Edwin Zoe’s restaurant in Boulder, Zoe Ma Ma on Pearl Street, started a decade ago as a five-table eatery with homestyle Chinese food, the cooking led by Zoe’s mama, Anna.

Soon Ma Ma grew to a second location in Denver’s Union Station, still small, the same excellent dumplings, still the same big problem: He can’t afford insurance to cover time off for his people to care for themselves or a loved one, or to bond with a new child. It eats at the family restaurateur.

That’s why he’s pushing perhaps harder than anyone to pass Proposition 118 this year, to

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I started cooking when I was 12 years old for a very simple reason – the joy people would share over a good meal was unmatched and I just wanted to add to that emotion. Today, the situation we are in reminds me of why I started to cook before it became my business and my passion changed to my profession. 

While we cannot sit and eat together today, in the digitised world we live in we can still cook together and share our meals by having conversations around them. It is important to keep our spirits alive while we

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