A Connecticut organization that supports entrepreneurial businesses with a social mission recently listened to food suggestions (with samples) and gave awards.
At Foodie Demo Day, eight food entrepreneurs pitched their businesses and provided samples of their products to a panel of four judges and an audience, according to a statement from the Hartford-based organization reSET. That’s what it means.
According to reSET, the four entrepreneurs were the winners, who split the $2,800 prize in addition to a $2,000 business growth grant awarded to each entrepreneur who completes reSET’s food accelerator program.
Participating businesses were awarded a total of $18,800 in grants.
“These companies offer thoughtful niche products for the Connecticut food industry, some targeting the vegan and gluten-free market, unique catering experiences, and even a mission statement. We also provide pet treats and more,” reSET Executive Director Sarah Bodley said in a statement.
“Today’s consumers are not only interested in new products, but they also want to spend their money on businesses that make a difference.Knowing that a company is participating in the Reset Program shows that the company is supporting its social mission. It helps us make sure that we are also responsible.”
According to the reset:
First prize went to Becky Tocacs, owner of Charlie’s Traveling Treat Truck, a mobile dog bakery that uses all-natural ingredients, compostable packaging, and supports rescue organizations. Ta.
Second place went to Cleon Clark, founder of Niamh Bakery, a local Jamaican bakery specializing in coco bread rolls and breads, offering a variety of flavor varieties and Caribbean-inspired treats to the community .
No. 3: “Preservative-free guacamole that satisfies taste buds and nourishes the mind, body, and soul of you and your loved one, made with real, whole ingredients that you can feel safe feeding to your loved ones.” The award was given to Nicola Poplin, founder of Pop’s Famous Guac, which produces guac. ”
The audience selected Deirdre Brickhouse as the winner of the Audience Choice Award. Brickhouse is the chief baker and owner of SweetHouse Creations, a Hartford-based bakery specializing in elegant treats that are vegan and/or gluten-free.
“This is the first accelerator program to exclusively focus on late-stage food businesses. We are excited by the progress each company has made through the program,” reSET Food Program Manager Catrice Claudio said in a statement. Stated.
A panel of four state food and beverage industry leaders served as judges.
Alisa Bowens Mercado is the founder, CEO, and brewmaster of Rhythm Brewing Company, Connecticut’s first African-American woman-owned beer brand, and a coffee brand based in Connecticut. He is also co-owner of Rhythm Roasting Company.
Craig Wright, owner and operator of Craig’s Kitchen, a soul food restaurant in Vernon.
Gina Luari is a Connecticut-based restaurateur with multiple Place 2 Be locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Dallas. She recently opened her RAW* at Rover Concept in the heart of downtown Hartford.
Justin Morales is the owner of Up ‘n’ Down Bourbon and a hospitality expert who has started five local restaurants. He is the manager of Fire by Forge in Hartford and was named the 2017 Crazies Connecticut Bartender of the Year.