Kate Eplboim is a travel and food writer. Over the last five years, she has cultivated her passion for travel, environmental journalism, and gardening. She is a native of Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter at @kate_eplboim.

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Former Tech Startup Exec Brings Artisan Bread to Denver

Allison Declereq always knew she loved feeding people. She left a tech startup to figure it out and now she’s baking bread at Denver’s Funky Flame.
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JACK’s Salsa is a St. Louis Family Affair

Jordan Franks never liked tomatoes. Now he’s the force behind JACK’s Salsa, which he owns and runs with his life partner Alex.
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Deli Manna from “The Bad Jew” – Porkstrami Has Arrived!

Rebecca King ducked her office job in commercial real estate to ply the farmers market and go home and cook. Now her very un-kosher Jewish deli pop-up operates at LA’s Smorgasburg where King cures her own pork pastrami.
Sean Smith and Brayden LeBlanc-Jackson with cotton candy

The Puffs are Taking Cotton Candy to New Heights, Literally

LA residents Sean Smith and Brayden LeBlanc-Jackson left their corporate jobs with the mission of doing something where they could be “as queer and colorful and ridiculous” as they wanted to be. The result is The Puffs, their cotton candy company that specializes in “huge ridiculous shapes.”
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Heather Wong’s Tasty Dessert Pop-Up Flouring LA is in Full Bloom

Pastry Chef Heather Wong wanted to keep the baking spirit alive after losing her job. So she put some of her favorite desserts in a box and did a curbside, drive-by-pop-up. It did so well she started Flouring LA.
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A Taste of Puerto Rico in Every Box of El Secreto Doughnuts

Designer doughnuts became the unlikely canvas for two chefs forced to pivot after Covid-19.
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Meet Megan Stone: The People’s Beer Buff

Megan Stone may be known for her beer expertise, but this social media star and San Diego brewer has a lot more she’d like to talk about –– and it has to do with diversity, equality and inclusion.
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In Good Company: Chef-made Frozen Meals with a Sustainable Twist

Ashleigh Ferran wanted to help restaurants hurt by the pandemic. So she started In Good Company, delivering fresh frozen chef-made meals to people’s doorsteps.
jamie lauren and jessica mei gershen

From NY to LA: A Matzoh Ball Soup Your Grandmother Would Love

What’s more comforting than matzoh ball soup? During the pandemic, these 2 Jewish Girls from NYC got cooking.