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A Taste Of Artisanal LA, II: Awesome Bars & Almond Kulture

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This weekend—April 26 and April 27—Artisanal LA returns for their Spring showing. The seasonal foodie fair brings small batch makers from all over the city to share their goods in one mega culinary destination. If you haven’t been before, you have to go. It’s delicious fun! To get you excited for it and to get to know some of the makers sharing work, we did a series of interviews with local artisans to find out more about them—and what they’ll be bringing to A.L.A.

Our next batch of interviews sees the snack making sisters of Awesome Bars and the no dairy, all fabulous team behind Almond Kulture sharing the story behind their brands.

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Tell us a little about what you make and how you got into this field. What sparked you to become a (food) maker?

My sister and I handcraft vegan, high protein granola bars using all natural ingredients, called Awesome Bars. I created this recipe out of a personal need for a high protein on the go snack. I’m a runner and lead a busy lifestyle, but I didn’t want to sacrifice my desire for delicious food. With my culinary degree, I headed to the kitchen to create a snack that tasted delicious and had simple ingredients. The result was awesome.

What does it mean to be a food maker (or maker in general) in Los Angeles? How do you think making in this part of the world differs from anywhere else?

Being an artisan in California is so gratifying because we are truly appreciated by consumers. They crave food that is fresh, and free of preservatives or anything fake.There is an acceptance of artisans to the degree that we are sought after; California consumers have an expectation that their food will be handcrafted and natural. My sister and I agree that we wouldn’t have been able to launch and grow our granola company in any other state because of the demand here.

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Are there any goods you’ll be bringing to Artisanal LA that visitors should be on the lookout for? Any specialty, small batch, or experimental products visitors should be aware of?

We will be showcasing Coconut Pecan, our flagship flavor. Toasted coconut with nutty pecans and chewy sweet raisins come together in this most delicious awesome flavor.

Is there any other vendor or happening you are particularly excited to see or try at Artisanal LA?

We are excited to see our friends from T-We Tea who make beautiful, aromatic tea blends. Secret Squirrel Cold Brew Coffee just so happens to pair perfectly with an Awesome Bar. We’ve been following them for awhile so we are stoked to meet the makers!”

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Tell us a little about what you make and how you got into this field. What sparked you to become a (food) maker?

I have been a chef and/or working in the field for 20 years. I recently moved back home to Los Angeles last year after having lived in Kuwait for a little over 5 years where I had owned my own chain of restaurants. Being an entrepreneur at heart, I knew I wanted to explore the world of product creation. I had been making almond milk for myself and friends for a while when it hit me…DUH, fresh almond milks and other almond goods! My partner Karine (AKA Gar) has been passionate for food all her life. French born, Armenian blood…food has always been a huge part of her life. She has been running a food blog for quite some time as well www.chezgar.tumblr.com. Together we make a killer team and are set out to reach goals, and please the palates of food lovers, livers and eaters.

What does it mean to be a food maker (or maker in general) in Los Angeles? How do you think making in this part of the world differs from anywhere else?

We think LA knows food, especially when it comes to our health. We are a very health conscious society so being able to accommodate that is very important. What is appreciated around the world differ’s from country to country when it comes to specialty items.

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Are there any goods you’ll be bringing to Artisanal LA that visitors should be on the lookout for? Any specialty, small batch, or experimental products visitors should be aware of?

We have 6 flavors of our fresh, organic and raw almond milks! Our granola is amazing too in that it’s oat, gluten, dairy free. We at Almond Kulture let nothing go to waste making it as sustainable as possible. Whatever almond we have left over from our milk pressing we turn into baked goods. Our granola being one of them. It’s superb!

Is there any other vendor or happening you are particularly excited to see or try at Artisanal LA?

We’re excited to see the brewery popups and The Fancy Boyz! I, Bianca, have a sweet tooth, so luckily for me there is going to be a lot of that going on at the event. Oh, and the goats!

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