Contributors

Jenn Gordon – Owner

Jenn Gordon, Owner/Writer & Best Bets creator, Social Media Coordinator

A self proclaimed Asheville enthusiast, I’ve called this vibrant city my home for over 12 years now.  My passions are wide spread and my appreciation for what Asheville has to offer is endless.  As a former pastry chef, I love our food culture and make it my mission to know what is new and what is coming.

If I’m not the hiking trails with my 2 Aussies, you can find us at a brewery, sipping beer and meeting bearded gentlemen. Both human and K9.

My commitment to you is to give you the freshest and most creative date night ideas that Asheville has to offer.  From the off color dive bar, to the high rise roof top bar, there is a date that’s waiting for you in Asheville!

GS Jackson – Contributor, Host of SwipeMic

GS Jackson, Host of SwipeMic, writer/comedian.

Jackson started as a radio personality when he was 15 years old for WBBK 93.5 FM in South Georgia.  Then in college went on from 1990 until 1995 to be chief engineer for CBS Radio news talk sports affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia for the 1992 Olympics.

Jackson has lived nearly two decades around the world – Germany, South Africa, Hong Kong, Brasil, and Philippines. Jackson started doing standup comedy in 2009.  His first performance being at Charlie Goodnight’s in Raleigh, North Carolina but with his home club in Hong Kong with TakeOut Comedy (takeoutcomedy.com) under tutelage from club owner, Jami Gong.  Jackson has performed in over 13 countries – Brasil, Great Britain, South Africa, USA, Canada, Australia, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, China, Brasil and Spain. Placed runner-up  in the 2014 Hong Kong International Standup Comedy competition – hkcomedyfestival.com.  He later went on to run two comedy clubs – Comedy Cebu in Cebu, Philippines (youtube.com/comedycebu) and Comedy Mayhem in Colorado Springs, Colorado (youtube.com/comedymayhemmz).

Jackson has been speaking and leading development teams around the world as an innovation, technology evangelist focusing on data science, virtual and augmented reality, and Artifical Intelligence.  Jackson has a tech column in ComputerWorld Hong Kong, Enterprise Innovation magazines (Asia) and online with ICrunchData.com(Chicago).

Currently working on the first ever half man/half machine written and edited magazine in partnership with Esquire.

Jackson hosts a podcast that hilariously discusses the fundamental differences between millennials and Gen X called “Whoomp!  There It Is” (soundcloud.com/whoomppodcast).  Jackson also currently produces an open mic for bad dating stories in Asheville, North Carolina called SwipeMic which is also a podcast (swipemic.com).

Kristen Manieri – Founder

Kristen Manieri, Owner of Orlando Date Night Guide.

For me, date night isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. Married with two small girls, I’ve come to realize that Saturday night is probably the only time each week that Marc and I can actually have a meaningful, uninterrupted, and alert conversation. I’m a former freelance food and travel writer with frequent contributions to Orlando Magazine, Edible Orlando, WHERE Orlando, Forbes Travel Guide and Orlando Family Magazine.

I’m also the author of the book, Great Dates Orlando, and I founded this website in 2007 to not only share fun and romantic date night ideas with other couples, but to keep myself accountable to a regular date night, too.

And as if that wasn’t enough, I’m also the host of The Synced Life, a podcast focused on the power and magic of human connection.

 

Jen Brooks

Jen Brooks, Writer/Photographer

For me, date night can be tricky.  With 5 kids, a small homestead, and a full time job, I rely on date night to connect with my husband, Billy.  It’s our “time out” from our full life of jobs, soccer practices, homework, toddler tantrums and teenage meltdowns.  We get to be “us,” without “them.”  We get to remember not only why we love each other, but also why we like each other.

I own Bombe Honey, a local farm table and folk art business here in Asheville.  I have a degree in studio art, as well as a background in writing and photography.

Stephanie Rogers

Bio: Stephanie Rogers is a freelance writer and UNC Asheville alum. Her interests include drinking too much coffee, surfing the Internet, and that’s pretty much it. She hopes to one day host her own radio show and release a memoir that her friends and family describe as “a little much.” Her work has previously appeared on Thought Catalog, Asheville Grit, Ashvegas, and The Great Smokies Review. You can find her on Twitter or her website.

Allie Ellenbogen

Asheville Date Night Guide contributor: Allie Ellenbogen

I’m Allie Ellenbogen, and I moved to Asheville earlier this year from San Francisco (but am a NC native). I run the home design and DIY blog, The White Apartment. It follows along as my husband and I renovate and decorate our 100-year-old farmhouse in the heart of Asheville. When I’m not knee-deep in a project, I love exploring the area, tackling a new recipe, or playing (self-proclaimed) food critic by trying restaurants and bars around town.

Dave Tollefsen & Glenn Cutler

NC Beer Guys Dave and Glenn

Dave and Glenn live in central North Carolina with their families and share a love for local craft beer and homebrewing.  They work together as the NCBeerGuys.  On their website, ncbeerguys.com, they offer information about North Carolina Craft Beer with a variety of maps, videos, events, recipes and much more.

Kirby Morris

Kirby Morris, blogger at Fashion By Day

Kirby Morris is a personal style blogger who moved to Asheville from Southern California in April 2017 with her boyfriend Andrew and her dog Divot.  Giving smaller town living a try in Asheville, North Carolina, Kirby is an adventurer at heart.  She writes about her love of all things fashionable and affordable on her blog www.fashionbyday.com