Homegrown: More artisan fare in and around L.A.

The artisan: Bread baker Mark Stambler

Bread maker: When not raising funds for local arts groups, Mark Stambler can be found in his Los Feliz kitchen, creating crusty loaves of

Laura Ann's Jams: Preserves with an edge

Onetime indie drummer Laura Ann Masura has found a new calling creating jams. It's also helped in her recovery from a serious motorcycle accident.

Brewing premium sake on Sado Island

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.

The Artisan: Yvan Valentin is exacting with his chocolate truffles

The Artisan: French-born Yvan Valentin — a former pastry chef at L'Orangerie — says, 'People must respect chocolate.'

Three generations of Turkish delight in Southern California

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.

Raising limoncello's appeal

Ventura Limoncello keeps exacting standards as it seeks to make the canary-yellow liqueur a regular happy-hour special in L.A.

The Artisan: La Zamorana, making candy the old-fashioned way

The East Los Angeles company uses generations-old family recipes to fashion

The Artisan: StoneGround Bakery in Agoura Hills

Paul Sherman insisted on kosher baking; Abby Franke believed in milling his own flour. Together, they fashioned a tasty business model.

Cobbler Lady: Pam Wright finds a recipe for business success

The Leimert Park cobbler maker and entrepreneur has learned from trial and error. Loyal customers and supporters have helped her out in tough times.

The Artisan: Jim Brown's Relish

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.

Condiments come with a side of Hollywood history

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.

Beyond coffee shop Danish

Sweet and savory pastries and bread lure Danish immigrants and lovers of fine baked goods.

The Artisan: Local noodle maker on the cutting edge of technology

The owner of Vernon’s Nanka Seimen says his family has kept the business going for decades out of loyalty to one another.

Paul Gauweiler and his baumkuchen machine

Sober times for artisan liquor makers

A family business built on chili bricks

Beverly Hills meat shop specializes in worldly tastes

Kruegermann family's peck of pickled products

La Mascota Bakery: a Boyle Heights tradition

West Coast brewers pick up the distilling spirit