Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2011: Meet Guest Blogger Donna Schmidt

Here’s a look at some of the guest bloggers who will be covering Hudson Valley Restaurant Week for Small Bites. HVRW goes from March 14, through March 27, where participating restaurants offer three-course lunches for $20 and three-course dinners for $28. For a look at the full list of participants, visit
English Literature Major & Journalism Minor, Donna Schmidt’s first job in High School was writing for the Enterprise Newspaper in Westchester County, New York.  She has always been fascinated by the written word and the smell of newsprint. Both her father and grandfather were printers. Schmidt grew up in an Italian-American family in Westchester where sauce was always called gravy.

After working at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan as a Tour and Travel Manager, she worked at several advertising/public relations agencies. Later while a young Mother, she worked for a few nursery schools and part time at her husband’s publishing company while raising two children.

Schmidt is currently the President/Owner of a small publishing company, Donnin Publishing;  a contributor to Gannett’s Food Blog, “Small Bites”–and a  writer for AOL’s Nyack-Piermont, Pearl River and Nanuet Patch, a community news & information online platform and works part time for Scene International advertising for special event projects.

Schmidt is also active in assisting  in the creation of a local CSA–Cropsey Community Garden in New City, NY and is Co-Chair for the Cultural Arts Festival at the JCC of Rockland. Her two small children are now teens, her husband is her best friend and her two mini-dachshunds are always at her feet.


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