spenser is a digital food & drink magazine. We believe the opportunity exists to progress our modern foodways, to improve the food we eat and to prioritize that which should take precedence in our kitchens, our gardens, our bars, our pantries, and at our tables.
Our mission is to help readers with the sourcing of provisions used on a daily basis, whether by purchasing, preserving, growing, curing, or foraging.
spenser highlights perspectives and voices from professional chefs, home cooks, farmers, butchers, bartenders, travelers, designers, & distillers. These are all people who are carefully reviving traditions of the past while, at the same time, advancing the food & drink of the present.
Collectively, they represent a fresh, new viewpoint that we hope will inspire readers to personalize the food and drink they share with friends and family.
"Spenser" is the Middle English word for butler or steward, which derived from the Old French despencier or larder. The word “Spenser” described the person who was in charge of sourcing of all food and provisions within a royal or noble household.
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spenser was honored to be a 2014 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards nominee for Visual Storytelling. Photographers Chris Higdon and Jessie Kriech-Higdon, and Design Director Jen White are nominated for their work on “Controlled Burn” (Issue 6), “The South’s Sweet Elixir” (Issue 8), and “Lead Us Into Temptation” (Issue 9).
spenser recognized in The New York Times Dining Journal “What We’re Reading” section five times over four issues:
dec 2011 , mar 2012 , jun 2012 , aug 2012.
spenser’s feature on boucherie highlighted, “getting a little deeper into the tradition and churning out some serious country pig porn.”
- jun 2012
spenser recognized by Huffington Post Food as one of “16 Great Under-the-Radar Food Magazines”
- may 2012
spenser recognized by Say Daily as one of “6 Great Online Food Magazines You May Not Have Heard of - Yet”
"Certainly their refined home cooking angle is not one you’ll find in the traditional magazines."
- jun 2012
“spenser is an exceptional magazine. They find the beauty in what is real and understand that life in its rawest state is beautiful and pure and doesn’t need to be sugar coated.”
- Chef Ben Ford
“The folks at spenser are killing it!”
- John T. Edge, James Beard Award winning writer
“I’ve never read a publication that was able to educate, all the while stirring my appetite. spenser is a rare magazine able to embody both.”
- Chef John Shields