guide for marathon runners on how to stay healthy during (and after) long-haul flights.
Travel  
(Viv Magazine, 3/1/2012)
An insider's look at where to eat, drink,and shop in Hong Kong, Glasgow, Kansas City, Cape Town, and Graz, and which lauded tourist traps to avoid.
(Inside Food & Beverage, 8/5/2011)
An industry-eye view of where to eat and drink in Kansas City.
(Kansas City Magazine, 5/1/2011)
Kansas City art walks
(Journey Western, 3/1/2009)
all about Chicago's hottest dogs
(AM New York, 10/24/2008)
A Halloween travel piece about ghost tours in New York City -- and, for those who want to go ghost-hunting on their own, where to look for Manhattan spirits of an undrinkable kind.
(City Scoops, 9/1/2008)
Where to find peace in a city that never stops moving.
(My Midwest, 7/1/2008)
Written for the inflight magazine of Midwest Airlines, this look at the designers of Kansas City, their creativity and their community proved particularly prophetic. A few years after publication, one of the featured designers was a BRAVO star, while another was opening a boutique in Berlin.
(My Midwest, 5/1/2008)
A round-up of late-night places, from jazz bars to coffee houses, in Kansas City.
(City Scoops, 5/1/2008)
A quick overview of the ultimate underground art scene: art in New York City's subway system.
Food  
(Plate Magazine, 11/1/2013)
Sugar work adds more than visual beauty to desserts.
(Plate Magazine, 9/1/2012)
In the hands of committed chefs, gluten-free food is good enough to make people cry. Chefs and restaurateurs from Chicago, New York City, Portland, and Encinitas contribute insights, information, and delectable recipes to this industry feature.
(Plate Magazine, 7/1/2012)
When African cuisine migrated from the continent, it developed something that was not traditional: appetizers. For this food-industry feature, chefs working in Arlington, New York, and Cape Town offer tradition, innovation, seasonings, recipes, and more than a a dash of personality.
(Viv Magazine, 11/15/2011)
Chefs, restaurant co-owners, and spouses Colby Garrelts and Megan Schultz Garrelts' cookbook, Bluestem, makes the most of the region and the seasons.
(Plate Magazine, 9/1/2011)
An industry look at New Orleans' best sandwiches, as served in their home town and away.
(Plate Magazine, 7/1/2011)
Sweet Mediterranean pastries
(Plate Magazine, 1/1/2011)
An industry article about Korean appetizers -- traditional, fusion and cutting-edge
(Chicago Sun-Times, 12/15/2010)
When the holiday season rolls around, Chicago's best bartenders don't start shopping; they go in the kitchens and start making gifts by hand.
(Plate Magazine, 11/1/2010)
An industry article about exceptional British breads: who's making them, how they're made and served, and the history behind the baked goods.
(Kansas City Magazine, 7/1/2010)
A look at Kansas City's award-winning chefs: who they are, what they do, and why they choose to be where they are.
(Plate Magazine, 5/1/2010)
If you think vegetables are good in only savory dishes, then think again. Top chefs put vegetables to sweet use -- on the dessert plate.
(Chicago Sun-Times, 3/23/2010)
In New York City's James Beard House kitchen with Andrew Zimmerman of Sepia, Chicago.
(Viv Magazine, 3/1/2010)
With a focus on the local and sustainable, these four websites help Americans to eat better -- and you don't have to live in a big city to use them.
(Viv Magazine, 3/1/2010)
National websites to help people to eat locally. Featured sites: Wholesome Wave, Local Harvest, Market Eating and Eat Well Guide.
(Viv Magazine, 2/19/2010)
At the opening of Balade, a Lebanese restaurant in New York City, the food is fresh and fabulous. It can also be quick and simple, as is shown by this recipe for vegetable soup (adaptable to any season).
(Chicago Sun-Times, 2/17/2010)
In the James Beard House kitchen with Josh Adams of June Restaurant.
(Chicago Sun-Times, 1/6/2010)
It takes more than heat to warm a meal. Here, chefs from Seattle, New York and (mostly) Chicago share their tips, tricks, traditions, spices and a few recipes -- the best ways to season cold-weather foods.
