Since our first photoshoot, we’ve made a conscious effort to have real women volunteer as our models. We celebrate the diversity of each woman’s heritage and background and can’t wait to introduce them to you! Here on Cultural Exchange, we’ll be sharing the stories of these wonderful women and why they are our role models.
Today, we’re introducing Sarah Simms Hendrix, a personal chef, a food stylist, and the owner of her own shop, Lady & Larder. Read below to learn more about how her background has inspired her to become a female founder along with her siblings (and the queen of any fruit and cheese board).
Tell us a bit about your background and upbringing.
I was born in Los Angeles and raised in Northern California. I have an identical twin sister and we have a younger brother and an older sister (four of us total). We grew up in a very close-knit family with two incredible parents that are still, today, the coolest people I know. I’m a third-generation restaurant kid. I was born into a food and beverage family and it’s always been a huge part of my life. We were raised to believe that the dinner table was a sacred place; a place for connecting with each other and sharing a meal together at the end of each day. I started my education with a Hospitality/Restaurant Operations degree from San Diego State University and then got my Sommelier Certification while working in hotel operations for the Pebble Beach Company and finished with a degree in French Culinary Arts at Le Cordon Bleu while working for Chef Tom Douglas up in Seattle. Soon after that, I moved back to Los Angeles to work as a F&B Director for one of our family’s restaurants and during that time I started La Femme Epicure. It was a blog-turned-digital portfolio (pre-Instagram!) that allowed me to start working as a freelance food stylist. That soon morphed into a career as a full-time private chef. Lady & Larder was founded in 2016 with my siblings (Matthew & Boo) and just last month we opened our first brick-and-mortar shop here in Los Angeles.
Where is your ideal workspace?
Our new shop! Lady & Larder.
How has becoming a mother changed you?
I’ve always been a pretty Type-A person and becoming a mother has been a big nonstop lesson in flexibility and patience, which has been an incredible gift. It changes your perspective on everything in the absolute best way possible.
What do you think is the most important thing to teach your children?
Kindness, empathy, and gratitude. Growing up, my dad always used to say “make a contribution,” and it’s those acts of service to others and our community that create self-esteem and the real joy in our lives. We feel like the best way to teach these things to our son is by example, so we do our best to model these traits each day.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Never let your expectations outweigh your gratitude.
What advice do you have for women who want to get into your field?
Just take that first step and then put one foot in front of the other and keep going. You will know right away if you are built for it because working in kitchens is physical and humbling. You have to love it so very much and know that it will take a solid amount of willpower to keep going some days. That’s the honest truth.
Why do you support The Little Market?
WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN FOREVER.
Favorite TLM product?
I have multiple farmers market tote bags from TLM and I use them almost daily — they are super sturdy and beautiful.
Favorite thing in your home?
The people who live in it. Home is wherever they are.
Morning person or night owl? Night Owl
How do you start your day? Always with double cappuccino, usually made by my husband (darling, darling man!) He loves mornings and tends to wake up first.
What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to? Mallorca
Where you want to go next? Mexico City or Phuket
Thank you so much for sharing your story, Sarah, and for being one of our role models! To keep up with Sarah and her gorgeous culinary creations, check out @ladyandlarder on Instagram.