Rising Star: Katie Baker, The Gracious Plate

Katie Baker is committed to making quality cuisine accessible and easy to prepare for home cooks. Baker recently launched a locally sourced meal-kit company, The Gracious Plate, in the Springfield area; comparable to national meal-kit services like Blue Apron or HelloFresh, The Gracious Plate combines ingredients and simple recipes for healthy and easy-to-assemble meals at home. Baker sources most of her ingredients from local farmers and producers like Blue Heron Farm in Marshfield, Missouri. The kits are also completely gluten-free – a hat tip to Baker’s husband, whose dietary restrictions helped inspire the business. (Photo by Brandon Alms)

The Gracious Plate, thegraciousplate.com

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