Pastry Chef: Carolyn Tada Portuondo

Pastry Chef: Carolyn Tada Portuondo

The bite: Carolyn Tada Portuondo’s exceptional Royal Hawaiian confections The inspiration: toxicologist turnaround   Artwork by Sorin   I’ve never met a pastry I didn’t like and Carolyn Tada Portuondo’s creations truly have me smitten. Sometimes one career unexpectedly prepares you for another, which was the case for Hawaii native Carolyn Tada Portuondo, executive pastry […] more…
Gino’s East – Chicago, IL

Gino’s East – Chicago, IL

The bite: Chicago-style (deep dish) pizza The inspiration: entrepreneurial spirit                                                                Artwork by Sorin Chicago-style pizza is a far cry from the pizza originated in […] more…
The Burrito Boyz

The Burrito Boyz

The bite: breakfast burritos The inspiration: kids taking action Artwork by Sorin In San Diego, California, hundreds of people line up every Sunday, waiting for the Burrito Boyz. The breakfast burritos they make have been drawing crowds for over five years. The Burrito Boyz don’t run a Mexican restaurant. With dignity and respect, these youth […] more…
Leckerlee – New York, NY

Leckerlee – New York, NY

The bite: Leckerlee Nuremberg-style lebkuchen The inspiration: a German Christmas market Artwork by Sorin   In 2009, needing a break from her corporate job, Sandy Lee left Manhattan and moved to Berlin. In a serendipitous moment at a German Christmas market, she discovered and became obsessed with lebkuchen (pronounced LAYB’-KOO-KHEN), a centuries-old German gingerbread cookie. […] more…
Cotton candy + air  =  :)

Cotton candy + air = :)

The bite: cotton candy The inspiration: air                                                                                                  […] more…
Mortadella, Bologna, Italy and the Wild West

Mortadella, Bologna, Italy and the Wild West

The bite: Italian mortadella The inspiration: The Wild West Artwork by Sorin   Do cowboys eat baloney sandwiches? I’m not sure, but in the 1890s they probably enjoyed mortadella. Mortadella is an Italian cured pork sausage resembling bologna (or baloney) and it has been the most celebrated product of Bologna, Italy for at least five […] more…
Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce

Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce

The bite: Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce The inspiration: a fire station garden and the desire to make a difference   Artwork by Sorin   During World War II, victory gardens were planted by families to help prevent a food shortage. These gardens, located in backyards, empty lots and even on city rooftops, were considered […] more…
Purple Door Ice Cream – Milwaukee, WI

Purple Door Ice Cream – Milwaukee, WI

The bite: Purple Door Ice Cream The inspiration: a childhood dream Artwork by Sorin   I overheard a few local dairy cows talking the other day, bragging about how they have the best gig in town: producing milk and cream for Milwaukee’s Purple Door Ice Cream. How did this come to be? Two educators find themselves […] more…

Indie food producers: share your stories

I received an Easy-Bake Oven when I was six and I’ve been enthusiastic about cooking and baking ever since. I am always intrigued when food producers create and find a market for their inspirations, from ingredients, to creative flavor combinations, to packaging. So if you’re following your dreams in the kitchen and have a food […] more…
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