Our Team

Corey O’Hara is a food policy wonk with an obsession for frozen treats. He was born in Portland, Oregon, in the heartland of America’s local food movement, and is based in Brooklyn, New York, where that movement has taken root with a vengeance. Corey has worked within the global food system at every level, from facilitating dialogue between multinationals and NGOs to building nutrition and economic development programs for smallholder farmers in Nepal. A decade of food and travel writing, two graduate degrees, and five years working with corporate and nonprofit international development programs convinced him that around the world, we’re losing the local traditions that make foods healthy and sustainable. He founded Via Gusta to re-introduce people to these traditions and to forge bonds with others who share his passion.

Maddie Grose is a lover of all things Italian, as evidenced by her major in Italian literature, her appetite for Italian food, and her Italian boyfriend Marcos. She spent the summer of 2010 in an intensive cooking techniques course at Alma, founded by chef Gualtiero Marchesi. Maddie is a proud native of Baltimore, Maryland, known for its blue crab delicacies from nearby Chesapeake Bay and more recently for its efforts to expand urban farming to provide local and nutritious food for its schools and communities. This winter Maddie is living in foodie paradise – Parma, Italy, the land of ham and cheese. She reports to Via Gusta on the Italian food scene, paying particular attention to cheese, her current gastronomic obsession.

Adam Salberg is a nerd. An ex-girlfriend once called him “a more nebbish Woody Allen,” which he took as a compliment until he looked up “nebbish” and re-watched Annie Hall. Despite some surprisingly persistent Google search results, he is not a thief or a registered sex offender in the state of South Dakota. A graduate of Fordham University, Adam spends most of his time providing research and consulting services to small businesses and non-profits. At the moment, that means he’s living in West Africa. When he’s not working he can frequently be found in the kitchen, experimenting. Adam is relatively certain that when all the cards are down, history will show the invention of pizza to be humanity’s greatest achievement. He is a firm believer that there are few problems that can’t be solved with the right ice cream.