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  Amy Zavatto
Professional/Personal Overview
  Curiosity drives me in whatever story I cover. Whether the topic is wine, spirits, food, or travel, I like to send readers away with information they didn't have before. I am the Deputy Editor for Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn, a Contributing Editor to Imbibe magazine, the wine columnist for Wynn magazine, and my work appears in Details, More, Foxnews.com, and Whisky Advocate. I have also written for Every Day with Rachael Ray, New York Magazine, RL magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, and many others. I am the author of The Architecture of the Cocktail, The Hedonist Guide to Eat NY, the Renaissance Guide to Wine & Food Pairing, and the Complete Idiot's Guide to Bartending, which features over 1,500 cocktail recipes (currently in its second edition).
Work Info
Book Author 15 Years
Editor 15 Years
Writer 15 Years
Food 15 Years
Travel 15 Years
Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails 15 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
15 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Plenty (11+), The Staten Island Advance (11+), TimeOut New York (11+), Toque magazine (11+), Wynn Las Vegas Hotel (11+), New York Magazine (11+), Foxnews.com (11+), Foxnews.com (11+), Frommers.com (11+), Gotham (11+), Hamptons (11+), Imbibe (11+), Celebrity Living (11+), B&N.com (11+), Edible Brooklyn (11+), Edible East End (11+), Edible Manhattan (11+), Edible Manhattan (11+), Country Club Quarterly (6-10), Details (6-10), Every Day With Rachael Ray (6-10), Alpha books/Penguin Putnam (6-10), Ralph Lauren magazine (6-10), Ritz-Carlton (3-5), Teen Wire (3-5), Trump magazine (3-5), The Independent (3-5), Zink magazine (3-5), Food & Wine (3-5), Details magazine (3-5), La Cucina Italiana (3-5), More magazine (3-5), Go AirTran Magazine (3-5), Martha Stewart Weddings (1-2), New Haven Advocate (1-2), Palm Beach: The Island (1-2), Geico magazine (1-2), Fodors.com (1-2), Entrepreneur (1-2), Atomic (1-2), Bantam (1-2), Chatterberries (1-2), Choice! magazine (1-2), Cottage Living (1-2), TheNest.com (1-2), Wine Adventure (1-2), Wine Enthusiast (1-2), Writer's Digest (1-2), The Fairfield County Weekly (1-2), Priority (Singapore Airlines) (1-2), Scholastic (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Barnes & Noble (11+), Gnarly Vines (11+), PJ Wine (11+), The Grape Collective (3-5), M. Shanken (3-5), Ralph Lauren (1-2)
Other Work History
In-house wine writer for Gnarly Vines and PJ Wine; food/drink blogger for Barnes & Noble website, B&N.com and Frommers.com; Author: Hedonist's Guide to... Eat NYC (11/08); The Complete Idiot's Guide to Bartending (10/05); The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Being a Mother of the Bride (2/05); The Renaissance Guide to Wine & Food Pairing (9/03); Acquiring Editor, Alpha Books; Development Editor, Alpha Books; Copy Chief, Hamptons/Gotham; Editor, The Princeton Review; author, Read180 Series, Scholastic; proofreader/copy editor Scholastic; copy editor, Matthew Bender
Computer Skills
Word, iContact, Wordpress
Laptop, audio/phone recorder, digital camera
Foreign Language Skills
Workable Italian and Spanish
Freelancers Union
Upon request.
Award: Writing Scholarship, The New School, MFA Program
Passed the Level 3 Advanced Certification in Wines & Spirits through the WSET with both Merit and Distinction; entering the Diploma level in the fall of 2010; traveled extensively to myriad world wine and spirit-producing regions; Externship in the kitchen of Public restaurant, NYC; Lectured on wine and food pairing at the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone, the Philadelphia Wine Festival, and various vineyards around the country; Taught a creative writing program for children in spring 2005 through the New York Public Library/Learning Leaders program.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near New York, NY. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
(Imbibe magazine, 4/1/2015)
"Drinks like the Grasshopper don't disappear," Paul Gustings says over the phone one recent afternoon. "But they do kind of stay in the background until someone says, 'Oh, you know what? My parents drank those!' or, 'I had one I-don't-know-how-long ago. I'll have one now!' ...
