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5280 Contributor

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.

Articles By Amanda M. Faison

Molotov Kitschen & Cocktails Gives Ukrainian Cuisine a Great Name

James Beard Award–Nominated Bo Porytko draws on his Ukrainian roots at the new eatery, which features elevated versions of borscht and other Eastern European delights.

5 of the Best Restaurants in Breckenridge and Frisco, According to Chef Matt Vawter

To celebrate the start of Breck’s ski season, the Rootstalk chef and Mercantile Dining & Provision alum dishes on this favorite places to eat in town.

La Diabla

The Ultimate List of Denver’s Top Tacos

We’ve got what you want: 54 of the city’s best tacos.

Matt Vawter Takes Over Breckenridge’s Relish Space, Comes Full Circle

Vawter—the owner-chef of Rootstalk on the mountain town’s Main Street—will turn the 16-year-old contemporary American restaurant into a casual Italian spot.

How to Prepare the Ultimate Après-Ski Tailgate Feast

What to buy, cook, and pack to pull off a successful, socially distant outdoor winter bash in the mountains (or your driveway).

Headed to Breck? Don’t Miss Matt Vawter’s Rootstalk

The former executive chef of Denver’s Mercantile Dining & Provision cooks upscale comfort food in Victorian digs on Breckenridge’s Main Street.

Primo’s New Mostardas Burst with Flavors of Fall

Denver-based Primo Speciality Foods’ cherry Aleppo pepper and apricot Urfa chile mostardas are the perfect addition to any charcuterie spread.

How to Build the Ultimate At-Home Bar

Happy hour can’t come soon enough these days, making now the perfect time to upgrade your liquor stash.

Top Chef Winner Hosea Rosenberg Is Fighting For His Daughter’s Life

A live auction on May 30 will raise funds for Sophie’s Neighborhood, a new foundation established to help save the toddler from a rare genetic disease.

11 Simple Tips for Safe Grocery Shopping

No, you don’t have to sanitize each and every food item you buy when you get home, but wearing a mask at the store is a must.

Losing Racines Feels Like Losing Family

As the 36-year-old Denver restaurant readies itself to close in January 2021, its regulars are already mourning the loss.

Food Shopping in the Time of COVID-19

How specialty grocer Marczyk Fine Foods and responsible producers like Niman Ranch and Frontier Trout Ranch are adapting to a new normal.

3 Things You Didn’t Know About the Flagstaff House’s Elizabeth Sammuri

Once destined to take the snowboarding world by storm, this rising-star sommelier shifted her talents to overseeing a Boulder restaurant’s award-winning wine list.

Colorado Grain Chain Needs Your Help

This nonprofit connects the missing links of the local grain economy.

Colorado’s 10 Best Ski Town Restaurants

You’re in the mountains to ski and ride, but you’re also there to eat. Here’s where to do that best.

Steamboat’s Periodic Table Will Reinvent Itself Twice A Year

The fine-dining spot from restaurateur Phillips Armstrong and chef Patrick Ayres will debut on December 18 with a 1920s New York City supper club theme.

Snooze’s Co-Founder Opens a Wine Bar

With Attimo Winery, Jon Schlegel is bringing the fruits of his years in Italy back to Denver.

Niman Ranch and New Belgium Team Up

Marczyk Fine Foods is the first to sell the collaboration products made from sustainable and humanely raised meats enhanced by flavors of New Belgium beer.

Inclusivity and Innovation Were Hot Topics at Slow Food Nations 2019

The third annual Denver food festival dedicated to “good, clean, and fair food for all” explored world cuisines, cultures, and the culinary issues facing us all.

The Best of the 2019 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

We ate, we drank, we learned, we connected. Here are our top takeaways from the 37th annual culinary extravaganza.

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