Melissa Denchak

Brooklyn, NY USA

Professional Experience

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!


3 Years
8 Years
8 Years


8 Years
8 Years
8 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
8 Years
Marketing (in-house) - Small to mid-sized corp. cl
3 Years
Newsletter - Consumer
3 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

8 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Adventure Travel Magazine (1-2), Fine Cooking Magazine (3-5), American Way Magazine (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Viaventure Central America (10+), 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)

Foreign Language Skills

Fluent in Spanish

Computer Skills

Proficient in Constant Contact, InCopy, QuarkXPress, Windows XP, and WordPress


Laptop and Canon EOS Rebel T2i


Available upon request



Kiton CEO Antonio De Matteis presents his case for a suitmaker's classic denim.
A look at three new creations from Van Cleef & Arpels.

Recipe Development

A variety of sweet and savory recipes that I developed.


Exploring the Guatemalan highlands on foot.
New family-friendly attractions.
Three historic places in stay in the heart of Provence.
Exclusive-use camps in Africa.


Curated dates for couples.


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.
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.
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.


A must-try seasonal food find.
Fine Cooking's latest buys for the kitchen and table.
A sneak peek at grill guru Bruce Aidells's stunning outdoor kitchen.
A delicious way to preserve one of fall's favorite ingredients.
A must-try seasonal food find.