THE SKYLER BEHIND THE DINING
Growing up, Skyler was a rare case of teenager. She knew exactly what she wanted to do for her career: eat and entertain people. How was another story.
Skyler graduated from high school and left her small town in Delaware to attend NYU in 2011. She pursued a dual degree in Media Culture & Communication and Broadcast Journalism and spent semesters interning all over the map, from online and print publications to public relations firms and television networks. While she was there, she started NYU’s first online culinary magazine (Spoon University NYU) and even snuck herself into a graduate program to study food in Hong Kong for a month (she’s always been #ballsy).
However, her most passionate project of them all began in October 2012 as she was eating black pudding waffles with foie gras butter. Skyler realized how much she loved the adventurous side of food, and the fact she was eating waffles infused with blood (yes, that is what black pudding is) while her friends stuck with scrambled eggs made her have an epiphany. She thought, “this is something Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern would do,” then realized…”what women do we see out there exploring this crazy, cultural, fusion, experimental side of food?” She couldn’t think of any. And she couldn’t think of any young women in the food media sphere. She thought to herself, “that’s who I need to be,” and slathered some more duck liver on her waffles.
The next day, Skyler began a blog you all know as Dining With Skyler, which became her culinary playground. This also just so happened to be during the toddler phases of Instagram, which she took full advantage of and became one of the first food enthusiasts to create an account solely dedicated to showcasing deliciousness… thus came to be what is now known as @nycdining. She stuck with blogging for the next three years, applying everything she learned from school, internships and her NYC life to turn it into something bigger.
After graduating early in 2014, Skyler felt the onset of quarter life crisis coming on; she wasn’t interested in the “should-do” jobs and playing it safe, she was hungry to pursue her dreams. So she poured herself a glass of bubbly (or 5) and decided she was going to give this a shot. Still no idea what she was doing, she declared herself a “full-time food blogger entrepreneur” and started brainstorming.
Skyler has been pursuing this path for over three years now. Since her first steps into the blog business, she has managed to gain a loyal following who love her work and see her as exactly what she set out to be – a young woman with a passion for all things food and adventure. In addition to running her own business, Skyler now works with Food Network as a personality for many of their digital shows. She has been featured on Cooking Channel as a contributor for Unique Sweets and has been a host for a variety of online productions as well as her own YouTube channel. On the other side of the business, Skyler consistently works with brands who align with her mission to “discover a new taste" and has launched a seasonal line of cake balls, Ballsy Bites. She has become one of the youngest female foodies to make a name for herself on online, on television and in the blogosphere. Nothing has been more rewarding than to see her blog grow, and she can’t wait for the next bite of her adventure.