The Locavore Chef's Shop

14 Sales


The Locavore Chef's Shop

14 Sales On Etsy since 2012

0 out of 5 stars

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Melanie Ester

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Melanie Ester


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Anonymous on Aug 30, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Anonymous on Aug 30, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Anonymous on Aug 30, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

hubby loves it! Thanks

Anonymous on Aug 30, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

super tasty! love it!

Anonymous on May 29, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

These were very cute as wedding favors and tasted delicious. The seller even works with me to create a label that coordinates with my wedding. Thanks a lot.

Anonymous on May 10, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

My items arrived quickly. I tried the Strawberry Pinot Noir jam this morning, and it is delicious! I cannot wait to try the rest.


The Locavore Chef

Here's a brief story of my life. I know you are all dying to know!

My professional career started as a university administrator in Cambridge, MA. Upon realizing that academia wasn't my future, I left my job to go to culinary school. I attended the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge MA. I graduated in May 2010 and went on to work as a pastry cook in several restaurants before moving to Dallas, TX due to financial reasons (who knew that a trained chef didn't make millions!?)

Living in Dallas changed me. I was unhappy because of the lack of bicycling, the heat, and the change in food. I couldn't find the items that I wanted in the quality that I wanted. I then decided that I would do it myself! I started my business with the help of an attorney friend and thought that I would become a huge success overnight. I had HUGE plans and dreams and off I went! I just KNEW that I would be incredibly successful in my small special event catering business.

After about a year of very little business in the catering business, I got another job in academia (noooooooooo!) but I was adamant about continuing my pursuit of culinary success. I then decided that jams and other preserves would be ideal to make and sell because they have a long shelf life but still require some creativity and dedication to culinary arts.

After starting with some plain flavors, I started to experiment with other flavors and ended up with so many options! I sell to my friends, family, and colleagues and thought that Etsy would be the next step in my success.

All my preserves are made with fresh fruit that I either hand pick at a local farm in Texas or that I personally pick at the farmer's market or local store. I truly believe that local food is always the best and that seasonality affects the flavor of all food.

If you are interested in any special products or have any suggestions or ideas for jams that I haven't thought of, please please please send me a message and tell me all about it! I love new ideas and am always looking for a new challenge.


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  • Melanie Ester


    My name is Melanie and I am the owner and operator of The Locavore Chef, LLC. I am passionate about local, artisanal, and seasonal food. I have 2 cats, a wonderful husband, and an addiction to soap operas, Apple products, and social media.

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