About the Team

The Gourmet Insider is a resource created for aspiring and accomplished home cooking and beverage enthusiasts, designed to deliver information, instruction and inspiration to feed your culinary and entertaining pursuits.


Emily Cappiello, Chief Content Officer for The Gourmet Insider Team

Emily Cappiello
President/Chief Content Officer

A seasoned journalist in the food + beverage space, Emily has enjoyed bylines in VinePair, Chowhound, The Spruce Eats, Liquor.com, PopSugar, Bon Appetit’s Healthyish and Departures, while also having almost a decade of experience in housewares trade publications.

When she’s not writing about food and beverage, she’s enjoying food and beverage. An avid home cook and “cocktail specialist” (her words, not ours!), Emily takes cooking classes, mixology courses, watches James Suckling’s wine MasterClass on repeat and is always trying new recipes. However, she prefers to be at a restaurant eating oysters and sipping a fabulous wine. The people watching is better there, too.

CJ Arlotta
Host, “The Gourmet Insider” Podcast

After spending several years as a journalist in both the tech and hospitality space, CJ now owns his own consulting company, CJ Media Solutions, LLC. Experienced in hosting panel discussions and roundtables, CJ decided to take that experience to the mic, starting his first podcast, “The Crisis Averted.”

A lover of great oysters and a properly-made Manhattan, CJ has crossed into the food + beverage industry while also flexing that very perfect podcast voice as the host of “The Gourmet Insider” podcast.

Robin Boyce
Sales Director

After spending years in the corporate world and working as a video production coordinator/producer, Robin took a leap of faith and decided it was time to work for a start-up.

While the food + beverage industry is new to her, Robin is a big fan of both food and beverage, so this is really a more perfect fit than she could have imagined. Robin could eat spicy tuna rolls and tacos every day. And while it’s not fair to pick a favorite spirit, she has a deep love for tequila.

When she’s not working, you can find her watching the New York Yankees with an ice cold beverage or hanging out at the beach.

Dave Palcek
Brand Advisor

Motivated by the great journalists of his teenage years, Dave’s journey in media began with writing and editing then quickly shifted to the business side.

Advertising account management positions with enthusiast and business media brands led Dave to co-founding a business media company specializing in gourmet kitchenware, housewares and hospitality. 

Dave credits time spent as a child with his maternal grandmother for his love of Italian food, and for priming his passion for red wine when she gave him a little sip of grandpa’s homemade Chianti. When off duty, Dave enjoys his wine cellar, dining in and out and a fine cigar. Or a beer and hot dog at Wrigley Field watching his beloved Cubs.

Dave Palcek, CEO of The Gourmet Insider Team


Natalie Migliarini

Natalie Migliarini

Beautiful Booze’s Natalie Migliarini is one of the most influential voices in cocktails today. She’s passionate about cocktails, education and empowerment, and sharing her journey with others through her drinkable moments around the world on her Instagram @BeautifulBooze.

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Brian Freedman

Brian Freedman

Brian Freedman is a wine, spirits, food, and travel writer, restaurant and beverage consultant, drinks educator, and event host and speaker. He writes the Wines of the Week column for forbes.com, as well as other wine- and spirits-focused articles and commentaries.

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Devin Parr

Devin Parr

Devin Parr is a San Diego-based freelance writer and consultant specializing in wine, travel, wellness, and lifestyle. She holds a certification in wine expertise from the Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy, and is currently pursuing her WSET Diploma.

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Brooke Sager

Brooke Sager

Brooke is a writer, editor, and storyteller who thrives on combining my passions for writing (conceptual and editorial) and lifestyle topics everyday. She has 10+ years of experience as a freelance writer/editor and a passion for creating relatable, thought-provoking content.

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Kelly Magyarics

Kelly Magyarics

Kelly Magyarics, DWS, is a wine, spirits, travel, lifestyle and food writer in the Washington, D.C. area. She is always up for Champagne, salty whites, earthy reds, 50/50 Martinis or a well-made Negroni.

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