About Lisa Kivirist

Lisa Kivirist is an innkeeper of the nationally recognized Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, completely powered by the wind and the sun. With her husband, John Ivanko, Lisa co-authored Farmstead Chef, the award-winning book ECOpreneuring as well as Rural Renaissance. Lisa is a distinguished Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow and leading national advocate for women in sustainable agriculture. She directs the Rural Women’s Project for the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES).




Browntown, Wisconsin

Favorite Foods

Farmstead Chef recipes, Wisconsin cheese and beer, wild mushrooms, cocktails with umbrellas, sweet/salty combos (i.e, chocolate covered pretzels, asparagus, creamed honey, anything cooked by my husband or son

Favorite Food Writers

Julia Child, Bryant Terry, Michael Pollen, Annie Somerville

Dream Dinner Guests

George Clooney, Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Bon Jovi

I call myself a…

farmer, innkeeper, activist, organizer, author, parent, partner, muffin maker, homesteader, educator

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Recipe Boxes


Dinner Guest

The gamification of cooking

Earning points

Most of the time with cooking and eating, the rules are clear.

Graze: Bites from the Site
First Person

The secret sharer

A father’s legacy

The Culinate Interview

Mollie Katzen

The vegetarian-cooking pioneer


Down South

Barbecue, tamales, cocktails, and more

Local Flavors

A winter romesco sauce

Good on everything

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