Accomplished journalist Jaye Beeler aims to eat locally for that sense of freshness that can’t be mass-produced. For years, Jaye has shared the sumptuous stories of the men and women who cultivate Michigan’s amazing peninsulas. She loves introducing the tastemakers of Michigan – farmers, herds people, cheese-makers, small-batch producers, bakers and culinary experts – who are hand-crafting quality with brilliance and perfection.
With a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Jaye has worked in newsrooms from Arizona, Kentucky, and Ohio to Michigan, where she was food editor and restaurant reviewer at The Grand Rapids Press for 10 years. Her devotion to food and farming can be found in magazine, television and radio features and at cooking classes.
Jaye lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan in an 1880 Eastlake Victorian home with her husband and three young children.
Dianne Carroll Burdick is a free-lance photographer, Photography Instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, and a Continuing Studies Instructor at Kendall College of Art and Design. She also teaches photography workshops at Frederik Meijer Gardens and the Grand Rapids Art Museum. A Western Michigan University graduate with a BFA in Photography (triple major in Photography, Graphic Design and Printmaking, cum laude), Dianne is proud of a client list that includes USA Today, Grand Valley State University, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Public Museum of Grand Rapids, MD News and Opera Grand Rapids.
She has participated in over fifty art exhibitions and her work is included in six books. Dianne is the recipient of twenty-five awards in photography, and her images are on the Grammy-nominated CD of Debra Henson-Conent with the Grand Rapids Symphony. Recent project include being one of five artists selected for the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Artist-in-Residence program for the 2012-2013 season and being a columnist for On-the-Town Magazine.
Dianne lives in her 125 year-old house with her husband Rob Burdick and their 2 cats, Pearl and Baby.