About Brian Freedman
Brian Freedman is a food, wine, spirits, and travel writer, restaurant and beverage consultant, and event host and speaker. He is a contributing writer for John Mariani’s Virtual Gourmet and Philadelphia Style Magazine, wine columnist for The Good Life Report, restaurant critic for Philadelphia Weekly, Suburban Life Magazine and Philadelphia Life Magazine, and writes about the Philadelphia restaurant scene for AskMen.com. He also writes the CityDrinks column on CityEats Philadelphia, the new restaurant site by the Food Network, and is a Philadelphia scout for Citysearch.com. His first piece appeared in Wine Enthusiast Magazine in the February 2012 issue, and he has contributed to Sommelier India, the largest wine magazine in India, for several years. Brian also wrote the UncorkLife blog for Wine Chateau, one of the largest online wine retailers in the United States, and he launched his own in 2011, The Food, Drink & Travel Report, at www.FDTreport.com.
Previously, he worked as director of education at the Wine School of Philadelphia, food and wine editor and restaurant critic for LifeStyle Magazine, restaurant critic for AroundPhilly.com, AroundAC.com, and The Evening Bulletin, editorial director for ClassicWines.com, and host of Classic Wines TV, a popular online wine show. Brian regularly hosts wine dinners and tastings at restaurants, clubs, and private residences, and hosted a series of wine tastings at The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia in 2011. In 2010 and 2011, Brian worked with Wine Chateau to run wine tastings at the GBK gift lounge in Los Angeles for invitees to the Emmy Awards, the Golden Globes, and the George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic.
Brian’s work has been published internationally, nationally, and locally, and he made several live television appearances on both Fox 29′s “Good Day Philadelphia” and Comcast’s “Your Morning on CN8.” He has also discussed unusual wines for the holiday season on ABC7‘s “View From The Bay” in San Francisco. In August 2008, he hosted the Chefs Panel at the National Association of Catering Executives conference in Philadelphia’s Loews Hotel, and in February 2009 and March 2010 he worked as host and moderator for the culinary demonstrations at the Catersource and Event Solutions Conference and Tradeshow in Las Vegas. He lectured on wine at the 2010 International Association of Conference Centers convention in Chicago, where he also hosted the Copper Skillet Chef Competition; lectured on wine at the 2011 gathering in Washington, D.C.; and hosted a beer seminar and a wine lunch at the 2012 conference in Texas. In September 2012, he discussed unusual wines with Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga on “Cooking Today” on Martha Stewart Living Radio, SiriusXM.
Brian has been interviewed for articles in a number of publications, including Worth Magazine, USAirways Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Grape Magazine, and syndicated Associated Press pieces, among others. He has worked as a consulting sommelier for various restaurant projects and wine dinners, has consulted on the wine lists for three meals at New York’s prestigious James Beard House, and has had relationships with private collectors as a personal wine consultant. He also consulted on the wine list and beverage program at Talula’s Garden in Philadelphia, which was named one of the 10 best new restaurants in America 2011 by Bon Appetit Magazine and one of “America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2012” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Brian has traveled throughout Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Norway, England, Israel, Argentina, Mexico, the United States, and beyond for his work, hosts monthly beverage and food classes at COOK Philadelphia (some based on his international and domestic travels), eats more than 100 restaurant meals a year, from four-star legends to hidden gems in tiny towns, serves as Membership Chair of the Wine Media Guild of New York, and recently completed his term as the Philadelphia Ambassador for Port and Champagne for the Center for Wine Origins.