EuroCAST Pros, Volume 1: Lisa Akey
Just when you thought you’d tasted everything
You may know her best as the genius behind EuroCAST’s Recipe of the Week. But Lisa Akey’s long history of culinary and retail business experience equally informs her own line of culinary products, carried by Redheaded Chicken, a brand she created and has managed for a decade.
Lisa trained in Italian cooking (in Italy, of course), and professionally styles and photographs food. With Redheaded Chicken and EuroCAST, Lisa has been a food product manufacturer, content and marketing expert. She also is co-producer of EuroCAST video content, conceiving and helping to build out EuroCAST’s Kitchen Studios.
Prior to this, Lisa was an entrepreneur in Hollywood as owner, designer, and merchandiser of children’s premium and super-premium clothing and bedding under the store and brand, Sugar Baby.
Lisa says all this experience has been central to appreciating her work at EuroCAST, a premium cookware line from Europe. Her talents and point of view are essential background to key decisions we make in developing our community.
And she’s a nerd in a hundred ways. Her artistic tastes veer from modern visual arts masters to Broadway, and from film to dance. She loves great food from everywhere (Turkey, Japan, Mediterranean), enjoys entertaining friends, and has had the travel bug since her early 20’s when she toured the Mediterranean with USO.
Lisa founded and co-directed an environmental non-profit, working with influencers and Hollywood actors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, one of the top music and theater schools in the world.
About Redheaded Chicken Jams and Jellies
Lisa stays busy with EuroCAST and managing a family that includes a stable of cats and dogs (and the occasional video crew that descends on her home). But she’s an over-achiever, constantly producing and promoting jalapeño-based jellies, beloved throughout the country. Her classic flavor is pure jalapeño jelly, and she offers twists by including apricot, or fig.
Lisa’s strength with crafts and building businesses led her to co-found B&L Heirlooms with a woodworking partner who shares her penchant for precision and pleasure. From B&L, we’ve asked her to make available a limited number of handmade spreading knives, which attracted the attention of EuroCAST because of their deluxe materials, versatility, and beauty.
B&L Heirlooms produces a stable of custom-crafted wood products locally sourced from the greater Los Angeles area. Butcher blocks, cheese boards, wooden toughs and delicate custom work (sometimes even jewelry) — all are enticing, one-of-a-kind, specialty items. (You can see some of their wares featured quietly in our culinary videos.)
EuroCAST is proud to offer you, our EuroCAST customer, access to Lisa’s specialty products.
Lisa asks us to give you 15% off your purchase. Just use RHC15 as a promotion code on checkout.
Lisa’s Line: Full of flavor and comfortable elegance