Mallory is a graduate of Northern Michigan University. It was during her time in Marquette, spending time at local coffee shops, restaurants, and breweries, that her heart for local grew. "There is beauty when people gather together in pairs or groups to indulge in early morning cups of coffee, a midday salad at the corner cafe, or join together for a glass of wine. Community is a form of art. The places where people gather and the relationship that is born in that place is important." Mallory lives in Holland and enjoys the process of creating through cooking, baking, ceramics, gardening, photography, and writing.