Kimberly Belle

Crop-to-Kitchen Cannabis Cuisine Activist + Hospitality Consultant, Salt & Roe

An experience maker by title and trade, Kimberly’s passion for hospitality has led her to the Bay Area, where she has worked as a food and beverage professional developing winery, restaurant and experiential retail concepts while living out her culinarian fantasy of converting her Sausalito garage into her very own speakeasy-chic wine cave. As an advocate for elevated dining experiences, Kimberly is also the co-founder of the Crop-to-Kitchen community, an activist movement focused on lifting ingredient prohibitions and creating legal pathways for chefs to cook, serve and sell cannabis cuisine in California.

Born in Buffalo, Kimberly studied drama at New York University and was awarded an MA in American Studies from the University of London, before embarking on a teaching career as a tenure-track writing professor. She left academia after a hunger to eat, cook and write her way through New York City led her to open The Naked Bakery and The Dinner Belle catering company there in 2007.

With her signature recipe for gourmet meets girl-next-door, Kimberly worked as an executive chef and food writer, authoring an eponymous blog, dozens of dining and travel articles, and a food-forward TV pilot produced by the creators of Top Chef.

Recruited by Restoration Hardware to evolve the Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley wine collective into a national retail brand, Kimberly’s role grew to oversee all F&B operations as Director of Food and Beverage at RH, where she developed and launched the 3 Arts Club cafe, wine vault and coffee shop at RH Chicago. Her blueprint for experiential retail concepts designed to blur the lines between home and hospitality have been replicated inside RH galleries internationally. 

Kimberly’s next mission offered her the opportunity to craft a food and beverage lifestyle brand as the VP of Hospitality at Crate & Barrel. It was at Crate that Kimberly had the good sense to hire Alison, who later invited her to join Salt & Roe, where together with business leaders across the country, they endeavor to continue creating brands, elevating experiences and cultivating cultures of hospitality.