About Edible Chicago
Edible Chicago, published seasonally, explores the local and sustainable food movement while also celebrating the role that food plays in our lives. We value fresh, seasonal, authentic foods grown and sourced here in our region. Our mission is to change the way we eat-one story and meal at a time. Through compelling editorial and striking photography, Edible Chicago connects readers with our city's unique food culture. Seasonal recipes, a blog, podcast, digital magazine, mobile apps and quality video content makes us a valuable resource for anyone passionate about good food.
Launched in the summer of 2008, Edible Chicago is locally owned and operated. Our publication is supported by advertiser partnerships and subscribers aligned with our mission. We are part of a network of Edible Communities publications, established in 2005, as a collective group of print magazines and recipients of the prestigious 2011 James Beard Foundation Publication of the Year Award for excellence in food journalism.
Our regular contributors live and work in the Chicago area, are avid home cooks, gardeners, chefs, educators, health professionals and farmers passionate about supporting our local food system. They help us bring the stories of good food and good people to the pages of Edible Chicago.
We continue to look forward to serving up compelling stories and valuable information about food to the greater area in Chicago and our surrounding communities. We sincerely hope you will find our pages entertaining, informative and a valuable resource.
Edible Chicago would not be celebrating nine years in publishing without the loyal readership, advertiser partnerships and subscriber support, and our countless friends and family who have supported us in this journey of storytelling (including the Edible Communities publishing family).
We are also grateful to our extremely talented team of contributors-the writers, photographers and artists who have shared their passion and expertise to tell the stories of our local food community since the first issue. And our dedicated support staff handling sales and marketing. Above all, we celebrate those individuals-the chefs, farmers, growers, purveyors, food and drink artisan producers, authors, educators, policy makers and local food advocates of all ages who spend their days tirelessly providing healthier food options, information and resources to us all. Without these folks, we wouldn't have the good stories to tell.
BECKY LISCUM, co-founder and publisher of Edible Chicago, is a seasoned gardener, writer, content producer and videographer. Her work has appeared nationally in print and on television, as a 15 year veteran and Emmy award-winning field producer for The Oprah Winfrey Show. She also produced a multiple Telly award-winning video series for Disney.com. Other recent national credits include field producing for the April 2016 PBS series, “10 Parks That Changed America.”
Becky grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and spent portions of her summers in the Driftless region of Richland and Vernon Counties, where her grandparents lived. There, she learned the importance of growing and preserving your own food and watched her grandfather extract honey from the hives on the farm and later, her parents tap maple trees and cook down the sap in a sugar camp on her mother’s homestead.
When Becky is not working on Edible Chicago or traveling the country producing video content for her media company Story Buzz Media, she is actively planning land conservation measures for the family homestead.
ANN FLOOD, a third generation Chicagoan, is co-founder and editorial director of Edible Chicago, a part of the James Beard award-winning network of Edible Communities brand magazines. Edible Chicago, now in its ninth year of publication, is published quarterly in both print and digital format.
Ann is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the magazine including story research and writing articles, art direction, website design and editing, blogging, creating and executing social networking campaigns, producing podcasts, and managing a team of sales staff, contributors and volunteers. In 2015 and recently in 2017, Ann was honored by NewCity' Magazine's The Big Heat: Chicago’s Food and Drink Fifty for outstanding contribution to the city’s food culture.
Prior to Edible Chicago, Ann’s career spans 30+ years in marketing, corporate sales in the food and information technology industry and small business consulting. In a sliver of spare time, she is doing preliminary research for a script about a 19th century farmer, educator and self-taught artist from Richland County, Wisconsin.