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.