Our Contributors

Our Contributors

We are very grateful to our talented photographers, contributors and editorial advisors for the passion, knowledge and hard work they pour into the pages of Edible Madison. Read on to meet the contributors whose work appeared in the most recent print edition.

Terese Allen

has written scores of books and articles about the foodways of Wisconsin, including the award-winning titles "The Flavor of Wisconsin" and "The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids." She is co-founder and a longtime leader of the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW). If you want to get Terese going, just ask her the best way to fix an old-fashioned, how to hunt for morels, or why fish fries thrive in our state.
Terese Allen

Wendy Allen

is digital editor, copy editor, and a writer for Edible Madison. She reads style guides for fun, believes stories have power, and is fascinated by the evolution of the English language—for better or worse. Her mission: to wrestle the wily comma into submission.
Wendy Allen

Bjorn Bergman

lives in Viroqua, Wisconsin, with his wife, Heidi. He is passionate about growing food and eating seasonally. Each growing season, he keeps a large garden and loves spending time preserving the harvest by drying, canning, freezing, and fermenting. Every summer and fall, he teaches a variety of food preservation classes through the Driftless Folk School as a way to share sustainable living ideas with others. He works at the Viroqua Food Co-op as their outreach coordinator.
Bjorn Bergman

John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist

are co-authors of "Homemade for Sale", "Farmstead Chef", "Rural Renaissance" and "Ecopreneuring." Ivanko also reports on emerging technology issues for outlets such as Innovation and Tech Today and is the co-author of six children’s books, including "To Be A Kid." Kivirist covers women’s issues in food and farming and wrote "Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers." This husband-and-wife team run Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B outside Monroe, completely powered by renewable energy.
John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist

Jim Klousia

holds a Communication and Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. A Wisconsin native, he is a local adventurer who loves food, photos and a good wheat beer. He is passionate about enjoying food with others and capturing life in Southern Wisconsin through photography.
Jim Klousia

Dani Lind

spent 10 years as the produce manager/buyer at the Viroqua Food Co-op and now owns and operates Rooted Spoon Culinary, a catering business that focuses on local, seasonal foods. Dani loves to grow and preserve her own vegetables, herbs and fruits and help her husband raise grass-fed steers on their farm near Soldiers Grove.
Dani Lind

Jonnah Mellenthin Perkins

has been farming alongside her family at Vermont Valley Community Farm since 2009. She is driven by the prospect of a healthier planet and a more sustainable food system. Jonnah lives with her husband and two children in rural Blue Mounds, where you can usually find her in the kitchen. She is also a freelance writer and competitive trail runner, traveling all over the country for her sport in the farming low-season. She blogs at theultrafarmer.com.
Jonnah Mellenthin Perkins

Laura Poe

is a registered dietitian in private practice, focused on healing with real foods and herbs. She loves to spread knowledge and enthusiasm for great food, teaching traditional cooking and fermentation classes around the region. This causes her fridge to overflow with jars of pickled goodies. Originally from Missouri, Laura has been living in Viroqua for four years and now understands why cheese curds are a thing. She also loves to canoe, drink coffee and watch stand-up comedy.
Laura Poe