Meet the Team

Brian Johnson
Founder & Editor
A DC lobbyist with a serious food addiction who founded HungryLobbyist.com after being a casting finalist for 2012 Chopped “Amateur Chefs” n The Food Network. The @HungryLobbyist Instagram page was named by Thrillist as one of the top Instagram’s in DC to follow, and has been named to the Washington Life Magazine “Young & The Guest List” in every year from 2013-2016, in recognition for his founding of HungryLobbyist.com and his day job.
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Abby
Contributor
Abby's day-turned-night job is restaurants, and when she isn't hitting the corporate office of one of DC's largest fast casual groups she's hitting the DC restaurant scene. Born and raised in Maryland, she reconciles the District's lack of decent crab houses with its ever-growing plethora of delicious food.
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Aida
Contributor
Aida is a true Arab at heart, where food is central to her life. She has breakfast while thinking what's for lunch. Aida was diagnosed with Arthritis in 2011 and as part of her recovery she has to be glutenfree, which if you’ve tried Middle Eastern food is very difficult to do. Follow her adventures as she finds the most satisfying dining experiences for you in DC and shows you how delicious glutenfree food can be! Yum.
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Alli Tucker
Contributor
Alli Tucker (“Tuck Tuck” as some call her) is a born Hoosier, or Boilermaker, as she likes to point out. Growing up with a family in the poultry business (Duck yeah!), she was always trying new restaurants. This led to her [un]healthy obsession to try as many restaurants in Washington as humanly, and financially, possible. She has quickly checked off a lot on her long restaurant to-try list, but is always looking for someone to try the next place with. Just be careful, if you plan to join one of these meals, you will be expected to share your food with her.
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Andie
Contributor
Andie splits her time between eating, photographing and dancing around DC. She has lived (and eaten) in many cities including Tel Aviv, Shanghai, Ann Arbor and Baltimore. As someone who loves to document and share what she (and other people) are eating, it makes sense that Andie created Tel Aviv's most active food Instagram account, falafullTLV. Although Andie hates carbonation, you may find her at a bar exploring her new interest in beer.
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Andrea
Contributor
Andrea is a Buffalonian turned Washingtonian (#Shaw), who grew up in a family of restaurateurs. She is a proud patron of the DC food renaissance, to which she donates large portions of her savings account every month. An avid traveler, Andrea's only known super power is finding great food in a new place, often in the unlikeliest of locations. She is constantly chasing her cravings across the District (or the world) and is obsessed with finding her next life changing meal. 
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Ashley
Contributor
Ashley learned to cook and bake in suburban New Jersey, thanks to Betty Crocker. She loves to explore food and culture through travel. After a childhood of dipping chicken nuggets in honey mustard, her most adventurous meal to date was cricket tacos (okay fine, it was just a bite). She was schooled in beer culture at the finest cafés and bars in Brussels (shout out to Delirium and its 3,162 different beers). When not dreaming of drinking rosé in the Jardin des Tuileries, she satisfies her wanderlust with DC's diverse dining scene. She's still on the hunt though for a place here that can make a true Taylor ham, egg, and cheese.
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Callan
Contributor & #CookingNOPI Columnist
Callan is originally from CT, but moved to DC a year ago to pursue her master’s in journalism at Georgetown University. She is an avid lover of seafood and will order octopus anytime she spots it on a menu. Seriously, all octopi beware. When she isn’t going out to eat and exploring the restaurant scene of DC, she is cooking in her studio apartment kitchen. Right now, she is working on cooking every recipe in Yotam Ottolenghi’s NOPI cookbook and writing about it in her #CookingNOPI column. But if she isn’t eating out, cooking, or doing school work, you can probably catch her running a 10k somewhere around DC.
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Dana
Contributor
You can take the girl out of jersey, but you can't take the jersey out of the girl. That's the saying right? Anyways, Dana's a northern girl living in the heart of DC on a constant quest to find the best appetizers, pizza, and breakfast sandwiches in town. She’s been on a seafood diet for a long time… i.e. she sees food and she eats it *insert crying smiling emoji here* When she’s not laughing at her own jokes or hunting for live music in the District you can find her lost in the Target home section, searching for silver lab puppies, or with a full shopping cart of things she doesn't need at Trader Joe's. If she’s not dining out, she’s usually busy in her own kitchen channeling her inner Monica Geller. Anyways, have I mentioned she's from jersey?
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Erik
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Erik is the Associate Editor of a financial services consulting firm website, a Virginia native, and a proud believer that you should never put ketchup on a hot dog. Erik’s hobbies include baseball, beer, bourbon, and watching Anthony Bourdain — though he’s never been one to back down from a Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives marathon. In his spare time, Erik likes to watch movies, follow what Bryce Harper is eating on Instagram, and check D.C.-area restaurants and breweries off his bucket list.
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Gabby
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Gabby hails from New York, land of the greatest pizza and bagels and finds herself on a never-ending quest to fulfill her love for the sweet carbs here in the nation's capital. When she isn't hustling on the Hill lobbying for one of America's largest retailers, she is reading Eater's heat map, WaPo food, and stalking Open Table and Resy for seats at the newest restaurants to call DC home. To compliment all of her eating, you can find Gabby at one of the city's fitness studios sweating it out so she can dig into a Le Diplomate cheese plate and glass of Rose later.
Greer
Contributor
Greer is a steak, cupcake and whiskey enthusiast with a wicked appetite. Despite hailing from Massachusetts and living in D.C., the most political thing about Greer is her hometown zip code, 01776. Greer is an entry level foodie and has been dubbed the foodie friend. Always ripe with brunch and date night recs, she has a never ending “try this next” bucket list and more eating experience than she’d like to put on paper.