(Imbibe magazine, 11/14/2014)
An essay on the allure of the Rusty Nail.
(Whisky Advocate, 11/1/2014)
Whisky is more than a pleasant picnic drink. Six recipes for a whisky-based al fresco menu; wait till you see what's in the fried chicken!
(Gotham magazine, 10/1/2014)
Three NYC chefs boldly update a classic cuisine.
(Details, 3/1/2014)
Long the domain of snifter-swirling old-timers and hard-partying rappers, Cognac has been adopted by a new clique: bartenders who are using it to create fresh spins on classic cocktails.
(Foxnews.com, 1/15/2014)
What's cooking in 2014? Here are my 8 cookbook and drink book predictions for the year.
(More magazine, 11/20/2013)
When Rohini Dey got a bad review in the New York Times, she didn't lie down -- she climbed a mountain.
(Details magazine, 11/1/2013)
Hops in your vodka? Hops in your whiskey? That and so much more...
(Foxnews.com, 10/27/2013)
What Cognac is (and why it's so popular)...
(Foxnews.com, 10/27/2013)
What Cognac is (and why it's so popular)...
(Foxnews.com, 9/13/2013)
Sept. 13 is International Chocolate Day, so it's a great time to reflect on chocolate trends.
(Details magazine, 7/1/2013)
It isn't just a versatile, easy-sipping white wine-it's the improbably ideal pairing for grilling season.
(Foxnews.com, 5/1/2013)
A chat with Melissa Cookston, three-time whole-hog BBQ Champ, to find out what it takes to be the world's best pitmaster.
(Imbibe magazine, 4/1/2013)
Can stomping and pressing grapes connect a woman to her long-deceased grandfather and a country she's never lived in? Connecting to a family's roots through winemaking.
(Details magazine, 1/1/2013)
(More magazine, 12/1/2012)
Ann Tuennerman once ran a dog-biscuit bakery. Now her conference on cocktails attracts thousands of bartenders and revelers every year
(Foxnews.com, 10/19/2012)
The U.S. is the number-one export for Ireland's soft and lovely whiskies - but what makes Irish whiskey Irish?
(Serious Eats, 10/15/2012)
Making whisky in Islay, Scotland.
(Details magazine, 9/10/2012)
Do stars make good sippers?
(Foxnews.com, 8/23/2012)
From old standards to new innovations, here are a few Crescent City dishes that keep this city’s flavor going strong.
(Imbibe magazine, 8/1/2012)
Red before Labor Day? Yezindeed!
(Edible Brooklyn, 4/1/2012)
Cheese, glorious cheese in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
(Foxnews.com, 1/9/2012)
Don't let your experiences cooking with wine be a mere flash in the pan -- follow the advice of these winemaker/chefs.
(Foxnews.com, 1/3/2012)
What's the difference between a slow cooker and Crock Pot? Are all of them created equal? And can you really cook a cake in one? Michele Scicolone answered these questions, and more, when we chatted for Fox...
(Edible Brooklyn, 11/30/2011)
A wine shop grows in Fort Greene...
(Foxnews.com, 11/15/2011)
By now, we’re all well versed in the notion of farm-to-table and the bounty of farm-fresh products available at the local green market. But hottest trend in uber-locavorism just might be underfoot—literally. Think park-to-table, or curbside-to-table, or, heck, even crack-in-the-sidewalk to tabl
(Imbibe magazine, 11/1/2011)
What's it like to harvest grapes in 13-degree weather? Very, very cold -- but it makes for some pretty delicious wine...
(Edible Manhattan, 9/20/2011)
Chef Alex Raij’s anchovy addiction lured her to the Spanish seaside and a century-old cannery -- I followed her there and this is what happened...
(Imbibe magazine, 8/1/2011)
Red before Labor Day? We say yes -- especially if it's BBQ-friendly tempranillo!
(Edible Brooklyn, 7/5/2011)
A Brooklyn winemaker wants you to drink deeply from the local well.
(Imbibe magazine, 6/15/2011)
Temporary cafés are delivering great coffee to the people, one vacant space at a time.
