Get to know us: Lila Lobdell

Has anyone tried our new Heritage Cookies or homemade granola, perhaps Lila's Raw Pesto? Lila Lobdell is one of our Kitchen Co-Managers who works alongside our other very talented Kitchen Co-Manager, Cari Heberger. Together, they both run our small, but productive kitchen with love and enthusiasm. Read on to learn more about dear Lila- a constant source of light in our Co-op constellation!

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How long have you has a passion for cooking and how did you first get started?

My mom is an excellent cook and her mother was as well so I grew up surrounded by great food. I used to help them bake and cook and I learned a ton from them.They are the reason I love to cook!

I went vegan when I was 13 back in 2000. My options for eating out were limited at the time so that's when I really started cooking. Currently I'm vegetarian but still love to cook vegan food. 

What advice do you have for someone new to cooking?

I would say that when cooking it's important to experiment. Don't be afraid to try a new combination of flavors or something that seems unusual. 

What do you like most about working at the Co-op?

What I like about the Co-op the most is the people! I love the people I work with as well as the people I get to meet at the. It is such a hub for the Hudson Valley community. 

What is something that we may be surprised to know about you?

You may be surprised to know that I have an art degree and have almost completed a vet tech degree as well. As a side gig I do a lot of specialized petsitting as well as custom pet portraits! 

As Kitchen Co-Manager, what are your visions for the department?  

It's exciting to be a new co-manager of the kitchen. My goals are to continue to provide tasty food for the people! I am bringing in some new recipes and am really trying to listen to our customer base. Our kitchen is super tiny but we try to make everyone happy.  

Thank you Lila!

To learn more about Lila's art and pet portrait portfolio:


Danielle Adams