Dara is a born and raised New Yorker, former ballet dancer, and professional writer (and eater). Following a devastating car accident where she nearly lost her leg, Dara was forced to give up her dreams of being a dancer on Broadway and chose a new career path. She graduated from FIT with a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications, but eventually realized that her passion for fashion was not as strong as her passion for bacon.

The Skinny Pig NYC is a food blog born in 2008, covering recipes, restaurants, and rants (RRR, as she calls it). Over the years, as her brand and social media continued to develop, she started the Instagram account @skinnypignyc (now @darapollak – 85K followers) in 2014 and just one year later left her job in digital ad sales to pursue The Skinny Pig full time. Now, Dara operates The Skinny Pig Inc. as a social media marketing and branding consultant for hospitality and CPG brands. She also started The Misfit Creatives in 2022, a comedic content arm for other entrepreneurs and creators (website coming soon)! 

Want to chat about bacon fat and pizza? Or how to grow your brand on social? Email her: themisfitcreatives@gmail.com

Dara’s food photography has been featured on Thrillist, TimeOut, Food Network, FreshDirect, Coastal Living, and more.

And if you want to check out more of her writing and photography, follow her on Instagram: @darapollak

And Twitter: @darapollak

Ok and maybe a like on Facebook: The Skinny Pig FB