About Me

Johanna Kramer is a Durham, NC based Travel and Culinary writer. She is the author of the “Food Lovers Guide to Raleigh, Durham & Chapel HIll” and is currently writing the “Barbecue Lovers Guide to the Carolinas” to debut in the Spring of 2014. She works daily to promote local chefs, farms and restaurants and takes great pleasure in everything the South has to offer.

Johanna’s Durhamfoodie blog features local food events, cookbook reviews, artisanal product reviews, and on-the-spot reporting through her Twitter feed. Her Triangle Foodie Tweet-up’s—a meet-up of food lovers sponsored by local eateries—sell out in minutes of being posted online. Johanna is often invited to put her taste buds to work as a judge, and even judged artisanal beers at the Good Food Awards in San Francisco in 2011. She is also very committed to the farm-to-fork movement, having worked closely with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) promoting its annual farm tours through social media and public relations, and instructing farmers on how to use social media to promote their individual products thanks to a grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation.

Born in Montreal, Canada, Johanna spent her first two years living on a farm in Athelston, Quebec where her mom and dad had a large vegetable garden and made her baby food from scratch. The family moved back to Montreal and then to Toronto, where they lived in Bloor West Village, a culturally diverse community whose main street consisted of small family-run markets, butcher shops and bakeries. During high school, Johanna held a part-time job at the exclusive Boulevard Club, learning how to run a professional kitchen from a manager who Johanna still considers a mentor 15 years later. After a degree in Hospitality and Tourism from George Brown College in Toronto, Johanna moved to North Carolina and studied at the Central Carolina Community College’s Natural Chef Culinary Program. Today, writer, blogger, and social media expert Johanna Kramer is happiest at home in her kitchen cooking for her family—and posting her menus online that make her Durhamfoodie followers wish they were invited for dinner.

You can follow my daily musings;

Twitter: @durhamfoodie

Facebook: Durhamfoodie

Email: johanna.m.kramer@gmail.com

11 responses to “About Me

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  2. Cory Breckinridge

    i love to bake foods and someday, i want to own a bakery myself.*

    My very own blog page
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  6. Dean and Gail Bunce

    Johanna,

    We were sitting with Matt and Dean at the competition Tuesday night and you recommended Zambra in Asheville. We are eating there now and love it. I travel to Barcelona frequently and this is very close and the wine selection is fantastic.

    Thank you

    • Oh i am so glad :-). If you are in Asheville another night you must try Curate too. Excellent Spanish tapas and made table side sangria that is to die for. I would check to see if they take reservation though, it gets very busy. Owners worked at El Bulli and Chef Katie Button was nominated for a James Beard award this year.

      Have fun,
      Johanna

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  9. Johanna,
    Loved reading your posts, as a devout foodie and amateur chef I’ve really enjoyed your insight, totally dig the links to local farmers markets and will definitely be in line for the book- title is fantastic.

    I have a quick question for you, I am a co-founder of a local site here in Raleigh that is designed to help people find the best deals on local restaurants and events. We are about to officially launch in the next few weeks and I’d love to get your insight on how we might work with local bloggers like yourself and identify unique restaurants/events in the area we should highlight.

    Check out our site and let me know if you’d be up to a quick chat.

    Thanks,
    Jacques

  10. Hi Johanna -

    MIX 101.5 is bringing the Taste of Home Cooking School to Raleigh on September 8th and I’d like to offer you a pair of passes. For more information about this wonderful event, please visit http://www.wralfm.com or call me at 919-890-6132.

    Please let me know if you would like to attend. Have a great day!

    Jenny Clements
    Promotion Director
    MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM

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