Bill Blalock

President & CEO

Bill graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. He enjoys bicycling, tennis, and is blessed with an eclectic taste for many types of food.

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Alison Sher

Editor in Chief

Alison Sher's articles on cuisine have been featured in the Charleston City Paper, Washington D.C. City Paper, The Local Palate Online and Marmalade Magazine.  She's worked the line. She's worked pastry. She's loves talking to people (especially chefs) and volunteers at farms in her spare time.

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Burt Carey

Social Media Manager

Burt Carey is president of Carey Media Group LLC, which generates and manages editorial content, and provides business media consultation. His media journey began when he sold his first newspaper story in 1976. Before founding Carey Media Group, Burt was the editorial director of the National Wild Turkey Federation in Edgefield, S.C., where he directed magazine and television production, graphic arts, photography, and the convention/meeting planning staff. He has traveled to 44 states and internationally to such countries as Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Honduras, Panama, Canada and Mexico, enjoying the cuisine all along the way.

Burt Carey

Sandy West


Sandy is a South Carolina native. Given the easily accessible Carolina mountains and lowcountry beaches, she has maintained a love for outdoor adventures. She enjoys hiking, swimming and a leisurely day at the lake . Sandy also treasures her time dining with family and friends.

Sandy has an extensive background in sales and customer service. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.

Mary Monarch

Data Management

A varied background has kept life interesting for Mary, ranging from employee benefits administration to home based graphic design and cookie and dessert businesses. She enjoys cooking and baking for her family and friends and is a bit obsessive about popcorn. She enjoys food and this is where her faithful canine companion Hank, comes in handy. Demanding about his daily walks, he keeps Mary's fitness routine on track. When the mood strikes, she dabbles in acrylic painting. Loves to travel, music, and moving to it.

Mary Monach