Meet ‘the Million-Dollar Palate’ Behind a Flood of New Foods

That’s what she did for Kim Malek, the founder and an owner of Salt Straw, an ice cream chain whose experimental flavors (pear and blue cheese, strawberry with honey-balsamic vinegar and black pepper) and around-the-block lines wouldn’t exist without Ms. Masoni.

“She has the uncommon combination of being brilliant and completely disarming,” said Ms. Malek, a former corporate marketer who revealed her dream to run a scoop shop over a meal at the Dockside Saloon, the Portland dive where Ms. Masoni likes to take clients. (Ms. Masoni enjoys the hash browns, and more at

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