Food & Wine Is Moving South

The magazine also gets a new editor in Hunter Lewis

Food & Wine magazine is moving down to Birmingham, Ala., a move that will place the publication in the same space as other Time Inc. food titles that use the Birmingham building that contains 28 test kitchens, a show kitchen, tasting room and over a dozen video and photo studios.

It’s not the only big change coming to the magazine. Editor in chief Nilou Motamed, who took over for longtime editor Dana Cowin last year, will not be making the move and is leaving the publication. Taking her place is Cooking Light EIC Hunter Lewis, who will now be EIC for both titles. Stacey Rivera gets a promotion as well, from director, digital content, Cooking Light and MyRecipes to digital director, food, for Time Inc.

“Hunter Lewis spent years as a restaurant cook before becoming an award-winning editor. The combination of Hunter’s impeccable credentials to lead Food & Wine and Stacey’s proven record for optimizing digital food content across video, social and mobile gives us the ideal team for this dynamic and beloved brand,” said Time Inc. luxury & lifestyle editorial director Nathan Lump in a statement. “Hunter and Stacey themselves live the Food & Wine lifestyle, and they understand the special quality of this audience, with its abiding passion for experiencing the very best, whether at home, at restaurants and bars or on their travels.” Lump also acknowledging the outgoing EIC, saying, “I want to thank Nilou for her leadership, her vision and her many contributions in moving the brand forward. We wish her well.”

Since its inception in 1978, that “Food & Wine lifestyle” has kept the magazine in New York. But with rising costs, for residents, restaurateurs, and the magazine/parent company Time Inc. itself, the idea is that there is a sizable audience and high-end food culture outside of New York to render that New York terroir unnecessary.

But it won’t be a complete break. Some of Food & Wine’s staff will remain in New York, including the advertising/marketing and digital teams, though it’s unclear what exactly the breakdown between New York and Birmingham-based staff will look like.