Rachel Graville

Rachel Graville created Gerald Jerky, a line of artisanal handmade beef jerky. A design and culinary consultant by trade, Graville was the creative mind behind Iris Café in Brooklyn Heights, an American-style café with European influences. The jewel box eatery garnered praise from The New York Times, was named Best Café of 2010 by New York Magazine, and was featured in numerous media outlets.


A native of Washington state, Rachel Graville has traveled widely, from Mexico and Brazil to France, England, Romania, Poland, and Moldova. Her diverse culinary and cultural experiences greatly influenced her seasonal, local approach to food and cooking. Combining her love of food and hospitality and background in event planning with her talent for design, Rachel poured her energy into creating a convivial environment and crowd-pleasing, crafting menus at Iris Café that landed it on The New York Times list of Best Coffee Places in New York and Brooklyn in 2010. Graville’s other notable project, Gerald Jerky was featured in Food & Wine and Maxim, among others.


Rachel graduated from Earlham College with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. 

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