Gail Bellamy author poet food writer radio & podcast host Thu, 10 Jan 2013 03:49:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cleveland Christmas Memories by Gail Ghetia Bellamy Thu, 10 Jan 2013 03:32:56 +0000

Cleveland Christmas Memories

(Gray & Company, Publishers, Cleveland, OH, 2012)


Media mentions and reviewers who said nice things about Cleveland Christmas Memories

The Plain Dealer
News Herald
Akron Beacon Journal
WKYC Channel 3 TV
WVIZ/PBS IdeaStream
WMJI 105.7-FM
Record Courier
Cleveland Magazine
WKSU 89.7 FM
Canton Repository
Cleveland Classic Media
Stacy’s Books Blog

The Vegetable Storybook Mon, 10 Dec 2012 03:43:53 +0000

The Vegetable Story Book

The Vegetable Storybook by Vicki Draeger and Gail Bellamy with Illustrations by Jenny Campbell

(Keiki O Ka Aina Press, Honolulu, HI, 2009)

The Vegetable Storybook received a “Best in the U.S.” Gourmand World Cookbook Award in 2010, with honors in the “Best Cookbook Illustrations” category. The book is illustrated by syndicated cartoonist Jenny Campbell.


Reviewers and media who had nice things to say about The Vegetable Storybook

Food Management magazine

Maui News



Poetry Videos Mon, 18 Jan 2010 12:01:24 +0000 Visit to view video poems (poems as screenplays).

Gail Bellamy Mon, 18 Jan 2010 08:37:53 +0000 gail-on-bus-w-credit_small
What’s New 2013:

January 2013: Presenting on Food Writing and Poetry at the Aloha Writers’ Conference, Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Maui on January 18-21. Visit for details.

November 2012: My second nostalgia book, Cleveland Christmas Memories, was published by Gray & Co. Look for Cleveland Christmas Memories on Facebook.

October 2012: My poem, “Ode to My Favorite Coat,” was featured in the inaugural issue of Great Lakes Review which publishes fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry from Toronto, Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Buffalo and the rest of the Great Lakes region.

January 2011: The Vegetable Storybook wins a 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award “Best in the U.S.– Cookbook Illustrations”

November 2010: Elected to the board of the International Foodservice Editorial Council

October 2010: Interviewed on the FoodChannel Pro

July 2010: Poetry video “Tarantulas” shown at Music and Movies Under the Stars in Cleveland Heights, OH

May 2010: Appearance with co-author Vicki Draeger at Borders Maui to promote The Vegetable Storybook

• April 2010: Poetography project launched (visit

• March 2010: Appointed to second term as City of Cleveland Hts. Poet Laureate

• January 2010: Creative Workforce Fellowship recipient

Radio & Podcasts Fri, 10 Apr 2009 19:28:15 +0000 Gail Bellamy, host of Dinner Plans Radio.  Photo by Stephen Bellamy

Gail Bellamy, host of Dinner Plans Radio. Photo by Stephen Bellamy

Radio: Dinner Plans Radio host Gail Bellamy talks with cookbook authors and chefs in an hour-long program produced by Lake Effect Radio in Cleveland. The program is heard on 1330 AM WELW, Mondays at 4 p.m. Marianne Frantz of the Cleveland Wine School is the Dinner Plans Sommelier.

Podcasts: Food scenes in the movies are the tasty subject when Food & Flicks host Gail Bellamy talks with food experts from around the country. Produced by Lake Effect Radio in Cleveland.

What Do Food Writers Do? Fri, 10 Apr 2009 19:22:08 +0000 Gail Bellamy, speaker at the Fabulous Food Show, Cleveland, 2008.   Photos by Stephen Bellamy

Gail Bellamy, speaker at the Fabulous Food Show, Cleveland, 2008. Photos by Stephen Bellamy

I’ve eaten onion chocolate chip cookies, cocoa mashed potatoes and prune brownies, lapped up jalapeno ice cream and been presented with bacon lollipops. I’ve been paid to taste big blobs of butter, judge sweet potato recipe contests and chocolate competitions, have dipped my spoon into sea urchins in Paris, eaten orange-flavored lentils at a monastery in Greece, and attended a dinner in Japan where chicken feet were on the menu. I’ve had breakfast with Julia Child, brunch with Wolfgang Puck and drinks at dinner with Robert Mondavi.  I’ve been peed on by dairy cows, nipped by a llama, and fell off  my barstool on a Brazilian beach, all in the line of duty. I am a food writer.

