Emily Paster is a freelance writer and mother of two living in River Forest. She writes about food and parenting on her website, West of the Loop. Emily's print work appears frequently in Chicago Parent magazine. A passionate home cook, Emily is the co-founder of the Chicago Food Swap, which brings together home cooks and gardeners to trade food and inspiration. Emily is a frequent speaker at food industry and blogging conferences on topics such as ethics, food allergies, and how to connect food producers and consumers.