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

  • Gaslamp's Bice closing today

    Gaslamp's Bice closing today

    Bice, the popular, elegant Italian restaurant in the Gaslamp is closing today. Partner and executive chef Mario Cassineri attributed the closure - dinner service tonight will be its last - to lower demand and higher costs. "Unfortunately, fine dining does not have the draw it once had," Cassineri...

  • 5 places to eat like a superhero during Comic-Con

    5 places to eat like a superhero during Comic-Con

    Congratulations, you made it to  Comic-Con - evil online badge lotteries and expense be damned. You're officially the envy of every nerd and cool kid on the planet and beyond. But this week, not even your ticket invincibility is going to grant you more time (wait, they're  already lining up for...

  • La Mesa: The next culinary hotspot

    La Mesa: The next culinary hotspot

      It's the most prevalent sign of the times on La Mesa Boulevard - "Coming Soon." There it is on the future  Fourpenny House, whose front window at 8323 La Mesa Blvd. proclaims it's bringing bread, beer and sprits to the street. There's  Curbside Eatery + Drinkery, with its announcement that it's...

  • Inside Little Italy's latest high-end hotspot

    Inside Little Italy's latest high-end hotspot

    San Diego ready to rediscover the fine art of fine dining? The trio behind Born & Raised -  Little Italy 's next splashy, big-ticket restaurant - sure hope so. On Monday, restaurateur Arsalun Tafazoli, designer Paul Basile and executive chef Jason McLeod gave us a sneak peek of the still-under-construction,...

  • Kettner Exchange to host Napa's Cakebread

    Kettner Exchange to host Napa's Cakebread

    If you want flashy, this dinner isn't for you. If you want polish, quality and deliciousness, have a seat. Little Italy's  Kettner Exchange and Napa's Cakebread Cellar - both curiously under the radar - are coming together for a five-course wine dinner that will put them, and keep them, on your...

  • Taste of Adams Ave. spans a world of deliciousness

    Taste of Adams Ave. spans a world of deliciousness

    Hungry for something to do this weekend? Here's why the Taste of Adams Avenue should be on your menu plan. When it is: Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Why you should go: Like a scrumptious (not-annoying) visit to "It's a Small World," follow the global flavors along San Diego's tastiest thoroughfare from...

  • SD food event to be by application only

    SD food event to be by application only

    Editor's note: An earlier version of this story said that the Berry Good Foundation event was free. According to the event website, "There will be a fee to attend Berry Good Night on a sliding scale (more details to come). All proceeds will benefit the Berry Good Food Foundation." If you think...

  • Liberty Station holds first 'Taste Of'

    Liberty Station holds first 'Taste Of'

    In this month of "Taste Of" events, Liberty Station's is notable - it's the first. Here's what you need to know. When: June 21, 5-9 p.m. Why you should go: Already blessed with a bevy of quality eateries, the opening of Liberty Public Market last year put Liberty Station on the foodie map. Music...

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