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Corie Brown is co-founder and general manager of Zester Media, a cooperative business organizing, supporting and connecting food and drink writers with audiences. A former editor and writer with the Los Angeles Times, Corie was West Coast entertainment correspondent with Newsweek and a columnist for Premiere Magazine. On staff with BusinessWeek in Boston and other McGraw-Hill publications in New York City and Washington, D.C., she has written about energy, the environment and healthcare.

Corie contributes to Fast Company and other publications. In cooperation with Entrepreneur Media, Zester Media recently released “Start Your Own Microbrewery, Distillery or Cidery,” a book for which Corie was lead reporter and writer.

Corie received the 2008 University of Missouri Lifestyle Award for her article about climate change and wine, “A Scorching Future.” In 2006, she won both first and second prize for news reporting from the Association of Food Journalists. Corie was awarded a fellowship by the Foreign Press Center of Japan and worked in Japan in June 2010, during which she wrote a story on Koshu wine for the New York Times later republished in "The New York Times Book of Wine."

Corie is a member of the board of overseers of Chefs Collaborative, a leading nonprofit inspiring, educating, and celebrating chefs and food professionals building a better food system.

Corie can be reached at cor[email protected]

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Dark and Stormy rum cocktail at Crystal Cove. Credit: Chris Fager

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A scene from "Chef" with Emjay Anthony, left, and Jon Favreau. Credit: Open Road Films

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Adele Yellin, Grand Central Market owner, left, with Lydia Clarke, one of the owners of DTLA Cheese. Credit: David Crane

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New growth on an old vine from "The New California Wine." Credit: Courtesy of Ten Speed Press

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