Betsy Parks

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Boston, Massachusetts
Emerson College, Castleton University, New England Culinary Institute
French Culinary Techniques, Beer And Winemaking, Grocery Trends
  • Betsy passed the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) Level 1 course and examination in February 2020.
  • She edited "The Brew Your Own Big Book of Homebrewing," "The Brew Your Own Big Book of Clone Recipes," and "The Ultimate Guide to Homebrewing."
  • She has been a culinary instructor for Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger and poverty in the United States.


Betsy has worked in the food and restaurant industry for more than 20 years, and has been writing about food and drinks for almost as long. She started out as a teenage dishwasher, which led to culinary school, and then degrees in journalism and publishing. She started out writing as a stringer for The Rutland Herald in southern Vermont, and quickly moved on to writing feature stories for Stratton magazine before going to work full time as the associate editor and then editor in chief for Battenkill Communications — the publishers of Brew Your Own and WineMaker magazines, which are for hobby beer and winemakers. She started writing regularly for Boston Chefs in the spring of 2022, and joined the team at Today Meal in late 2022. She has a longtime interest in fighting hunger, and in addition to a year of service through AmeriCorps at Cooking Matters Massachusetts (Share Our Strength), Betsy also volunteers teaching cooking, nutrition and shopping on a budget for families coping with food insecurity.


Betsy has an associate's degree from The New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont; a bachelor's degree in journalism from Castleton University in Castleton, Vermont; and a master's degree in writing and publishing from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
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