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Chef Mollie Engelhart

Chef Mollie Engelhart

Owner, Founder, Executive Chef, Farmer
Sow a Heart Farm , Sage Restaurants

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Mollie is the founder and owner of 4 Sage Plant Based Bistros in Southern California – Echo Park, Culver City, Pasadena, and now Agoura Hills. Mollie has a colorful and successful career. Mollie was raised vegan on a small farm in upstate New York. Her upbringing inspired a love for gardening, foodscaping, and cooking. In addition to her affection for food and cooking, she is extremely passionate about animals and the environment. After high school, Mollie made her way to Los Angeles to attend the prestigious CalArts film program to pursue her desire to be a filmmaker. While working towards her degree she fell in love with the music industry and began her professional career in entertainment working for the urban A&R department Epic at Sony Music. Her entrepreneurial spirit was quickly realized with the founding of Majestic Studios, which became the recording home for many artists on the Epic and Electra labels in addition to Virgin and many others. It was around this time that Mollie began to explore her personal artistic talents and became a successful spoken word artist as well. She recorded several albums, toured the country, and appeared on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam, as well as being featured on multiple television shows and feature-length documentaries. Several years later Mollie turned her attention to her lifelong passion for cooking and vegan food. In 2010 she opened the first KindKreme in Studio City and produced her first documentary, May I Be Frank, with her brothers Ryland Engelhart and Cary Mosier. The film follows an unhealthy, obese, native New Yorker who accepts a challenge to go vegan for 42 days, in which he becomes sober, loses weight, and becomes healthy again. The film received overwhelming acclaim. Mollie’s second film as a producer, The End of Love, debuted as an Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival in 2012. The movie was made as locally as her restaurants with her friend Mark Webber who wrote, directed, and starred in the film.


One year after the first KindKreme opened, the second location opened in Pasadena and less than one month later. Sage opened in Echo Park and a third KindKreme location was born. Mollie is now the owner-operator of Sage and KindKreme and responsible for most of the menus of both properties along with her husband Elias Sosa, the Co-Executive Chef. She has a true intuition when it comes to food and business. Sage continues to produce outstanding numbers, and KindKreme is an internationally acclaimed leader in the vegan dessert industry. Locally sustained and produced food is Mollie’s passion. Mollie’s commitment to the integrity of food goes far beyond taste and commerce to what is ultimately best for the planet. In 2018, Mollie and Elias realized veganism could be a small part of the answer, but not the whole answer by any means. They started their regenerative farming journey. They now own 3 farms in Ventura County where much of the fruits and vegetables used in her restaurants are grown. All the restaurant pre-consumer waste is brought back to the farm to be turned into compost.


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