Ana Sortun

Cited as one of the country’s “best creative fusion practitioners,” Seattle-born Ana Sortun graduated from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine de Paris before opening Moncef Medeb’s Aigo Bistro in Concord, Massachusetts, in the early 1990s. Following stints at 8 Holyoke and Casablanca in Harvard Square, she opened Oleana in 2001, immediately drawing raves for dishes that The New York Times described as “rustic-traditional and deeply inventive.” Awarded the “Best Chef: Northeast” honor by the James Beard Foundation in 2005, her cookbook, SPICE: Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean, was published in 2006 and has become a best-seller. Her husband’s farm, Siena Farms, provides Sortun’s restaurant with all of its fresh produce and is named after their daughter. Her most recent undertaking has been Sofra Bakery & Café in Cambridge, which offers a unique style of foods and baked goods influenced mostly by the countries of Turkey, Lebanon, and Greece. oleanarestaurant.com

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Catherine Bourassa-Hébert

Cat is a French-speaking artist from Montreal who is currently based in Boston. Her aesthetic research focuses on the interactions between textures, shapes and colors. To pursue this, she mainly employs the mediums of acrylic painting and screen-printing, and more recently small sculptures in the form of jewelry. She uses different pseudonyms to go along with her various artistic projects. Yukineko relates to her upcycled jewelry that combines vintage and new materials and found objects resulting in contemporary products. yukineko.etsy.com

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Dana Weinroth

Originally from Philadelphia, Dana Weinroth grew up surrounded by very stylish family members who did not understand her interest in vintage clothing. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Dana's love of fashion brought her to New York where she has been working in fashion design for nearly 12 years. She also studies landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden. Dana lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, Noel, a graphic designer and their cat Winston, a foodie.

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Danielle Donker

Danielle Donker grew up in The Netherlands in a house furnished with Persian carpets, Indian woodcrafts and all sorts of curious antiquities that her mother searched for at markets far and closer to home. After several trips to Morocco as an adult, she fell in love with the country and decided to stay. Soon thereafter she met her partner - a Dutch man already living in Morocco and learning to speak Arabic. They now live in the Ourika Valley and together run the boutique guesthouse Dar Zohra, designed and built by her husband. You may read about her adventures at beyondmarrakech.blogspot.com.

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Evelyn J. Kim

Evelyn J. Kim is a food and sustainability writer for the blog Edo Ergo Sum and has written for Civil Eats, Food Safety News and Smithsonian’s Food and Think. You can follow her on Twitter at @EdoErgoSum or on Facebook.

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James Bainbridge

James Bainbridge, the senior author of the new Lonely Planet guide to Morocco, is a travel writer and journalist with a dozen Moroccan stamps in his passport. You can read his travel articles and buy the Lonely Planet Morocco guide at jamesbainbridge.net.

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Kristen Walther

Kristen Walther is an artist, a photographer and a painter. She loves anything that’s out of the ordinary, colorful, textural, vintage and just plain cool. She says, "Traveling is something that I thrive on. Experiencing the new and different is what drives me. I’ve traveled to places such as London, Montreal, the Caribbean, various parts of Spain and most recently Morocco. Getting the chance to go to Marrakech to assist the amazing photographer, Quentin Bacon, and work with Kay on her project was an experience that I’m so grateful to have had. Marrakech is a beautiful city with many great scents, sounds, food, textures and colors. It is so inspiring and I cannot wait to go back!" You may view her work at kristenwaltherphotography.com.

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Lawrence of Morocco

Lawrence of Morocco Ltd, based in London the father and son team have between them over 60 years of experience of working in the country, creating and organising beautifully crafted itineraries which cover the entire country including the green north with the Rif Mountains, Fes, Marrakech the Atlantic coast, the Atlas mountains and of course the mysterious Sahara desert. Lawrence of Morocco is the only company who can boast not only knowing the country, its languages and its people intimately but also having lived for over a decade in Marrakech makes Max Lawrence a true specialist. To learn more about them, visit their website lawrenceofmorocco.com.

