A Sneak Peek of What Our New Community Editor Is Cooking Up

Let's bring back the Holiday Swap, shall we?

May 15, 2023
Photo by Mark Weinberg

After running a community-focused site for over a decade (RIP Brooklyn Based), it’s taken me some time to find a role where I really feel at home—until now. I’m beyond thrilled to be Food52’s first Community Editor, and I hope to be meeting as many of you Food52ers as possible in person and virtually over the next few months.

One of the things I love about Food52 is how dynamic it is; there are so many nooks and crannies of our community to dig into. Our recipes, of course, are brilliant and vast, and grow daily not just from our regular contributors and Residents, but also from members who contribute recipes to our site. I know I’m not the only one who appreciates our videos: Just take a look at the comments on Lucas Sin’s tutorials (“I can't believe I get to watch these videos for free!”) or Erin McDowell’s master classes on all things baking (“I have been on a mission to make a good crust for years and you've helped crack the code.”) And our Instagram and TikTok are some of the most delightful rabbit holes to fall into, in part because of the hilarious comments you post. (The thread on the April Fool’s “Cooked Water” post is priceless: “For those asking if store bought is okay—trust me, it tastes a lot better when you make it from scratch.”)

I also don’t know any other brand that develops products (hello, Five Two!) with input from its community. Or one filled with so many creative, accomplished cooks who are also so helpful to one another in the Hotline.

But we recognize that all the pieces of our community pie will work better when someone is at the ready to help field questions and address concerns. Going forward, you will see me chiming in regularly on the Hotline and in comments, planning and joining you at events in our new gorgeous space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, bringing back—and improving upon—beloved programs like the Holiday Swap, and introducing new series that we are still cooking up.

First and foremost, I am here to listen to you. If you have an idea for bringing the community closer, a suggestion for how to improve programs like Hotline or our recipe contests, or just to say hello, please reach out to me at [email protected]. I’d love to hear from you!

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Nicole Davis

Written by: Nicole Davis

Contributing Editor, Food52