Los Angeles, CA


Alicia and Elianna family food coaches! We are on a mission to help families make healthy habits come to life in tangible and sustainable ways, teaching families to cook nutritious meals and build lifelong healthy relationships with food.

Alicia is a culinary educator, holistic nutritionist and local and sustainable food advocate. In 2014, Alicia began working directly with Bay Area youth; exploring farmers markets and creative cooking via CUESA’s Foodwise Kids program. As Nutrition Education Coordinator for Bay Leaf Kitchen, Alicia co-created a progressive culinary curriculum that enriched the lives of hundreds of Bay Area families. She serves as a teen mentor and associate chef at Ceres Community Project, guiding teens in the preparation of nourishing organic meals for low-income communities struggling with serious health challenges. In addition, Alicia was a valued team member at critically acclaimed restaurants Cotogna and State Bird Provisions for nearly a decade. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to education, Alicia favors a patient and observant path, inviting the learning process to be made fun, creative, and unique.

Elianna Friedman is a family food coach and nonprofit consultant. She founded Bay Leaf Kitchen, a nonprofit cooking camp that connected youth from San Francisco's low-income neighborhoods with local farms so that they could learn from experts about the food they eat. As the founder, she grew the organization from an idea to a community-driven organization that helped to prevent childhood obesity for 140 families annually.