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Saimi has nicknamed her hips “Research” and “Development.” Yes, she has taken a few calories for the team, but believes the resultant culinary tours are worth the sacrifice. And the cellulite.
Along with partner, Jennifer Mastroianni, Saimi spent countless hours combing city streets, trolling tiny towns and roaming rolling countrysides to find (and eat) the best-kept secrets and local specialties that are the hallmark of Foodie Field Trips. Before claiming a spot on a tour, every featured delicacy has to pass Saimi’s demanding taste test. Twice. Or, in the case of baked goods, three times.
Saimi was a food writer, travel writer and consumer writer for more than 22 years. She wrote food stories and restaurant reviews for the Repository newspaper in Canton and for About Magazine in Stark County. She has led culinary-themed cruises, and has given countless cooking demos, including an annual appearance at the Ohio State Fair. She has judged numerous cooking contests, from the National Dandelion Cookoff in Ohio to the National Chicken Cook-Off in Birmingham, Alabama.
Saimi and Mark raised Erik, the omnivore, and Katrina, the vegetarian, both of whom grew up to be accomplished, fearless cooks. In her spare time, Saimi grows herbs and vegetables, reads voraciously, putters with crafts and struggles with a cookbook addiction.
When Jennifer Mastroianni, co-founder of Foodie Field Trips, bowed out after year three, Saimi drafted husband Mark, to join her in this cuilinary adventure.
Mark is a retired faculty member from the University of Mount Union, where he was also the general manager of the radio station, WRMU.