Coworker Spotlight – Jessica Smith

Jessica SmithWe would like you to meet Jessica Smith, our Cowork Waldo Member in the Spotlight!

Are you stuck in a rut when it comes to mealtimes, or just plain scared of the kitchen? Wasting food (and money) because you’re unsure how to use it? Need fresh ideas? Enter Jessica Smith, Cowork Waldo’s resident kitchen guru. Jessica is a Food Stylist, Photographer and Professional Meal Planner for San Francisco-based Cook Smarts. More than just recipes, Cook Smarts goal is to help people feel more comfortable in the kitchen through meal plans, guides, online cooking lessons, and more.

Jessica is known for her ability to answer every home kitchen question imaginable, from what to cook for a dinner party, to how to plan freezer meals when expecting a baby, to what sort of creative things to throw on your homemade pizza! Along with planning meals, and photographing the amazing food she creates, she also develops original recipes for a food blog at In Jessica’s own words, “I spend a shocking amount of time thinking about how to make life easier for home cooks!”

To stay organized and on top of her expenses, Jessica has discovered a handy app called “You Need a Budget”. A self-described “budgeting geek”, she loves seeing all of her expenses quickly totaled in their own neat categories.

Jessica chose coworking to be able to get out of the house on the days she needs to do desk-based work. She spends a few days during the week at home taking photographs, then drops by Cowork Waldo on the other days. She loves being around other coworkers and finds the diversity of professions and excitement of what others are working on keeps her productive and inspired.

Jessica’s biggest passion is her family. She enjoys spending time with her husband (and fellow Cowork Waldo coworker) and collaborating with him on creative projects for the site. And when they aren’t doing that, raising and having fun with their 2 year-old twin daughters is the priority! They are enjoying Kansas City and the Waldo neighborhood after living in Thailand for five years.

Say hi to Jessica the next time you are in Cowork Waldo!

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