early to rise: chef tracy obolsky's rockaway beach bakery

"Tracy Obolsky has had 3 hours of sleep, yet she looks better rested than the whole of Manhattan. 'We had a party last night for a new female-run surf brand,' she explains. 'It was such a chill group of women – including this amazing female DJ. I’m running on fumes, but I still woke up this morning to paddle out.'

 Image compliments of La Colombe Coffee Roasters

Image compliments of La Colombe Coffee Roasters

Toned and tan – with a smile so broad it garners the descriptor ear-to-ear – the immediate reaction to Tracy is, “I’ll have what she’s having.”  (Which, at the moment, is a tall to-go mug of iced drip coffee.) But her buzz is more compelling than simply caffeine: after ten years of keeping the grueling schedule of the city’s culinary elite, this first-time entrepreneur is finally getting a taste of her just desserts."

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the growhaus' seeds of change

 Photo by Lauren DeFilippo

Photo by Lauren DeFilippo

The saying goes, "If you build it, they will come." But what happens when a disadvantaged community has a justified skepticism toward outsiders, a history of interactions with do-gooders who never finished what they began? "When I started [at The GrowHaus] five years ago, we didn’t have community trust," explains Executive Director Kayla Birdsong. "I’ve watched it develop in real time, and a huge part of that has been promoting dialogue with the community and asking them what they need, rather than assuming you already know the answer."

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adaptation: the elegant ascent of emma bengtsson

 Photo compliments of La Colombe Coffee Roasters

Photo compliments of La Colombe Coffee Roasters

Over the past few months, La Colombe Coffee Roasters commissioned me to develop a series of blog articles about influential chefs who are shaping the future of the restaurant industry. This excerpt comes from the first of those articles - stay tuned for more inspiring stories!

"Innovative. Ambitious. Genre-defying. As the former Pastry Chef and current Executive Chef at Aquavit in New York City, Emma Bengtsson has earned all these adjectives and more. Yet rather than a dominant, aggressive personality, it’s her calm, centered persistence that has earned her a spot at the top of the culinary food chain."

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