Pleased to meet you.
I'm a longtime food, drinks, and features writer who is as comfortable writing about road trips to rural Quebec, oyster farming, or haunted bars as I am about supply-chain snags or black-market beer. I move fluidly between between visual storytelling, blogging, criticism, and long-form narrative, and most recently I worked as a dining critic and drinks columnist at Newsday. I've been a restaurant critic and food-and-ag columnist in New England, a region I'm deeply familiar with. I'm also an accidental expert, speaker, and author on colonial-era drinking. I hold an BA in journalism from the University of Arizona, an MFA in nonfiction writing from Goucher College, and a WSET 3 certification from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.
how i work
I easily see patterns and anomalies, which helps me spot trends as they take shape. I can usually get strangers to open up about things they might not normally share, can slip in and out of spaces relatively unnoticed, and have a hypersensitive palate —which terrorized me as a kid but has become a present-day superpower.
what I love
Tacos, bubbles, oysters, road trips, hidden places, snow, raw fish, cab franc, cooking for friends, connecting dots, and talking to strangers.
what I avoid
Celery, artificial sweeteners, and apathy.
I love to tell stories
I can cut to the chase with minimal fuss, but am especially adept at longer narratives that hook readers with a surprising angles or hidden backstories. Food, drinks, farming, travel, profiles, and trendspotting are my wheelhouses. I'm also a data wrangler-slash-infographic designer, and ghost write on occasion.
How to get in touch
Whether you're a founder or editor who landed here because of a pitch, or just passing through, thanks for reading. If you have questions or queries, email me at corinhirsch [at] mac . com or fill out the form at the bottom of the page. Thanks!