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Amanda M. Faison, 5280 Contributor

Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor. She oversaw all of the magazine’s food-related coverage and was Denver’s go-to dining resource. Before that, she climbed the ranks from editorial assistant and associate editor to managing editor and senior editor, covering topics of all varieties. She has written about food for national titles such as SunsetFood & Wine, and Cooking Light. She has also freelanced nonfood-related stories for Elle DecorInStyle, and Travel & Leisure. Her ranch-to-plate feature “Soul Food,” was anthologized in Best Food Writing 2010. In 2009 and 2010, Faison received nods from the City and Regional Magazine Association for Table Talk, 5280‘s weekly e-newsletter. In addition, she has twice sat as judge for the James Beard Foundation’s annual cookbook awards. Faison was also a 2005 finalist for the prestigious Livingston Awards for Young Journalists. In 2013, she partnered with the Denver Public Library to create the Food Lover’s Book Club, a bimonthly cookbook club that generates discussion around cookbooks, food, and community. In 2014, Faison edited her first cookbook, 5280: The Cookbook. In 2016, she was named the Outstanding Media Professional of the Year by the Colorado Restaurant Association.

Author Article Archive

Kelly Whitaker’s Heritage Grain Crusade

With his new nonprofit, the Noble Grain Alliance, the Basta chef is bringing heritage grains back to Colorado farms and restaurants—and to you and me.

Our Summer on the Colorado Trail

When my husband decided to run all 486-plus miles of the Colorado Trail last year, we had no idea how profoundly it would shape our family's future.

Bar Helix Is Coming to RiNo

Kendra Anderson (aka Swirl Girl Denver) will soon open a bar that combines her wine, spirits, and food expertise in a luxury-meets-industrial space.


Design Trend: Patterned Tile

Vibrant floor tiles are popping up everywhere. Here's how to chose the right one for your home.

A Breakfast-Themed Food Lover’s Book Club on April 5

Food Lover’s Book Club is a bimonthly discussion of a cookbook or food-related book led by award-winning food writer Amanda M. Faison. The free gathering takes place at the Ross-Cherry Creek Library.

Trendspotting: Pork Collar

This tasty cut of pork is popping up on menus all over town—but just what to call it is up for debate.


When In Vail: Pendulum

Can Vail's newest restaurant appeal to visitors and year-rounders?

Coming Soon: The Whiskey Film

A Denver-based film company aims to tell the story of American whiskey, from field to barrel.


Orange Crush

Designer Petra Richards took the opportunity to create a kitchen that gives new meaning to the phrase “bright and early.”


Make Dio Mio’s Trifle

The RiNo restaurant's not-too-sweet layered dessert pairs olive oil cake, rosemary cream, and pickled quince or persimmon.


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