Renee Schettler Rossi, our new Deputy Editor

Renee Schettler, our new deputy editor

Say hello to Renee Schettler Rossi, our new deputy editor. All of us are thrilled about her joining LC, and we’ve been sitting on our hands, refraining from writing, blogging, tweeting, and FBing about it. I wanted to wait until the redesign was up (thank you, thank you for all the well wishes) and our Valentine’s Day coverage was lined up before announcing Renee’s new postion. But you’ve already seen some of the results of her work (and I’ve seen early-morning hours, the likes of which I haven’t experienced since college), as we started to revamp the site’s design and content, think differently about how best to present recipes and articles, and shift writers—wonderful, quirky, beloved, thoughtful writers—back to the forefront of LC.

But let me back up a bit. I first met Renee several years ago when she was second in command at Martha Stewart Living. She wanted to chat about my possibly writing a story for the magazine. We met at Starbucks at Broadway and 75th St. (what we would later call “the office”).  It was a long year before an MSLO article and I were eventually paired. In the interim, I figured Renee had forgotten about me, but I didn’t know back then how she worked. Not only didn’t she lose track of me, but she was following everything I was writing. Eventually, I wrote five pieces for the magazine, with Renee as my editor.

As we became friendly—hard not to do when you discover your editor lives a block away from you—we would meet at the office and catch up. Me: a tall latte (sorry, Amanda Hesser), and Renee: a bottle of water. Every once and a while one of us would say, “Wouldn’t it be fun to work together on a project of our own?” Then she’d peel off to 42nd St., and I’d head home and peel off my jeans and jump back into my sweatpants to write.

But we knew it was inevitable. We liked each other too much, held too many of the same convictions, and loved writers too much not to eventually find a way to become collaborators. Last month when I asked her to join LC, she agreed, and I shouted out to The One, “SHE SAID ‘YES’! It’s the second proposal she accepted in a month!” Renee and her fiancé had tied the knot not three weeks earlier.

Since then, it’s been gargantuan e-mails, marathon phone calls with each other and with experts across the pond, and meetings at my apartment. (The office just isn’t big enough to sprawl out; and neither one of us wants to cower beneath the withering glances of ticked-off Upper West Siders.) The dining room table has been strewn with cookbooks, food books, computers, papers, and my and The One’s two cats. Rolodexes were exchanged—perhaps the work analogy of wedding rings—lists of ideas drawn up, an online virtual office was created (thank you, Google Docs), and the sleepless nights began.

We’re just beginning our re-tooling of the site, and we look forward to your input. In the meantime, please take a moment and join all of here at Leite’s Culinaria in welcoming Renee by leaving her a comment below. And if you have a suggestion or other thoughts that require a few more characters, you can always shoot her an e-mail.

Comments
Comments
  1. Louise Hyson says:

    Congratulations to Leite’s Culinaria, and welcome to Renee Schettler Rossi. I am a fan of Renee’s from reading her articles in the Washington Post. Altho a former New Yorker now living in North Carolina, I troll the Wednesday food pages and always found her articles interesting and the recipes delicious. Bonne chance to all of you.

  2. Dianne Jacob says:

    Congratulations to both of you! David, to you for finding the perfect person for the job—not only highly skilled but a friend; and to Renee, for finding steady work. That’s a big accomplishment these days.

    I adore you both and look forward to this new arrangement. Let’s have another meeting at Starbucks to celebrate! (I’ll be in town in August.)

    XX

  3. Monica Bhide says:

    A perfect match! Congrats to you both and I look forward to see what magic you will produce here! I look forward to writing more for LC as well. Wishing you much success!!

  4. Hearty congrats! Looking forward to meeting you Renee!

  5. Joseph says:

    Congratulations, Renee! Leite’s Culinaria couldn’t have found a more deserving or more talented writer and editor. I can’t wait to see your contributions.

  6. I’m so glad to hear that Renee is joining you, David. She is talented, professional, and lovely to work with—I worked with her when she was at the Washington Post, and I’m looking forward to working with her now that she’s at LC. Cheers, and congrats, Renee.

  7. Kara Newman says:

    Renee!! welcome! I remember you well from WaPo days. What a coup for David to have you and your talent on board. I’m sure together you’ll break all the molds and I look forward to watching as the site continues to evolve. Here’s wishing you both all the best, and nothing but the best.

  8. James Sturz says:

    Congratulations to both of you. Fine things are in store for LC. I’m getting hungry already. This is as close as the Internet gets to being edible.

  9. Wahoo! So glad that Renee is bringing her incredible skills, wit, humor, and compassion to LC. I’ve not known her long, but at least long enough to see her star quality shine through on several occasions. Congrats, David, for a many-years pursuit of Renee as collaborator that’s finally paid off big, and to Renee on the great life event you’ve just celebrated… no wonder you’ve got that megawatt smile! All the best to you. Can’t wait to see what’s in store.

  10. Dan Kraan, LC Community Moderator says:

    Hello and welcome, Renee. It has been quite exciting seeing the various phases of the site as it has evolved over the past years, and I know we all look forward to what’s in store!

    Cheers!

  11. Wonderful news! The site is looking great, and I can only imagine what’s in store for us all with Renee taking the reins. Congratulations, Renee!

  12. Congrats to both of you! I love LC and now it’s gonna be even better. Two amazing writers join forces—I smell more awards ahead!

  13. I’ve been working with Renee for just one week, on just two articles, but I am TOTALLY impressed. She makes it look like our work flows effortlessly and flawlessly from our keyboards, We know, or should know, otherwise…but she ensures that our readers never do.

  14. Congratulations and welcome, Renee. I very much look forward to seeing the new phase of LC with you at its helm.

  15. Cindi Kruth, LC Recipe Tester says:

    Welcome, Renee! This is bound to be a fabulous duo. I heard the great excitement in David’s voice as he talked about your joining LC (while I was finishing up that cassoulet—thank you, David, for your kind words). From what I’ve read and heard it is entirely justified. I can’t wait to see what you two have in store.

  16. Jess says:

    Congrats, Renee! Looking forward to working with you here!

  17. lisa keys says:

    Welcome Renee!…and David when you are happy, I am happy.

  18. Renee Schettler Rossi, LC Editor-in-Chief says:

    Thank you, all my gratitude goes out to those who so generously welcomed me to Leite’s Culinaria. I’m as impressed with the kindness of Leite’s Culinaria regulars as I am with the actual site! (And a special thanks to those who recall my days at The Washington Post.) Rest assured, David and I are as eager to give you more of what you already like about the site as we are to incorporate a few more offerings from which you can learn and be entertained. Although in order to so, we need to hear from you regarding what you’d like to see here, so please, none of this shy wallflower business!

    I’m looking forward to hearing from, working with, and learning from each of you.

  19. Marlene Parrish says:

    Hey Renee!..Good good move. Bob and I know you are in eggscellent hands With David and LC. Have fun…We’ll be reading.
    Marlene Parrish and Bob Wolke

  20. Robert McCune says:

    Renee…a very belated welcome to Leite’s Culinaria ! Can’t wait to see what you and David cook up next. What a great bunch of people to work with. The above comments say it all….we are very fortunate.

    Bob McCune

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