Dessert Dynamo

Sweet Success Turns Savory for Candace Nelson, Co-Founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes and Executive Producer of Netflix’s Sugar Rush

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

While cupcakes have ceded their trendiness to more Instagrammable confections since their heyday in the mid- to late 2000s, Sprinkles Cupcakes tycoon Candace Nelson has continued to be a dynamic force in the dessert world since launching her famous Beverly Hills bakery in 2005. Before opening Sprinkles, the pastry school graduate and former investment banker […]

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“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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Getting Candid on Cannabis

Budtender Alexandria Wilson of North Hollywood’s Fountain of Wellbeing Shares Her Product Recommendations

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Tucked away in a secluded section of North Hollywood, California, Fountain of Wellbeing (FWB) is a well-kept secret in the San Fernando Valley. It’s the little things that set this dispensary apart from the rest: According to Budtender Alexandria Wilson, it’s the combination of friendly service and in-house cultivated flower that makes FWB unique. “I […]

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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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Taking Root with Lou Preston

Owner of Preston Farm and Winery, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA

Written by: Chelsea Kurnick

AFTER FOUR DECADES OF FARMING, raising livestock and making wine, Lou Preston can barely remember his former life as an accountant. He blends into the field, with his un-groomed beard, weathered sun hat and vegetable oil–powered Mercedes (license plate: Vedgy). As a teenager, his father invested in a farm near Healdsburg, CA, but it was […]

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