I’m Susie Davidson Powell.

Welcome to The Food Life.

About Our Host

Susie Davidson Powell, an award-winning food and drinks writer, has covered the dining scene of the Capital Region and Hudson Valley for a decade, and is the founder/creative director of The Dishing, a dining and hospitality guide focused on the stories behind the bar and the plate. As the long-time dining critic for the Albany Times Union, Susie’s restaurant reviews run weekly and her food and drink features have appeared in the Hudson Valley, Upstate, 518 and Women at Work magazines. She’s received several national awards for food criticism from the Society of Features Journalism and served as an invited James Beard Awards judge for New York State.

Born and raised near London, in the UK, Susie worked in Warsaw, Poland, the Greek island of Nisyros, and Speedway, Indianapolis, before moving to New York City where she kept her shoes in the oven and ate her way around Manhattan. As a research director, she traveled extensively across the U.S. sampling local foods from El Paso to L.A.  She has worked as a bartender, late night cocktail waitress and server in innumerable restaurants (an unbeatable education in human behavior). Susie moved to Columbia County, NY, in 2003 just as the farm-to-table scene was drawing city chefs upstate.

Susie’s dining, wine, cocktail and travel articles appear in Columbia Greene Media, Today Media and Hearst publications. Pre-pandemic she hosted DISH, a series of private wine tastings and pop up dinners in collaboration with Stone Fox Farm and she periodically offers online wine and spirit tastings for the Times Union. Her dining reviews run weekly and she is always search of good food. 🍽 

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A Look at the Marketing and Design Team

Lauren Rose

Director of Engagement

Juergen Klingenberg

Director of Creative & Design

Christine Smith

Director of Communications

Jenna Tucker

Director of Social Media and Deployment

Let's Meet our Production Team

Konrad Odhiambo

Professional Food and Wedding Photographer

Konrad’s award-winning wedding, food and cocktail photography has appeared in Capital Region Living, Saratoga Living, Albany Times Union, DoNorth magazine and Eater NYC. Konrad shoots cocktails and menus for independent restaurants, as well as GrubHub, Doordash, Slice and UberEats. He collaborates on restaurant film production with Matt Whalen Videography. Raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Konrad now lives in Troy, N.Y.

Matt Whalen

Professional Photographer and Videographer

An award-winning photographer and videographer serving the Capital Region, Matt’s work has been featured in The New York Times, ESPN, Albany Times Union, local news stations, and hundreds of businesses, including monthly drinks promotions for DeCrescente Distributing Co. Using his eye for creativity and skills in photography and video production, Matt adapted to the challenges of Covid-19 by partnering with local restaurants to create promotional videos to help increase visibility and traffic. Raised in Moscow, Russia, Matt now lives in Latham, NY.

Tyler Klingenberg

Professional Video Production & Editor
Tyler, being a valuable member of the production team, is a Master Degree graduate of Wake Forest University (NC) Sport Media and Story Telling program. This gives him the experience, passion and talent to plan the scenes and cuts from video to distribution.

David Lee

Professional Photographer and Editor
David has a passion for getting the best shot whether behind the camera or setting up the scene, he thrives for perfection. A with Masters Degree in Sports Media and Story telling from the Wake-Forest University his talent and insight helps make his tasks within the FoodLife come together.
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