use the recipes as a path to your own creativity
take your guests on
a culinary journey
About the Author
Laurel Lather was a popular chef and culinary entrepreneur for close to three decades in downtown Sioux Falls. Her first gourmet food and wine shoppe, Food n’ Fermentations, laid the groundwork for the success of The Market, her favorite project located in the historic Harvester building. This was a two-story restaurant with an expansive garden patio, a wine and cheese shop, and an event room.
During this time, Laurel enjoyed being a contributing writer for local publications such as Now!Pavilion and Wholesome Magazines. She also wrote light-hearted wine reviews for The Argus Leader’s wine blog section.
Prior to this, Laurel lived in her home state of Wisconsin. She opened her first business at the age of 22, Laurel’s Country Herbs, then a year later, opening The General Store, a bulk grocery & local produce shop. This passion eventually leads her to the restaurant industry, working in some of Chippewa Falls most popular restaurants until moving to South Dakota.
Being a consummate lover of food culture, retirement has not stopped Laurel from being a part of the Midwest epicurean scene.
Writing a blog under the moniker of “The Nostalgic Chef”, she visits and supports small, family-owned businesses, local home cooks and artisan farms. Her explorations will be the backbone of the second book in the Nostalgic series.