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Haley
Contributor
During the week you can find Haley desperately guzzling a cup o' joe in the wee hours of the morning to stay alert for her cable news job. On the weekends you'll spot her seeking out the swankiest brunch spots, wandering through Smithsonians, or hitting the links. She has lived in four states and three countries. Haley is making the most of her post-grad life by wiggling her way into the cocktail and festival scene. She has an inclination towards strong pour-over coffee, hard copy news papers, spicy bourbon cocktails, and is happiest when she lands a flawless pun.
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District of Duffy
Contributor
Duffy resides in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of DC. His favorite activities include hanging out at the gardens of the National Cathedral and various dog parks throughout DC. Duffy is a Bichon Frise and he loves good food, good company and a great patio. A social butterfly, he loves to explore new beer gardens and dog-friendly restaurants and bars in the DC area. His ghostwriter is his Momager, Jen. A Federal employee by day, Jen’s true passion is making DC a more dog-friendly city and finding new ways to incorporate our pets in everyday life. When Duffy isn’t posing for the camera you will find him at the dog park or patio. You can follow Duffy and Jen’s adventures on Instagram @DistrictDuffy and @jenhdz53
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Lizzie
Contributor
A proud Massachusetts native and even prouder DC foodie, Lizzie has been eating and drinking her way through The District since 2008. She is the founder of "DistrictFood" on Instagram, which features snapshots of DC's best food and drink, as well as her personal homecooking and culinary adventures. Hobbies include: avocado toast, bourbon, and binge watching Investigation Discovery.
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Lizzy
Contributor & Beauty and The Beet Columnist
Lizzy is a West Coast girl with a Southern heart who has somehow found herself living on the East Coast. She’s a law school graduate, Senate committee staffer, model and a former Miss DC USA pageant queen. Don't worry, she's smarter than she looks. Her column, Beauty and the Beet, is an entertaining guide to travel, food and fashion that both men and women alike can look to as their all-encompassing going out guide in DC and beyond. Beauty and the Beet is food, booze and clothes that like Lizzy, won’t take itself too seriously! (Boomer Sooner and Go Nats!)
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Macy
Contributor
Macy is a true lover of all things food, which is why she dedicated her career to it. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at both a hospital and a med-spa. She is from a small town in Central Illinois, but just recently moved from the West Coast where she learned to love craft beer and a good burrito. Her hobbies include beer tasting, yoga, her puppy, fighting the never-ending battle against fad diets, foodtography, and working out to eat. {Everything in moderation, that's what I live by!}
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Meghan
Contributor
Born and raised in south Mississippi, Meghan has been an expert on all things fried and/or pickled for more years than she will admit. Like everyone else in DC she's "technically a lawyer" but "doesn't really practice". Having lived in Los Angeles, Italy, and Uganda, her love for good food and good drink is far reaching. When she's not experimenting with fermentation or homemade hot sauce, she's posted up taking full advantage of Fiola's happy hour menu.
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Hangry Michelle
Contributor
Hangry Michelle is a DC local with a knack for cooking and an obsession for tasty local restaurants. She developed a passion for food at a young age, while watching Julia Child on Saturday mornings, and taught herself how to cook during college (after one too many hot pockets). From there, Michelle worked her way from assistant to Chef/Instructor at Culinaria Cooking School, where she has been teaching hangry people since 2015. She is passionate about supporting all things local and sustainable, but understands that when the hanger sets in, anything is possible. You can keep up with Michelle and her recipes on her blog at hangrydistrict.com.
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Mike O.
Contributor
Mike O'Brien is a native Midwesterner who has been in D.C. long enough to explosion of new bars and restaurants in the city. He misses the jukebox at Stetson's (RIP) and usually stockpiles coffee and bread from Zingerman's Delicatessen in his freezer after visits back home.
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Reed
Contributor
Reed’s obsession with food started in elementary school after watching Emeril Live on the Food Network (Ask him about his Julia Child story.) Years later his love for food and cooking hasn’t changed. A product manager at a trade association by day, Reed spends his free time interning in restaurant kitchens and in search of the city’s spiciest foods. Reed adamantly claims he ate pizza with ranch before it was cool and that any pizza is a personal pizza with the right attitude.
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Sarah
Contributor
Sarah is a marketer by day, and a dedicated DC cocktail and cuisine taste tester by night and weekend. Her unrelenting case of wanderlust is just as insatiable as her appetite, and because of it she's on a mission to explore endlessly and make the journey delicious. Any menu that includes the words "small plates" gives her anxiety.
Shannon
Contributor
A bibliophile to the core and a foodie at heart, Shannon naturally spends most of her days working with chemists. When she’s not planning the next symposium, you’ll find her experimenting in the kitchen and trying all the unique cuisines DC has to offer. Not one for picky eating, Shannon’s life goal is to eat her way around the world. If only there were passport stamps for food.
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The Style Lobbyist
Style Contributor
Mary-Margaret's roots run deep in the heart of Texas, back to San Antonio, from generations of restaurateurs and food service operators. With an affinity for interior styling, Mary-Margaret considers herself a front-of-the-house person. She makes first-class breakfast tacos and even better reservations. As a former Hill staffer, recovering from K Street, periodic fundraiser, founder of the THE STYLE LOBBYIST, and self-proclaimed runner-up for Miss High Kick Texas, Mary-Margaret can always be found styling homes, wearing sequins, and hosting dinner parties at her Capitol Hill rowhouse.
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Ally
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Minnie
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Natasha
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