Shining the spotlight on Minnesota’s best makers and artisans, “At The Maker’s Table” is a weekly Instagram Live series led by Minnesota Monthly’s very own aesthetic editor Jerrod Sumner. Every Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. CST, we’ll take a candid peak into different local makers’ studios and workspaces to talk about how they got started, what they’re working on now, and together, define the meaning behind their making.
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THURSDAYS @ 4:30 pm on Instagram Live
An indie pop singer-songwriter and one of Minnesota’s most recognized and celebrated artists, praised by The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, Paste Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Spin, and Rolling Stone among many others. A thoughtful, clever lyricist with a tender voice, the Minneapolis-based troubadour crafts songs that are catchy and relatable, and span the emotional gamut from poignancy to whimsy. Jeremy is one of those rare artists who can break your heart one minute, and then put those fragile pieces back together again the next
Josie Lewis is an artist who empowers others to explore their own creativity through building a daily practice, finding a state of “flow” and navigating creative resistance. She shares her process via @josielewisart on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and TikTok, with over 3 million unique followers and more than 1 billion video views.
Josie received an MFA from the University of MN. She has artwork in the public collections of General Mills, UC Berkeley, and The Minneapolis/St Paul Airport. Her work has been featured by Design Sponge, Good Housekeeping, George Takei, Mental Floss, and The National Endowment for the Arts. In 2018, she released her first book, “The New Color Mixing Companion” and in 2019 she presented at TEDx Minneapolis. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and daughter.
LULU’S BRASILIAN SNACKS
We are a Brasilian-American family living in the Twin Cities. Our daughter Lulu LOVES pão de queijo and can’t get enough of it. When “Vovó” (Grandma) moved to the U.S., pão de queijo became a staple in our home. We decided to start this business to share a bit of our culture with you! Bom Apetite! At almost every Brasilian gathering you will find Pão de Queijo on the table. Its culinary roots can almost certainly be traced back to our home state of Minas Gerais in Southeastern Brasil.
Pão de queijo is a delicious addition to breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and is a must with coffee or tea! You can enjoy them as a sandwich by adding fillings, or with your favorite dipping sauce!
Nikkolette’s Macarons specializes in one thing, the macaron, and she knows how to do it! Known for making desserts for her friends and family, she has always been passionate about baking, but once she set her sights on the elegant macaron her life changed. A “numbers person” in the corporate world, she brings her detailed thought process and analytics to crafting the perfect macaron. Each macaron is hand-made by Nikkolette, using only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. Nikkolette prides herself on excellence and we hope you enjoy her macarons. .
HUMBLE NUT BUTTER
IT ALL STARTED WITH A CRAVING…
Jess: No, I don’t want any dairy.
Jess: No, I want something a little healthier. Maybe a cracker or some celery sticks…
John: With peanut butter?
Jess: No, I don’t feel like sweet. (Hmmm. Peanut Butter, Honey Almond Butter, Chocolate Hazelnut Butter… all sweet. I wonder why nut butters are always sweet, but roasted nuts are savory, salty, smokey, spicy… All I want is a little something to put on a cracker or veggie.) Hey, what if…
Countless batches and plenty of feedback later, we launched our three signature flavors. We spent the Summer, Fall, and Winter of 2018 at Farmers Markets across the Twin Cities – looking people in the eye, getting their feedback, answering their questions, and forming a bond and devoted customer following that compelled us to charge forward.
We chose the name “Humble” for a few reasons. First, it’s an admirable quality in a human and the world could benefit from a little more humility – let’s be honest. As it relates to food, food should be honest, real (and of course nutritious AND tasty) with minimal ingredients. Not done in a self-congratulatory way, done because it’s the right thing to do.
We’re proud to be an Inclusive Employer (see our Instagram page) Woman-Owned, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO and clean label. All our spices and herbs are certified Organic. Our cashews are certified Fair Trade and Organic. We’d don’t use palm oil, preservatives, stabilizers or any BS, and all our ingredients are ones you’ve heard of. We vow to never compromise on the quality of our products, even if it costs us more money. Every single jar is made by hand and with care.
A SNACK CRAVING, AN IDEA, A KITCHEN. HUMBLE BEGINNINGS AND HUMBLE INGREDIENTS LED TO HUMBLE NUT BUTTER. WE SURE LIKE THEM; HOPE YOU DO TOO.
We started from very simple roots — a mom creating an apron for her chef son. Knowing she could sew, Kate Meier’s sons came to her asking if she could make them a custom, unique, and durable apron, since the ones he had been buying were expensive, uncomfortable, and had less than ideal pockets — catching crumbs and more. After her first attempt, she started working with her two other chef sons to tweak different aspects, resulting in an apron that fit all the needs of the kitchen staff, from line cooks, to executive chefs, to bartenders, and other FoH staff. She had created an apron that looked stylish, felt comfortable, stood up to the challenge of being used on the line without breaking or collecting food in the pockets, and was more functional that existing offerings. Now, her Craftmade family has grown throughout Minnesota, the United States, and even internationally.
With a background in the arts, Sumner understands the creative process from start to finish. He loves the power of sharing through storytelling and thoughtful design. He is the talker and the dreamer with a playful attitude and a streak of snarkiness. Sumner tells it like it is and believes that makers and artisans are not made by just those who work on it but by those who experience it!