Saba, New Orleans
Cara Peterson found her way to Pomegranate Hospitality through her interest in simple but nuanced flavors. She grew up in a military family and lived in multiple cities in the United States and abroad. Her varied background provided a broad exposure to regional cuisines and uncommon ingredients. With a degree from Virginia Tech specializing in technical writing and horticulture she’s propelled into a creative and holistic approach to food.
While initially beginning in baking and pastry in Virginia, Peterson alternated between sweet and savory throughout her career finding unique textures and techniques in each discipline. Working in Northern Virginia exposed her to globally curated flavors under the guise of a wine bar but it was in Philadelphia that her interest developed in Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine where she was the pastry chef at Zahav Restaurant from 2014 to 2015.
Following a move to New Orleans she furthered her skills at Shaya Restaurant starting as a line cook and working her way up to executive sous chef. When the sun’s out you can find her with a glass of tequila or exploring a local garden.