(Toque magazine, 6/3/2011)
Spiced cranberry. Licorice nectarine. Pear. Mexican chocolate. No, these aren’t the eclectic delights of a particularly creative ice cream parlor, or perhaps the fantastical names given to nail polish or lipstick -- they are the flavors of artisanal bitters, and they're coming to a cocktail nea
(Edible Manhattan, 3/1/2011)
After 60 years on Bleecker Street, these butchering brothers still cut everything -- except corners.
(Imbibe magazine, 3/1/2011)
Nearly 240 years later, Virginia has finally become Jefferson’s land of the free-run, home of the grape.
(Toque magazine, 2/1/2011)
If Lisa Laird could climb upon the shoulders of the nine generations–and 230 or so years–of Lairds before her in Scobeyville, New Jersey, she could likely see all the way to Scotland where her great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, William Laird, hailed and hauled off for a different
(Toque magazine, 1/11/2011)
Chef Rick Moonen knows a thing or two about the what lies beneath. Here, he anchors with Toque for a few poignant questions–and honest answers–about the state of sea life today.
(FashionableBride.com, 1/11/2011)
What about the other bubbly? For suds-loving brides and grooms, why not make your favorite beer part of the fun?
(Toque magazine, 1/11/2011)
The history and allure of one of America's earliest elixers.
(Edible Manhattan, 1/11/2011)
If you zig and then zag off Bowery onto Rivington Street, you’ll happen upon a pavement path that you could easily mistake for a delivery driveway, or miss entirely in a single long blink. But if you turn your head for just the right slip of a second as you pass by, the sight at the end of what’s ca
(Edible Manhattan, 12/1/2010)
Five superior sparklers for a locapour-loving celebration.
(Toque magazine, 9/29/2010)
Could airport food make you actually wish for a delay? In La Guardia, maybe so...
(Edible Manhattan, 9/1/2010)
So much great Long Island wine, so little time! Narrow it down with my 3-day drink and eat itinerary in Edible Manhattan.
(Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 7/16/2010)
Great wine in the Lone Star state? You bet your cowboy boots.
(La Cucina Italiana magazine, 6/1/2010)
At Sara Jenkins' Porchetta, the simple roast pork sandwich comes condiment-free, and that's just the way we like it.
(Imbibe magazine, 5/1/2010)
Can your average, work-a-day wine-o-phile buy bottles at auction, or will your wallet get crushed under the gavel?
(Time Out New York, 4/25/2010)
Got a craving to stomp through new-to-you nabes with great food traditions? Check out these 5 great foodies tours.
(Time Out New York, 3/10/2010)
Where to find elbow room and a decent drink price...
(Martha Stewart Weddings, 3/1/2010)
Think pink at your wedding reception with these great rose wines.
(Imbibe magazine, 1/1/2010)
Can't afford the greatest of the great wines? Consider their stunning second-label siblings.
(Edible Manhattan, 12/29/2009)
State supermarkets lobby for a glass half full, but legislators put a cork in it.
(Ralph Lauren magazine, 12/25/2009)
Rich in history, the old-fashioned hot toddy gets a modern makeover by mixologists this holiday season.
(Edible Manhattan, 12/1/2009)
How does Long Island wine measure up against the rest of the world's vino? NY's own version of the Judgment of Paris shows promising results.
(Time Out New York, 10/21/2009)
Never been to Staten Island beyond a free round-trip boat ride on the ferry or driving through to get to 95? Step into St. George and check out the eclectic eats this funky little neighborhood has to offer.
(Imbibe magazine, 10/1/2009)
How to make 8 great espresso drinks like a pro.
(Newhouse News, 8/1/2009)
Lemon verbena syrup, beer, and fresh lemons makes for one cool ade.
(Edible Manhattan, 7/15/2009)
NY wine takes on the Big Apple.
(Imbibe magazine, 7/1/2009)
When the mercury makes its annual sweaty climb, it's time to stop and smell the rosés.
(Go AirTran Magazine, 6/1/2009)
Some of the best morning meals have international flavors -- check out this listing of great, unique spots from coast to coast and what they're serving up in the A.M.
(Ralph Lauren magazine, 5/27/2009)
This summer, bag the arduous picnic prep and pick up a ready-packed basket from a gourmet chef.
(Imbibe magazine, 5/1/2009)
Can wine survive climate change?
