Ed Bamberger of Single Gourmet Died Sunday

Ed Bamberger of Single Gourmet.

Ed Bamberger, a great lover of fine food, wine, and travel, died Sunday after a long battle with prostate cancer. According to his wife Mariann, Ed passed away peacefully in his sleep.

Ed described himself as “an easy-going people person.” He was active in the food and wine community and volunteered his time for events. Ed also organized Single Gourmet, an organization that brought single people together through special food-related events.

He also had a keen eye for grammatical errors. I got emails from him all the time notifying me of typos or broken links on SideDish.

A memorial service will take place in a few weeks. Ed, I’m not going to divulge your SideDish user name, but the brilliant observations you brought to our forum will be missed.

Feel free to leave messages to the family below. I will post details for the memorial when they are finalized.


  • Twinwillow

    I knew Ed from Single Gourmet where I was a member for three years. We didn’t always see eye to eye on many things but I always had great respect for Ed. My deepest condolences to Mariann.
    R.I.P. my old friend.

  • bluebird

    he used to keep a, how do you say, regular correspondence with all of the food folk at the Dallas Morning News, too. need to know his SideDish user name!

  • LJT

    R.I.P. Ed. His legacy, in my mind, will forever be my daughter. I met her father at a Single Gourmet event.
    Condolences to Mariann.

  • Katy T

    Yes, sweetheart of a man. I was also a SG member : Number 19 – one of the originals.

  • Jeff K

    Having known Ed for over 20 years, he was the ultimate perfectionist! No detail escaped Ed’s scrutiny. His brutal honesty and opinion were not too far from the smile on his face.

    He escaped the IBM corporate world by attending the Culinary Institute where he could apply his true creative skills. He LOVED Mariann, Clooney (his adorable dog) cooking, food, wine and travel. On the outside, Ed may have seemed brusque to some people; however, on the inside he had a heart of gold. He was loyal to those that were loyal and a friend of his.

    Yes, there was “Ed’s way” or, the “highway”; however, it was mostly for the benefit of those he served thru Single Gourmet or other groups.

    RIP, Ed. Keep that kitchen in Heaven five stars, creative, clean and running smoothly!

  • Martha Tiller

    Nancy, thank you for keeping fellow foodies in the loop. Ed and I go way back. Even before Single Gourmet. We worked on stories; he edited client menus; and then we arranged numerous dinners for his SG members. His professional style and total honesty will be missed.

  • Ed was such a great guy and team player! And such a wonderful supporter and critic of all things that related to food and wine in Dallas. I am very sad to learn that he died. He truly was special.

  • Lori Walsh

    Thank you Ed for sharing your love of cooking with me!
    Your cooking expertise showed in the meals you prepared so carefully & the wine you matched with it!
    Your knowledge of all things Wine was amazing.
    RIP & have a fine glass of wine for me!
    Mariann, my thoughts & prayers are with you.

  • Mariann

    Thank you all or your kind words. They are helping me through the intense pain.

  • Thank you, Ed, our dear friend, for all that you did to make the world a better place. You brought together many of us who loved what you loved, and you became a dear friend in the process. Jim and I met because of SG, and for that we wouldn’t trade the world. And your taste and expertise in all things gourmet and worldly enhanced so many people’s lives. You will be missed.

  • Mariann

    Thank you so much, Danna. I am so happy that things worked out so well for you.


    Much love,