About Arlene

Photo by Bob King

Arlene Coco lives,writes and works in Duluth, MN. She’s made a living in the food industry for over 2 decades, mostly behind a stove. She owns a micro food manufacturing company named Prairie Kitchen Specialty Foods and is a food evangelist when it comes to promoting local foods. Now she still runs the company and blogs about cooking, eating out all over the world to share great recipes.

What you didn’t know-

-She is recognized by the International Association of Culinary professionals as a Certified Culinary Professional.

-Wrote a cookbook, published by Wordware press, “Cajun Cooking Making it Easy” 2007

-Has been a freelance food writer for the past 10 years.

-She is married to a fantastic guy who grew up in Australia and loves the Upper Midwest. She is a DINK. 2 cats, Ginger and Minous rule the house and have full time jobs too as stress reducing therapy cats. They work for their owners and occasionally freelance.

-Is a longtime member  and recent past president of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter of Les Dames D’ Escoffier International, a philanthropic organization dedicated to the advancement of women in the Food and Beverage Industry.

-She ran a food segment for WDIO the local ABC affiliate and is the “fixer” for the Good Morning Northland food segment on the  a.m. news broadcast.

-Has traveled to 41 states and 19 countries. Mostly in Europe, Australia and Asia, and can’t wait for the next trip. Born in Baton Rouge Louisiana, she loves the south and goes back every chance she gets. She has snorkeled in the Barrier Reef, Hiked the mountains in New Zealand, ridden elephants in Thailand and toured numerous vineyards in Australia. Her goal is to go to all the wine growing regions in Australia before she dies.

9 Responses to About Arlene

  1. Lois O'Leary says:

    Do you have frozen scone dough that I may perchase, and if so, where might I find it?

  2. Sandy says:

    Arlene, could you sell your scones at Mount Royal Fine Foods? Please!!!!

    • Arlene Coco says:

      Thanks Sandy I am trying to be slow and steady with my growth to maintain quality standards. The whole foods coop has 3 flavors and Paulson’s has some as well as Northern Waters Smokehaus.

  3. Audrey says:

    Can you let me know your policy for using photos from your website?


  4. james says:

    Where, in Duluth,MN. may I purchase the crawfish “tail meat” for Donnas Crawfish Hotdish. Thanking you in advance for your reply.

  5. Kari Lucin says:

    We’re interested in possibly featuring some of your Areavoices posts in the Jamestown Sun. If you’d be interested in appearing in the Sun (with a link to your blog here, of course!) shoot me an email at klucin@jamestownsun.com, if you would.


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