Epikur Writer of the Year is a new event that seeks to honor the best food and booze writing in Philadelphia. It is to be an annual contest and is underwritten by the Wine School of Philadelphia.
Tara Nurin is one of the most accomplished writers in the Philadelphia metropolis. An Emmy nominee and former TV reporter, Tara managed to bridge the gap from old school journalism to modern food writing with panache. She is also one of the most prolific professional writers in Philly. She is currently a features writer for Foobooz, a beer reviewer for Drink Philly, and a correspondent for WHYY. She has also written for Philadelphia Magazine, Ale Street News, and the Courier-Post, among others.
At Epikur Magazine, she proved to be a readers’ favorite, as well. 1,633 readers cast their “Writer of the Year” vote for her. It was a close call, though. The final vote tally saw 22,030 votes dispersed between twenty of the city’s top writers. In the end, the top six writers according to your votes:
1. Tara Nurin 1633 votes
2. Kaitlin Lunny 1490 votes
3. Michael Savett 1315 votes
4. Kate Marlys 1198 votes
5. Alexis Siemons 1129 votes
6. Melissa Ward 1102 votes
As Writer of the Year, Tara receives a cache of prizes valued at over 2K dollars, including a case of luxury wines from Bacchus Selections, a seat in the Wine School of Philadelphia’s Professional CORE Program, and a sweet stack of benjamins to boot.
Second Prize goes to Kaitlin Lunny, a $150 gift certificate to the Wine School.
Third through Sixth Prizes (Michael Savett, Kate Marlys, Alexis Siemons, amd Melissa Ward) are $75 gift certificates to the Wine School of Philadelphia.