Meet the Founder

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Fresh garlic adds flavor to everything, much like passion adds flavor to life. If a recipe calls for 2 cloves, I add 6. I believe that jarred garlic is a sin. And so, I usually end the day with my fingers smelling like the fresh garlic cloves I chopped for my dinner recipe. That smell, even on my fingers, is a constant and a comfort.

So let me introduce myself. My name is Stephanie and I am a thirty-something, Chicago-native who has an affinity for cooking… and for garlic. They say that the sense of smell is most closely linked with memory… and to me, the smell of garlic cooking always feels like home. That smell conjures up countless memories of Sundays spent sitting in the kitchen cooking dinner and spending time with family and friends.

Throughout my 20s, I experienced some catastrophic events which rocked the world in which I lived in. It made me question where I came from, what life meant and what my purpose was. Throughout the years, the answers to those questions were found on quiet nights alone, cooking and reflecting in my kitchen. Cooking gave me a sense of feeling whole again and a sense of accomplishment. It helped me to live with grace and confidence once again. And the food I created brought old and new friends together in ways I’d never imagined. The power of a meal can forge relationships, bury anger, provide comfort and provoke laughter. It can educate us and shape us all in some way, if you allow it to. It can put us back together and make us feel whole again.

I am by no means a classically-trained chef, but this is my heart on a plate. This is my journey of living with grace….and garlic fingers.

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