Specializing in food/beverage and retail writing for trade magazines


Contact Amanda

Hi, I’m Amanda.

I am a journalist and writer with 20+ years of experience, mostly working with trade magazines with expertise in food/beverage/restaurants/bars and retail. I cover everything from operations to how to staff a c-suite.

Find my byline in Winsight Grocery Business, FSR and QSR magazines, and restaurant development + design, among other publications. I write for print and online magazines.

Drop me a line if you need a writer, or just to say hi.

Amanda Baltazar, Freelance Journalist

“Amanda is the consummate professional. She always turns in her work on time (or early), gets great information (and photos!) from her sources and writes so well (while triple-checking her work) that I barely need to edit anything or worry about mistakes. She is an editor’s dream!”

Amelia Levin

Editor-in-Chief | National Culinary Review

“Amanda is a first-rate reporter who has a knack for finding the best sources to fit any assignment. She puts time and care into her work, taking deep dives into complex topics and then breaking them down into accessible stories that both inform and engage readers. On a personal level, she is a joy to work with thanks to a positive attitude and the collaborative approach that she brings to every project.”

Nicole Duncan

Editor | FSR Magazine

“Amanda is a phenomenal writer and a joy to work with. Amanda always comes to the table with topics that will create interest and engagement with readers and uncovers insights new to topics. She always meets deadlines and has great communication. Her enthusiasm for journalism shines through her words!”

Isabel Ramirez

Content Marketing Manager | RangeMe

“Whenever Amanda takes on an assignment for FSD, I know it’s in good hands. There can be a lot of “inside baseball” in the industry we cover, but she dives right into the topic at hand and really nails it. She’s a great communicator, skilled storyteller and lovely to work with. I highly recommend her.”

Kelsey Nash

Editor-in-Chief | FoodService Director

“I have had the pleasure of working with Amanda Baltazar in a freelance capacity for a number of years now. I’ve assigned her countless stories on a variety of topics during my time as editor in chief and now editorial director of two different trade publications. Whatever the topic at hand, Amanda delivers well-written and -researched copy on or before deadline. She is a consummate professional and an asset to any editorial team looking to expand its stable of freelance writers.”

Jennifer Strailey

Editorial Director | The Packer

“Amanda is proactive, reliable and talented. She produces quality work tailored appropriately to our niche audience, meets deadlines, and demonstrates professionalism every step of the way!”

Shannon Hurd

Editor in Chief | Vows Magazine

“Amanda is always a pleasure to work with. She turns in articles on time that are complete, well-considered, and well written that provide a great variety of excellent sources. She’s communicative but never gets mad when I’m impossible to reach.”

Rebecca Kilbreath

Editor in Chief | Restaurant Development + Design Magazine

“Amanda is a self-starter who proactively pitches ideas that are both interesting and relevant to our specialized reader base. She is a hard worker and relentlessly pursues stories that other reporters might give up on. She is also easy to work with. A true gem.”

Julie Gallagher

Managing Editor | Specialty Food Magazine