Lily Belli is the food and drink correspondent at Lookout Santa Cruz. Over the past 15 years since she made Santa Cruz her home, Lily has fallen deeply in love with its rich food culture, vibrant agriculture and creative minds. Lily has reported on Santa Cruz County’s food scene for the past 10 years, and attempts to widen the lens beyond “what’s good to eat” at the many excellent local brick-and-mortar establishments to include trends and industry news, from craft beer, food trucks and pop-ups and to the agriculture industry and labor market.
Lily was a staff writer at alt-weekly Good Times and has also written for Edible Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz Weekly and Thrillist. In between, she has worked in the craft beer and local wine industries. She has also been at the helm at local food-centric events, including the Santa Cruz County Fermentation Festival, Hop ‘N Barley Festival, and Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing’s Twisted Tasting.
Lily lives on the Westside in Santa Cruz with her husband, toddler and dog. She loves cooking for friends and family, trying fermentation and canning projects and visiting Santa Cruz County’s beautiful outdoors.