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

  • 'Top Chef' leaving Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen

    'Top Chef' leaving Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen

    Top Chef alum Giselle Wellman (who was recently featured in PACIFIC's March magazine) is leaving Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen, only nine months after headlining her first San Diego restaurant. "My year was up," Wellman said Sunday, referring to the timing of her contract with the restaurant...

  • At home with Top Chef Richard Blais

    At home with Top Chef Richard Blais

    A Top Chef's home kitchen, a master mixologist's home bar, a stylist-to-the-stars' home closet, a celebrated interior designer's home décor and a prominent architect's, well, home, beg the question - how do professional San Diegans bring their work home? Open their doors and see. In the kitchen...

  • Women chefs at 'Festa' in a league of their own

    Women chefs at 'Festa' in a league of their own

    If sisterhood is powerful, then Cucina Enoteca's annual celebration of women is going to be a veritable culinary and philanthropic knockout. Tracy Borkum, owner of the Del Mar restaurant, has lined up eight of San Diego's most notable female chefs and eight top female winemakers, brewers and distillers...

  • These steaks are no mystery meat

    These steaks are no mystery meat

    As a conscientious restaurant-goer circa 2017, you may only order coffee from a direct-trade farm in Kenya, chicken from Mary's Free Range in the San Joaquin Valley, and organic produce picked exclusively from San Diego's Suzie's Farm.  So where's your steak from? Peruse a steakhouse menu and you'll...

  • Trust in the offerings of Trust

    Trust in the offerings of Trust

    I wish I had set a timer to see how long the busser took to set the table next to ours at Trust one recent night.  Leaning over with the precision of a surgeon, he laid the silverware down just so, then the napkin and glassware. Done? Not quite, but almost. He started measuring the distance between...

  • Grand Del Mar regains Forbes' highest rating

    Grand Del Mar regains Forbes' highest rating

    The Fairmont Grand Del Mar is once again among the world's most prestigious resorts, regaining its Forbes triple five-star rating after it was missing from the 2016 list. The 2017 ranking, announced by the Forbes Travel Guide Feb. 22, awarded five stars to the hotels at the Grand Del Mar in Carmel...

  • La Jolla urban winery pours on the quality

    La Jolla urban winery pours on the quality

    I'll admit that when I first heard about LJ Crafted Wines, in La Jolla, its premise sounded like a gimmick: Wine made almost entirely outside of San Diego flows directly from barrels that use a newfangled way to keep the juice fresh. I'll also admit that after visiting the airy, hip Bird Rock urban...

  • Pala spa rated among the best

    Pala spa rated among the best

      The spa at Pala Casino Spa & Resort has been named the third best in North America by one of the leading travel and wellness websites in the country.   In its recently released survey, Spas of America also ranked the Pala spa No. 1 in California and No. 1 out of all U.S. casinos. Bill Bembenek,...

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