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Join me as we explore Sally's Place, a fun place to be on the Internet. I am a food enthusiast & industry professional and I invite you to explore the international food scene with me and my team of writers. We have produced celebrity radio interviews and news and feature stories on food, restaurants, beverages and travel.

I am the Chief Operating Officer of Media Holdings, LLC, an Internet company, and manager and Editor-in-Chief of Sally's Place (http://www.sallybernstein.com), a premier Internet site for food, beverage and travel enthusiasts. I manage and co-host Sally's Place Internet Radio Network, the Internet radio station with programming on wine and food. Also, I am a Food Expert and write a food blog, called "Food for Thought" on womensforum.com, which showcases recipes, new articles and fun food facts.

I am a charter member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, a former member of the Association's board of directors and past Chairperson of the IACP Information Technology Committee. In 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 I was a judge for the IACP Cookbook Awards. I am also a charter member and past-president of the Houston Culinary Guild and have served on the board of directors of the San Francisco Food Bank. I am a past board member of the San Francisco Professional Food Society and have been a member of both the San Francisco and San Diego Chapters of Les Dames d'Escoffier, Women Chefs & Restaurateurs and Slow Foods USA. I was associated with Share Our Strength (SOS) for seven years, and served as co-chair of the Houston and San Francisco "Taste of the Nation" events. I have been a speaker at The Symposium for Professional Food Writers at the Greenbrier and a Final Judge for the 2005, 2006 and 2008 Alternative Newsweekly Awards.

I studied at La Varenne, Le Pot au Feu and Cordon Bleu cooking schools in Paris, with Simone Beck in Provence, France, as well as with Giuliano Bugialli in Florence, Italy. Parlaying my newfound culinary knowledge by teaching cooking classes in Houston for eight years, I soon found a new home at the Houston Post newspaper as a restaurant and food critic and lifestyle writer for another eight years. I edited the 1983 Zagat Houston Restaurant Survey and contributed to the 1985 Zagat US Hotel, Resort and Spa Survey. I have taught cooking classes at Ramekins Sonoma Valley Culinary School in Sonoma, Williams-Sonoma in San Francisco and Draeger's in San Mateo...all in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have also taught at Central Market in Houston, Texas, The Cook's Nook in Longview, Texas and Great News! Cooking School in San Diego, California.

I taught at the Food and Wine Culinary Arts Center aboard Holland America's Ms. Zaandam on the Northbound Glacier Bay Discovery cruise in 2008. These classes were devoted to Pacific Northwest foods.

I've taught cooking on television and have been interviewed about Sally's Place by television (Food Network), radio, newspaper, magazine and Internet personalities around the world. My work has been published in magazines including Travel Savvy, Home, Redbook, Cook's, Continental Airlines and Houston Home and Garden. I received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas and studied sociology at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York City.

I was a Board Member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at the Moores Cancer Center in San Diego, California.

Now you know all about me. In the months to come I hope to learn about you, my favorite visitors.


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