Pam Kragen

Writer

Pam Kragen is a feature writer who specializes in writing human interest, dining, theater and opera stories. She joined the San Diego Union-Tribune staff in October 2012 after 27 years at the North County Times, where she served as the Arts & Features Editor, as well as the paper’s longtime arts writer and theater/opera critic. She is the president and co-founder of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from San Diego State University and completed fellowships in theater criticism at the University of Southern California and opera/classical music criticism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She reports from the U-T's North County office in San Marcos.

Recent Articles

  • Vista native opens hometown bar

    Vista native opens hometown bar

    Since it opened two months ago, 508 Tavern has been drawing a strictly hometown crowd for its beer, wine and award-winning Korean-style tacos. That's just fine with Shelly Kentner, 29, a  Vista  native who opened the pub May 5 with her boyfriend and partner Hector Estrada, 36. "We're not trying...

  • First taste of the Pendry

    First taste of the Pendry

    When the $120 million Pendry Hotel opened on J Street in the Gaslamp in February, it was big news for luxury travelers. But it was equally exciting for locals, who were hungry to sample the 317-room inn's six different dining and drinking establishments. The options include a fine-dining restaurant,...

  • Chef at Concept Two Seven Eight has a gritty side

    Chef at Concept Two Seven Eight has a gritty side

    Rachel Snyder may pride herself on preparing refined cuisine as chef de cuisine at Concept Two Seven Eight restaurant in Hillcrest, but she's got a gritty side. The 27-year-old Vista native loves riding quad racers in the desert with her boyfriend, enjoys camping in the outback and proudly skates...

  • What the fork (WTF?): The answer is more adventurous dining

    What the fork (WTF?): The answer is more adventurous dining

    If watching Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern tickles your pickle, then this is the list for you. If you're up for the challenge, these daring San Diego dishes are sure to delight. Bice San Diego: Exotic cocktails Bice adds a show to the dinner experience on Fridays and Saturdays by preparing exotic...

  • For adventurous diners, an exciting array is all the rage

    For adventurous diners, an exciting array is all the rage

    Chief among San Diego-area culinary creatives is Davin Waite, owner/chef at Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub.

  • Carlsbad couple has shopping in the bag

    Carlsbad couple has shopping in the bag

    Jen and Farzan Dehmoubed are now accustomed to shoppers following them through the supermarket. In fact, the Carlsbad couple enjoys the interest. The Dehmoubeds are drawing lots of appreciative looks and gaining some customers, thanks to their new product, the Lotus Trolley Bag. It consists of...

  • Fifth-generation jeweler carves out antique niche

    Fifth-generation jeweler carves out antique niche

    Allie DeSeelhorst resisted the siren's call of the jewelry trade as long as she could. In college, the 27-year-old Carlsbad resident earned dual degrees in fashion and merchandising and started her career as a clothing stylist. But three years ago, she realized the jewelry business was not only...

  • Women chefs take the lead in La Jolla

    Women chefs take the lead in La Jolla

    Two women executive chefs have recently taken the helm at La Jolla restaurants just a mile apart. Here's a look at the city's newest culinary leading ladies. Ingrid Funes Restaurant: Cusp Dining + Drinks Age: 36 Home: Carmel Valley Roots: Born in El Salvador, Chef Funes comes from a long line of...

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