Sabrina Medora, Host & Writer
With years of experience writing for award-winning publications, organizing dynamic food events around the country, and creating engaging digital media for chefs and restaurants, Sabrina Medora is one of the most multi-faceted voices in the culinary industry.
Born in Canada and raised in India, America, and Singapore, Medora credits her love for food and adventurous palate to her upbringing. At Indiana University, Medora majored in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and English—all of which helped her to understand human psychology and its power through the written word. Medora went on to earn her Master’s of Arts in Humanities and Creative Writing at The University of Chicago. Medora is also a certified copy-editor (Centennial College) and digital marketing manager (New York University).
After several years of working in advertising, Sabrina left corporate America to pursue her dream of being a food writer full time. In addition to national magazines like Bon Appetit and Plate Magazine, Sabrina’s work has been published in a large number of regional outlets like Eater, On Tap, Edible, and various Modern Luxury publications.
In 2018, Medora launched Un-Plated, a national multimedia platform dedicated to celebrating the little-known stories and unsung heroes of the restaurant industry. The rapidly-growing platform is fueled by Medora’s belief that too little is being done to share the real stories of what it’s like to work in the restaurant industry. Un-Plated aims to build deeper connections between the people who work in restaurants and the people who covet the dining out experience. In Medora’s own words, “It’s not about what’s on the plate, it’s about the people who got it there.”
In her spare time, Medora enjoys napping, practicing yoga, watching competitive cooking shows, and re-reading Harry Potter books. Medora lives in Virginia with her husband and their mischievous Goldendoodle, Albus.
Taylor Meehan, Video Strategist
Taylor Meehan joins Un-Plated after several years in the food & beverage industry. Meehan is a marketing/art director and graphic designer from Ohio who currently resides in the PNW. In 2014, she graduated with a degree in Visual Communication Technology and a minor in Marketing from Bowling Green State University. Passionate about the hospitality industry, Meehan enjoys wearing a lot of hats and taking on a large role within a company. When she’s not working you can find her on the ferry, exploring the great outdoors (preferably with an eno hammock,) guessing your zodiac sign, doodling on her iPad, watching live music, or hangin’ with her cat Stevie Nicks.
Samantha Crafton, Public Relations
After graduating from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Communications Studies, Samantha went on to work for some of Chicago’s top agencies. In 2012, she moved to Las Vegas to work with some of The Strip’s most exciting nightclubs and restaurants like TAO Asian Bistro and TAO Beach at the Venetian Resort & Casino and Marquee Dayclub/Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan.
Samantha subsequently returned to Chicago to launch Samantha Crafton Public Relations (SCPR,) an innovative, results-driven PR company. With offices in Chicago and Washington DC, SCPR creates and executes customized campaigns for clients in the restaurant/bar, hospitality and luxury lifestyle industries. SCPR’s practices are largely driven by Samantha’s belief in “wholistic PR” – an approach that incorporates all aspects of publicity, media relations and branding. Over the years, Samantha has built and extensive network of national press contacts, influencers and industry connectors, all of which assist in increasing brand awareness for SCPR’s clients and partners.
In her spare time Samantha enjoys traveling, drinking champagne and pushing herself to limit with an OrangeTheory workout class.
Samantha has been featured on CBS 2 Chicago’s “Small Business Pulse,” Medium.com and Voyage Chicago.
Samantha / SCPR is proud to be the Agency of Record for Un-Plated!