Sam’s Professional Experience

Food and Wine Journalist, 1982-present

  • Contributing Editor, Wine Spectator, In the Kitchen with Sam (formerly Tastes) Columnist, 1996 – present, Contributing Writer, 1993 – present
  • Specialty Food (formerly Showcase) magazine, Wine Columnist, 1998-2005
  • Star Ledger, Newark, NJ, Wine and Spirits Columnist, 1995 -1998.
  • San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, CA, Food Editor, 1988-1994
  • Phila. Daily News: Restaurant Critic, 1986-88/ Nightlife columnist 1988/Features Writer, 1983-88
  • Contributor to The New York Times, Cooking Light, and Cigar Aficionado
  • Founding Food Editor, ICNN, Microsoft’s on-line food network 1994-1995

Cookbook Author

  • Low-Fat Cooking to Beat the Clock, (Chronicle, 2000)
  • Cooking to Beat the Clock, (Chronicle,1998)
  • Co-author, Eat Fresh, Stay Healthy, Macmillan,1997)
  • Co-author, Matthew Kenney’s Mediterranean Cooking, (Chronicle,1997)

Consulting and Spokesperson

  • Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch
  • Bush’s Beans
  • Wine Market Council
  • American Veal Association
  • Appleton Rum


  • Judge, Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Auckland, NZ
  • Judge, CatadOr CMB Wine Awards, Montevideo, UR
  • Moderator, Fancy Food Show wine seminars, Chicago
  • Instructor/Speaker, Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, Napa, CA
  • Instructor, Sicilian Wines and Cheeses, Artisanal Cheese Center, New York
  • Speaker/Moderator, American Institute of Wine & Food National Conference, Miami


  • A Chef’s Table, WHYY-FM, Philadelphia, PA (nationally syndicated.) Regular contributor, 2001 to 2003
  • The Restaurant Guys, WCTC-AM, Central New Jersey
  • Time Out For Fine Wine, WRTI-FM, Philadelphia
  • The Produce Pair, Universal Talk Network, San Francisco
  • On the Town with John McNulty, WNWR-AM, Philadelphia
  • The Wine & Dine Radio Show, WTKF-FM, Morehead City, NC
  • The Happy Cook, WREL-AM, Lexington, VA
  • Food Schmooze, Connecticut Public Radio
  • Poor Man’s Kitchen, KOMO-AM, Seattle, WA
  • Food and Travel Radio, KABL-AM, San Francisco
  • Weekend Edition-Saturday, National Public Radio
  • In the Kitchen with Harvey, KNBR-AM, San Francisco (substitute host, 1991-1994)
  • In the Kitchen with Narsai, KCBS-AM, San Francisco (substitute host, 1990)
  • CFUN’s Best of Food & Wine, CFUN-AM, Vancouver, BC
  • Everyday Kitchen, Talk-America Radio
  • What’s Kookin’ with the Baker, WHYL-AM Harrisburg Pa
  • Food & Wine Radio Network, Tucson, AZ
  • A La Carte, WDET-FM, Detroit, MI
  • Food Bites, WNAH-AM, Nashville, TN
  • Arthur Schwartz with Food Talk, WOR-AM, New York
  • Food and Restaurant Reports, Bloomberg Radio (Peter Elliott), New York


  • Satellite Television Tour for two books
  • Your Morning on CN8, Comcast Network
  • New York 1
  • “Home Matters,” Discovery Channel
  • “Simplify Your Life,” Fine Living Network
  • QVC
  • Good Eating CLTV, Chicago
  • TV Food Network
  • “Amy Coleman’s Home Cooking,” Public Television
  • Numerous local programs including Good Day Oregon, KPPV-TV, Portland, OR and AM Buffalo, WKBW-TV, Buffalo, NY

Cooking Classes

  • Crystal Cruises, guest chef and culinary instructor
  • Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, guest chef and culinary instructor
  • The Cooking Cottage, Sellersville, PA
  • Mt. Airy Learning Tree, Philadelphia
  • Learning Studio, Langhorne, PA
  • King’s Cooking Studio, various locations in New Jersey and New York
  • Temple University Center City Campus, Philadelphia
  • Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia
  • The Restaurant School, Philadelphia
  • Kitchen Kapers, Moorestown, NJ, Philadelphia
  • Gerhard’s, Glenside, PA
  • Tops Cooking School, Buffalo, NY
  • Whitemarsh Community Arts Center, Lafayette Hill, PA

Public Appearances and Public Speaking

  • The Book & the Cook, Philadelphia, 2000-2004
  • Barnes & Noble Bookstores, Philadelphia area, New York
  • Borders Bookstores, Philadelphia area
  • Speaker/Moderator, International Association of Culinary Professionals Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, Seattle, WA
  • Speaker, International Association of Culinary Professionals Annual Conference, Minneapolis
  • Speaker/Moderator, Association of Food Journalists Annual Conference, New York
  • Judge, Annual Oyster Competition, Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington, D.C.
  • Master of Ceremonies, Gilroy Garlic Festival Cooking Competition, Gilroy, CA

Restaurants and Hotels

  • Chef and Manager, Avanti & Vincenzo’s Restaurants, Philadelphia, 1976-78
  • Hotel Food and Beverage Director, Sheraton Hotels, Cherry Hill, NJ & Philadelphia, 1980-82


  • Finalist, IACP Cookbook Awards (“Low Fat Cooking to Beat the Clock”), 2001
  • Ten Best Cookbooks of 1999 (“Cooking to Beat the Clock”),
  • Nominee, James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards, Newspaper Feature Writing, 1997
  • Best Columnist, Association of Food Journalists, 1993; Runner-up, 1999
  • Finalist, Regularly Featured Supplement Category, Penney-Missouri Awards, 1992

Industry Volunteer Activities

  • American Institute of Wine and Food (Board Member, New York Chapter, 1998-2000)
  • International Association of Culinary Professionals, 1994-present
  • Association of Food Journalists, 1989-2007 (Treasurer, 1992 to 1994)
  • National Writers Union, 1996-present, (New York Grievance Officer, 1998)


  • Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY. Continuing education
  • The Restaurant School, Philadelphia. Completed certification program
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Bachelor of Arts

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