Junip Foods’ goal is to create and maintain a food system that closely connects Washington families, chefs, and farmers. I celebrate the bounty and beauty of unique, interesting, and healthy ingredients grown by farmers and ranchers in Washington.
At Junip Foods, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free, diabetic, or any dietary restrictions aren’t seen as hassles but creative challenges! I joyfully and happily accommodate to your personal diet, whatever it may be.
Junip Foods follows a “nose to tail” cooking philosophy and source all our ingredients locally, sustainably, and with peak nutrition in mind. Furthermore its my adamant belief that educating children at a young age about food is paramount to creating a nutritious family. Through in-school interactive cooking demonstrations, farm tours, or in-home discussions, I make food fun and interesting for children.
I graduated from Johnson & Wales University with BS Culinary Nutrition focusing on cooking for families with their own dietary thumbprints. While at school I worked in a variety of restaurants and hotels such as The Langham Hotel and Chez Henri in Boston, and the 4-diamond The Spiced Pear, in Newport RI. While in New Hampshire I worked on a small organic farm, Kate Family Farms, giving me an appreciation for the hard labor put into growing and caring for food.
The summer after graduation I cycled across the country with a program, Bike & Build, raising money and awareness for affordable housing. Once on the west coast I could not leave and found my home here in Seattle. After working at Cantinetta, making their fresh pasta and curing their sausage and salumi, I opened Junip Foods. Influences from professors, friends, and co-workers, as well as personal insight opened my eyes to the disconnect between the common person and their food system. Being connected to local farms, a wide variety of people, and having knowledge of many lifestyle and culinary cuisines offered a unique opportunity to close the disconnect. This sparked me to open a personal chef and catering business, whose goal is to enhance and appreciate the diversity, beauty, and wealth of our food system.