Jessica Maher, Co-Owner and Pastry Chef, Lenoir
When Maher moved back to Texas from New York City with her husband, chef Todd Duplechan, she tried to break into the Austin scene any way she could. She started by making ice cream and writing a recipe for the first issue of Edible Austin. As payment, the editor in chief, Marla Camp, took Maher and Duplechan to a Dai Due dinner. From there, Maher and Griffiths worked on a combined Thanksgiving story for the magazine, and the bond was set. She started working in the kitchen at Griffiths’ supper clubs, moved to front of house and eventually became the first full-time farmer's market employee. She officially left Dai Due in September 2011, when she signed the lease for Lenoir and started working on her own full-time project, which has since become one of the most well-regarded restaurants in Austin.