Co-Founder & CEO 

An accomplished food professional, Lani has been working in the culinary field for over 20 years as an educator, chef, entrepreneur, author and culinary ethnographer. She was a tenured professor at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, where she taught and mentored young chefs for 11 years. She has a BA from University of California, Santa Cruz and a MA from Harvard University, where she studied food as a marker of identity.
Her career is punctuated by a deep and continued commitment to creating delicious and nutritious food while working on issues of sustainability and food ethics, equity and culture.  She was co-leader for Slow Food Hudson Valley for many years and continues to have strong ties with professional affiliations committed to issues of sustainability, food access and preserving rural life and food cultures across the globe. She lives in Portland, OR. Lani has been creating, cooking and delighting palates with NOBULL varieties since 2011.