About the Funky Spork

Hello! My name is Mara, and I am the Creator of The Funky Spork. I am a Florida-based Blogger who is passionate about creating yummy, fun, and practical recipes for budget-friendly households who care about local ingredients, and how their food is sourced. Every dish I make will incorporate flavors of Florida, AKA the amazing Sunshine State! 🙂

In 2016, my life forever changed: I remember going to my doctor’s office for a regular checkup, and recall the look of worry in her face when she told me that I was officially pre-diabetic. Even though health issues, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and Type II Diabetes were already rampant within both the Dominican and Puerto Rican sides of my family, I was shocked. Type II Diabetes would never affect me, was my thought. Since this diagnosis, I have tried my best to take my health into my own hands: After trying different recipes, workout regimens, and diets, I eventually began to realize that the best source of health in nutrition was literally under my nose and growing from the ground: Fresh, healthy & local plants!

Aside from plants, I really began to learn and see how whole, minimally processed foods have been positively impacting my health.   Local food & sustainability have been two other drivers behind this platform. It’s important to know how our food is sourced and lands on our table. I am passionate about showing and highlighting local players that are using sustainable manners to cultivate & grow the food that we eat-therefore, demonstrating how environmental stewardship and social equity can be viewed through the lens of food.  

The Funky Spork platform gives me the opportunity to channel my passion for cooking and exploring flavors around me with the people that I love, highlighting local food, and sharing this all with YOU! I also want to show you that as a plus-sized woman myself, that you do not have to be a size zero, or only wear small sizes in clothing, in order to be considered ‘healthy’. I want to show and inspire you to remember that no matter want shape or size you are…you can live and lead a healthy and active life!    

Through this platform, I do the following:

  • Facilitate community-based cooking demonstrations, workshops, and classes.
  • The development of original recipes.
  • The creation of social media content, including blog features on local food systems topics.
  • Video production for recipes and interviews.

Let’s get healthy, together!

Let’s build something together.

Are you interested in learning more about me, or my services? Please feel free to reach out to me, at thefunkyspork@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you!

**DISCLAIMER: Mara Latorre nor The Funky Spork is neither a Registered Dietitian nor a nutritionist. If you have are seeking advice on any dietary change, please consult with a Registered Dietitian or a medical professional.