Ellie Groden was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where her passion for food grew like
the low-hanging fruit, ripening on the tropical trees. After graduating from the University
of Florida in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, she moved to Rome, Italy to teach
English. There she traded mangos for figs, lychees for cherries and became enchanted
with the diversity of simple flavors in the dishes of each region. Foraging through the
countryside for wild asparagus and harvesting olives for olive oil cultivated her passion
for food and her respect for the land and its bounty.
When Ellie returned to Miami in 2012 she joined the Genuine Hospitality Group, as the
Assistant to James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz. He had built his
business on the foundation of locally sourced, fresh, simple and pure cuisine at Michael’s
Genuine Food & Drink. She found her place telling the stories of restaurants and bars, the people who run them, the people who keep them running, and the purveyors who keep the ingredients coming in, garden-fresh and unprocessed. She spent several years
developing with the company as they expanded, writing and editing the Genuine Kitchen
Blog, and as Brand Manager for the Genuine Hospitality Group.
Ellie moved on to explore other sides of the hospitality industry, first at the five-star
Faena Hotel Miami Beach as the Marketing Manager, then as the Brand Director at
Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co., recognized as #27 on the World’s Best Bar list in
Parting with the magic city again in 2018, Ellie set off to join the JK Restaurant Group
with James Beard Award-winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette and their
talented teams at Coppa, Toro, and Little Donkey. As their in-house Marketing Director,
telling the stories of the passion existing within and around their cuisine.
Ellie is currently living in Boston with fellow industry alum, chef Josh Elliott and their
son Jack. She encourages any family members who have been touched by addiction to seek support through Al Anon or another way. She believes that those who devote their lives to bringing joy to others through the food and beverage craft deserve the same joy within themselves. She knows recovery happens one day at a time.