As Americans, food has a special place in our hearts because it is so closely tied to our nation's history.
During this season in particular, time-honored recipes and treasured dishes evoke a sense of nostalgia, and sitting down to a Thanksgiving meal is particularly meaningful.
These sentiments are woven into my own small business as an American maker. Accessibility and inclusivity are particularly important when it comes traditions. So Cup4Cup was created to allow consumers to make their favorite recipes in spite of dietary restrictions.
At the French Laundry, Chef Thomas Keller and I heard tales of diners with dietary restrictions who had thanked us, even cried, when we were able to provide them with gluten-free breads. And it reinforced something that I always knew: Food is about sharing in the pleasure of family traditions.
Three years after Cup4Cup was founded, I still read wonderful stories from mothers who get to share their grandmother's recipes for the first time with their children -- gluten free, of course!
I am proud of these stories, and I am also proud of our roots here in Yountville, California.
It's a great joy to join a community of dynamic American makers who are sharing their goods, quality craftsmanship, and innovative ideas in the Martha Stewart American Made Market.