Louisa Kasdon is a Boston based journalist with over 500 published articles on food, health, travel and business
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Louisa Kasdon is a Boston based-journalist who has written hundreds of articles and several books on food, business and health for national, regional, and international publications. Most recently, Kasdon was the food editor-at-large for The Boston Phoenix, and food editor for Stuff Magazine, She has written for Cooking Light, Boston Magazine, Fortune, Town & Country, MORE, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Boston Globe and Boston Globe Magazine, and has covered health and food issues globally in locations as diverse as Rwanda, Zambia and Senegal. She co-wrote and published the biography of the founder of the Canyon Ranch, is the winner of the M.F.K. Fisher Prize for Excellence in Culinary Writing and a charter contributor to the website ZesterDaily.com.
Kasdon has been active in organizing the Boston food community for more than a decade. Working in collaboration with the Boston Museum of Science, she founded Let’s Talk About Food in 2010, created a 200-plus state-wide restaurant event, Sunday Supper, after 9/11, and coordinate the restaurant and food community’s support for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s first Inaugural.
In the spirit of writing what one knows, before her career as a journalist began, Kasdon owned a chain of fast casual restaurants called Pommefrite in the Boston area. She says, “Opening and operating my own restaurants gave me a highly-defined respect for all the miracles necessary to create a great restaurant and a great dining experience.” Kasdon says her bridge back to sanity was writing about food and the restaurant and food business.
Prior to entering the food community in all of its various forms, Kasdon served as the Executive Director of Great Woods in Norton, Massachusetts and in 1995, she founded The Boston Festival, a month long, state-funded series of indoor and outdoor public events around Boston to create a winter tourism calendar.
She is a member of the Nutrition Roundtable at the Harvard School of Public Health, the president of the Northeast Chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier, and on the Board of Boston’s Le Cordon Bleu and the Cambridge Culinary Institute. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, M.I.T., and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.