Wendy Hector

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Oakland, CA
CSU Northridge, Bath Spa University
Home Cooking Techniques, Spirits & Craft Cocktails, Italian Wine
  • Wendy is an avid home cook and an unabashed lover of garlic, so much so that she was once a finalist in the Gilroy Garlic Festival recipe competition
  • She holds the Diploma in Wines from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a certified specialist in Italian wines and Sherry.
  • An avid traveler, Wendy's goal is to eventually visit and experience the cuisine and wine of every region in Italy.


Wendy is a freelance writer focused on the world of food and beverage. Based in California, she has covered the Bay Area dining scene for platforms including Eater SF and the San Francisco Examiner. Wendy has worked on both sides of the restaurant industry, as a bar program director and sommelier, and as restaurant critic focusing on the San Francisco Bay Area. A lover of all things potable, she holds multiple wine certifications and spent years of her career creating custom cocktails.


Wendy earned both a BA and MA in creative writing, focusing on literary fiction. After years of working in restaurants, she decided to blend these two interests and pursue a career in food writing.
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