Sara Hunt—Food Stylist
Sarah Hunt grew up playing in the flight kitchens at Eppley Airfield, where her father worked with the chefs to develop menus for long flights. She has been obsessed with art, color, balance, structure, and food ever since. Hunt graduated from college with a degree in studio art and opera performance, and moved back to Omaha to begin her career. Hunt landed a job on the crew of the Alexander Payne film Election and paid attention to every department and what roles they filled on set. Pick Flick cupcakes opened the door to a career she had no idea existed—foodstyling. She discovered this was a perfect fit and began assisting every stylist possible-—washing dishes, shopping, prepping food, and maintaining their kits. She assisted for 10 years, learned all the tricks of the trade, and has been styling food ever since.
Pumulo Kasaji—Editorial Intern
Pumulo Kasaji is a West Coast California girl trying to survive the Midwest. She is in her third year at College of Saint Mary, where she is majoring in English and communications, and minoring in business and creative writing. She hopes to one day work at a publishing firm and maybe write a book. When not in school, she enjoys reading, binge-watching everything there is to watch on Netflix and Hulu, and spending time with her friends. Aside from the occasional nap, she enjoys sharing her opinion on Stuart Little to anyone and everyone who will listen, even when they are not listening.
Tim Maides—Contributing Writer
Tim Maides is an Omaha, NE based purveyor of food and the soap wizard behind Benson Soap Mill. Born and raised in Switzerland, cooking with his grandma was always one of his fondest memories growing up. He would never call himself a chef, as he has never gone to culinary school. He enjoys working with his hands creatively, whether it is using similar techniques found in a kitchen to produce locally made soap or hosting pop-up dinners with static menus and locations. He has spent the last year and a half cooking seasonally in Germany and traveling around the globe, trying new foods and finding old friends.
Kara Schweiss—Contributing Writer
Freelance journalist Kara Schweiss began writing for Omaha Publications 21 years ago. She is a Nebraska native and graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha’s School of Communication. Her writing, editing, and project management work for publishers, nonprofit organizations, and commercial entities has spanned many facets of the communications sector, including advertising, marketing, broadcasting, online, and social media. She prefers to work behind the scenes and enjoys the satisfaction of telling a good story or making complex information clear and comprehensible more than seeing her name in bylines and credits.
Schweiss says she’s proud of her professional body of work but maintains that her two sons, Brock (13) and Quinn (10), are her favorite creations.
This article was printed in the June 2019 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.