(Chicago Sun-Times, 12/22/2009)
Master mixologist Bridget Albert is as creative in the kitchen as behind the bar. Albert's friends look forward to the holidays -- and not just for the usual reasons. Every year, Bridget Albert makes rum balls . . . and bourbon balls . . . and Grand Marnier -- Hey, she doesn't keep just one li
(Chicago Sun-Times, 11/9/2009)
Some writers are happiest sitting at the linen-draped table, eating fine meals. I'd rather be in the kitchen, getting my hands dirty, learning from the chef and writing about what most people never get to see.
(Viv Magazine, 11/1/2009)
Coffee-cupping is how professional buyers and roasters taste the stuff -- but cupping can be entertaining at home, for a gathering of friend.
(Chicago Sun-Times, 8/12/2009)
Soups aren't only good for cold weather, and cold soup doesn't always mean gazpacho or vichyssoise. Traditions are far more varied -- and Chicago's chefs more creative -- than that.
(Viv Magazine's food blog, 5/15/2009)
During the gala, the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards celebrated women in food. Viv Magazine -- an online magazine -- celebrated the celebration.
(Chicago Sun-Times food blog, 5/14/2009)
Chicago chefs on what they do when a cold tries to take them down.
(Chicago Sun-Times food blog, 5/4/2009)
After the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards, Chicago chef Carrie Nahabedian's staff strutted their stuff.
(Chicago Sun-Times food blog, 5/4/2009)
Grant Achatz takes home another award, this one for his cookbook.
(Chicago Sun-Times food blog, 5/4/2009)
In 2008, Grant Achatz took Outstanding Chef at the James Beard Foundation Awards. In 2009, his book -- bearing his restaurant's name, Alinea -- was up for an award. Just back from Japan, Achatz was filled with inspiration and energy.
(Chicago Sun-Times food blog, 5/4/2009)
At the 2009 James Beard Foundation Awards, the gala featured female chefs, pastry chefs, bartenders and mixologists. Jennifer Petrusky's, of Charlie Trotter's, was there proudly representing Chicago -- and women everywhere. This ran in Digging In, the food blog of the Chicago Sun-Times.
(Chicago Sun-Times, 4/15/2009)
A food-trend story: chefs dishing out breakfast for dinner.
(Chicago Sun-Times, 4/15/2009)
The glories of comfort food. This article is about simple indulgence: breakfast for dinner. It features some of Chicago's top chefs: Grant Achatz, Bruce Sherman, Laurent Gras, Michael McDonald, and Dan Smith (one of The Hearty Boys). A sidebar features a trio of recipes, for those nights wh
(Chefs Collaborative, 10/30/2008)
A look at Chicago chef Bruce Sherman and how he presents seasons on the dessert plate.
(Meatpaper, 10/1/2008)
A kitchen science piece about the wet and dry aging of beef.
(My Midwest, 3/1/2008)
This tackles the meaty question of whether the strip steak belongs to New York or Kansas City.
Beverages  
(Viv Magazine, 12/29/2011)
Ciderist Greg Hall knows his apples and his cider. In the chill of winter, Viv asks him for tips on making cider without spirits but with heat and spice.
(HerLife, 11/1/2011)
Prosecco is an affordable, elegant bubbly for the holidays or any other time. Chicago's Tony and Cathy Mantuano offer a new view of a wine that's all too often overlooked.
(Viv Magazine, 11/1/2011)
A healthful holiday giveaway from Viv Magazine and the venerable Russian company, Kusmi Tea
(Viv Magazine, 10/25/2011)
Ketter's bartenders don't just sell cocktails. They peddle history.
(Kansas City Magazine, 10/1/2011)
Cognac and Kansas City are twinned topics. KC Magazine invited me to write the October "Libation" column, giving readers an introduction to a spirit and telling them where to get the best of it in Kansas City.
(Chicago Tribune, 9/25/2011)
The straight-from-the-farm road doesn't just lead to the kitchen. Sometimes, it goes to the bar.
(Chicago Sun-Times, 10/14/2009)
The Modern's wine director, Belinda Chang, introduces readers to the Hugel & Fils, who have been producing wine since 1639.
(Chicago Sun-Times, 9/22/2009)
Wine-tasting can be a scary prospect. What's the best wine for an absolute beginner to start exploring? Belinda Chang, the wine director of The Modern, has an answer.