Publications Where My Food or Beverage Writing Has Appeared

Restaurant Hospitality Magazine
Tampa Magazine
Tableware Today Magazine
The Plain Dealer
Northern Ohio Live
Nightclub & Bar
Cooking with Restaurant Hospitality
Cleveland Magazine
Cleveland Edition
Cleveland Free Times
Chagrin Valley Times
Feast! Magazine
America Online Food & Drink Network

Books Where My Food Writing Has Appeared

Fodor’s Wall Street Journal Guides to Business Travel in the U.S. and Canada (Random House, 1991)
Bergh’s Jahrbuch der Gastronomie: Alles Uber Essen und Trinken (Ein Kundig & Bergh-Buch, Switzerland, 1992)
Food Writers’ Favorites: Grilling (Dial  Publishing, 1995)
Paul Wallach’s Dining Out With Style (Guide Publications, 1997)
Dick Goddard’s Almanac for Northeast Ohio (Gray & Co., 2004)

Food Writing Bio Fri, 10 Apr 2009 19:20:46 +0000 Gail Bellamy is the author of Cleveland Food Memories, published by Gray & Co., Cleveland.

Gail Bellamy is the author of Cleveland Food Memories, published by Gray & Co., Cleveland.

Gail Bellamy, Ph.D., CCP is Executive Food Editor of Restaurant Hospitality magazine ( and contributing editor for Tableware Today magazine ( An award-winning journalist, she also hosts an hour-long radio program, “Dinner Plans with Gail Bellamy,” ( which airs on 1330 AM WELW in the Cleveland area.  She previously had her own section on AOL’s Food & Drink Network, “Gail Bellamy On Dining Out,” and recently appeared as a food historian on The Food Network series, “Titans of Taste,” and as a food expert in the PBS documentary (WVIZ-TV Cleveland) “And Then We Ate.”

Her freelance work has appeared in more than 80 magazines, ranging from Rolling Stone and Cosmopolitan to  Tampa Magazine and New Mexico Humanities Review.

Gail is a Certified Culinary Professional, having earned her certification through the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). In addition to IACP (, she belongs to the James Beard Foundation ( and served as a judge for the 2008 and 2009 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards. She is past-president of The International Foodservice Editorial Council (IFEC) ( ) , which awarded her the Betty Bastion Outstanding Service Award in 2005. In addition, she is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists ( and The Press Club of Cleveland (  She currently serves on the professional development committee of IFEC, the National Advisory Council of the Soy For Life Foundation, and the Culinary Arts Institute Advisory Board/ Mississippi University for Women. Gail also has served as a member of the Cleveland Clinic Press Editorial Advisory Board, and has been an adjunct at Ursuline College in Ohio and SUNY Empire State College in New York.

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Arugula Fri, 10 Apr 2009 19:03:52 +0000 When I encounter arugula
dressed in the company of tender leaves
on a white salad plate in a restaurant

it reminds me of those street-tough spiky greens
that grow up along the railroad tracks
and between pavement cracks
on urban basketball courts,
those prickly resilient greens
that lurk behind condemned buildings
or jab their way up through gravel,
refusing to be trampled,
held back by chain link fences,
smoked out
or otherwise suffocated.

By the time arugula arrives at the restaurant
it isn’t just a punk in a dinner jacket
escorting the debutante:
Arugula owns the place.

© Gail Ghetia Bellamy, Victual Reality, 2000

Media Mentions of Victual Reality Fri, 10 Apr 2009 19:00:38 +0000 victual-reality

“Cleveland Heights Poet Sets a Tableau Filled With Food:  There are food mysteries and novels about food. Cookbooks abound. Folklore, religion, science and history studies have joined the burgeoning number of books about food. So why not a book of poetry where food takes center stage? Gail Ghetia Bellamy of Cleveland Heights wondered the same thing.  The result is ‘Victual Reality,’ a modest 27-page collection of poetry in which food and gastronomic allusions are the unifying theme.” —Joe Crea, The Plain Dealer.

“Gail Bellamy is the managing editor of Restaurant Hospitality magazine and author of ‘Victual Reality: Food Poems.’ She and Karen Bonaudi, a Washington poet and potato promoter, held forth on the history and recent trends of pairing poetry with food—from restaurants promoting poetry dinners to the intoxicatingly rhythmic language of menus themselves. ‘Food is a common denominator,’ Bellamy said. ‘It’s a link to our ethnic identities. We eat in ways that express ourselves. It’s the same with writing.’:—Ed Murrieta, Ed’s Diner, Art of Words and Food, The News Tribune, Tacoma, WA, March 2006

Sample Poem from Victual Reality


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Huh? What are Food Poems? Fri, 10 Apr 2009 18:59:10 +0000 Food poetry can be defined as poetry that is interwoven with the everyday experience of eating and cooking, or that reflects the meaning of what is eaten.

Expressions of food in poetry are important in two ways. First, they document and preserve the food attitudes of a particular era. History has shown us that food ideas can survive through literature. Also, food serves to further the theme of a poem, because its images are universal ones.
—© Gail Ghetia Bellamy, The Pen and the Fork, 2000