Mike Scalise

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Pittsburgh, PA
George Mason University
Rust Belt Cuisine, Regional Food, NA Beverages
  • Mike once helped coordinate an art show that paired Baltimore-area writers with dishes inspired by their work.
  • He wrote a culinary road trip through Pittsburgh for Bon Appétit's ASME-award nominated package, "Welcome to Appalachia."
  • He's currently a bit too invested in the long-term success of the non-alcoholic microbrew scene.


Mike is a Pittsburgh-based writer fascinated by the intersection of food and place, by both the stories that food can tell about its region's people and the stories they tell about their food. His work has appeared in Bon Appétit, The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, The Paris Review online, and elsewhere. He received the Christopher Doheny Award from the Center for Fiction for his debut memoir, "The Brand New Catastrophe."


Mike has an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University.

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