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our story

our mission

To encourage and inspire everyone to confidently cook with abandon!

our vision

To bring health and happiness to every home through our passion for exceptional food.

our story

From the moment I could reach the oven door, I knew my great passion in life was food. Although not a formally trained chef, I was kneading dough for my “famous” cinnamon raisin bread at the ripe old age of eight and created an entire trade show booth about cooking for my seventh-grade cultural fair. I was that kid who chose pickled herring over a Snickers bar. Food has always been in my blood. However, at some point, life took over and I followed a more traditional path of going to college, getting an MBA, and working my way up the the coveted corporate ladder. By the time I spent over 20 years in tech, I knew I needed a change.

In May of 2018, 3 days after resigning from what will likely be my last corporate job, I found out that one of my very favorite food companies, Walden Lane Gourmet (aka WLG), was closing because the owner decided to retire. My plan was to take some much-needed time off to deal with unfortunate health issues (Chronic Lyme Disease, among other things), but I couldn’t bear the thought of WLG ceasing to exist. So, you can probably guess what came next. In August of 2018, I became the proud owner of Walden Lane Gourmet.

As for what the future holds, only time will tell. Like everyone over these past few years, our challenges have run the gamut, while transforming the company into a business that looks a whole lot bigger on the outside than we are on the inside. Through it all, we continue to stay true to our roots of creating only the highest quality, celiac-safe, non-GMO, all-natural, healthy, and delicious products. We pride ourselves in our proprietary recipe R&D, unique and beautiful Italian-imported glass bottles, and regular attendance at the country’s largest food tradeshow to stay on-trend for our customers. We are so thankful for our amazing wholesalers and loyal online customer base and are excited for our new brick and mortar in the picturesque tourist destination of Langley, WA, on Whidbey Island.  

Excitedly, we continue to introduce new gourmet treats to customers across the country and can’t wait to add WLG products to your shop, winery, restaurant, corporate gift program, or other unique business venture. Have a blast experimenting with Walden Lane Gourmet products and remember to always cook with abandon!


Lisa Liefke

Owner & CCO (Chief Culinary Officer)