She's a food snob and proud of it. But although she's particular about her palate, Kathleen Cannata Hanna isn't averse to sharing her legendary baked goods with the Lansing community.
In September 2016, Hanna set up a production kitchen in a 250-square foot incubator space in the Allen Market Place
at 1629 E. Kalamazoo St. and began offering Italian brewed coffee with fresh muffins, scones, coffee cakes, breakfast bars, granola to-go, and her signature biscotti—all made with high quality, fresh ingredients. Good Eats Diva
, Hanna says, offers a "Soho-style" experience within a 1940s renovated building with a open kitchen and stand-up bar. Early morning hours are seasonal and posted on the Good Easts Diva website, while on-line orders for pick-up are available by appointment or during the Wednesday 3-6:30 p.m. open hours of the Allen Market Place.
"There's a lot of uniqueness in Lansing, and the public is starving and tired of that in-the-box kind-of thing," says Hanna. "I like to think that I do fabulous things that local people want and appreciate."
Originally from the East Side of Cleveland, Hanna was schooled in cooking and baking by her grandparents who immigrated from Italy. In 1990, Hanna moved to Greater Lansing where she catered and baked for coffee houses in Lansing, Ann Arbor and Western Michigan. After 14 years, she took a break to concentrate on her family, then wrote and published two cookbooks. She's now back at it, and says she is looking to answer the demand for her signature baked goods.
In addition to her presence at Allen Market Place, Hanna also sells her goods through the Meridian Township Farmer's Market, East Lansing Farmer's Market
and wholesale through Vine and Brew, Foods for Living, Dusty's, Mert's Specialty Meats
, and various locations in Northern Michigan and Metro Detroit. Hanna says she is currently in the test phase of offering brown bag or boxed lunches for corporate functions. Small group cooking classes are also in the works.
"I'm extremely Type A and extremely organized," says Hanna. "I get up very early and go right to the kitchen. I basically eat, sleep and drink my work."
Source: Kathleen Hanna, Owner, Good Eats Divia
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
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