As a celebrated cookbook author, quarterly contributor to Edible San Luis Obispo magazine, cookbook columnist for Food52, freelance food writer, food photographer, and food stylist—Kendra’s voracious appetite for food knows no bounds.
Taking her dream from big idea to bound book took creativity and crowdfunding. In July 2015, Kendra launched a Kickstarter campaign and raised $26,714 in pre-order sales. She sold out of her first print run of 2,000 copies in just 20 days.
Now in its third print run, Kendra’s cookbook has sold over 8,000 copies. She’s still in awe and grateful to every single supporter.
Kendra founded The Central Coast Creatives Club to do more than share an online directory of creative kinfolk—this network of makers fosters genuine connections and kindles collaboration across the community.
Club members gather at monthly meetups to connect, discuss their current projects, develop unique collaborative opportunities, cross-promote each other’s work, provide advice, share resources, and have a damn good time!
Club members also take monthly field trips to get a behind-the-scenes peek into the lives of local creatives. Each outing is an opportunity to get to know fellow colleagues in a unique way, from touring their studio spaces to asking questions about their personal paths and creative processes.
When Kendra is off the clock, you'll often find her nose deep in a cookbook—sniffing out new recipes to make, devour, and share with her friends, her family, and her squeeze, Shea Somma (!).
Her favorite food groups include tasty tacos, wood-fired pizza, fried chicken, fruit pie, and ice cream—ya know, the good stuff. She loves traveling, learning new skills, and laughing. If you can make her laugh (which isn't hard) then you will become fast friends.