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Kara Nielsen

CCD Innovation Trendologist

Kara has been fascinated with restaurant culture since spending time as a child in her grandparents' tavern in Madison, Wisconsin.

Her college study of French and time spent living in France led her to discover the delights of pastry. She later made this a career, becoming a pastry chef in the Bay Area. She has also worked at Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker and spent three years managing the educational food and wine programs at Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts in Napa.

She recently completed a master's degree in Gastronomy at Boston University; her thesis explored the French cook's relationship to culinary history.

Kara's writing has appeared in the food journal, Gastronomica. She is active in the Bay Area food community and lives in Berkeley, where she eats and shops very well. She is delighted that her CCD Innovation job duties include checking out trendy restaurants. Look for Kara's restaurant recommendations in Trend Watch.

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