Eat. Drink. Gather. Grow.

At Edible Tampa Bay, we tell the story of our region’s local, seasonal food culture: what to eat, where to find it, how to make it, and who is growing it. We believe that knowing where our food comes from is powerful, and that being connected to the land and waters that produce Florida’s unique bounty gives us a strong sense of place. Food brings us together. Food creates community.

We’re a member of the James Beard Award-winning Edible Communities, which lists 90 publications nationwide, and is the largest media organization devoted to telling the stories and supporting the efforts of our local farmers, chefs, food artisans, fishers and brewers.

We’re on the web, on social media, and four times a year we produce a stunning print magazine that celebrates greater Tampa Bay’s flourishing food and drink scene.

Robin Trohn Sussingham

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

Robin is the Publisher and Editor In Chief of Edible Tampa Bay. She saved up all her allowance money to buy her first tape recorder at age 10, and has been reporting, writing, broadcasting and publishing ever since.

She was a familiar voice for many years on Tampa’s NPR station, WUSF, where she won awards for reporting on honey bees and lots of other things; she hosted WUSF’s current affairs program, Florida Matters; and she created the Florida food podcast, The Zest.

Over the course of her career, Robin has hosted a daily call-in show in Salt Lake City; been the health editor at a daily newspaper in north Texas; published a magazine in North Wales; and covered many national stories for NPR, as well as publications like Newsday, the Times of London, the Tampa Bay Times, epicurious and others. Robin is an avid home cook and baker, and even (briefly) owned a popular cookie delivery business.

Robin is a big fan of her hometown, Lakeland. She’s a lazy gardener but is trying to improve; she has an insatiable sweet tooth; and a crowded dinner table with her husband and three grown sons is her happy place. A Florida native, she loves warm weather and everything that goes with it – Dark and Stormies, ice cream, beach breezes and a day on the water.


Melissa Santell

Creative Director

Meet Melissa Santell, the Creative Director of Edible Tampa Bay. She’s a native New Yorker with a taste for bringing ideas to life – in the kitchen and at the office. Melissa is a published cookbook author and founder of photography + branding studio, FoodxFeels. Her childhood dream of becoming a food critic has led her to where she is today. While “food critic” isn’t the formal title she wears, she’s carved out her own journey that involves: eating, working side by side with chefs and creatively elevating restaurants through swoon-worthy photos and copywriting.

When Melissa isn’t in the office, you can likely find her indulging in a gigantic bowl of Sunday Sauce, working at her family’s Italian restaurant or writing poetry with a glass of Cab Franc nearby.