(Edible Brooklyn, 5/1/2009)
A winery in Red Hook--yes, Red Hook--proves you can make it anywhere.
(Go AirTran Magazine, 5/1/2009)
These mouthwatering, mobile meal purveyors make eating on the go an upscale dining experience.
(AirTran Magazine, 3/1/2009)
Once a staple of peasant cooking, variety meats are becoming the heart of high-end cuisine. Includes interviews with chef Michael White of NYC's Alto and L'Impero and chef Chris Cosantino of San Fran's Incanto.
(Edible Manhattan, 1/7/2009)
Exploirng the twists and turns beneath the Chelsea Market where the city’s most avid wine collectors store their treasured bottles.
(Imbibe magazine, 1/1/2009)
Inside the shady, civilized world of the modern speakeasy.
(Ralph Lauren magazine, 11/14/2008)
For New Orleans chef John Besh, the giving season lasts all year 'round.
(Ralph Lauren magazine, 9/11/2008)
Want to find the hottest meal in town? Look underground. Stunning locations, beautiful presentation and exceptional ingredients are all part of the supper club experience.
(The Staten Island Advance, 9/4/2008)
Bored of ho-hum cocktail garnishes? Try preserving your own.
(Plenty magazine, 8/13/2008)
Fetzer's sustainable/organic/biodynamic wine program and eco-friendly practices. Part of a 2-month blog series for Plenty magazine's Eco Eats section.
(Ralph Lauren magazine, 6/1/2008)
Does eco-friendly ice cream lick the non-organic competition? Before you put the cherry on your sundae, check out this earth-conscious round-up.
(Edible Brooklyn, 4/19/2008)
A novelist-turned-knifemaker grinds out a living.
(Edible Brooklyn, 4/19/2008)
An urban winery givew New Yorkers reasons to savor the region.
(Edible East End, 4/19/2008)
Long Island's oldest familly-owned winery keeps it real.
(Edible East End, 4/17/2008)
A look at Corey Creek's 2007 Gewurztraminer
(Plenty magazine, 3/1/2008)
When it comes to organic pasta, there are nearly as many flour bases as there are noodle shapes—semolina pappardelle, whole-wheat fusilli, spinach fettuccine. You could eat a different organic pasta dish every night of the week for a month and not suffer a single repeat. Here, a taste-test to help y
(Gourmet.com, 2/5/2008)
A tiny knife shop in the Midwest stays sharp after more than 100 years.
(Edible Brooklyn, 1/20/2008)
Profile on 50-year-old Brooklyn classic, D. Coluccio & Sons food shop.
(Edible Brooklyn, 11/1/2007)
Touring the Hudson River Valley's best vines.
(Edible East End, 11/1/2007)
The family of adventurers at Osprey's Dominion winery builds something big.
(New York magazine, 8/17/2007)
The Indiana capital has a booming indie-music scene, with intimate rock clubs that might just make more noise than the city’s famous racetrack.
(Plenty magazine, 8/1/2007)
Seven great tips to getting the most out of your local farmers' market.
(Edible Brooklyn, 7/1/2007)
Brooklynites give Hudson Valley wine a chance.
(Imbibe magazine, 7/1/2007)
They accumulate, they collect, they stow, they stash. You might even say they obsess. But even when the desire to acquire overcomes the space in a place, these four vinophiles don’t let a little square footage stand in the way of a great love affair.
(New York magazine, 6/18/2007)
Momentos don't have to be disposable kitsch...
(New York magazine, 6/13/2007)
Mom-and-pop ice cream company feels the freezer burn from Staten Islanders over controversial ice cream flavor.
(New York magazine, 5/8/2007)
Long Island’s less-posh fork harvests much more than potatoes and corn these days. Its 30-plus vineyards and Slow Food–minded dining scene offers a tasty alternative to the Hamptons.
(The Ritz-Carlton, 5/1/2007)
From American whiskey and Mexican tequila to Caribbean rums, bartenders are witnessing the reburth of world classics.
(New York magazine, 4/18/2007)
How to get a little adventure (and exercise) while swirling and sipping in Sonoma.
(Plenty magazine, 3/1/2007)
Eco-friendly chefs take eating well to a whole new level -- a look at 10 chefs from across the country and how they're keeping things green and great on the plate. [Story is available on Plenty website from the In-Depth archives, March.]
