Kara grew up in the Western Mountains of Maine where she cultivated an early love of cooking and thereby nurturing her loved ones. The travels of her youth took her to many interesting and exotic kitchens all over the world. From a bakery in Farmington, Maine, to the outdoor kitchens of Madagascar, the Old faithful Inn, a café in Santa Barbara, and a brewery on Maui, she eventually settled into the Kelp Krunch Bakery and the R&D kitchen at Maine Coast Sea Vegetables. She is fortunate to be able to share her love of cooking with the nutrition-conscious, students of all ages, and sea vegetable enthusiasts alike. In addition, thanks to the flexibility of her postion at Maine Coast Sea Vegetables, she continues to cook at a free community meal she started with other concerned individuals in 2012, called the Welcome Table, at the First Congregational Church of Ellsworth and be active with the Food Security Network of Hancock County. Kara’s aim is to demystify cooking with sea vegetables so everyone who attends her workshops leaves with the confidence and know-how to nourish their own families with these beautiful gifts from the sea.