This story originally aired on June 18, 2016.
Nancy Leson, half of knkx's Food for Thought duo, has been in the food industry for a long time. But some of her earliest memories of food come from bars -- not as an employee, but as a patron — a six-year-old patron.
Leson grew up in Philadelphia, in a time and place where children were allowed to belly up to bars and eat Slim Jims and pickled eggs, or order a Coke with loads of Maraschino cherries.
The reason Leson wound up in those bars was that that was where she would find her mother.