Some of the nicest people we meet in our job are publicists who often invite us to all kinds of interesting events. Only last week we met Melinda Morgan, a longtime Laguna resident and avid cook. Her agency, Morgan Marketing and PR, focuses on the food business. Her first big client was Winchell’s Donuts. She wrote a heartfelt pitch to the company, saying that she had been eating their donuts since she was 2. They were her special treat every Sunday after church. She got the job and was so successful at it that word of mouth has been keeping her busy ever since. The companies she represents include: King’s Hawaiian Bakery, Wildfish Seafood Grille, the Rusty Pelican, Wienerschnitzel, Daphne’s and Panda Express.
Her newest client is True Food Kitchen, an Arizona-based restaurant, which is the brainchild of Andrew Weil and restaurateur Sam Fox, who are about to open their second True Food Kitchen in Fashion Island, featuring delicious food that happens to be healthy and affordable. Weil is the author of many books on living and dining healthfully. You probably will recognize him from his frequent appearances on “Oprah,” “Larry King Live” and the “Today Show.” He is also a columnist for Prevention and Time magazines.