(New York magazine, 2/28/2007)
More than just a country-music mecca, the Tennessee capital also has an electric food scene powered by one of the nation’s oldest farmers' markets.
(Women for Wine Sense, 2/1/2007)
Article in Women for WineSense newsletter on great, inexpensive Champagne alternatives for Valentine's Day.
(Frommer's Travel Guides, 1/15/2007)
What to eat, drink, see, and do in Santa Fe right now.
(NYmag.com, 12/21/2006)
Restaurant review of Staten Island sushi spot.
(Teenwire.com, 12/12/2006)
What's the riskiest thing a teenager can do? The answer might surprise you.
(Teenwire.com, 11/20/2006)
Feature article on Who's Positive? and their 30-city bus-tour blitz encouraging sexually active teens to get tested for HIV.
(The Fairfield County Weekly, 11/16/2006)
A tequila-phobic writer becomes a convert.
(New York magazine, 9/18/2006)
A flush parent's guide to finding services to take care of all your kid's needs.
Women of the Vine
(Wiley Publishing, 5/1/2006)
Ghostwriter for a book on women in the wine industry.
(Frommer's Travel Guides, 4/23/2006)
Travel piece about the American Whiskey Trail.
(Choice! magazine, 4/21/2006)
Interview with Sierra Club representative on the environment and reproductive health.
(TimeOut NY, 4/4/2006)
Reviews of DuMont (Best Garden), Empire Diner (Best Diner), and Joe, The Art of Coffee (Best Non-Chain Coffee Purveyor)
(Fodors.com, 1/23/2006)
Reviews of five great Brooklyn eateries.
(Celebrity Living Weekly, 11/28/2005)
Interviews/profiles on celebrity chefs such as Scott Conant, Mario Batali, Cesare Casella, Michael Chiarello, Martha Stewart, Marc Meyer, etc. Overviews of Shibuya, Public, Sushi Samba, Casa Vega, Uncle Jack's, The Lodge, Meson G, Melisse, and Joe's Stone Crab. Also adapted chef recipes for articles
(The Independent, 11/1/2005)
Article on the NOLA's film industry in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
(New York magazine, 7/18/2005)
Run-down of East Coast native fish, when to buy them, and how to cook 'em.
(Time Out NY Kids, 6/1/2005)
Great pizza-pie purveyers close to your fave museums in NYC.
(Time Out New York, 4/13/2005)
Three hot, new wine shops and their unique neighborhood offerings.
(New York magazine, 2/14/2005)
Interview with Elite founder John Casablancas and his plan to bring back the era of the supermodel.
(The New Haven Advocate, 11/11/2004)
Interview with celebrity chef Tony Bourdain on his new book, his hatred of the raw food movement, and how good cooking instruction is a combination of both slap and tickle.
(Food & Wine magazine, 11/1/2004)
Three-page feature piece on sake.
(The New York Times, 6/3/2004)
An accepted but unpublished feature piece for the Dining In/Dining Out NYTimes food section.
(Time Out NY Kids, 6/1/2004)
City island-hopping story focusing on great getaways for parents and kids right in the 5 boroughs.
(Food & Wine magazine, 11/1/2002)
Former deli owner turned apron designer makes 50s style aprons (almost) the hottest item in the kitchen.
(Atomic magazine, 12/1/2001)
Feature piece on the sister burlesque dancing act The Pontani Sisters.
(Frommer's Travel Guides, 12/1/2006)
PodCast interview with Frommers.com editor David Lytle, in which he interviews me about tequila, American whiskey, and (because you need a little food when drinking all that booze) Southern BBQ.
(212City.com, 5/5/2009)
Louis Coluccio of 212City.com interviewed me about my book The Hedonist Guide to...Eat NY and all things edible in NYC.
(PJ Wine, 6/30/2011)
Blogging on the topic of wine for one of NY's most exciting wine retailers.
(Barnes & Noble, 1/10/2010)
Cooking, wine, and cocktail book reviews, thoughts, meanderings, and the hands-on pots, pans, goblets, and highball glass reports from the trenches of deliciousness.
(Frommer's Travel Guides, 1/10/2010)
Travel blog on eating and drinking the world 'round.