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Hi there!

I create content, write books, run events, and help food, beverage, & travel businesses build and grow.

I’ve published best-selling coffee books in 13 languages; helped set up and subsequently managed MAST Chocolate’s bean-to-bar chocolate factory in London; headed a cooking school run with ‘food waste’ in Australia; worked as one of Chef Dan Barber’s senior managers at Blue Hill at Stone Barns; judged food and coffee for the UK’s prestigious Great Taste Awards; set up brands and retail stores in Singapore; written culinary articles for magazines and newspapers; and researched food production and preparation all around the world.

Today, I help existing and aspirational business owners with development, strategy, and implementation through my agency, Four Seasons of Food. I create food & travel content, and design events, through my creative agency, Perigee Studio.

I design and direct educational programming for Coffee Fest; teach coffee history at Portland State University; and continue to write and create books and content focusing on food history & culture, travel, and coffee.

Content & Events

Perigee Studio is a creative agency based in Portland, Oregon. Alongside renowned wine, product, & outdoors photographer, Cody Onthank, I design events and create content for the food, beverage, and travel industries.

Want help with your business or project?

Business and product development, strategy, buildouts, operational management – if you have a food, beverage, or travel project, I can help.

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cover of spill the beans book by lani kingston


Spill the Beans: Global Coffee Culture and Recipes

Now in 4 languages!


Designing Coffee: New Coffee Places and Branding

Now in 3 languages!


  • A Persian Feast.

    A Persian Feast.

    We are cooking Loobia Polo, fried and steamed cooked lamb, rice, and green beans – similar to a biryani. A common comfort food, this dish should comprise of a nice golden tahdig, pronounced tah-deeg, which literally means “bottom of the pot” in Farsi. The bottom layer of rice crisps up and creates a delicious crust.