Cheryl Knecht Muñoz

Miss Cheryl is the Founder and Owner of Sugar Beet Schoolhouse. It’s her dream job. To experience more meaningful connections to her local farmers and neighbors, she opened (along with hundreds of others) a cooperative grocery store in the Village of Oak Park, IL in July 2015 called Sugar Beet Food Co-op. The Co-op celebrates community and good food by providing a full service marketplace for local vendors and producers and greater access to local, organic food. Her passion for education and skill sharing motivated her to establish an educational organization which became Sugar Beet Schoolhouse. In 2016 Cheryl found a home for the Schoolhouse in a sweet little building in River Forest that includes a commercial kitchen for community chefs that she also manages (River Forest Kitchen) and greenhouse. Cheryl received the Golden Beet Award from the Illinois Stewardship Alliance for Community Food Development in 2015 and has twice been named to New City Chicago’s “Big Heat” list of Chicago’s “movers and shakers” in the Chicago food scene. Cheryl enjoys planning community events, learning about food culture and progressive education and LOVES sharing her passion with others. Cheryl lives in Oak Park, IL with her little farmers, Cedar and Cora, and their critters.