Karen Leibowitz

Restaurateur & Co-founder, The Perennial

Karen Leibowitz is a restaurateur who believes restaurants can and should be restorative. She is the co-founder of The Perennial, an environmentally sustainable restaurant in San Francisco, CA, where she is also head baker. Leibowitz is Executive Director of the restaurant's sister non-profit, The Perennial Farming Initiative, which supports regenerative agriculture. She got started in the food world in 2008 as co-founder of a pop-up called Mission Street Food, which turned into Mission Chinese Food (now in SF and NYC), and of Commonwealth restaurant. 

Leibowitz is also a writer, co-writing the cookbook, Atelier Crenn: The Metamorphosis of Taste, with Chef Dominique Crenn. She and her husband, Anthony Mint, also penned Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas from an Improbable Restaurant. Her writing has been published by Bon AppétitFood & WineThe New York Times and other publications.


Podcast Guest Appearances

Climate One at Duke University: How Climate Change Will Change the Way We Eat

Mar 22 2018 - 5:30pm

As the planet gets hotter, it’s affecting many of the foods we love – when and where they’re grown, how they get to the grocery store and how much we pay for them. On today’s program, we’ll talk about migrating crops, shrinking grasslands, and how food producers and restaurants are using technology to better predict and adapt to the new food normal.

Portions of this program were recorded live at Duke University in Durham, NC on March 22, 2018 and at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.