About Salt & Wind

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

Salt & Wind is a food-travel company created by food and travel expert, Aida Mollenkamp. We started with this online food and travel magazine and have grown to include our boutique travel services for food lovers, Salt & Wind Travel. 

Travel With Salt & Wind

Salt & Wind is the premiere boutique travel company for food lovers. We help our clients experience unique food travels in three ways: through boutique group trips, via private group travel, and with custom travel planning services.

We specialize in food experiences to California, Hawaii, France, Italy, Mexico, and Spain where we have deep connections and extensive knowledge. Be it custom food tours, exclusive restaurants reservations, hands-on cooking classes, or private wine tastings – if it’s related to food, we’re here to help you make it happen.

Head to Salt & Wind Travel for more!

Team Salt & Wind


Aida Mollenkamp, Founder and Editor-In-Chief

Aida is a food and travel expert, author, Food Network personality and founder of Salt & Wind. She has a made her career in food travel media and hospitality and has crisscrossed the globe to search out the best food destinations.

Aida has extensive background in hospitality, food, and media spaces. She studied at the Cornell Hotel School and Le Cordon Bleu Paris cooking school 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 cooks. 

Aida believes you don't know a place until you've broken bread there and is on a mission to help food travelers taste the world. She speaks four languages, has lived abroad in France and Italy, and personally researches every boutique group trip for Salt & Wind Travel.

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.

Gianna Duda, Marketing 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.


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.

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.

Ligaya Malones, Hawaii 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 Philosophy

If we're going to be hanging out, we think there are a few things you should know. Here at Salt & Wind we follow this mantra no matter whether 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

Work With Salt & Wind

The online magazine, Salt & Wind, is built for and by a community of food and travel lovers. We're always ISO 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 be in touch, check our Work With Us page. 


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