Stephen Fries, Professor of Hospitality Management and Freelance Food and Culinary Travel Columnist

Stephen Fries

Professor of Hospitality Management and Freelance Food and Culinary Travel Columnist

I have been a food and culinary travel columnist for 13 years and professor for 36 years. M.S. hotel, Restaurant & Travel Administration, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Contact Stephen

Discover and connect with journalists and influencers around the world, save time on email research, monitor the news, and more.

Start free trial

  • The Reporter
  • The Times Herald
  • Daily Local News

Recent articles by Stephen:

A tip of the cap, and the Guinness, to St. Patrick

It was about a month ago, when the aisles in stores that had been filled with displays of red merchandise for Valentine’s Day, quickly transformed for the next holiday – to showcase items wi… → Read More

Amelia Island tops list of hidden gems of Florida

While writing this column an ad appeared on the television – flaunting a beautiful beach vacation, palm trees and all. Here in the northeast, it is a dark and damp mid- February evening. Yes,… → Read More

Mazatlán – a feast for the eyes, soul and stomach – The Mercury

With an incredible array of diverse things to do, history, art and culture, and some of the freshest seafood available, Mazatlán deserves to be known as much more than the shrimp capital of Mexico.… → Read More

Kick the can — try these homemade soups to warm the soul – The Mercury

The holidays are over, and winter has set in. The good news is, we will see a couple of minutes of more daylight with each passing day. My cold-winter night, quick dinner-go-to, is a piping hot and… → Read More

A culinary adventure through Disney theme parks

Now that the holidays are over, many of us are thinking about how to get through the winter blues (and what to do about it). A vacation, especially to a warm place is one way to escape winter cold … → Read More

A toast to staying home for New Year’s – The Mercury

A few days ago, friends and family across the country gathered around the Christmas dinner table for a holiday feast. While savoring the meal, it’s likely many were discussing plans to usher in the… → Read More

‘Little cakes’ make a big impact during holiday season – The Mercury

Cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, Christmas trees, stars, candy canes, sleighs and snowmen all are popular flavors and/or shapes of holiday cookies. After Thanksgiving, cookie sheets are dusted-off… → Read More

Gifts for foodies: Pick up a book and get cooking

I know that I’m not alone when it comes to reading cookbooks, like the way one would read a novel. The cookbooks that interest me tell a story about the recipes and the author or have a unique them… → Read More

Take a slice out of the holidays

With the anticipation of the holidays and those cold, winter days ahead, it is the time when heirloom pie pans, sometimes handed down through generations, are dusted off in preparation for pie baki… → Read More

Pour it on thick: Maple syrup continues to stand as a fall favorite

Popular Fall favorites have been my theme recently; pumpkins followed by apples. To continue the fall flavor roundup, let’s talk maple syrup. When you hear the words “maple syrup,” what comes to mi… → Read More

A slice of the pie: October is National Pizza Month

Need a reason to indulge in carbs? It’s National Pizza Month. Pizza deserves a celebration, being the most Instagrammed food worldwide, according to a study commissioned by Chef Alessio Mecozzi. Yo… → Read More

Spice up fall with a bit of pumpkin

I saw an interesting post on Facebook last week. It went something like this; “Summer isn’t over until September 22 so set your pumpkin spice down! I’m not finished with my Margarita yet!” I must a… → Read More

The ‘a-maizing’ world of corn – The Mercury

While leisurely driving out in the rural countryside, I am drawn to roadside stands with handwritten signs over tattered wooden bins of local sweet corn. Often, the signs promote a “baker’s dozen.”… → Read More

Miss Karol K’s resort in Florida a home away from home – thereporteronline

Sometimes the place to be, is that perfect space in-between . . . eclectic, coastal cities and myriad, white-sugar-sand beaches. Especially when that home away from home, is The Karol Hotel www.the… → Read More

Fair food now in full swing

The fair and carnival season is in full swing. Summer is a time for ice cream, trips to the beach, amusement parks, concerts, and regional outdoor events. As I drive along the highways in the eveni… → Read More

Hot diggity dog — a month to celebrate America’s iconic foods – The Mercury

Whether you call it a frankfurter, frank, wiener, weenie, coney, red hot or hot dog, it’s National Hot Dog Month, and time to celebrate one of America’s most iconic foods. Hot dogs are part of Amer… → Read More

For tasty summer celebrations check out the board

The lazy days of summer are swiftly approaching. Father’s Day is June 19, graduations are being celebrated, and the long-awaited, warm weather is here to stay for a while…I hope. What could b… → Read More

Keys to cast iron: How to care for the pan with perfection

As a food and culinary travel columnist, I am frequently asked for recommendations for foodie destinations. I’ve also become a resource for friends, family, and readers to answer cooking questions.… → Read More

RumChata shines as the star of these sweet creations

Using alcoholic beverages as an ingredient in sweet and savory cooking is not new, but it has become quite popular. Classics such as coq au vin, beef bourguignon, chicken marsala, beer-boiled bratw… → Read More

Getting ‘bread-y’ for St. Patrick’s Day

Although St. Patrick’s Day is officially Thursday, March 17, Irish-themed celebrations of food and spirits, and of course parades, will have already taken place, including Philadelphia’s St. Patric… → Read More