Most of what Julie Berliner learned about cooking came from her father, who lived in France as a teenager. From basic kitchen techniques, to sauces to simple recipes, he showed his daughter how to wield the tools that later would define her life as an award-winning edibles baker in Colorado.
“His love and passion for food and the way it brought people together, that’s inspirational to me, and it’s the reason I love cooking,” said Berliner, adding that it was her grandmother who taught her father these core values in the first place. Now, the 30-year-old takes those same principles and applies them to her marijuana bakery, Sweet Grass Kitchen.
“My grandmother (who is from Lebanon) didn’t speak English and I didn’t speak French or Arabic, so we couldn’t communicate that well,” said Berliner. “But I remember the kitchen, and she would show me how to do certain things instead of explaining it.”
Between her father and her grandmother, Berliner learned to make the staples of the house: Greek dolmas, fresh yogurt and cheese. But one thing she never picked up from them was how to bake sweets. And it would be cookies that changed her life in several ways.