Allyson Mace, Publisher/Founder
Allyson created and financed Sauce Magazine from her South City apartment 16 years ago to help elevate the culinary community she had worked in for many years prior to the inception of the magazine.
Allyson has always been fascinated by food and the publishing industry (her father was a lifelong multi-city newspaper publisher). While juggling multiple restaurant jobs, she developed an online magazine and restaurant guide in 1999. She launched Sauce in print in 2001. Since that time, the Sauce brand has evolved into several ancillary products that serve and elevate the food loving community in St. Louis.
In February 2010, Allyson became the sole owner of Sauce Magazine and all its respective trademarks under her company, Bent Mind Creative Group, LLC.
In June 2011, Allyson was named to the "Most Influential Women In Business" list by the St. Louis Business Journal. She was also selected to serve on the prestigious STL Women In Media Panel representing print media.
A native New Yorker, Allyson currently resides in the Delmar Loop area and has long since considered St. Louis her home. She is an alum of The University of Missouri, St. Louis. She is an avid photographer and a fan and supporter of the local arts community. She enjoys great wine, conversation and road trips in her 1966 Airstream with friends and her dog, Edie the French English bulldog.
Heather Hughes, Managing Editor
After five years of writing, editing and throwing elaborate dinner parties in Waco, Texas, Heather moved to St. Louis to become managing editor for print content of Sauce. She holds a master’s degree in English from Baylor University. Her interests include finding the best coffee in a new city, making fresh pasta and drinking beer at St. Louis’ finest reading group.
Catherine Klene, Managing Editor, Digital
Catherine manages Sauce's website and social media. She has worked as an editor and writer in St. Louis-area publishing since 2006 and holds bachelor’s degrees in mass communications and English literature from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is a native St. Louisan who's obsessed with the local restaurant and beer scene. She cannot go 24 hours without coffee.
Meera Nagarajan, Art Director
Meera began working at Sauce in 2008 and is responsible for the design of Sauce Magazine. She has a masters in journalism with an emphasis in magazine design from Mizzou and she has a habit of hoarding all kinds of magazines at her desk, in her car and in her home. She also loves to recreate dishes from her travels and is mildly devastated when they don’t work out. She lives in Creve Coeur with her husband and kitten.
Lauren Healey, Associate Editor
Lauren is associate editor at Sauce, but she also enjoys writing and taking photos for the website and print magazine. A St. Louis transplant, Lauren loves trying new local restaurants. In her free time, this 10-year journalism veteran is passionate about music, history, travel and attempting to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Matt Sorrell, Staff Writer
A native St. Louisan, Matt has written about the local culinary scene since the early 2000s and has been a bartender at places like Salt, Planter’s House and his own libation education company, Cocktails Are Go! He won the St. Louis Pierre Ferrand Cocktail Competition in 2016. When he’s not writing or imbibing, Matt hangs out with his wife, Beth, and their menagerie of dogs and cats. His interests include smoky scotches, Springsteen and plaids.
Adam Rothbarth, Staff Writer
Adam’s life revolves around a debilitating obsession with baking and eating breads, especially bagels and pizza. In addition to writing for Sauce, he has a masters in musicology and has contributed to Apple Music, Rolling Stone, Vice, Spin, and others. When not eating or writing, he can be found going to concerts, walking in Tower Grove park, or sitting on the patio at one of his favorite local bars.
Michelle Volansky, Senior Designer
Michelle is responsible for Sauce's ad production and internal creative projects like logo development and event marketing support. She is a graduate of the Illustration program at Missouri State University and spends her non-Sauce time on freelance illustration projects, painting her nails and day drinking. Michelle is starry-eyed at Sauce and wants to eat everything.
Amy Hyde, Events Coordinator and Listings Manager
When Amy isn’t wrangling food trucks for Sauce Magazine events, she can be found exploring her beloved St. Louis. There isn’t a dive bar or cash-only restaurant she doesn’t know and love. Throughout the years, in different capacities, she has been a part of planning the cities most popular events and believes her success stems from a deep love of her city.
