Kari Morris is the brains, the face and the co-creator of Morris Kitchen, a specialty syrup company she and her brother started in 2009. Kari and I met at a friend’s Passover dinner one year ago, and since then, I have seen her flavor-infused syrup everywhere. It occurred to me that these syrups, most often used in speciality cocktails, would be an excellent addition to a salad dressing. Turns out, Kari uses them in the kitchen all the time.
As Kari and I chatted, I learned that she too is an artist; she studied painting at CCAC in San Francisco. After school, Kari realized that her true passion was food and beverage and that her artistic energy could be put to good use by creating a beautiful, consumable product. In 2008-2009 she and her brother began cooking together, and made their first ginger syrup. The rest is history.
Kari has not let her entrepreneurial success get in the way of her initial love of cooking. She makes gorgeous staff meals in the office everyday, a testament to what can be done with a toaster oven, a hot plate and a little inspiration. She even poached the egg for this one, something I need courage to attempt even in the comfort of my own home.