Sarah Beth Tanner
Recipe and Product Developer
Host and Producer
Virtual Class Instructor
Hello! I am so happy you are here!
I have loved food for as long as I can remember. When I was twelve, every Sunday I dressed up as a waitress named LaVerne (pronounced la-VOYNE, of course) and made my family supper on an electric hot sandwich press. I even got tips - sometimes a whole $0.50 when LaVerne was especially entertaining.
As a college student studying musical theatre, I did my requisite time in food service, and I eventually found my favorite place to work in a restaurant: the baking kitchen. To supplement an emerging theatre career, I baked for local coffee shops in towns where I had recurring show contracts. Black Bear Coffee House near Denali National Park, Alaska was easily my favorite.
I moved to Chicago in 2013 to pursue my varied interests and quickly found a job with the not-for-profit pie shop, First Slice Pie Cafe. I helped sling pie, train staff, cater events, and feed thousands of Chicagoans-in-need for 4 years. In 2017, I joined the team at Urban Accents Spices as Creative Development Chef. I had a blast during my 6 years there developing new product lines, creating original recipes, and styling food photos for packaging and marketing channels.
Now, as a fully freelance Culinary Creative, I develop recipes and digital assets and collaborate with photographers on photo and video shoots for food brands. I also teach virtual cooking classes - come make something delicious with me!
I hope to inspire you to cook and eat well every day. I want to help us all learn more about what we eat, where our food comes from, and how our food choices affect the world around us.
Thanks for coming along!