Michele Parente

Writer

Michele Parente is the Dining, Wine + Lifestyle reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune. Her areas of expertise include the Valle de Guadalupe wine region, fashion, television, women's issues and coverage of aging, such as the impact of Alzheimer's and dementia and family caregiving. Michele is the former Sunday and features editor, where she oversaw profiles, special projects, such as the Legacy of WWII and in-depth reports on a variety of topics. She joined the U-T in 2003, supervising coverage areas that have included features, fashion, TV, Food, Consumer Health and Arts & Entertainment. Previously, Michele was the assistant features editor at The Oregonian, in Portland, as well as the Portland City Hall reporter. She spent 10 years at New York Newsday as a reporter on the crime, education, state legislature and New York City Hall beats. She was part of a team that won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Reporting. A native New Yorker, Michele received her B.A. in political science and Italian Literature at UC Berkeley. In 1980, she studied at L’Università di Urbino, in Italy. One of her life's goals is to make her way through each of the world's great wine regions.

Recent Articles

  • 50 things about Hundred Proof

    50 things about Hundred Proof

    Hundred Proof opened in University Heights this summer with a light, airy design that includes lots of reclaimed woods and a well-stocked bar. 1. Notwithstanding its name,  Hundred Proof is a bar  and restaurant. 2. The drinks are a big reason to go. 3. The food might be a bigger reason to go....

  • Pala Casino breaks ground on $170M expansion, new hotel

    Pala Casino breaks ground on $170M expansion, new hotel

    Pala Casino Resort & Spa, which ushered in the era of luxury Las Vegas-style hotels in San Diego, broke ground Tuesday on a $170-million expansion and extensive remodel. The ground breaking ceremony kicked off the demolition of the current swimming pool, signaling the start of a multi-year construction...

  • Star chefs head to the Valle: Will L.A. follow?

    Star chefs head to the Valle: Will L.A. follow?

    Here's what happens when  Nancy Silverton, L.A.'s legendary Goddess of Gluten, gets passionate about something: she obsesses; she perfects; she causes a sensation. That's how her pursuit of the perfect loaf of bread, pizza crust and handmade pasta turned into the wildly successful La Brea Bakery, ...

  • The (restaurant) empire strikes again

    The (restaurant) empire strikes again

    They are San Diego's restaurant royalty, two families and two groups that own more than 50 eateries between them. These homegrown culinary empires span from  National City  to  Oceanside  and encompass everything from take-out taco joints to hyper-hip hotspots and fine-dining enclaves. And while ...

  • Is this the most delicious block in San Diego?

    Is this the most delicious block in San Diego?

      Is this the most delicious block in San Diego? Adams Avenue, between Ohio and 30th streets and its immediate vicinity in  North Park , is home to arguably the best eating in the county, with the perfect blend of trendy and traditional restaurants, a delectable diversity of cuisines and first-rate...

  • Only a partial eclipse in S.D.? No worries, there's still Eclipse Chocolate

    Bummed that only a partial eclipse will be visible in San Diego Monday? Drown yourself in chocolate. Eclipse Chocolate. The South Park artisan sweet shop is keeping the dark event on the light side and holding an Umbral Brunch to mark the rare celestial occurrence. "While it's not visible in all...

  • Pala's first-class food & wine fest back for second year

    Pala's first-class food & wine fest back for second year

    Some food and wine events take a few years to catch on, with organizers, chefs, wineries and festival-goers feeling out what works and what doesn't. Not so for  Pala Casino Spa & Resort's  Starlight Food & Wine Festival - its inaugural bash last August was an instant success. But don't take my...

  • Portland cult ice cream shop opening in Little Italy

    Portland cult ice cream shop opening in Little Italy

    Get ready to line up for  Salt & Straw. No umbrella needed. Portland's cult ice cream shop is opening its first San Diego location in  Little Italy sometime this winter. It's fitting that one of the trendier food brands coming out of Portland (see  Pok Pok,  Voodoo Doughnut and  "Portlandia") would...

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