Angie Rosenberg, Senior Sales Executive
Angie has been working at and with restaurants since 1987 and is the senior rep at Sauce and also the bossiest expo at Nicoletti's Steak and Pasta. In January 2018, Angie welcomed her first grandchild, Sammy, and she is obsessed with him and her two doxies. And before you have a chance to ask: She went to Parkway Central High. Angie is perhaps the pickiest eater on staff, but never turns down a good vodka.
Matt Bartosz, Account Executive
Born in Chicago but raised and educated in St. Louis, Matt has spent significant time in his adult life in both as a resident/scene maker and feels a duel citizenship between the two cities. In other words, he likes the Cardinals, Blues, Bears and Bulls, thin-crust pizza and Old Style. He has also sold media in both markets for more than 13 years, truly loves food and typically eats some every day.
Bea Doerr, Account Executive
Proudly returned back to my hometown in 2014 after being held hostage in Illinois and Iowa for 17 years. Proud Redbird, Illinois State University, graduate of Bachelor's in Arts and Sciences with a minor in photography. In a previous lifetime, I was a photojournalist for various publications and AP. Turned the next chapter to Marketing and Sales 4 years ago. I drag my husband to run half marathons only to eat, drink and be merry after finishing. Love a good old fashion any day of the week while sitting on our patio with our princess pouch, Tipsy.
Glenn Bardgett, wine writer
Glenn is wine director at Annie Gunn’s and The Smokehouse Market. He has been a member of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board for 30 years, taught at St. Louis Community College for 15 years and is a certified sommelier and specialist of wine who judges local, national and international competitions. Bardgett is also well known for his pants.
Matt Berkley, critic and writer
Matt has covered the good, the bad, and the downright ugly of St. Louis’ food and drink scene for more than 10 years. In addition to reviewing for Lunch Rush, Matt exercises his love for outdoor cooking with regular grilling recipe contributions. Matt has a master’s degree in history, an obsession with food books, a high regard for his cast-iron pan and a large backyard in University City where he chases his 2-year-old son and spends all the time he can barbecuing, smoking or grilling.
Megan Gilmore, proofreader
Megan Gilmore joined Sauce as proofreader in December 2016. She's a proud alum of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Go Cougars!) and Kent State University. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling and cooking with her husband.
Katie Herrera, beer writer
Minnesota born and raised, UW-Madison educated and St. Louis fine-tuned, Katie has worked around beer since 2005. She has evolved from a fast-paced, high-volume sports bartender with a thing for beer to an industry pro who understands the relationship between beer and consumer. With experience at International Tap House, Side Project Brewing and currently at Craft Republic and STLBarkeep, her goal is to get people excited about the culture surrounding craft beer and help them understand what they are enjoying in their glass.
Kellie Hynes, writer
Kellie Hynes holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, but vastly prefers eating cheese to crunching numbers. She taught herself to cook at the age of 30, and firmly believes any aspiring home cook can do the same if they're willing to make plenty of mistakes – and keep the fire extinguisher handy.
Ted and Jamie Kilgore, drink writers
Ted and Jamie have spent the last 20 years working as bartenders, spirit/cocktail consultants and currently own and operate two bars, Planter's House and Small Change. Jamie is Bar Smarts Advanced Certified, and Ted holds a BAR Ready Certification from Beverage Alcohol Resource. When not traveling the world, eating drinking or working the couple enjoys hanging out with their two Boston Terriers, Romeo and Matilda.
Kevin Korinek, writer
Kevin is a freelance journalist and photographer with a passion for Nashville hot chicken, craft beer and making homemade pie. You can usually find him on the weekends, flying kites in the park or rummaging vinyl sales for old jazz records.
Michael Renner, critic and writer
Michael started eating at birth and hasn't stopped since. In between, he’s waited tables, tossed pizza dough and even wore a tuxedo and tastevin while working as a sommelier during grad school. He’s written about jazz, food and restaurants for national and local publications. He started writing for Sauce in 2006, and since 2008, he has been its restaurant reviewer. True to most of his life ambitions, he tied for second place in the Association of Food Journalist’s Best Restaurant Criticism category. As a side gig, he has a day job.
