Audarshia Townsend is a Chicago-based author, seasoned food and beverage writer, and regular contributor to Esquire and Chicago’s top-rated “WGN Morning News." Her "LIVE! Culinary Series" on Instagram showcases local and national industry experts
with introspective interviews and virtual tours of the most-buzzed about establishments. Previously, she was Restaurant Inc.’s managing editor and podcast host, and her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Essence,
Los Angeles Times, Playboy.com, World’s 50 Best Bars and Anthony Bourdain’s Exploring Parts Unknown. She’s also discussed food and drink trends on several local television and radio shows, was a featured expert on The Travel Channel, and served
as a judge three years in a row for the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants. She has been a champion for BIPOC and women in the hospitality industry throughout her journalism career, spotlighting chefs, bartenders, restaurateurs, sommeliers
and others. Additionally, during her tenure as managing editor at Restaurant Inc., she fearlessly covered topical women's issues, including numerous front-line #metoo stories behind the bar and in the kitchen. Audarshia enjoys discovering
new dining and drinking trends in her hometown and beyond.