Chef Kurt Michael Friese is the founding leader of Slow Food Iowa, serves on the Slow Food USA National Board of Directors, and is editor and publisher of Edible Iowa River Valley. A graduate and former Chef-Instructor at the New England Culinary Institute, he has been Chef and owner, with his wife Kim McWane Friese, of the Iowa City restaurant Devotay for 18 years. Friese is a freelance food writer and photographer as well, with regular columns in 6 local, regional and national newspapers and magazines, His first book, A Cook’s Journey: Slow Food in the Heartland was published in 2008 by Ice Cube Press, and Chasing Chiles was released by Chelsea Green in 2011.
Mary Reilly is currently the publisher and editor-in-chief of the quarterly Edible Pioneer Valley. She is wholly responsible for setting the editorial and creative direction for this publication focused on local food and those who produce it.
Before launching the magazine in 2014, she was the chef/owner of Enzo Restaurant & Bar. Mary, a self-taught chef, managed all aspects of the kitchen including all recipe development, hands-on cooking (including meat and fish butchery, and charcuterie, pastry, and pasta making programs) and training.
She’s a passionate “do-it-yourselfer” and loves culinary projects of all stripes, particularly cheese-making, butchery and baking.