Contraband Ferments is a small fermentation company in Brooklyn, New York.

Our Team:

Cheryl Paswater                                                                                                         Chief Fermentationist & Founder

Cheryl is a Fermentationist, Educator, Health Coach, Artist, Beekeeper, and Writer.

Cheryl contributes as a writer for Edible Brooklyn, has guest co-hosted on the radio show “Fuhmentaboudit!” (on Heritage Food Radio Network), Co-Organizes the NYC Fermentation Festival, and is a Co-Organizer of the NYC Ferments Meetup. She is currently working on her first book and teaches workshops and at festivals both regionally and internationally.  She lives in Brooklyn, NY with all of her cultures as pets (aka: bacteria, yeast, and mold).


Nadia Eran                                                                                                                                                        Chief Operational Officer (COO)


Amelia "Meals" Jonakit                                                                            Unicorn Whisperer 

Meals is a writer, editor, proofreader, wordsmith, punner, photographer, and all around creative type, as well as a dog walker, child caregiver, and general Jack of all trades. Meals is a lifelong Brooklynite, and a new fermentation enthusiast.