In this episode of Chow-To, Guillermo meets with Francesca Chaney, the youngest restaurateur in Brooklyn, at her vegan café Sol Sips. Francesca teaches Guillermo how to make vegan cultured butter using coconut oil , creating not only a healthier and tastier alternative to the commonly found substitutes (looking at you margarine), but also an affordable option compared to store-bought. Cultured vegan butter can be used as a tasty spread or browned and used for baking as well. Francesca was named one of Eater’s Young Guns ’19, as recognition of her culinary talent and her amazing community work out of Bushwick. Her plan is to offer affordable wellness to underserved customers, and make sure her products are accessible to all.
At her NYC chocolate shop Stick With Me Sweets, Susanna Yoon (formerly of Per Se) makes edible miniature works of art. These colorful, marbleized, portable chocolate domes are packed with the flavors and textures of some of Susanna’s favorite desserts, which include a kalamansi meringue pie, and the vero, a silver blue bonbon that houses a mix of sea salt caramel and crunchy pecan bits. In the words of the chef, handcrafted chocolate is the sweetest way to tell somebody “stick with me”.