Gloria Glyer '52 (English)

Meet two of Sacramento's "Dining Divas"

Gloria Glyer and Gwen Schoen ‘74 (Family & Consumer Sciences) are household names through their writings on food in the pages of Sacramento’s daily newspaper and namesake magazine.

For Glyer, dining out is not only an act of culinary charity, it is also a chance to broaden discriminating palates. As one of Sacramento’s six “Dining Divas,” Glyer accompanies winning charity bidders to a meal at an area restaurant. All the while she captures each eatery’s ambiance, menu and service for her engaging monthly column in Sacramento Magazine.

Since 1993, the Divas have raised more than $220,000 for local charities and nonprofits.

“It makes all of us feel really good,” says Glyer. “I had no idea that this would catch on.”

Not long out of college, Schoen landed the job she’d always wanted: as “Katherine Kitchen,” the McClatchy newspaper group’s version of Betty Crocker, providing information on food, clothing and home furnishings.

Later, Schoen became the Bee’s food writer and she couldn’t be happier, in part because of the wealth of products available in the region.

She says that while other food writers have to wonder if their readers will be able to find ingredients like tofu or tomatillos, “The population here is so diverse—you go to the farmer’s market and see things you wouldn’t find in other parts of the country.”

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