About Plate Girl

15109346_10210283042768348_291310961227775247_n.jpgI’m Plate Girl, also known as  Marsha  Strickhouser, and not a girl, but a full-grown woman who has been collecting dishes – yes, dishes – since I was little. I’m a native Floridian born in Miami. My grandmother was a newspaper food editor, my mother was a teacher and later an antiques dealer and my father was a marine biologist and awesome cook. Somehow, all of that bundles into me appreciating china, tablescapes and entertaining.

I have more dishes than I need, and I promise I have given plates and sets of dishes to many, many people over the years. I believe setting a festive table makes the meal better and the day or night more memorable.

I now live in Tampa Bay where I set my table (and the tables of as many others who let me), as well as visit restaurants, hotels and beaches where I admire and photograph all things I think are pretty.

I have my degree in journalism from the University of Miami and worked as a journalist for six years, including as a lifestyle and food editor at a tiny daily newspaper in South Dade county for three years. I have also worked in public relations for almost 20 years, at the University of Miami School of Medicine, the University of South Florida and Valpak. (Yes, the coupon company, which makes me an official bargain hunter as well.)

To contact me about a blogging relationship, please email me at marshastrickhouser@gmail.com.