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Stephanie Hoban, Verdine

Stephanie Hoban founder and owner of Ripe, a food blog-cum-pop up cafe knows a thing or two about making healthy food, tasty food. Hoban a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, holds a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University, where she graduated Cum Laude, and a MS in Nutrition, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from Texas Women's University in Houston, TX. She received her culinary training from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City, the premier health-supportive culinary school in the country. After completing her culinary training, Hoban interned at El Chaflan, a Michelin star restaurant in Madrid, Spain, and is a former line cook at Houston's farm to table restaurant Haven. She has also served as the Registered Dietitian for Snap Kitchen overseeing their six Houston area locations. Hoban started appearing at Urban Harvest Farmers' Markets in late April of 2013 as the Ripe 'pop up cafe' serving a locally and seasonally inspired, fully plant-based menu and since then has expanded to offer catering and private chef services as well. Ripe has been featured in such publications as My Table, Houston Modern Luxury, Culture Map, and 002 Houston. For more information about Ripe Cuisine, please visit,, or on Twitter and Instagram @ripecuisine.