About

cara mangini littleeater salads pop up restaurant blog 791x1024 AboutCara’s last name means “little eater” in Italian which she thinks means her life was always destined to focus on food. She is the chef/owner of littleeater salads and littleeatery in Columbus, Ohio, as well as a writer and teacher committed to putting vegetables in the center of the American plate.

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Cara didn’t always love her veggies as much as she now says we should. She still disdains the thought of microwaved frozen peas and carrots. This memory serves as her motivation to expose the very best of fresh, seasonal produce. Living in Paris, Brooklyn and the Napa Valley developed her taste and interest in quality food. Cara’s vision for vegetables came into focus while working in the Napa Valley at a farm and in the adjoining kitchen of Farmstead, a renowned farm-to-table restaurant in St. Helena. There, she learned from talented farmers, chefs and winemakers and came to understand produce at its source.

Cara’s professional, food-focused endeavors started with a culinary arts degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City. She then partnered with acclaimed chefs and cookbook authors, working at the James Beard House and as a sous chef at New York’s Culinary Loft. As a vegetable butcher at Mario Batali’s Eataly, she immersed herself in everything vegetables and taught her customers there to select, break down, and prepare their produce for optimal flavor.  Cara has traveled extensively throughout France, Italy and Turkey to research their produce-centered cuisines. Altogether, these experiences have formed her unique cooking style and the development of her vegetable-focused recipes. She insists that a vegetable-centered cuisine can be exciting and delicious.

Before her pursuits in food, Cara attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and wrote about fashion for the Chicago Tribune and travel for Condé Nast Traveler. She spent nearly 10 years as an executive in the New York beauty and fashion industry.

10 Responses to About

  1. Deanna Reed says:

    Amazing recipes and photos! The pictures look good enough to eat. I see many dishes I will make for sure. Looking forward to more from the “little Eater”.

  2. Cameo says:

    Sarah told me about your blog and I am thrilled! I can’t wait to try the chili recipe. We make chili 2 times a month during the winter – it’s my favorite healthy comfort food. Love the addition of dried mustard, acv, and maple syrup! Congrats on your new life out in Cali! xo

  3. Tammy Todd says:

    Welcome back to Cali!! Love this site you have created! hugs to you friend!

  4. Donni says:

    Cara

    Sure enjoyed our lunch at your cute little cafe! The salads were yummy and beautiful. Also enjoyed our treats for the airplane trip. We so appreciate the opportunity for our “personal chopper” ;-) Keep her eating healthy and give her a big hug now and then from CA.

    bless you and your work

  5. Sarith Abramowitz says:

    How can I follow your blog? Do you put me on a mailing list? Are you on facebook?

  6. brad says:

    Dear Miss L. Eater,
    Glad that I stopped into the Clintonville Market in time to sample your wonderful fare. Also glad to know that a void is being filled in the realm of convenience as there is a big lack of food, for the truly conscious yet busy folks, at the ready in our community. And glad to hear the unique business model you are working on. Cool idea the pop up thing, seems totally efficient and sustainable, just like the food. You could find little niches anywhere you go, markets, street corners, hospitals, etc.
    Namaste and Best of Luck in your endeavor.
    -b

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  8. Jessica K. Shimberg says:

    Brilliantly constructed and deliciously healthy salads reflect the creativity and talent seen on your website and vis-versa! Many thanks for your delicious kale salad and generosity of spirit! So glad I found you through the Hills Market downtown.

  9. From all of us at the Bexley Natural Market, we greatly appreciate you taking the time and sharing your fine product with our community. We look forward to the next time we see you and thank you again for enhancing our lives with the care and quality you put into your work.

    Each Wednesday at the market will be local vendor appreciation with amazing choices to share and sample. In addition the third Wednesday of every month we will look forward to continuing a smaller mixer, more along the avenue of two or three vendors to come and share with our customers for a few hours, our next event being Wednesday December 18th from 4-7 pm. Let me know if you’d like to participate and by all means join us each Wednesday to sample the fine foods from our area.

    Bexley Natural Market
    614-252-3951
    http://www.bexleynaturalmarket.org/

  10. Shannon says:

    I read that you teach vegetable knife skills. I am the Recreation Program Coordinator for the Upper Arlington Senior Center and am looking to add new classes for our members next spring. I would love to see if we could partner with you. Thanks!

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