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At Punk Rawk Labs, Julie Wells Morgan and Alissa Barthel make cheese, but maybe not the kind of cheese you're used to. Their raw vegan cheese is made from nuts -- macadamia and cashews -- and comes in three different flavors: Plain, herb, and smoked. With their new location in the Corcoran neighborhood, business is looking good for these two. Their new building has a space intended for the retail component of their business, which is still in the works, and a large state-of-the-art wholesale kitchen in the back. “We want it to be sort of a small living cuisine deli,” says Barthel. “But right now it’s functioning as our office. We are still just trying to get our arms around the growth we’re experiencing.” In the meantime they’re sharing their tricks and tips in video form on their own online “Uncooking” show. “We really just want to build up a community and make raw and vegan foods accessible and appealing to everyone,” Barthel says. With an ever increasing number of orders for Punk Rawk’s cheeses, they must be doing something right. PHOTOS BY SEAN SMUDA
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Punk Rawk Labs
2224 E. 35th St.
Published on October 8, 2013