Women of the Food Industry

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 …

During the beginning of her career, Amanda Leigh Ivy didn’t want to be known as a baker, she wanted to be known as a chef who could hold her own. The Mississippi native needn’t have worried too much, as these days she serves as the Sous Chef of the newly …

If you were to ask The Fold’s Alex Smith when she first discovered her love of food, she’ll look back on her childhood. “I guess I’ve always been interested in food, it’s been a big deal in my family,” she says. But her interest in restaurants developed later when the …

If you ask Abbey Rolfe, new Director of Operations for Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom as well as The Fold, when she first became interested in the food industry, you’ll get an answer involving a rare delicacy – plastic food. “Me and my sister used to play restaurant all the …

The team that rolled out Mugs Café in Argenta two-and-a-half years ago as well as Speakeasy Coffee Bar in Bryant nearly a year ago have quickly become entrenched in Rock City’s food scene. Co-owner Amanda Carpenter was excited to work on the venture with her husband, Michael, and she’ll be …

“The one thing people will probably be surprised about me is that I’ve never worked in a restaurant before South on Main,” says Amy Bell, sitting at the restaurant’s bar on 1304 South Main Street. As co-owner, she is involved in a myriad of activities, and loves every single one. …

Kathy Webb has spent a large portion of her life working in restaurants. Although she now works for the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and is very civically active, we still thought it appropriate to feature her in this month’s ‘Women of the Food Industry’ in honor of September’s Hunger Action …

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