Jen and Sarafina, Hip Chick Farms. (Photo: Whole Foods Market)

Jen and Sarafina, Hip Chick Farms. (Photo: Whole Foods Market)

Hip Chick Farms Jen Johnson and Serafina Palandech have been named one of Food + Wine Magazine’s Most Innovative Women in Food. The local couple founded the frozen foods company several years ago in Sebastopol, winning acclaim for their sustainable, locally-sourced chicken wings, meatballs and chicken nuggets. Congrats to our local gals!

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Chicken fingers and Chez Panisse aren’t usually associated with one another. But Palandech and Johnson (far left), the couple behind Hip Chick Farms, are bringing a sustainable ethic to the world of frozen chicken dinners. Johnson, a former Chez Panisse chef, develops the recipes, which include spicy wings, meatballs and nuggets, using ethically raised birds from a local Sonoma farm. “Frozen foods don’t tend to be superhot items in the marketplace, but we’re a premium product,” says Palandech. The chef-driven, sustainably sourced recipes are especially appealing at a moment when consumers and retailers alike are paying more attention to the quality of their food. In early 2015, Hip Chick was in 300 stores; by the end of the year, it will be in 1,200.