About Salt & Wind

Aida Mollenkamp Italy

Welcome to Salt & Wind — we're here to help you taste the world!

Salt & Wind is a food-travel company created in 2014 by food and travel expert, Aida Mollenkamp. We started with this online food and travel magazine and, as of 2017, we grew to include our boutique travel arm, Salt & Wind Travel. 


Salt & Wind Travel is a one-of-a-kind boutique travel company. We offer travel services for the food-focused traveler ranging from itinerary planning to private concierge services. But our favorite thing? Our small (max 16 people) group trips to our favorite food destinations.

We travel to the places that share the values we love in our homestate of California — an unique sense of identity, a fierce indie vibe, a love for the outdoors, and an even bigger love for food and drink. That includes Southern California as well as Oahu, Hawaii; Barcelona, Spain; Northern Italy, and Baja California, Mexico. Head to Salt & Wind Travel for more info!


To work with us on Salt & Wind Travel, be it as a guide, agent, vendor, or partner, write us at travel [at] saltandwind [dot] com.

The online magazine, Salt & Wind, is built for and by a community of food and travel lovers. We're always looking for amazing photographers, writers, and recipe developers—to pitch us, please review our Editorial Guidelines then reach out to us at edit [at] saltandwind [dot] com.

If you want to work with us, with Aida directly, or talk to our team, check our Work With Us page. 


The reason we do what we do? Simple: we want to help you taste the world! If we're going to be hanging out, we think there are a few things you should know about us. Here at Salt & Wind we have follow this mantra no matter if we're at home or on the road: 

  • We like to spend time in the unique neighborhoods that make a place special
  • We think local, even when we're traveling the globe so we do our best to highlight independent makers
  • We believe in seasonal eating and cooking whole foods so, sorry, but no deep-fried candy bars here
  • When we're home, we love cooking recipes inspired by our favorite food destinations
  • We like to stay active so we're always looking where to workout or walk when we're on the road
  • We believe cocktail hour, shopping, and quality coffee are our god-given rights



Aida Mollenkamp, Founder and Editor-In-Chief

Aida is a food and travel expert who is on a mission to help travelers taste the world. She is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of the online food and travel magazine, Salt & Wind, and the sister boutique travel company, Salt & Wind Travel.

Aida has extensive background in the travel and food media world, having traveled to over 30 countries and worked in the food world since she was 15. She studied at the Cornell Hotel School and Le Cordon Bleu Paris before joining CHOW Magazine where she worked as Food Editor. Aida then moved to television and hosted the Food Network show, Ask Aida, FoodCrafters on the Cooking Channel, In The Pantry on Yahoo!, and the TasteMade series, Off Menu. Her cookbook, Keys To The Kitchen, is a go-to for home cooks who want to become more adventurous. 

A native Californian, Aida is driven by places with that same creative spirit of the Golden State. She speaks four languages and has lived across the United States as well as in France and Italy. For more on Aida, visit aidamollenkamp.com or find her on social at Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest  

Jackie Bryant, Editor-At-Large & Trips Coordinator

Jackie is a food and travel writer who can often be found in some phase of entering or exiting Mexico. After leaving her native New York and escaping her former career in finance, she relocated to San Diego. Her work can be found at publications like Roads & KingdomsNew WorlderAFAREaterThrillist and The Infatuation, among others. In addition to contributing to Salt & Wind, she's also using her Baja and Spain expertise to help design and execute Salt & Wind's trips.

Julia Cartwright, Editorial Intern

Julia Cartwright is a Junior studying at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration where she is concentrating on the Food and Beverage side of hospitality. She is a native Californian who loves cooking, traveling, and doing both with friends.

Gianna Duda, Marketing and Trips Intern

A proud Washingtonian, Gianna Duda is currently a senior in the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, where she is majoring in Hotel Administration and concentrating in Marketing. Having grown up working in the service industry, Gianna is a lover of all things food and culture, finding enjoyment in meeting new people from all corners of the globe. Working for companies such as Bandier, Gurney's Resorts, SoulCycle, and ThinkFoodGroup by José Andrés, Gianna has been able to pursue endeavors in branding, luxury marketing, and hospitality. As an intern for Salt & Wind, Gianna works on editorial content,marketing, and developing the Salt & Wind Travel brand.

Bradley Chen, Editorial Intern

Bradley is a sophomore studying Hotel Administration at Cornell University. From a young age, he has always been intrigued and inspired by the art of pastry and documents his creations in his baking & lifestyle blog, Brad & Butter. Ultimately, Bradley hopes to inspire other people through the lens of food, photography, and text. Here at Salt & Wind, Bradley helps run our social media platforms and works to keep all of our site content up-to-date.


Ashley MaurerWellness Contributor

Ashley Maurer is a content creator and strategist who's hungry for anything and everything and helps people on their journey towards social media perfection. She covers Wellness stories for Salt & Wind with the aim of helping our readers healthy, centered, and rested when they travel.

Nicole Collins, Beauty Contributor

Nicole loves to travel, cook and dine well nearly as much as she loves beauty. She has 10 years of marketing and brand partnership experience in the beauty industry working with indie and luxury brands and everything in between.

Hayley FeldmanTravel Tips Contributor

Hayley is a food travel writer who was born in Charleston, South Carolina. She currently resides in Venice, California with her husband, Jesse have recently opened their very first, tiny restaurant in Venice Beach, Chez Tex. Hayley writes travel tips and all sorts of food travel stories for Salt & Wind.

Ligaya MalonesHawaii and California Contributor

Ligaya Malones writes about bright spots in food and travel from San Diego and abroad. Ligaya writes travel tips and various food stories about Hawaii, Spain, and California for Salt & Wind. 

Rachel Vermiglio Smith, Italy Contributor

Rachel is an Arizona-born, wanderer at heart who eventually settled down to live the pasta-eating dream in Florence, Italy. Since 2014, she has been working as an Italian culture decoder, writing articles and consulting on all things Italian. When not exploring new restaurants or geeking out over art history, she can be found strolling the Arno river with her bilingual California rescue dog, Stella.


Salt & Wind Media and Press Coverage

The Salt & Wind team has been featured on a variety of media outlets from television to magazines to online destinations. 

If you want to work with us, with Aida directly, or talk to our team, check our Work With Us page. 

Photo by Christine Davis