OUR TEAM

Whetstone Magazine debuted in the spring of 2017 with the mission of championing food to expand human empathy. Whetstone works with a team of global creatives representing over a dozen countries. As a minority-owned publisher, we’re proud to say this venture is led by a team of women and people of color. We believe that diversity isn’t just noteworthy, it’s what makes our work so essential.

When the gatekeepers are diverse, so too are the stories, its tellers and their experiences. This diversity accelerates our collective knowledge and empathy. Whetstone is unequivocally and gratefully a better publication because of it.

Self proclaimed “Origin Forager” Stephen is a food writer, multimedia producer and founder of Whetstone Magazine.Before his career in media, he was social entrepreneur, advocating for wine as a catalyst for economic development for black and indigenous wine workers in South Africa’s Western Cape.  Stephen is a sommelier in recovery, having spent more than a decade working in fine restaurants throughout the United States. In addition to founding and editing Whetstone, he’s written for  Esquire ,  Wall Street Journal ,  SF Chronicle, NY Magazine  and several other notable magazines and newspapers.

Self proclaimed “Origin Forager” Stephen is a food writer, multimedia producer and founder of Whetstone Magazine.Before his career in media, he was social entrepreneur, advocating for wine as a catalyst for economic development for black and indigenous wine workers in South Africa’s Western Cape.

Stephen is a sommelier in recovery, having spent more than a decade working in fine restaurants throughout the United States. In addition to founding and editing Whetstone, he’s written for Esquire, Wall Street Journal, SF Chronicle, NY Magazine and several other notable magazines and newspapers.

Stephen Satterfield
Co-Founder

Melissa leads the firms’ business strategy and operations. Her experience advising new food and beverage ventures, as well as her culinary background in the kitchen, most recently as a Chef de Partie at  Quince Restaurant  in San Francisco provide a unique purview into the culinary world.  Melissa began her career in finance, working for one of the largest private investment managers before going on to join the Capital Markets team at Funding Circle, where she developed and led initiatives to build one of the largest small business lending marketplaces in the US.

Melissa leads the firms’ business strategy and operations. Her experience advising new food and beverage ventures, as well as her culinary background in the kitchen, most recently as a Chef de Partie at Quince Restaurant in San Francisco provide a unique purview into the culinary world.

Melissa began her career in finance, working for one of the largest private investment managers before going on to join the Capital Markets team at Funding Circle, where she developed and led initiatives to build one of the largest small business lending marketplaces in the US.

Melissa Shi
Co-Founder

David Alexander is an independent multimedia journalist and documentary filmmaker/director with over 10+ years producing films on behalf of clients from all over the world. David earned his Masters degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2011.  His work has appeared in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and ESPN. His work for organizations such as The Elton John AIDS Foundation, The Starkey Hearing Foundation, and others, has helped raise large sums of financial support, as well as public awareness for a variety of targeted developmental goals worldwide.

David Alexander is an independent multimedia journalist and documentary filmmaker/director with over 10+ years producing films on behalf of clients from all over the world. David earned his Masters degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2011.

His work has appeared in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and ESPN. His work for organizations such as The Elton John AIDS Foundation, The Starkey Hearing Foundation, and others, has helped raise large sums of financial support, as well as public awareness for a variety of targeted developmental goals worldwide.

David Alexander
Partner, Video

George McCalman is an artist and creative director based in San Francisco. He runs a creative studio McCalman.co which produces projects across analog and digital platforms. Additional to designing Whetstone magazine, he has a monthly illustrated culture column called ‘Observed’ in the San Francisco Chronicle. His first book ‘Illustrated Black History’ will be published by Harper Collins in August 2020. His exploits can be followed at @McCalmanCo on Instagram and Twitter.

George McCalman is an artist and creative director based in San Francisco. He runs a creative studio McCalman.co which produces projects across analog and digital platforms. Additional to designing Whetstone magazine, he has a monthly illustrated culture column called ‘Observed’ in the San Francisco Chronicle. His first book ‘Illustrated Black History’ will be published by Harper Collins in August 2020. His exploits can be followed at @McCalmanCo on Instagram and Twitter.

George McCalman

Creative Director

Aliena Cameron is a designer and illustrator living in Oakland, CA. She graduated from the California College of the Arts (CCA) in 2017 with a BFA in Graphic Design. Her work pulls inspiration from pop-culture, music, and narrative fiction, blending whimsical stories with bold graphics. She currently works with George McCalman on a variety of exciting publication and branding projects for specialty clients. To see more of her work visit: alienazoe.com.

