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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

Wednesday: A Coffee-Themed Food Lover’s Book Club

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.

Profile: LivStudio

How this small but mighty local architecture and design firm is shaping the future of Denver's design style.

The Cherry Cricket, New and Old

As the burger icon rebounds from a kitchen fire and announces a second location, co-owner Lee Driscoll shares the lessons of a seasoned restaurateur.


Tommy Moe Comes To Denver

The Olympic gold medalist makes an appearance at the Mile High City premier of Warren Miller's Line of Descent.

Jill Pechacek: Cancer Assassin

When one of Denver's top doctors was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2014, she dedicated her life to survival and to encouraging others to spread good will.

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Dave Query

Dave Query, owner of Jax Fish House, Zolo Grill, West End Tavern, Post Brewing Co., Lola Coastal Kitchen, and Centro Mexican Kitchen is, in more ways than one, an architect of the local food scene.


Inside Edge

Taos Ski Valley is carving out a new future by leaning into the past—and Coloradans are paying attention.

Go Now: Pizzeria Lui

This new wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizza joint is worth the drive to Lakewood.


Hedge Row Is Your New Staple

The team behind the Kitchen restaurants and Next Door eateries brings a chic, vegetable-driven spot to Cherry Creek.

A Peach-Themed Food Lover’s Book Club on Wednesday

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.

Backyard Bounty

When the owners of Marczyk Fine Foods throw a party, they make it look effortless. You can, too.


Eat, Drink, Be Merry

Inside the kitchen of local culinary-tour maven Peggy Markel.

Happy Campers’ Happy Hour

For Jaala Sheldon of Jaala’s Party Pantry, an evening in the park is reason enough to roll out the camper and throw a bash.

3 Things You Didn’t Know about Josh Wolkon

As Vesta celebrates 20 years, Wolkon looks back on what makes his flagship—and himself—tick: To-do lists, restaurant tours, trusting in luck, and the changing face of hospitality.

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.


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