Amy’s older son, Curt, recently summed her up best, “Food and writing! Mom’s two favorite things!”
Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Amy came to Texas in 1997 to pursue a master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, promising her family she’d return home after completing her degree. They have yet to forgive her. Still in the Lone Star State some 15 years later, Amy moved to Tyler in 2008 after living in Central and Southeast Texas. She played an integral role in creating in Magazine, a regional lifestyle and community publication, and served as editor for three years.
Amy’s journalism career has spanned 20 years and has included a stint on the crime desk and creating and maintaining an online presence for the Killeen Daily Herald. She produced a daily features section (including her favorite – Wednesday’s Food), wrote a weekly “Asked and Answered” column and dished about real estate for the Beaumont Enterprise. Also in Beaumont, Amy created and edited VIP of Southeast Texas, a monthly social magazine.
Amy is known to have a stack of cookbooks on her bedside table and reads them voraciously. She is the proud mama to Curt and Luke (who are really her two favorite things), a volunteer for the Junior League of Tyler and an autism advocate. Because she lived in Germany for over three years, Amy has sampled the cuisine in approximately 17 foreign countries. In her very limited spare time, she likes to cook, eat, read, write and eat.
Brooke Moran is a Tyler native, and a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. She moved to San Marcos for 3 years to pursue a degree in nutrition. In December 2009, she graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelors degree in nutrition and foods. In March 2010, she was hired at Brookshire’s as the Consumer Nutrition Specialist after doing her summer internship at Brookshire’s the previous summer. At a young age, Brooke found her love for cooking from her Nana. Her Nana has always provided Brooke with recipes, skills, encouragement, as well as a help line since she began cooking. She refers to herself as a “food nerd” because she loves everything from buying food, to cooking food, to eating food.
Carolyn grew up on a dairy farm where she learned all about agriculture and hard work. She began her career at Brookshire’s in 1984 working part-time in the floral department. Years later, she began working full-time in the produce department while going to college and after graduation transferred to our corporate office. She has been employed at Brookshire’s for 27 years and now works in our Marketing department where she handles in-store programs and promotions that benefit our customers. Carolyn has been married 20 years, has four girls and enjoys the everyday family happenings at home, church and school. She is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of her family, friends and community by being involved in activities and mission outreach.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Glenn Terrell has worked for superchefs Bobby Flay and Stephan Pyles, cooked at some of the finest restaurants in San Francisco and Dallas, and owned his own restaurant in Cozumel, Mexico. But his first, and most lasting, culinary influence? His late grandma, an old-time East Texas cook, who made “the best biscuits ever” and taught him that good food doesn’t need to be fancy, but it does need to be fresh. He came to BGC in 2008 to join the team that created FRESH by Brookshire’s, and now directs new recipe development and new culinary concepts for all Brookshire’s stores. His favorite foods to cook, and eat, include sushi, Thai curries, Vietnames pho, Tex-Mex and Mex-Mex, and anything with bacon.
Growing up being creative in the kitchen as well as creative on paper, it is only natural that Hope would end up combining her visual creativity and her passion for food at Brookshire Grocery Co. as an Art Director. She oversees all printed material including weekly ads and the Celebrate Cooking magazine. Outside of work, she is devoted to family dinnertime, natural and organic foods, and traveling the globe with her family.
Hailing from the big city of Palestine, Texas, Nikki currently serves as BGC’s public relations coordinator. She joined the company as a communications intern in 2009 and has served in the department ever since in roles such as communications specialist, portal coordinator and editor for BGC’s employee magazine, Off the Shelf. A 2009 graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, Nikki is married and has two boys, Cohen and Meyer, who constantly keep her on her toes. Her earliest memories of food include watching cooking shows with her dad (something she still loves to do today) and Friday night fish-frys with her granddad.
Rubi is currently the multicultural marketing coordinator for Brookshire Grocery Company. She joined the team in 2012 and worked in the training and change management departments for the company. She is a member of BGC’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, Partner Up Mentorship Program, and the Hispanic Outreach Forum. She volunteers for CASA of East Texas, advocating for abused and neglected children, and also volunteers time at the church she attends. Rubi’s love for food began at an early age. She recalls the aromas from mixed spices and herbs her mother used while cooking traditional Mexican dishes. She is very passionate about her culture, her family and art. Rubi enjoys spending spare time with her two young daughters, traveling, working on a new piece of art, reading or simply enjoying nature. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development from the University of Texas at Tyler, and is currently pursuing an MBA.