Owner + Creative director
Sara Elise is a culinary artist and entrepreneur residing in Brooklyn, NY. As a transplant to one of New York City’s major food deserts, Sara was inspired to help transform her community’s relationship to affordable, locally sourced foods.
While working in Private Wealth Management after business school, Sara started to explore food as a tool for self-care and healing. Through this exploration, Sara began hosting “Seasonal Tasting Events,” an invitation for community members to experience an authentically rustic, slow, and organic relationship to the crops harvested for the empowerment and reclamation of self, and community. Continuing with the mission of using all natural, organic, locally sourced, and seasonal ingredients, Sara would grow to found Bed Stuy Kitchen in 2012- reborn as Harvest & Revel in 2016.
Not only an advocate for food justice, Sara is also committed to the personal development of urban professionals- offering sliding scale career coaching and mentorship services as a wellness coach on Doer.com.
Partnering with Tara Aura in the Summer of 2017, Sara Elise also co-founded Blind Seed- an event-based organization hosting day & weekend-long retreats focused on combining delicious food, wellness coaching, and aspects meditative movement- with the overarching belief that people are able to grow to their fullest potential only once all aspects of their life are aligned positively.
With her background in both financial services and personal nutrition & wellness, Sara and her team at Harvest & Revel are helping their clients, and community, elevate to their fullest selves- one nutritious meal, and conversation, at a time.
Anya has a passion for creating memorable experiences and breaking bread with others, in reverence to the Earth. As a recent graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she now looks to her family for guidance and wisdom in the kitchen- through cooking, storytelling, and feasting. Deeply rooted in tradition yet committed to a more sustainable future, Anya has started along with Harvest & Revel, KIT an KIN, a pop-up project celebrating her Caribbean heritage.
Savannah comes from a large California family in which growing, cooking, and eating delicious food was front & center. She now lives and cooks in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn specializing in sourdough breads and menus that respect the body and the earth. Her food is ingredient-driven and aims to bring people together in a nourishing and fulfilling way.
Operations + Logistical Coordinator
Alicia grew up in a family obsessed with making, eating, and talking about food. After college, she started working in kitchens after college as a dishwasher and found the combination of hard physical labor, camaraderie, research, and the opportunity to feed people deeply rewarding. She has working in kitchens in Oregon and New York for the past 15 years, most recently as the Director of Operations for Pok Pok NY. In addition to her work with Harvest & Revel, she is also currently working as a Culinary Operations fellow for the League of Kitchens, an immersive culinary school featuring immigrant cooks in their home, as they have been invited to do a series of dinners at the James Beard House.