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  Melissa Denchak
Professional/Personal Overview
  The Guatemalan highlands. Private African safari camps. Rhubarb preserves. Iconic watches. For eight-plus years, I have promoted a variety of people, places, and products in the travel, food, and lifestyle sectors. I'm a storyteller and love finding just the right angle to engage just the right audience, whether in print, online, or via social media. I've worked as an editor for Fine Cooking, Departures, and Black Ink magazines. My writing has appeared in those publications, as well as in American Way, Digital Nomad, Budget Travel, and Food & Wine. I've provided copywriting services for travel companies like Viaventure Central America and Abercrombie & Kent.

I'm an avid traveler and have lived in and explored much of Latin America and Europe. (Hablo espanol.) I'm an avid eater with a culinary diploma from New York's Institute of Culinary Education.

Looking for a writer, copywriter, editor, or recipe developer? Please get in touch!

Work Info
Copywriter 3 Years
Editor 8 Years
Writer 8 Years
Food 8 Years
Lifestyle 8 Years
Travel 8 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
8 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Fine Cooking Magazine (3-5), Adventure Travel Magazine (1-2), American Way Magazine (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Viaventure Central America (11+), Abercrombie & Kent (1-2)
Other Work History
Viaventure Central America, Media Relations Manager (October 2012 to present)
Fine Cooking Magazine, Contributing Editor (April 2012 to present)
Fine Cooking Magazine, Associate Editor (April 2010 to April 2012)
Departures/Black Ink Magazines, Assistant Editor (September 2007 to April 2010)
Publishers Weekly Magazine, Book Reviewer (January 2007 to March 2008)
SpaFinder, Inc., Assistant Editor (April 2007 to September 2007)
Budget Travel Magazine, Assistant Editor (January 2007 to April 2007)
Food & Wine Magazine, Editorial/Event Coordinator Intern (February 2006 to December 2006)
Peace Corps, Small Enterprise Development Volunteer (May 2002 to August 2004)
Computer Skills
Proficient in Constant Contact, InCopy, QuarkXPress, Windows XP, and WordPress
Laptop and Canon EOS Rebel T2i
Foreign Language Skills
Fluent in Spanish
Available upon request
Culinary Diploma, Institute of Culinary Education (New York, New York)
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
(Fine Cooking Magazine, 11/1/2012)
A must-try seasonal food find.
(Fine Cooking Magazine, 6/3/2012)
A sneak peek at grill guru Bruce Aidells's stunning outdoor kitchen.
(Fine Cooking Magazine, 6/2/2012)
A must-try seasonal food find.
(Fine Cooking Magazine, 4/1/2012)
Fine Cooking's latest buys for the kitchen and table.
(Fine Cooking Magazine, 10/1/2010)
A delicious way to preserve one of fall's favorite ingredients.
(Adventure Travel Magazine, 1/1/2014)
Exploring the Guatemalan highlands on foot.
(Black Ink Magazine, 7/1/2008)
Exclusive-use camps in Africa.
(Black Ink Magazine, 7/1/2008)
Three historic places in stay in the heart of Provence.
(Budget Travel Magazine, 5/1/2007)
New family-friendly attractions.
(Budget Travel Magazine, 4/1/2007)
(Black Ink Magazine, 12/1/2008)
A look at three new creations from Van Cleef & Arpels.
(Departures Magazine, 9/1/2008)
Kiton CEO Antonio De Matteis presents his case for a suitmaker's classic denim.
(American Way , 2/1/2014)
Curated dates for couples.
(Viaventure Central America, 11/1/2014)
I research, write, and edit "The Viaventurer," a company newsletter that is distributed to approximately 10,000 tour operators, travel agents, and members of the press and general public.
(Viaventure Central America, 1/1/2014)
I produced travel company Viaventure's 2014 marketing brochure, which took the form of a glossy magazine. Articles like "3 Must-Visit Eco-lodges" and "A Taste of Honduran Farm Life" used storytelling as a device to sell Viaventure's tours, hotels, and destinations.
(Abercrombie & Kent, 10/1/2013)
I wrote this article for travel company Abercrombie & Kent's magazine, The Sundowner. The goal of this story was to inspire clients to travel to Guatemala and Belize by billing these destinations, when paired, as a microcosm of Central America's top draws.
Recipe Development  
(Fine Cooking, 11/1/2013)
A variety of sweet and savory recipes that I developed.
Contact Info
  Melissa Denchak
Brooklyn, NY 

E-Mail: meldenchak@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.melissadenchak.com