At Obata Brewery on Sado Island, master brewer Kenya Kudo artfully crafts premium sake. Obata's Manotsuru sake is imported into the U.S. and can be found in L.A. at the Wine House.
Nory Bastdmajian opened Nory Candy & Pastry in Hollywood in 1964. Dickran Jibilian bought the candy-making business and moved it to the San Fernando Valley in 1981. Now owner Armand Sahakian runs the show.
The Leimert Park cobbler maker and entrepreneur has learned from trial and error. Loyal customers and supporters have helped her out in tough times.
Southern California relish maker Jim Brown adapted his recipe from one used by the former Pasadena diner Rite Spot. Then he had to learn how to pitch it to grocery store shoppers.
Viola's Gourmet Goodies, available at specialty grocers, is making a new push in local farmers markets. The family business has its roots in a grandmother's recipes for 1930s celebrity parties.