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Leigh Vincola

Leigh Vincola is a writer, traveler, foodie and sometimes yogi from Boston, Massachusetts living in Puglia, Italy. She is enchanted by finding the freshest food from the most interesting locals and taking the time to enjoy it. Leigh is deeply concerned about trajectory of poor health in America (while the rest of the world follows) and feels there is a lot to be learned from every day life in the Mediterranean and other parts of the world where food is an integral part of the lifestyle. As a coach or personal cartographer, Leigh is creating various wellness retreats in order to help people map out how to attain their goals in beautiful, uninterrupted settings. allunfoldings.wordpress.com.

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Mandy Sinclair

Mandy Sinclair is a Marrakech-based writer and guest house manager. She is inspired by the sights and sounds and addicted to the hustle and bustle of the Red City. Follow her adventures at whymorocco.com and @MandyinMorocco.

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Nimco Mahumud-Hassan

Nimco Mahumud-Hassan was born in Hargeisa, Somalia. She moved to Alexandria, Egypt, at the age of twelve and from there to London, where she obtained an education at Lewisham College and the School of Oriental and African Studies. She worked at the Race Equality Unity where she translated a manual for child development into Somali. Nimco has published articles in the Weekly Journal, New African, Index on Censorship, Bidoun and Transition. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Quentin Bacon

As if this photograph of a pleasant, handsome man with boundless energy kneeling next to our President’s dog (White House as backdrop) doesn’t say enough. This venerable NYC based Australian photographer has shot for everyone (Vogue, New York Magazine, William Sonoma, Mario Batali, Ina Gardner, and on and on…). On his own website Quentin expresses such gratitude for the privilege to play with an obsession everyday. He has set a very high bar for our new venture. I will continue to ask myself, how he ended up in Marrakech with me, or should I say, I ended up there with Quentin.

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Suzanne Cope

Suzanne Cope is a writer inspired by food, travel and the personal stories of the people she meets. Author of the memoir Locavore in the City (Michigan State University Press, 2013), she seeks the local food culture wherever she travels. Suzanne also earned her Ph.D. in creative nonfiction pedagogy and is a writing professor. You may follow her at
locavoreinthecity.com and on twitter @locavoreincity.

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Contributors

Ana Sortun

Cited as one of the country’s “best creative fusion practitioners,” Seattle-born Ana Sortun graduated from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine de Paris before opening Moncef Medeb’s Aigo Bistro in Concord, Massachusetts, in the early 1990s. Following stints at 8 Holyoke and Casablanca in Harvard Square, she opened Oleana in 2001, immediately drawing raves for dishes that The New York Times described as “rustic-traditional and deeply inventive.” Awarded the “Best Chef: Northeast” honor by the James Beard Foundation in 2005, her cookbook, SPICE: Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean, was published in 2006 and has become a best-seller. Her husband’s farm, Siena Farms, provides Sortun’s restaurant with all of its fresh produce and is named after their daughter. Her most recent undertaking has been Sofra Bakery & Café in Cambridge, which offers a unique style of foods and baked goods influenced mostly by the countries of Turkey, Lebanon, and Greece. oleanarestaurant.com

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Catherine Bourassa-Hébert

Cat is a French-speaking artist from Montreal who is currently based in Boston. Her aesthetic research focuses on the interactions between textures, shapes and colors. To pursue this, she mainly employs the mediums of acrylic painting and screen-printing, and more recently small sculptures in the form of jewelry. She uses different pseudonyms to go along with her various artistic projects. Yukineko relates to her upcycled jewelry that combines vintage and new materials and found objects resulting in contemporary products. yukineko.etsy.com

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Dana Weinroth

Originally from Philadelphia, Dana Weinroth grew up surrounded by very stylish family members who did not understand her interest in vintage clothing. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Dana's love of fashion brought her to New York where she has been working in fashion design for nearly 12 years. She also studies landscape design at the New York Botanical Garden. Dana lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, Noel, a graphic designer and their cat Winston, a foodie.

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Danielle Donker

Danielle Donker grew up in The Netherlands in a house furnished with Persian carpets, Indian woodcrafts and all sorts of curious antiquities that her mother searched for at markets far and closer to home. After several trips to Morocco as an adult, she fell in love with the country and decided to stay. Soon thereafter she met her partner - a Dutch man already living in Morocco and learning to speak Arabic. They now live in the Ourika Valley and together run the boutique guesthouse Dar Zohra, designed and built by her husband. You may read about her adventures at beyondmarrakech.blogspot.com.

