How Emily Groden, Founder of Evergreen, Went from Big Law to the Freezer Aisle

As a breakfast enthusiast who conned her friends into a Waffle House Club in high school, I’ve held a passion for breakfast food for a long time. So when we had a chance to interview Emily Groden, founder of Evergreen, about her clean, frozen waffle brand, I metaphorically elbowed Jeana aside and said “I GOT THIS.”

Groden has maybe one of the most impressive backgrounds I’ve ever come across: undergrad at Yale, law school at Harvard, and a career in Big Law, all going according to her life’s plan. As a competitive college swimmer, Groden knew about the importance of fueling herself with nutritious ingredients, and a few undergrad classes showed her the ways food and law could intersect.

Then, one night, Netflix roulette landed her on Chef’s Table and an episode about Alinea—and it inspired her so much that she sent a cold email to Alinea’s founder Nick Kokonas asking if he needed a lawyer.

Emily Groden Evergreen

At Alinea and Tock, the reservation software Kokonas also co-founded, Groden learned the importance of being innovative and following her gut, asking why things “had” to be a certain way. You’ll hear how that expansive mindset led to her founding Evergreen and more in this interview.

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About Kristen Geil

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Kristen moved to Chicago in 2011 and received her MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse from DePaul while trying to maintain her southern accent. Kristen grew up playing sports, and since moving to Chicago, she’s fallen in love with the lakefront running path and the lively group fitness scene. Now, as a currently retired marathoner and sweat junkie, you can usually find her trying new workouts around the city and meticulously crafting Instagram-friendly smoothie bowls. Kristen came on to A Sweat Life full-time in 2018 as Editor-in-Chief, and she spends her days managing writers, building content strategy, and fighting for the Oxford comma.

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