The Interviews

By Lauren Titus | Last Updated March 18, 2016
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Women in food interviews for Edible Northeast Florida Shelby stec at dog day gardens in st. augustine florida
Shelby Stec of Dog Day Gardens in St. Augustine.

From running restaurants and mixing cocktails, to building food programs and growing gardens, our region is full of strong, capable women doing amazing things in food & drink.

Carmen Franz on Potato Chips and Food Access for All

Carmen Franz from Florida Organic Growers Real Food Advocate in Florida
Don't be fooled by the laid back stride and easy-going smile. Or, the flawlessly natural locks and casual attire. When it comes to food policy, this woman means business. We caught up with Carmen...

Calli Marie on Butter, Baking and Being Stubborn

Calli Marie baker interview portrait in jacksonville Florida
Calli Marie's career in food is like any good recipe: start with an idea of what you want to prepare, cover the basics, then begin experimenting and tweaking as you go. Lucky for her, as the Food...

Lynn Wettach's Small Plants and Big Plans

Lynn Wettach checking microgreens at Veggie Confetti
Starting the Farmers' Market at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in 1997, Lynn Wettach played a significant role in highlighting the importance of connecting people to those who grow the food we eat....

Alina Gonzalez on Learning to Farm

Alina Gonzalez of Urban Folk Farm in Jacksonville Florida
A background in education did little to prepare Alina Gonzalez to take on the role of co-owner at Urban Folk Farm. Based on her previous career, however, she knew that learning as much as she could...

Suzanah Raffield on Searching for a Taste of the Past

Suzanah Raffield of Bold City Pops
As one of the creators of Bold City Pops, Suzanah Raffield is building her future business on flavorful memories in her past. Memories of food grown by farmers and caught by fishermen on both sides of...

Ellen Cottrill on Global and Local Inspiration

Ellen Cottrill
For Ellen Cottrill, food and art are a perfect pairing.  As co-owners of various small businesses in the region, she and her husband designed their new Unity Plaza restaurant, HOBNOB, to be a...

Natanja de Beer and Telling Stories through Food

Natanja De Beer making Gnocchi at Terra and Acqua in St. Augustine
Natanja De Beer is passionate about telling the story of our lives through food and is committed to supporting a sustainable food system for the future of our planet.

Barbara Bredehoeft on the Business of Food

Barbara Bredehoeft
Barbara Bredehoeft, a pioneer in the Jacksonville food community, is enthusiastic about the evolution of the local food scene, the growth of culinary talent, collaboration among restaurateurs and the...

Cari Sanchez-Potter and The Pursuit of Local Food Cultures

Cari Sanchez-Potter
Food is more than what we eat - food is community, as Cari Sanchez-Potter has discovered on her quest for culinary cultures.

Katie Riehm and Her Sweet Theory of Food

Katie Riehm at Sweet Theory Baking Co. vegan bakery in jacksonville florida
As Baker/Doughnut Glazer/Product Developer of Sweet Theory Baking Co., Katie Riehm knows how to tantalize the tastebuds of her customers, who patiently wait in line for baked goodies. This small...

Helga Tan Fellows on Aquaponics and Sustainable Farming

Helga Tan Fellows of Gyo Greens in Ponte Vedra Florida
Until she started GYO GREENS, Helga Tan Fellows had no idea how difficult farming would be as a career and as a business. She is passionate about supporting the talented farmers in our region, and has...

Jasmin Wooden on Starting Over

Jasmin Wooden of Blue Sage Cuisine
Moving clear across the country was not enough for Jasmin Wooden. In addition to starting over in a new city, she also decided to start a new venture and open a food business. While running her own...

Genora Crain-Orth on Keeping a Chicken in Every Yard

Genora Crain-Orth
After successfully convincing Jacksonville's city council to approve a pilot program allowing residents to raise chickens in their backyard...

Melinda B. Powers is a Lawyer Who Bakes

Melinda Powers
With her can-do attitude, Melinda Powers is determined to prove her case - she is a lawyer who bakes.

Katie Provow on Keeping Up with 300 Hens

Empowered by the hands-on experience of turning a live chicken into the evening meal, Katie and her husband Nick shifted course to start their own poultry business. It's been on-the-job training ever...

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