“Seasoned with Purpose”

Employees Gain Business Savvy at Shemesh Farms in Malibu, CA

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Based in Malibu, California, Shemesh Farms hires adults with diverse mental and physical disabilities in its mission to teach employees life skills ranging from marketing strategy to beekeeping. Also known as Farm Fellows, Shemesh team members each take on a variety of roles at the farm. “The Farm Fellows help maintain the farm and garden […]

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Scoop Local

Tyler Malek, Head Ice Cream Maker of Salt & Straw, Shares the Backstory Behind the Company's Unique Flavor Creation Process

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Like many great chefs hailing the virtues of farm-to-table cuisine, Tyler Malek, Head Ice Cream Maker at Portland-based ice cream company Salt & Straw, constrains his flavor palette to utilize artisanal ingredients local to each of its 15 locations—so much so that you’ll never see more than three of the same flavors from one shop […]

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A New Cherry Heyday

Wisconsin's Stalwart Growers Reinvent the Fruit as a Form of Craft Agriculture

Written by: Elyse Glickman

The evolution of cottage industries into large-scale commercial movements has defined the American economy since its inception, yet the emergence of craft beers, craft spirits, and farmers markets from coast to coast underscores exactly why the former seem to be back in full force. With the uniformity that comes from mass production, is it surprising […]

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The Truth Behind True Salmon

Matt Stein of King's Seafood Gives a Crash Course on Our Country's Favorite Fish

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Salmon may reign supreme in American seafood cuisine, yet many of its professed fans are unaware not every catch can actually be classified as a “true salmon.” This unexpected fact was among the revelations shared at a recent L.A. salmon tasting led by Matt Stein, Chief Seafood Officer of California-based King’s Seafood Company. In addition […]

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From Sicily to Naples, Florida

Chef Vincenzo Betulia of Osteria Tulia Leads a Farm-to-Table Revolution in the Sunshine State

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Move over, Florida oranges: There’s a new crop in town. The state harbors nearly 32,000 acres of tomato fields, yet many are unaware Florida also grows the largest amount of fresh-market tomatoes in the U.S. The largest tomato producer across the pond in Europe, naturally, is Italy, so it makes sense that Sicilian-born chef Vincenzo […]

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Cheesy Romance

How Youssef Fakhouri Became L.A.'s Preeminent Vegan Cheesemaker

Written by: Jessie Birschbach

Necessity might typically be the mother of invention, but in the case of Youssef Fakhouri’s beloved vegan cheese, it’s love. Fakhouri, owner of dairy-free cheese shop Vromage in West Hollywood, began working in restaurants when he was 13, making pastries and chocolate, cooking and performing other tasks of the trade. After coming to America from […]

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Gaby Dalkin Grows Her Food Empire, One Recipe at a Time

"What's Gaby Cooking" Emphasizes California Style Cuisine and the Utilization of Simple, Easily Accessible Ingredients

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Gaby Dalkin, creator of the popular food blog What’s Gaby Cooking, sets her recipes apart from the crowd through her emphasis on California cuisine and utilization of simple, easily accessible ingredients. After pursuing her blog full-time, Dalkin experienced vast success with the recent release of a second cookbook, What’s Gaby Cooking: Everyday California Food, as […]

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Conversation-Starting Coffee

Unconventional Coffee Drinks at Discourse Coffee in Wisconsin's Door County

Written by: Elyse Glickman

Every craft cocktail bar can serve up a lively espresso, cappuccino, or good ol’ regular cup-of-Joe concoction, but some of the most imaginative and unexpected coffee drinks can be found in a highly unexpected place: Discourse Coffee in Door County, Wisconsin. The peninsula, which could be likened to the American Midwest by way of New […]

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Dish Breakdown: The Stalking Horse’s Vegan Fish and Chips

Written by: Jesse Hom-Dawson

The term “English food” might conjure thoughts of bangers and mash, a full English breakfast complete with blood sausages, or steak n’ kidney pies—hardly the stuff of a vegetarian’s paradise. However, The Stalking Horse, a newly-opened English pub in West Los Angeles, is breaking the stereotype of the country’s meat-heavy fare and revisiting the classics […]

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