about us

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Bettina and Suzanne have been cooking together for many years. Their experience with sourcing and prepping fresh in-season foods ranges from studying with restaurant chefs, such as James Alefantis, Vicki Reh, Amy Brandwein, James Rexroad, Sidra Forman and Ina Garten. Together, the have tested over 1,000 recipes for their blog Loulies.com, published articles about food and cooking in magazines such as Edible and Flavor, catered 50+ events, and have taught cooking courses with a focus on shopping at farmers markets and cooking with vegetables. Their latest project is Chaia – a start-up restaurant every Thursday at the White House Farmers Market and Sunday at the Dupont Circle Farmers Market. Recent Press About Chaia.

Bettina and Suzanne also created an annual Edible Urban Garden Tour event in Washington, DC for the non-profit Think Local First to promote the “grow your own” movement. Bettina is a founding board member of the Africa Schoolhouse, a 501©(3) charitable and educational organization committed to building sustainable school communities for children in underserved areas in Africa. Suzanne recently received her certification in Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University.