Lisa Comento is a social media strategist, public relations expert, writer, and event planner specializing in food, wine, and travel. Based in Washington, D.C., she is an advocate of sustainable foodways, cooking well, and eating wisely. Throughout her career, Lisa has worked diligently to increase the online presence and reach of various epicurean activities. Well respected for her extensive work and presence with Italian culture and viticulture, Lisa uses her writing as a means to share behind the scenes access into the ever-changing world of dining, drinking, and traveling
As a social media strategist, Lisa has developed effective campaigns for authors, chefs, wineries, including Chef Amy Riolo. She has also covered food and wine events on Twitter for organizations and companies such as Cultural Tourism D.C.’s Embassy Chef Challenge events and Bookalokal’s Taste of the Nation D.C. and Chefs Behind Bars fundraisers that support Share Our Strength’s #NoKidHungry campaign. She regularly participates and helps promote the weekly global Twitter chat #FoodieChats and has worked with numerous companies to increase their visibility through social media.
Lisa has utilized her event planning skills to educate hundreds of wine aficionados on wine and the art of wine tasting. She credits her love of wine to her Sicilian heritage and California upbringing. Her passion grew after living and studying abroad for one semester in Florence, Italy. Years later after college and relocating to the East Coast with her family she worked for nearly five years at Fabbioli Cellars in Leesburg, VA. She began as their D.C. sales rep and that same year began representing them at wine festivals and working behind the bar.
As a writer, she promotes both the culinary scene as well as the travel and wine industries. Lisa has interviewed and promoted chefs and restaurants throughout the D.C. metropolitan area and beyond including Chef Ferhat Yalcin of Drift on 7th, Chef Louis Goral formerly of Rural Society and Chef Sebastien Rondier formerly of After Peacock Room.
Lisa wrote for FoodableTV.com and her own blog www.lisacomento.com. She studied Journalism at Sonoma State University where she was the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the campus paper, The Star. During which time she had the unique opportunity to interview both Coldplay via email and the Mighty Mighty BossTones out of Boston before a show in the Bay Area. To fuse her fondness of food and music, Lisa also co-founded #PushPlayEat, a social media venture that cross-promoted food and music. Unfortunately, the site is on hold.
In addition, she utilizes her artistic talents to update restaurant chalkboards. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a paid artist of sorts in the city.
Lisa enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering for Surfrider Foundation, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, CulinAerie, Share Our Strength, Smithsonian Institution, and American Heart Association. She is a member of Slow Food USA, Culinary Historians of Washington, National Italian American Foundation and National Organization of Italian American Women.
When she is not exploring new restaurants or events in the city you can find her in the kitchen cooking, drawing, traveling, hiking, doing yoga or on a road trip with friends.