Meet Team Salt & Wind

Aida at Malibu Pier | Photo by Robin Jolin | #saltandwind


Aida Mollenkamp, Founder and Editor-In-Chief

Aida is a food travel expert and the founder of Salt & Wind and Salt & Wind Travel. 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. She has visited over 30 countries, lived north, south, east, and even across the pond, and is always in search of ways to make life more delicious. For more, visit

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Grace Helfrich, Marketing and Public Relations 

Grace started her career working for clients such as L’Oreal Paris and MARS Snackfoods. She eventually became Director of Marketing at Pelican Studios where she managed her clients’ social media programs. She focuses on growing our brand presence and creating strategic collaborations. 

Kristin Beasley, Director of Editorial Partnerships

Kristin has over 12 years of experience in advertising and business development. Her career has spanned from boutique agencies to international media companies, where she’s managed media budgets and digital marketing strategies for a variety of clients including SKYY Vodka, Campari, and Harry & David. Kristin handles all brand collaborations and sponsorships for Salt & Wind.


We have a diverse group of contributors from all over the world who are experts in everything from food to travel and wellness to beauty. See the full list here; these are our regular contibutors:

Jackie Bryant, Contributor & 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. She is currently the editor at Luxury Living International and her work can be found at publications like Roads & Kingdoms, New Worlder, AFAR, Harper's BAZAAR, Thrillist and The Infatuation, among others. In addition to contributing San Diego & Mexico food and travel stories, she's also using her Baja expertise to help design and execute Salt & Wind's Mexico trips.

Hayley Feldman, Travel Tips Contributor

Hayley is a Strategic Director and food travel writer who was born in Charleston, South Carolina. She currently resides in Venice, California with her husband, Jesse and they are opening their very first, tiny restaurant in Venice Beach in 2016. Hayley writes travel tips and all sorts of food travel stories for Salt & Wind.

Ashley Maurer, Wellness 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.

Heather Platt, Regular Contributor

Heather Platt is a Los Angeles-based food writer and photographer. Her work can be seen in The Infatuation, We Like LA, PopSugar Food, Cooking With My Kid, Bon Appetit, Los Angeles Magazine and she is a regular contributor for LA Weekly.