Dee Ryan, writer
Dee has contributed to Sauce Magazine for more than a decade. While not formally trained, she has spent time in a number of professional kitchens, including The Lettuce Leaf, Great Harvest Bread Company, Zinnia and Local Harvest Cafe. Dee’s passion is creating simple, flavorful dishes that anyone can make. Dee works for Avoca Consulting Group as an executive recruiter. She lives in Webster Groves with her husband (the best English teacher and an amazing author), two brilliant daughters and their dog, Effie, all of whom are all very well fed.
Amrita Song, writer
Amrita is the author of the blog, A Song in Motion. She has a passion for photographing food, as well as eating it. Her love for food stems from its ability to bring cultures together and from how good it feels to enjoy a delicious meal. She cooks often for her husband and toddler, she and loves putting together creative riffs on recipes to share with all of you.
Stephanie Zeilenga, critic
Stephanie Zeilenga has written about the local food scene for nearly five years. She’ll eat and drink (almost) anything, but she has a serious weakness for tacos, Thai food and a stiff whiskey cocktail. In her free time, she loves to try new recipes, bake bread and read about wine. On Saturdays in the summer, you can find her at the Tower Grove Farmers Market, obsessing over tomatoes or drinking a glass of rosé on a patio.
Jonathan Gayman, photographer
Jonathan is a commercial and editorial photographer with a focus on food, beverage and product photography. His keen eye for light and composition fuel thoughtful and inspired photography, whether he is shooting in St. Louis, Chicago, New York or around the country. Jonathan grew up in Pennsylvania, then spent a decade in New York City before moving to St. Louis in 2010 with his wife, Christina. An avid cook, Jonathan loves the STL food scene (but will never be on board with St. Louis-style pizza).
Ashley Gieseking, photographer
Ashley is a still life and portrait photographer with an affinity for the details. When she isn’t photographing chefs and industry professionals for Sauce, she can usually be found in the studio, shooting ad campaigns and hovering over a set with tweezers.
Izaiah Johnson, photographer
Izaiah is a local photographer, photo-retoucher and a failed plant whisperer. He is a Webster University graduate with a degree in photography. He loves to work on shoots that reflect his personality — fun, exciting and fun. Izaiah mainly works in commercial and editorial photography, but he loves to create fine art, as well. You can usually catch Izaiah hanging at his favorite coffee shop, Rise Coffee.
David Kovaluk, photographer
David Kovaluk is a visual artist living in St. Louis. He has a Bachelor's degree in photography from Webster University, and he currently works for St. Louis Public Radio as its creative everyman. The result is a mashup of graphic design, web design, photography and any other visual design challenges they throw at him. David is also a freelance designer and photographer. David is decidedly a cat person, loves a good DIY project, collects vintage cameras and lenses, and believes fluorite is the most beautiful mineral.
Vidhya Nagarajan, illustrator
Vidhya is an illustrator from St. Louis. Some of her clients include Google, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek, among others; and her work has been recognized by the American Illustration, 3x3 and communication arts. Her favorite food is pizza. She is probably eating some right now.
Greg Rannells, photographer
In high school, Greg was voted Most Versatile by his class, an accolade he found rather amusing at the time. But since graduating college with a business degree, he's driven asphalt trucks, set dynamite and worked in surgery; he's been a disc jockey, a fashion photographer, and laser salesman; he's a bookbinder, a graphic designer, beekeeper, gardener, world traveler, cookbook judge for the International Association of Culinary Professionals and an award-winning food photographer. Recently he’s fixated on Thai and Lao food and fermentation. He always has something bubbling away on his kitchen counter. He's always busy and always interested in learning something new.
Carmen Troesser, photographer
Carmen Troesser is a food and lifestyle photographer based in the Midwest. Growing up on her family's farm in rural Missouri, farm to table was a way of life. Her food photography combines her appreciation of the origin of food, love of the culinary arts and her desire to make beautiful images. She has a bachelor’s degree in illustration and painting and a master’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri and has lived in Utah, New York and France. She travels for assignments and is represented by Kathy Bruml and Jean Conlon of Bruml Conlon Artists Agents.