Cara Benson grew up in New Orleans, LA. After graduating from Loyola University she moved to Manhattan to attend the pastry program at The French Culinary Institute. This is where she would meet her future husband. Evan was in the savory program and happened to be Cara's roommate on Roosevelt Island.
After discovering their similar passion for food, Cara and Evan were soon an item. After graduation, Cara and Evan moved to the Lower East Side and worked in New York restaurants for the next year.
Like many New Orleanians, Cara grew homesick and easily convinced Evan to move home with her. They were married in Jackson Square and currently live in Algiers Point with their sons, Teller and Louis.
Cara and Evan opened Tartine in June of 2010. In 2014 they decided to open Toast, a causal breakfast eatery located uptown on Laurel St, In October 2016 they opened Toast Fairgrounds on Gentilly Blvd. French Toast on Decatur St. opened in 2018.