• Ends & Stems

    reduce food waste and stress in your home kitchen

  • Work with Chef Alison

    what are you planning?

    Meal Delivery

    save time, eat well

    Chef Alison provides meal delivery services within San Francisco.

    • Custom Menus
    • Quality Ingredients 
    • Dietary Needs Met
    • Delivery 1-2 times/week
    • Easy to Heat and Serve


    corporate and private

    Menus are custom designed for each event, please contact me to get started. High end drop off and fully staffed events are both available. I specialize in groups from 10-50 guests.


    procurement and business development

    • Procurement/Vendor Relations
    • Menu Spread
    • Recipe Testing/Development
    • Food Costing
    • Culture 
    • Culinary Business Start Ups 

    Speaking and Demos

    lets get this gal in front of a crowd

    • Food Waste
    • Purchasing
    • Food Systems / Organics
    • Live Cooking Demos
    • Prep for Celebrity Demos 
    • Business Start Ups 
  • Contact

    send job ops, questions & waste issues

    8am to 5pm ish
  • Join the Mission

    reduce in home food waste across america

    Part 1: In Home Food Waste

    Why should you care? You're busy and tired, fresh food is readily available, and slimy cucumbers are gross.


    Three reasons to care: MONEY, TIME, BEER
    MONEY - An average family of 4 throws $1500 of perfectly good food in the trash yearly. (DanaGunders)

    TIME - 25% of food brought home ends up in the trash.
    How much less time could you spend in the grocery store, putting food away once home, and taking the trash out - if you brought home 25% less?
    I estimate almost 24 hours - AN ENTIRE DAY! (email me for the math)

    BEER- Throwing away just half of a hamburger is equivalent to running the shower for an hour in terms of the resources it took to produce. (NPR)
    Still don't care? Without water, there's no beer. Don't be that guy.


    1st, The Bad News

    • Though much food is wasted on farm and manufacturing levels,
       homes and consumer facing businesses (you, me, us!) are responsible for 80% of the total waste. 
      The waste from individual homes is the single biggest contributor to our landfills. (ReFED)

    Now, The Good News!

    • We're the problem!
      That means, no waiting for government action or policy change. We don't need to reform farms or manufacturing laws. We can start right now with baby steps that will equal something bigger.
      Its easier than a new diet (because you have to eat all the food!); its easier than a new budget (because you'll spend less); and its much easier than deciding to help colonize Mars because the earth has become a smelly garbage pile.
    • Just watch John Oliver tell it 


    Part 2: Kitchen Confidence

    Friends and family ask me often for tips on menu planning, shopping, food storage, and recipes.
    They look at me funny when I freeze chicken bones to make stock next weekend or pull chipotle-carrot sauce from the freezer and whip up 15 minute "pantry" enchiladas.


    Ends and Stems is here to empower the everyday home cook to run their kitchen like a professional, THUS REDUCING IN HOME FOOD WASTE.


    With a little bit of confidence and know how you can enjoy cooking and inherently waste less...or, I'll settle for reducing your stress and kitchen waste. Because honestly, even if you hate cooking some degree of kitchen management will always be necessary.


    I'll show you how.

  • About

    let's make small changes for a big impact

    Chef Alison helps reduce in home food waste

    Meet Chef Alison Mountford

    don't be shocked by the volume of my voice

    Grew up in Rhode Island, College in New York City, Calls San Francisco home.


    Culinary School > Personal Chef > Meal Delivery Service > Cafe Owner > Corporate Catering > Procurement Manager > Cooking Demos > Classes >

    >> Food Waste Advocate and In Home Kitchen Management Expert


    Loves: a sharp knife; a great book; a 90 degree day

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