MNB readers will remember that back in January, we reported on the passing of Frieda Rapoport Caplan at age 96.
Frieda was a legend in the food business, having launched Frieda's Produce Specialties in Los Angeles back in 1962. It was the first wholesale produce company owned and operated by a woman, but in some ways that was not the most significant of her achievements. Frieda changed the way Americans eat, having introduced items such as kiwis, mangoes, habanero and shishito peppers, passion fruit, blood oranges, shiitake mushrooms, turmeric, and hundreds more fruits and vegetables into the nation's diet.
Frieda was extraordinary.
Tomorrow, at 11 am PST, there will be a celebration of Frieda's life in Los Angeles at which many of us will have a chance to tell stories and share memories. If you'd like to be part of it, this celebration will be live-streamed on YouTube, and also will be available to watch afterwards.
I know I speak for the Caplan family when I say I hope you'll join us.