“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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Getting Candid on Cannabis, pt. 2

Sabrina Naomi from The Higher Path in Sherman Oaks, CA

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Since arriving in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Sherman Oaks in 2013, local dispensary The Higher Path has earned a number of impressive accolades, including being named the city’s “Best Dispensary” in 2016 by LA Weekly. Budtender Sabrina Naomi, credits the business’ success partly to the predominantly female management staff, as well as the approachable […]

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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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Pintxos Please

Spain's Marqués de Riscal Winery Collaborates with Donostia in NYC on a Basque-Inspired Tasting Menu

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

The cuisine at New York’s Donostia brings España to the Big Apple: By specializing in pintxos, which hail from Basque region, the restaurant seeks to highlight traditional flavors and cooking techniques from northern Spain. Often categorized with tapas, pintxos follow a different serving process: According to José Luís Muguiro Jr., Brand Ambassador for Spanish winery […]

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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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Meet the Chef with Michael Reed

Chef Michael Reed of Viviane in Beverly Hills, CA

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Like many chefs, Michael Reed’s passion for cooking stems from eating home-cooked meals nightly with his family. Considering he spent his formative years in a farming community in Ventura County, California, it’s fitting he now channels his appreciation for local produce into his dishes at his restaurant, Viviane, at The Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. […]

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Noshing Through Napa Valley

A Gourmand's Guide to the Best Bites in Wine Country

Written by: Melissa Marrapese

Napa Valley is home to world-class wines, breathtaking vineyards, and a host of talented chefs and restaurateurs. Dining experiences range from Michelin-starred restaurants to casual, less-pricey venues in what has become one of the most sought-after food hotspots in the country. The culinary landscape in Napa Valley is exploding, with top-notch chefs using locally sourced […]

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Meet the Chef with Jill Vedaa

Chef Jill Vedaa of Salt+, Lakewood, OH

Written by: Kate Newton

Good things came in threes this year for Jill Vedaa, Co-Owner/Executive Chef at Salt+ in Lakewood, Ohio: In addition to seeing her acclaimed bistro make the cut for Cleveland Magazine’s “25 Best Restaurants” list in May, Vedaa was named a semifinalist for Best Chef: Great Lakes by the James Beard Foundation and emerged victorious on […]

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