Aliena Cameron is a designer and illustrator living in Oakland, CA. She graduated from the California College of the Arts (CCA) in 2017 with a BFA in Graphic Design. Her work pulls inspiration from pop-culture, music, and narrative fiction, blending whimsical stories with bold graphics. She currently works with George McCalman on a variety of exciting publication and branding projects for specialty clients. To see more of her work visit: alienazoe.com.

Aliena Cameron

Designer

Layla Schlack is Senior Editor at  Wine Enthusiast . She's written and edited stories about cooking, dining, spirits, entertaining and travel, as well as developed recipes, in various editorial roles at  Fine Cooking  and  Hemispheres . Her writing has also appeared in TASTE, Extra Crispy, Edible Brooklyn, The Hairpin and The Toast. When she’s not editing  Wine Enthusiast ’s food, spirits and entertaining stories, she can usually be found clanging around her Connecticut kitchen.

Layla Schlack is Senior Editor at Wine Enthusiast. She's written and edited stories about cooking, dining, spirits, entertaining and travel, as well as developed recipes, in various editorial roles at Fine Cooking and Hemispheres. Her writing has also appeared in TASTE, Extra Crispy, Edible Brooklyn, The Hairpin and The Toast. When she’s not editing Wine Enthusiast’s food, spirits and entertaining stories, she can usually be found clanging around her Connecticut kitchen.

Layla Schlack

Whetstone Magazine

A Bay Area native, Celine is a food anthropologist and media producer. Before Whetstone, she worked on Christopher Kimball's Milk Street TV, as well as pre-production for Milk Street Radio. She has worked on events for Cherry Bombe Magazine & Radio and for The New Paris' Lindsay Tramuta's forthcoming book.  Celine earned her Masters in Gastronomy from Boston University in 2019. Through her graduate work, she spent a semester at the American University of Paris studying refugee foodways and the future impact adopted western diets will have on refugees. She is particularly interested in preservation anthropology as it relates to food, meals and recipes.

A Bay Area native, Celine is a food anthropologist and media producer. Before Whetstone, she worked on Christopher Kimball's Milk Street TV, as well as pre-production for Milk Street Radio. She has worked on events for Cherry Bombe Magazine & Radio and for The New Paris' Lindsay Tramuta's forthcoming book.

Celine earned her Masters in Gastronomy from Boston University in 2019. Through her graduate work, she spent a semester at the American University of Paris studying refugee foodways and the future impact adopted western diets will have on refugees. She is particularly interested in preservation anthropology as it relates to food, meals and recipes.

Celine Glasier

Whetstone Journal

Cameron is an undergraduate at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he is finishing degrees in Marketing and Cinema Studies. Using his love for video and writing, Cameron is pursuing a career in amplifying voices and stories that need to be heard. At Whetstone, he hopes to utilize both his creativity and business education to expand the magazine’s various platforms and continue the exploration into food and culture. He is currently studying in Bergen, Norway at the Norwegian School of Economics.

Cameron is an undergraduate at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he is finishing degrees in Marketing and Cinema Studies. Using his love for video and writing, Cameron is pursuing a career in amplifying voices and stories that need to be heard. At Whetstone, he hopes to utilize both his creativity and business education to expand the magazine’s various platforms and continue the exploration into food and culture. He is currently studying in Bergen, Norway at the Norwegian School of Economics.

Cam Vega

Intern

Quentin Lebeau is a recent graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He concentrated in Marketing and leans heavily towards the creative side of business. His real passion is film, both as a consumer, and as a videographer himself. He’s an avid traveller and takes the chance to discover a new place, thing or food whenever the opportunity presents itself.  At Whetstone, Quentin hopes to further developing the Whetstone brand and expanding its mission of championing food to expand human empathy.

Quentin Lebeau is a recent graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He concentrated in Marketing and leans heavily towards the creative side of business. His real passion is film, both as a consumer, and as a videographer himself. He’s an avid traveller and takes the chance to discover a new place, thing or food whenever the opportunity presents itself.

At Whetstone, Quentin hopes to further developing the Whetstone brand and expanding its mission of championing food to expand human empathy.

Quentin Lebeau

Intern