About the Author

Amanda McClements is a Washington, D.C.-based freelance writer. A native North Carolinian who counts herself in the "eastern" barbecue camp, she has cultivated her love of all things culinary by reviewing restaurants and reporting on food news and trends for various publications.

Her work has appeared in Food & Wine, Washingtonian, The Washington Post's Express, Roll Call, DC Modern Luxury, the Washington Business Journal's OnSite magazine, Food Service Monthly and Capitol File and on Daily Candy and AOL's City Guide.

She can be reached at amandamc@gmail.com.