Stephanie Leichtle-Chalklen is the baker and cook behind Kuluntu Bakery, a cottage baking business in North Oak Cliff. With her husband, Warren Chalklen, they also host Ubuntu Supper Clubs — evenings focused on cultural awareness.
Leichtle-Chalklen and Chalklen met in their graduate school program at Texas A&M University, where she was getting her master’s degree in public service and administration, and Chalklen — a native of Johannesburg, South Africa — was working on his doctoral degree in urban education.
It was also in grad school that Leichtle-Chalklen began baking as a hobby. After graduation, she moved to New York to work in the nonprofit world but continued baking on the side, then started selling her baked goods at a Sunday market.