Katie Edgmon, Humboldt Spice Company

Where did Katie Edgmon get the idea for starting Humboldt Spice Company?  Well, if you’ve been to Ferndale Meat Company — maybe you’ve bought a whole hog and had them turn it into chops, roasts, bacon and sausage — you’ve tasted the family recipe that kicked her business off.  This is how many food businesses get started — people taste your product and say — hey!  you should be selling this stuff!  And that’s what happened to Katie.

You can head over to the website to find out where you can pick up some of this famous rub (and various other new products she is making…like Bloody Mary mix) and listen to the interview!


Jim Hughes, Brick and Fire Bistro

Sitting down at the Brick and Fire Bistro and looking at the menu is like sitting in my kitchen and imagining what I’m going to make for dinner.  Using fresh veggies from the garden or the farmers market rules the majority of “what’s for dinner” at my house — and it is also true at Brick and Fire Bistro.

The first time I went to that location, when it was in one of the many incarnations before it became the rock-solid Brick and Fire — I couldn’t believe there was a restaurant in that part of town.  I’m used to finding restaurants next to shops in the most dense commercial spaces of the city (any city, not just Eureka) — but Brick and Fire is a neighborhood bistro.  A place within walking distance of many residences — and short driving distance for the rest of us.  And — they have a brick oven!

You can check out the menu of Brick and Fire on their website, and listen to the 2-part interviews with owner Jim Hughes. Part 1     Part 2

Nicole Nada, Shifting Gears Nutrition

I met Nicole Nada several years ago when she became a Master Food Preserver with the University of California Cooperative Extension — and of course everyone knows Nicole and Garrett from Arcata Scoop icecream shop– but more people are getting to know Nicole as a nutrition guide.

Several years ago Nicole was diagnosed with cancer — and she did what many strong woman  do — she looked for ways that she could take more control in a situation where doctors, surgeries, treatment and medications seem to rule.  She researched and learned about the impact of nutrition, exercise and stress — and meanwhile received the conventional western medical treatment.

It’s what she did next that is even more amazing — she is using the information she gleaned through research and applying herself to nutrition coursework to help other people who are facing health concerns.  She counsels people to help them recognize the things that cause unbearable stress — and to find ways of incorporating nutrition that don’t add to that stress.

The Shifting Gears Website is here — where you can learn more about Nicole’s story.  And listen to the interview, I think you’ll get a real sense of Nicole’s mission and style “KEEPING IT JOYFUL & SIMPLE”