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My Story

Being an immigrant from Lebanon the only food I ever knew growing up was Mediterranean food.

That's what I learned to cook and that's what I ate. I had never even had salad dressing from a bottle until I was a teenager! I mean, ranch wasn't a thing then. 

The years passed and I moved away and became more curious about other cultures and types of cuisines. As a result I worked in the food and beverage industry for a long time. I was an event coordinator for a local food publication and dining guide and even got to work alongside some really great chefs.

 

After several years in the Phoenix area, I realized it was time to come back to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I didn't know what to do so I dabbled in bartending and cooking for others quite a bit.

After doing a lot of soul searching and listening to the people that know me best, I decided to make my passion and side hustle the real deal. So here we are ... welcome to Julia's Kitchen.

Made With Love, 

Julia

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Julia Gharib

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Seventh grade home economics class ...

I will never forget learning to make mac and cheese in home economics. to make homemade mac n cheese. That was the first time in my life I had tried mac and cheese. It was not what I expected and not so great. Back then there wasn't a garbage disposal so I  had to shove that down the holes of the sink drain. 

 

Now I make elevated adult mac n cheese a bit differently and it's exactly the way I love it. I'll make it for you.

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