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  Rona Gindin
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Rona Gindin is freelance feature, travel and restaurant writer, editor and TV personality with expertise in the Orlando market. She'll manage a project from start to finish, on time, with a can-do attitude.

Her expertise is in four main areas:
PROJECT MANAGEMENT:She can put together a book, magazine, guide or massive special project.
RESTAURANTS: She knows the foodservice industry from every angle.
ORLANDO: She's a New Yorker, and that's reflected in the quality of her work, yet she has lived in Orlando for more than a decade and knows this market intimately.
BUSINESS: She has covered industries from photography to salons and casinos. www.ronarecommends.com
Work Info
 
Expertise
Content Editor (online) 15 Years
Editor 25 Years
Writer 25 Years
Specialty
Food 25 Years
Lifestyle 25 Years
Travel 25 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
25 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Orlando Life (11+), Orlando Magazine (11+), Bright House Digital Networks (11+), Winter Park Magazine (11+), ZagatGuides (11+), GO! (Air Tran Magazine) (6-10), WHERE Orlando (6-10), Caribbean Travel & Life (6-10), Endless Vacation (6-10), Peter Pauper Press (6-10), Fodor's (3-5), Saveur.com (1-2), The Globe-Pequot Press (1-2), Epicurious.com (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Bonnier Corporation (11+), Elite Island Resorts (3-5), Google (1-2)
Other Work History
Editor at Caribbean Travel & Life, Caribbean Travel Planner, Discover St. Thomas * St. John * St. Croix, Restaurant Business, Food Management, Saveur.com
Computer Skills
Word, Excel, InDesign, Quark, Windows
Equipment
PC, digital camera
Foreign Language Skills
Some Spanish
References
Available upon request
Awards
Merit Award 2009, NATJA, for The Little Black Book of Walt Disney World
Associations
Association of Food Journalists
International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, North American Travel Journalists Association
Other
http://ronarecommends.com/
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Orlando, FL. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Publications I created and edited  
(Discover St. Thomas St. John St. Croix, 1/1/2007)
Hardbound hotel-room book for visitors to the United States Virgin Islands.
Editor
(Caribbean Meetings & Events, 6/1/2006)
Trade magazine for meeting planners interested in Caribbean venues.
Editor
(Caribbean Travel Planner, 6/1/2005)
Four-color magazine for consumers interested in Caribbean travel.
Writing Samples  
(Epicurious.com, 4/1/2013)
You can eat shockingly well in Orlando-whether at Disney or exploring the flourishing food scene beyond Read More http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/diningtravel/restaurants/best-orlando-disney-restaurants#ixzz2TwX0ZJTc
(Floridian View, 2/1/2013)
African animals roam in a Dade City ranch.
(Endless Vacation, 5/1/2012)
Don't just eat on the run in the theme parks. Try these places for delicious food and fun entertainment.
(Orlando Home & Leisure, 5/1/2012)
Feature on an authentic Mexican restaurant followed by a round-up of French restaurants in Winter Park, Florida.
(GO!, 4/1/2012)
Three Orlando-natives — a Disney animal specialist, a love ambassador and a man passionate about presidents — share their local insights.
(Edible Orlando, 8/25/2011)
Challenges and solutions about getting farm-fresh produce into school cafeterias.
(WHERE Orlando, 6/2/2009)
In Orlando, the all-American breakfast-lunch hybrid is not just a meal but an event. Offerings range from convivial local hangouts to signature hotel dining rooms.
(GAYLORD Magazine, 10/15/2008)
Orlando offers a wide range of ways—some of them unexpected—to experience the finer things in life.
(American Way, 7/1/2007)
Collection of Orlando-area restaurants.
(Endless Vacation, 7/1/2007)
Round-up of family-friendly Space Coast attractions.
(New York Magazine, 3/13/2000)
Feature on island retreat off Florida's western coast.
The Other Mother
(Brides Magazine, 11/1/1999)
Feature about mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relations.
(Parents Magazine, 5/1/1999)
Toddlers may not be talking much, but they're taking in a lot more than you think.
Is There Sex After Baby?
(Baby Magazine, 10/1/1998)
In-depth look at sex life after baby is born.
Websites I Created  
(Mariposa St. Kitts, 1/1/2012)
Website for new villa complex on St. Kitts.
(Saveur Magazine, 9/15/2001)
Website for lovers of food and travel.
Special Advertising Supplements  
(Caribbean Travel & Life, 7/1/2012)
From chocolate massages to Barney sing-alongs — not to mention seaside dinners — the Mexican Caribbean’s resort hotels tantalize with entertainment for every traveler.
(Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, 6/1/2011)
Napa in a hammock. Unwind in a hookah lounge. Explore beach and jungle. Exchange rings in a stunning setting. And lodge in an air-conditioned treehouse. Belize is a haven for romance.
(ISLANDS, 5/1/2011)
On a quest for the perfect family vacation? We'll lead you there.
(Caribbean Travel & Life, 3/11/2011)
Stunning scenery. Sophisticated menu. And no passport needed.
(Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, 10/1/2009)
Tropical treasures and island beauty are givens on Puerto Rico. The surprise: It's a breeze to get here, get hitched and celebrate in style.
Resume  
(5/20/2013)
Author  
(5/1/2012)
Edit Orlando-area restaurant reviews for Zagat guidebooks.
(1/1/2011)
Write the entire restaurant section for world-renowned guidebook.
(Peter Pauper Press, 1/1/2011)
Handy guidebook to the Walt Disney World Resort published by Peter Pauper Press
WHERE Eats! Orlando
(The Globe Pequot Press, 4/1/2008)
Comprehensive guide to 175 Orlando-area restaurants.
Rough Guide to Florida
(Rough Guide, 9/9/1999)
Wrote Central Florida chapter of guidebook
Television  
(On Dining with Rona Gindin, 9/1/2009)
Host of on-demand Brighthouse television program showcasing Central Florida restaurants. Formerly called On the Town with Rona Gindin.
Contact Info
  Rona Gindin
Orlando, FL 
USA

E-Mail: rona@ronarecommends.com
Website: http://www.ronarecommends.com