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Yvonne Ayala McClellan
Works at Culinary Concepts Inc.
Attended University of Florida
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Celebrating American Craft Beer Week? Here is one option on Sanibel that might entice you. 
http://www.news-press.com/story/life/food/2014/05/13/celebrate-american-craft-beer-week-at-matzaluna-italian-restaurant/9037885/
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Get a sneak peek in the fridge of Brian Benson, an up and comer in Naples who works as an associate with Insurance Management Consultants, but who has a palate for craft beers and Bloody Mary's and paleo-friendly foods. http://www.news-press.com/videonetwork/3360393477001
What's In Your Fridge? There's healthy eats, craft beers, pickled accoutrements and more in Brian C. Benson's fridge. He's an associate with with IMC in Naples. By Yvonne Ayal...
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Yes, they've done it. It's one of those arcade machines with a giant claw, but instead of catching toys it catches lobsters. I saw this when I was eating out at The Clam Bake in south Fort Myers with my folks this weekend. One guy and his friend went for three lobsters caught all three lobsters. One of them had a $20 bill click to the claw, so at the end of it all they were only out two dollars! 
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An amazing marketing idea... and also rewarding to the clients. 
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I went to The Prawnbroker restaurant in Fort Myers yesterday to shoot a photo for a story running in tomorrow's News-Press about summer wines. It'll talk about wine specials in #swfl and what's cool to sip while you try to keep cool this summer. Andrea Nardello was sweet enough to me snap her picture. Check out my story this Wednesday at news-press.com in our Taste section.
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Look at all the sauces! So excited about my next "What's in your fridge?" video for The News-Press. Check it out in next Wednesday's NPtaste. And keep an eye out for a companion video on Said person's collection of spice runs. I just couldn't resist!
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Getting some huevos rancheros after church and might swing by the Pine Ridge Farmers Market after. 
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Want to try to make this... wonder if you can replace it with kale. 
 
This Swiss Chard and Mushroom Galette is like a pizza...only better.

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/swiss-chard-and-mushroom-galette
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Dined at Fat Katz sports bistro in Fort Myers with friends for my birthday dinner. Celebrated with family the week before at grandma's house. Loved both! Eating With loved ones is the best gift ever.
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Yes, they've done it. It's one of those arcade machines with a giant claw, but instead of catching toys it catches lobsters. I saw this when I was eating out at The Clam Bake in south Fort Myers with my folks this weekend. One guy and his friend went for three lobsters caught all three lobsters. One of them had a $20 bill click to the claw, so at the end of it all they were only out two dollars! 
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What! My neighborhood (Estero) and SWFL gets its first Fortune 500 company - Hertz! We will be is official worldwide headquarters! http://www.news-press.com/article/20130507/BUSINESS/305080006/Hertz-coming-Lee-County
The business reporters must be having a blast with this!
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Love Buckingham eats at The Hut restaurant? Dines might need to wait a while. The restaurant closed after its chef walked out. 
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Love Buckingham eats at The Hut restaurant? Diners might need to wait a while. The restaurant is searching for a new chef. 
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Work
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Media Coordinator
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  • Culinary Concepts Inc.
    Media Coordinator, 2015 - present
    I coordinate print and social media initiatives, social media marketing campaigns, write for our in-house newsletter, manage our brand image on review sites and assist with community outreach and grass roots marketing efforts.
  • The News-Press Media Group/Gannett
    food and business reporter, 2010 - 2015
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Female
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Friends, Networking
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Avid writer, prolific reader, veggie gardener, thrifty shopper, amateur chef and public relations and marketing devotee. Want to write about our restaurants? Contact me at ymcclellan@gr8food.net.
Introduction
I want to tell you all about fantastic foods and that starts with Culinary Concepts! Now my employer, this local restaurant group based in Southwest Florida, serves some of my favorite food around town and everyone should try it. 

We operate Chops City Grill, Pazzo! Cucina Italiana, Yabba Island Grill and Blue Water Bistro!

Previously, I worked as a food writer for The News-Press Media Group in Southwest Florida, which means I'm the kind of person who goes window shopping at Fresh Market or the Skinny Pantry or Sur La Table or Williams Sonoma.

I started at the News-Press in the spring of 2010 as a business reporter.
I studied journalism at the University of Florida, with a focus on multimedia, but have always had a passion for food...

As a little girl I remember my Cuban grandmother's papaya milk shakes, her frijoles colorado and the way she whipped up egg whites and cooked them over a flame on her gas stove to make meringue.

In college, my food interests manifested in other ways. I focused my research on media coverage of local and organic foods and things like guerrilla gardening. I'd invite friends and neighbors over for elaborate dinners and potlucks. In graduate school, I got a plot at the local community garden and grew everything from swiss chard and kale to watermelon and butternut squash.

For my undergraduate studies, I spent five months in Paris with short trips to Avignon, St. Paul de Vence, Nice, and Normandy. I also traveled to Madrid, Barcelona, La Costa Brava, London, and Venice. Whether my stop was in the Marais in Paris or in Madrid, my personal travels were built around the food, sampling regional dishes such as sopa de caracol, a soup with snails cooked in a mint broth, or paella Valenciana and champagne sangria on La Costa Brava. I ate at the oldest restaurant in the world, El Sobrino de Botin in Madrid, and at a restaurant in Barcelona where chefs in training serve their best.
For our honeymoon, my husband, Jordan, and I embarked on a month-long exploration of foods and gardens and estates at various cities along the eastern U.S. from Naples, Florida to Bar Harbor, Maine. Some of the highlights: seeing Thomas Jefferson's gardens at Monticello and buying heirloom seeds, picking wild blueberries and making blueberry pancakes in New Hampshire with friends, and enjoying a lobster boil on the pebble beaches of Eggemoggin Reach in Maine.
Education
  • University of Florida
    English, 2002 - 2007
  • University of Florida
    Journalism, 2008 - 2010
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