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

“When I work with freelance writers, I’m always looking for three characteristics: good writing, good reporting, and good communication. Usually, I have to settle for writers who check just two of those three boxes. Amanda Baltazar is one of the rare writers who checks all three. I can always trust that she’ll do a fantastic job, and she’s a pleasure to work with, to boot.”

Sam Oches

Editor | QSR Magazine

“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 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