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 […]


Allan Beton of Benton's Country Hams

Benton’s Country Hams

Madisonville, TN

Written by: Jesse Hom-Dawson

“We were just doing what every other hillbilly in Tennessee was doing in their own backyard,” Allan Benton, owner of Benton’s Country Hams, recalls fondly about how his business was founded. Forty-two years ago, fresh out of graduate school, Benton took a job as a high school guidance counselor, and then promptly resigned once he […]