On the Dish

Stories behind the food we love.
mazeltea team

Jewish Humor Steeped in Tea Bags

By Sophie Claman

A search for the perfect mother-in-law gift inspired Allan Schulman to create Mazeltea, a kosher tea company heavy on the Jewish humor

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jinkies coffee bar

Getting Your 70s Groove on at Jinkies in Kansas

By AnnMarie Mattila

Who wouldn’t want to hang out at a vintage Kansas coffee shop modeled after “That 70s Show?”

zestbox family

A Personal Chef Battled Cancer: Now She’s Teaching Others About Clean Eating

By Laura Henty

After two separate bouts of cancer in her family, this mother of two launched a business to help other families thrive, with an assist from some very healthy food.

rectangular container of mac and cheese

Anna Bell’s Mac & Cheese: An Atlanta Staple that Honors Family and Tradition

By Elizabeth Hazard

A tech entrepreneur spent 15 years trying to replicate his great-grandmother’s mac & cheese recipe. Now, it’s perfect. It’s also super popular in Atlanta and can be bought online.

kiki with poi dog sauces

The Secret Sauce: Poi Dog Brings Hawaiʻi Flavors to Kitchens Everywhere

By Breanna Rose

One chef’s entrepreneurial spirit and love for Hawaiʻi is keeping her company’s power-packed flavors alive with a new sauce line.

Ava Truckey

Home-Baked Goodness Is at the Heart of Denver’s Butter Moon Bake Co

By Victoria Pardo

For Ava Truckey, owner of Butter Moon Bake Co. in Denver, it’s not enough to just offer scones and biscuits. It’s also about giving back and lifting up historically disenfranchised groups.

Sean Smith and Brayden LeBlanc-Jackson with cotton candy

The Puffs are Taking Cotton Candy to New Heights, Literally

By Kate Eplboim

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.”

CHX meal

CHX: A Minneapolis Chicken Restaurant Finds Its Wings

By Stacy Brooks

Two childhood friends keep it simple by building a fried chicken empire created from
America’s Black experience.

ashlyn and the little vegan chef

DC Chef Publishes a Vegan Cookbook for Kids

By Alexa Madeiros

Cooking healthy has always been important to Chef Anthony Thomas. So during the pandemic, he wrote a book about just that.

heather wong

Heather Wong’s Tasty Dessert Pop-Up Flouring LA is in Full Bloom

By Kate Eplboim

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.

chef prej iroegbu

Detroit’s Fork in Nigeria is a TikTok Sensation

By Stacy Brooks

When Prej Iroegbu moved to the U.S. and couldn’t find authentic Nigerian food, he did what any chef with a love for his home country’s cuisine would do. He created his own.