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Evelyn J. Kim

Evelyn J. Kim is a food and sustainability writer for the blog Edo Ergo Sum and has written for Civil Eats, Food Safety News and Smithsonian’s Food and Think. You can follow her on Twitter at @EdoErgoSum or on Facebook.

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James Bainbridge

James Bainbridge, the senior author of the new Lonely Planet guide to Morocco, is a travel writer and journalist with a dozen Moroccan stamps in his passport. You can read his travel articles and buy the Lonely Planet Morocco guide at jamesbainbridge.net.

Read more Read more

Kristen Walther

Kristen Walther is an artist, a photographer and a painter. She loves anything that’s out of the ordinary, colorful, textural, vintage and just plain cool. She says, "Traveling is something that I thrive on. Experiencing the new and different is what drives me. I’ve traveled to places such as London, Montreal, the Caribbean, various parts of Spain and most recently Morocco. Getting the chance to go to Marrakech to assist the amazing photographer, Quentin Bacon, and work with Kay on her project was an experience that I’m so grateful to have had. Marrakech is a beautiful city with many great scents, sounds, food, textures and colors. It is so inspiring and I cannot wait to go back!" You may view her work at kristenwaltherphotography.com.

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Lawrence of Morocco

Lawrence of Morocco Ltd, based in London the father and son team have between them over 60 years of experience of working in the country, creating and organising beautifully crafted itineraries which cover the entire country including the green north with the Rif Mountains, Fes, Marrakech the Atlantic coast, the Atlas mountains and of course the mysterious Sahara desert. Lawrence of Morocco is the only company who can boast not only knowing the country, its languages and its people intimately but also having lived for over a decade in Marrakech makes Max Lawrence a true specialist. To learn more about them, visit their website lawrenceofmorocco.com.

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Leigh Vincola

Leigh Vincola is a writer, traveler, foodie and sometimes yogi from Boston, Massachusetts living in Puglia, Italy. She is enchanted by finding the freshest food from the most interesting locals and taking the time to enjoy it. Leigh is deeply concerned about trajectory of poor health in America (while the rest of the world follows) and feels there is a lot to be learned from every day life in the Mediterranean and other parts of the world where food is an integral part of the lifestyle. As a coach or personal cartographer, Leigh is creating various wellness retreats in order to help people map out how to attain their goals in beautiful, uninterrupted settings. allunfoldings.wordpress.com.

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Mandy Sinclair

Mandy Sinclair is a Marrakech-based writer and guest house manager. She is inspired by the sights and sounds and addicted to the hustle and bustle of the Red City. Follow her adventures at whymorocco.com and @MandyinMorocco.

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Nimco Mahumud-Hassan

Nimco Mahumud-Hassan was born in Hargeisa, Somalia. She moved to Alexandria, Egypt, at the age of twelve and from there to London, where she obtained an education at Lewisham College and the School of Oriental and African Studies. She worked at the Race Equality Unity where she translated a manual for child development into Somali. Nimco has published articles in the Weekly Journal, New African, Index on Censorship, Bidoun and Transition. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Quentin Bacon

As if this photograph of a pleasant, handsome man with boundless energy kneeling next to our President’s dog (White House as backdrop) doesn’t say enough. This venerable NYC based Australian photographer has shot for everyone (Vogue, New York Magazine, William Sonoma, Mario Batali, Ina Gardner, and on and on…). On his own website Quentin expresses such gratitude for the privilege to play with an obsession everyday. He has set a very high bar for our new venture. I will continue to ask myself, how he ended up in Marrakech with me, or should I say, I ended up there with Quentin.

Read more Read more

Suzanne Cope

Suzanne Cope is a writer inspired by food, travel and the personal stories of the people she meets. Author of the memoir Locavore in the City (Michigan State University Press, 2013), she seeks the local food culture wherever she travels. Suzanne also earned her Ph.D. in creative nonfiction pedagogy and is a writing professor. You may follow her at
locavoreinthecity.com and on twitter @locavoreincity.

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