Julia Sayers and Tara Massouleh are Editor in Chief and Assistant Editor, respectively, of Birmingham magazine—the city’s longest-running lifestyle magazine. The award-winning magazine has been published consecutively for 55 years and covers all things Birmingham, including food, people and places, fashion, arts, and more.
Both Julia and Tara have a strong passion for food and Birmingham—and of course, food in Birmingham. Drawn to the city via its strong food culture, Julia made Birmingham her home four years ago and has a background in food and lifestyle journalism, working previously with Oxmoor House cookbook publishing, Cooking with Paula Deen magazine, and writing for publications such as Southern Living and other regional and national lifestyle magazines. Tara is a native of Birmingham who studied journalism at the University of Alabama, where she co-founded a regional women’s lifestyle magazine. Since moving back to town, she has been busy eating her way through town through her work with the magazine.
Julia and Tara suffer greatly from FOMO, or a fear of missing out, so it’s not uncommon to see them hopping between events nightly and documenting it all via Instagram story at @bhammag. As avid Restaurant Week attendees, Julia and Tara are thrilled to be sharing their experience this year as BRW Bloggers.
I’m Comedienne Joy & I have three great passions in life: food, travel and comedy! I can leave you laughing in your seats or ready to pull up a chair at a restaurant. Yes, my commentary is just that persuasive. We all know that when people are planning their trip, where to eat is at the top of the list.
When I'm not entertaining crowds from the stage, I'm doing it through my food blog & weekly TV show “Dining Out with Comedienne Joy”. I typically review a meal from an Alabama family owned restaurant in such detail that you'll feel like dropping everything you are doing at that very moment just to drive on down to the restaurant to get your own plate. My buzz is positive and fun, which keeps people returning to my blog time after time. Most people tell me I make them broke trying to keep up with the delicious food they see me eating.
A proud Birmingham, Alabama native, Emily Brown has long been in on the secret that Birmingham is an incredible food town. When she’s not writing about food, restaurants, and purveyors for Birmingham Restaurant Week, she’s out enjoying new culinary adventures, whether in one of the city’s restaurants or from her own kitchen. Raised equally on a diet of storytelling and great, Southern food, Emily is also the author of Birmingham Food: A Magic City Menu, a book about the history of food and restaurants in Birmingham from The History Press.
Amber and Russell Hooks are the founders of Happenin's in the 'Ham, a company that promotes growth in the city of Birmingham via their website and on multiple social media platforms. They enjoy promoting local events and businesses, including Birmingham's renowned restaurant scene. This will be their third time blogging for Birmingham Restaurant Week and they look forward to sharing some great dining experiences with the Birmingham community.