Meet the Foodies

Matthew and Molly foodies
The #FoodieScore team at Sunni Sky’s ice cream shop just south of Raleigh, N.C.

Welcome to #FoodieScore!

We’re foodies (food-lovers) who love sharing the great food we score. (Hence our name)

Here’s a little about us:

WHO WE ARE: Molly and Matthew Tessnear, a husband-and-wife foodie team

WHERE WE LIVE: western North Carolina, in the foothills of the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, not far from great food cities like Charlotte, Asheville and Greenville, S.C.

WHAT WE SHARE: Home-cooked recipes we make and love that are usually simple, occasionally healthy, and always tied to our heritage in the American South—and great local restaurants that reflect the simplicity and traditions of the South.

WHY WE DO THIS: We both have writing backgrounds, and we both relish great food.

WHAT ELSE WE DO: We met as small-town newspaper journalists, but now, Molly teaches high school English, and Matthew writes (check out his book, Eating Me Alive) and captains the homestead, while simultaneously planning a secret business idea we may soon reveal.

HOW YOU CAN FIND US: Explore our website, FoodieScore.Blog or get social and connect with us – we’re @FoodieScore on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Tell us where we should find our next #FoodieScore!


  1. My family opened an Italian restaurant in Winston-Salem approx. 11 months ago, and we would love to have you as our guest to review us for your blog! In the time we have been open, we have risen to #12 overall in Winston on Tripadvisor, so you know we are not a fly-by-night operation. We are a locally owned small business who believes in giving back to the community and making the already thriving food community here even more diverse with a little NY Italian flavor! We are located at Summit Station Plaza on Jonestown Rd, we really hope you come check us out!

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  2. Hi, Nick! Thank you so much for commenting and extending the invitation. Next time we’re in Winston-Salem we will definitely come by and give you guys a try! We checked out your menu online, and everything looks fantastic. We especially like the unique Italian brunch items. Looking forward to an authentic Italian #FoodieScore!


  3. The Bright-StarDrive In Grill in Mt Holly NC- a hidden gem to many. I discovered its existance only after I had already been living in Gaston County for over 17 years. The original owner passed away a few years ago, though his sons are operating it now. Located at 205 Madora Street.


    • Thanks so much for reading, Lisa! And thank you for the wonderful idea. I visited Bright Star back when I was in high school at East Gaston, but I haven’t been since. I’ll have to revisit for #FoodieScore! – Matthew


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