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  Lisa Shames
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Specializing in food writing, including chefs and restaurants, I've covered topics ranging from a three-day food expo in Spain (Madrid Fusion) and how chefs are storing their cheese to a new ingredient that 'glues' proteins together. In addition, I've been covering the local dining scene in Chicago for the last three years for a monthly regional magazine (CS), which includes an insider's scoop on new restaurants, restaurant reviews and hot food trends. With writing experience that includes consumer, trade and custom-published magazines as well as extensive experience on the Web, I understand the importance of writing for a specific audience. Beyond food, I've also written articles about entertainment, travel, culture and weddings.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Copy Editor 14 Years
Editor 14 Years
Writer 15 Years
Specialty
Travel 4 Years
Food 14 Years
Lifestyle 14 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
15 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Tasting Table (11+), Time Out Chicago (11+), UR Chicago (11+), Frontdesk Chicago (11+), Not for Tourists Guide Chicago (11+), CS Brides (11+), Citysearch Chicago (11+), Legends Magazine (11+), CS Magazine (11+), JuliB (11+), Hot List Chicago and Atlanta (11+), Gayot (11+), Daily Candy (11+), Men's Book (6-10), CS Interiors (6-10), Where Chicago (3-5), So Good magazine (3-5), Dining Out Chicago (1-2), Chicago Athlete (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
American Personal & Private Chef Association (11+)
Other Work History
Dining Editor at CS magazine, Associate Editor of Where Chicago magazine
Editor in Chief of Front Desk Chicago
Manager Editor of Legends Magazine
Senior Editor of Chef Magazine
Managing Editor of Equipment Solutions
Advertising Guide Editor, L.A. Weekly
Computer Skills
Word, Excel, Windows XP, InDesign, Quark
Equipment
PowerBook, digital camera, digital voice recorder
Foreign Language Skills
Conversant in Spanish and French
References
Available upon request
Associations
Media Bistro Avant Guild Member
Freelancer Availability
I occasionally freelance. I live near Chicago, IL. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
(Chicago Sun-Times, 4/7/2014)
(Chicago Sun-Times, 3/24/2014)
(Chicago Sun-Times, 2/4/2014)
(CS, 4/30/2013)
(Time Out Chicago, 6/13/2012)
(Sun Times Chicago, 4/18/2012)
(Chicago Sun-Times, 9/20/2011)
(Sun Times, 7/3/2011)
(CS magazine, 7/1/2011)
(Sun Times, 3/29/2011)
(Sun Times, 2/22/2011)
(Time Out, 2/16/2011)
(Time Out, 1/26/2011)
(CS Brides, 4/1/2010)
(CS Brides, 4/1/2010)
How Chicago restaurants are influencing what shows up at local weddings
(CS Brides, 4/1/2010)
Wedding cakes inspired by Chicago's architecture
(Where Chicago, 2/1/2010)
Chicago's top sweet shops
(CS magazine, 2/1/2010)
New Year's Eve at Double A
(CS magazine, 2/1/2010)
Seeking winter romance? We're cuckoo for hot cocoa, bacon bourbon popcorn and the new, former roadie chef at Goose Island
(CS magazine, 2/1/2010)
A handful of luxury properties in Chicago make living the high life -- sans commitment -- suddenly hip
(Front Desk, 2/1/2010)
Eat Your Heart Out at These Romantic Spots
(CS Interiors, 12/1/2009)
Trend alert on tabletops
(Chicago Reader, 11/12/2009)
(Tasting Table Chicago, 11/9/2009)
Michael McAvena likes tall beers with big stories
(Time Out Chicago, 8/16/2009)
Forget those (now not-so-secret) “secret” restaurant menus—real food sleuths are digging for request-only items at the farmers’ market.
(Tasting Table Chicago, 8/12/2009)
Learn to make your favorite restaurant recipes at home
(Time Out Chicago, 7/16/2009)
(Time Out, 6/25/2009)
From hippie-dippie bowls of healing food to starcharific Polish staples, this intersection of creature comforts has it all
(Tasting Table National, 6/5/2009)
A chef's favorite gadget gets a makeover
(CS magazine, 6/1/2009)
A Downtown To Die For
(Time Out Chicago, 5/21/2009)
Bumping into chefs at local farmers’ markets is nothing new, but these days savvy chefs are working directly with farmers to grow exactly what they want.
(CS Magazine, 5/8/2009)
See how Chicago chefs are turning up the heat.
(Time Out Chicago, 5/7/2009)
Mother's Day comes only once a year, but plenty of Chicago chefs pay homage daily with dishes learned by mom's side
(CS Brides, 5/1/2009)
A magazine maven finds her top chef
(CS Brides, 5/1/2009)
Traditional wedding pictures are a thing of the past
(CS Brides, 5/1/2009)
Four Chicago sugar flower masters take the cake to the limit
(Frontdesk, 5/1/2009)
Tip your glass to these stellar outdoor patios
(Frontdesk, 5/1/2009)
Tapas go all the way gourmet at the new Pintxos
(Men's Book, 5/1/2009)
For the hottest menus in town belly up to the bar
(CS, 4/1/2009)
A brunch renaissance, tasty tapas and chic fried chicken rule local menus
(Chicago Sun Times, 1/28/2009)
How homecooks can take advantage of offal
(Time Out Chicago, 1/1/2009)
How to get better beef without breaking the bank
(Front Desk Chicago, 10/1/2008)
A preview of Duchamp
(Front Desk Chicago, 10/1/2008)
Chefs get creative with Pop Rocks
(Time Out Chicago, 10/1/2008)
Communal table dining etiquette
(CS Magazine, 9/1/2008)
(Sante Magazine, 9/1/2008)
A primer on German knives
(Time Out Chicago, 6/1/2008)
Shanghai Terrace chef Calvin Soh gives a tour of Chinatown
(UR Chicago, 4/1/2008)
Traveling to Valencia and Madrid
(UR Chicago, 10/1/2007)
Chicago pizza you should try
(CS, 9/1/2007)
In their Gold Coast contemporary dream house a real estate power player and his wife broker one of the city's sweetest windows to the world
(Time Out Chicago, 6/7/2007)
A roundup of Chicago chefs with gardens
(Newcity, 3/1/2007)
Schwa's chef/owner Michael Carlson
(Time Out Chicago, 2/1/2006)
Highlights of the 2006 Madrid Fusion expo
(Chef Magazine, 7/1/2004)
Food 'glue' and the chefs using it