Sharyn Flanagan

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Hudson Valley, New York
SUNY Empire State College
Profiles Of Food Industry Professionals, Food History, Restaurant Industry
  • In 12 years as a regular contributor to regional publications, Sharyn frequently covered news in the local food and beverage industry, profiling a chef who appeared on the TV show "Chopped" and another who earned Food Network's "Best Burrito" honors nationwide.
  • A feature she wrote about the patriotic 19th century trend of naming desserts for U.S. Presidents was linked to in The Washington Post after one of their lifestyle reporters came across the article and contacted her before writing his own take on the topic.
  • An avid home cook, Sharyn is a meal kit enthusiast who likes to experiment with new recipes and refine old favorites.


Sharyn is a freelance writer who began her career in 2011 with Hudson Valley, New York-based Ulster Publishing, Inc. Many of the nearly 2,000 profiles, features and news stories she wrote for Almanac Weekly, New Paltz Times, Saugerties Times, and HudsonValleyOne have been about the food and beverage industry, reflecting the region's abundance of wineries, craft breweries, farms and farmer's markets, food festivals, and fine restaurants. Her work is informed by years of experience waiting tables in upscale fine dining establishments in New York and California, which gave her the inside scoop on the restaurant industry in general and lots of info on cuisine and cocktails.


Sharyn has a bachelor's degree in cultural studies with a concentration in literature and the arts from SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs NY.
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