Women of the Food Industry

When we first met Matcha Norwood she was quietly slinging amazing cinnamon rolls to friends under her Cinnalightful brand. Now, just a little over 2 years later her products reach every corner of the local restaurant scene. The journey to take over the Little Rock dessert scene is a long …




As Valentine’s Day approaches, it is an opportune time to highlight a very sweet store and even sweeter individual. Carmen Portillo is the woman behind the successful operation, Cocoa Belle Chocolates, which offers handcrafted, artisan fine chocolates and is unique to the Little Rock food scene. If you have the …




The Root Café, a farm to table hot spot for Little Rock locals and visitors alike, has a secret weapon in their kitchen that you may not have heard of. What is the ace they’re hiding up their sleeve? Well, it’s a queen actually, and her name is Monica Chatterton. …




Enter the new Loblolly Creamery Scoop Shop over on South Main and you probably won’t find one thing that Christen Byrd hasn’t had a hand in helping with. Baker, event planner, photographer, social media wiz, balloon installations creator (yes, this is a thing!), wife, and mother of three- what can’t …




The Little Rock food industry has always been a community has always been a group of transplants who come from all over and land here for unexpected reasons. Little Rock sits as a cross road for most of the country. From here you can hit every coast and border with …




This weekend, the 33rd Annual International Greek Food Festival will serve up thousands of gyros, Greek salads and souvlaki over a three-day period. And yet, no food served at the city’s top food festival is more beloved than its baklava. Tens of thousands of pieces of the traditional Greek dessert …




A Texas native, Sara Slimp fell in love with Arkansas when she first moved to Conway to attend Hendrix College. Before she claimed the Natural State as her own, however, she already had a first love – baking. In fact, one of her first memories includes tasting her birthday cake …




NOLA born and raised, Sonia Schaefer didn’t have Arkansas, let alone Little Rock, on her radar. In fact, the food industry came first, when she began working at an on-campus restaurant during her time at Louisiana State University. “There’s a place called The Chimes on the LSU campus right next …




The food industry, for some unexplainable reason, has always been a bit of a male driven industry. If you look across the country at the top chefs in executive or management roles you will find that it is mostly a male industry. This shouldn’t be shocking, considering across the board …




From food truck to brick-and-mortar, the Southern Gourmasian has quickly become entrenched in the local scene. Since opening the Main Street location in February of 2015, the restaurant has undergone a lot of changes, and Manager soon-to-be Managing Partner Cetera C. Key has been there through it all. The Pine …




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