(Chicago Sun-Times, 9/16/2009)
Belinda Chang, the wine director of The Modern in New York City, talks about Cabernet Franc, an ideal wine for the transition from summer into autumn.
(Chicago Sun-Times, 8/19/2009)
The Modern's wine director, Belinda Chang, talks about the wines that cool hot summer days: what they are, who produces them, where to buy them and what to do once you have the bottles in your hands.
(Chicago Sun-Times, 5/5/2009)
At the 2009 James Beard Awards gala, Bridget Albert created a cocktail celebrating Chicago. This was featured in Digging In, the food blog of the Chicago Sun-Times. The cocktail featured Goose Island Matilda Belgian Style Ale, a local brew, and was garnished -- appropriately -- with hops.
(Chicago Sun-Times food blog, 5/4/2009)
A profile of The Modern's Wine Director, together with her recommendations for summer wines.
(Chicago Sun-Times, 12/28/2008)
Season in a glass -- winter's seasonal cocktails from around the world
(Chicago Sun-Times, 12/28/2008)
Seasonality in a glass: a look at how some of the world's top bartenders are putting season and location into cocktails.
(My Midwest, 11/1/2007)
Kansas City has an outstanding coffee scene -- and remarkably good, locally roasted coffee. Here's the best the city has to offer.
Corporate  
(Vin Nobles)
web copy for a boutique wine merchant
(Vin Nobles)
descriptions of two Jonata wines for Vin Nobles, a boutique wine merchant
(Frontline VNSNY)
The Visiting Nurse Service of New York's nurses aren't with their patients 24 hours a day -- but their influence affects their patients' lives, even when the nurses aren't around.
(Frontline VNSNY)
The Visiting Nurse Service of New York's Nurse-Family Partnership links a nurse with a new mother-to-be, from the time the pregnant woman calls until the child is two years old. Then, nurse, child and mother attend a graduation ceremony, one filled with emotion, pride and hope. In-between, the
Lifestyles  
(8/1/2011)
Endmark was a monthly column in which I looked at international traditions and showed Kansas City locals how to enjoy the equivalent at home. This column explored performance arts and how to create personal traditions around attending them.
(Kansas City Magazine, 2/1/2011)
Acts of "welcome", from townships in South Africa to volunteer groups in the American Heartland.
(Viv Magazine, 1/4/2011)
Mandy Aftel's natural scents are beloved of perfume-lovers, chefs, and bartenders. Viv Magazine gave its readers a chance to win a French glass pendant filled with Aftelier perfume.
(11/1/2010)
A traditional Austrian Christmas and how to bring it home to KC.
(Viv Magazine, 2/9/2010)
Buy well; support the good -- choosing diamonds and chocolate that are cruelty-free.
(Viv Magazine, 1/20/2010)
Birdies Lingerie and Swim Boutique in Kansas City has the best "of the month club" in the world -- and women from all around the world are reaping the hidden benefits.
(The New York Post, 11/10/2008)
"The Artists' Guide to Surviving Tough Economic Times" is precisely what it says: artists' survival tips for ordinary office workers.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Editor 9 Years
Photographer 6 Years
Writer 6 Years
Specialty
Fitness 6 Years
Food 6 Years
Travel 6 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
15 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
HerLife (11+), Kansas City Magazine (11+), Viv Magazine (11+), Chicago Sun-Times (11+), Plate Magazine (11+), The New York Post (3-5), Parade Magazine (1-2), AARP (1-2), Saveur Magazine (1-2), Saveur.com (1-2), The Gentle Kitchen (1-2), Chicago Tribune (1-2), City Scoops (1-2), Edible New Orleans (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Vin Nobles (11+), VSNSY (11+), The London Analogue Film Festival (3-5)
Computer Skills
Max OS X, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Word, Excel
Technical Skills
Copy editing, line editing, audio editing, photo editing,
Equipment
Digital, 35mm, and medium format cameras; MacBook Air; MacBook Pro; Snowflake microphone;
Foreign Language Skills
Basic ASL, beginner's German
Work Permits & Visas
I am a US citizen, fully resident in the UK and able to work anywhere in the EC.
References
upon request
Awards
James Beard Foundation Award nominee. Wrote for an AP Award-winning newsroom.
Associations
ASJA, IACP, American Sommelier Association
Other
I have degrees in media, writing, anthropology, sociology, and photography.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I am willing to travel anywhere.