Michele Parente


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

  • Vegan menu conquers a carnivore

    Vegan menu conquers a carnivore

    Vegetarians have long sought refuge from meat at Italian restaurants, where there is always safety in pizza, pasta and buratta. But for vegans, even Italian food offers few choices - what with the cuisine's reliance on eggs for fresh noodles, cream and butter for many sauces, and cheese for just...

  • San Diego on menu for new 'Top Chef' season

    San Diego on menu for new 'Top Chef' season

    "Top Chef's" new season is taking a California road trip and for the first time, San Diego is on the map. The popular Bravo reality TV show, which has turned "cheftestants" like Richard Blais, Michael Voltaggio and Brian Malarkey into celebrity chefs, returns for its 13th season with a two-night...

  • Stagecoach lineup revealed

    Stagecoach lineup revealed

    Country mega-stars Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan will headline the 2016 Stagecoach Festival - a top-tier lineup almost identical to last year's. In 2014, Church, Bryan and Jason Aldean were the main attractions at the three-day festival in Indio that's come to be known as "the country...

  • Dining around Petco Park? Eat here

    Dining around Petco Park? Eat here

    With a rebuilt Padres team, Opening Day at Petco Park last week took on an extra air of excitement. But anybody keeping score on downtown's dining scene knows that every day seems like opening day, with new restaurants launching at a faster clip than a Craig Kimbrel pitch. Happily for fans, the...

  • Addison gets two James Beard noms

    Addison gets two James Beard noms

    Addison, the critically acclaimed restaurant at The Grand Del Mar, was nominated Wednesday for two James Beard Awards, considered the Oscars of the food world. Executive chef William Bradley was named a semifinalist for Best Chef: West. Addison's wine program, which is overseen by wine director...

  • Sam cooking up interest in Baja

    Sam cooking up interest in Baja

    Sam "The Cooking Guy" Zien was telling a neighbor recently about an upcoming trip to Tijuana he was taking in his new role as a culinary ambassador for the Baja California Ministry of Tourism when he got some parting advice. "Don't get shot," Zien remembers his neighbor joking. "That's exactly...

  • Local Baja/SD chef to appear on 'The Taste'

    Local Baja/SD chef to appear on 'The Taste'

    Mex-Med maestro chef Javier Plascencia will appear on Thursday as a guest mentor on ABC's "The Taste," in an episode aptly titled "Latin." Appearing with some of the biggest names in the food world - Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson - Plascencia will gain national...

  • Restaurant Revisit: Terra on Solid Ground

    Restaurant Revisit: Terra on Solid Ground

    When Jeff Rossman moved his Terra American Bistro from Hillcrest to El Cajon Boulevard and 70th Street in 2011, you would have thought he transported the pioneering farm-to-table restaurant to El Centro. Where is he going? Isn't that - gasp! - in La Mesa? Such was the reaction from local foodies,...