ALL ARTICLES BY AnnMarie Mattila

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Stop for Gas, Stay for the Hummus

A hunch about hummus got Muntaha Dari, a Palestinian-American, to sell her home-cooked recipe at her son’s Ohio gas station. Now it’s what people stop for.

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Hep Cat Cookies Jazz Up New York

Cookies just weren’t cutting it during the pandemic so jazz enthusiast Jaime Shannon infused them with alcohol. Her dark chocolate cookie with bourbon is now a hit thanks to her new business, Hep Cat.

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Getting Your 70s Groove on at Jinkies in Kansas

Who wouldn’t want to hang out at a vintage Kansas coffee shop modeled after “That 70s Show?”

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Filling a Void in North Philly with Pizza and Opportunity

Two entrepreneurs start a pizzeria that exclusively employs formerly incarcerated people as a way to give them a chance while also feeding an underserved community.

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Frontline Workers Go Bananas for Bread

Using his mom’s recipe, with an able assist provided by the kindness of others, this telecommunications professional turned some home-baked goodness into food on the table for people in need.

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Doughnuts Make Everything Ayokay in Denver

How many chefs (and a sommelier) does it take to make a darned fine doughnut? Try three in Denver, who turned the pandemic blues into a pop-up success.

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Avocados: Good to The Last Drop

Two food science grad students turned this ‘seed’ of an idea into a full-fledged beverage business. Is Reveal the next health drink to take the world by storm?

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Sandra Day IPA? Yes, Please!

It’s a simple mission: Brew great beer. Use the money to support charities. Welcome to Lady Justice Brewing which supports and empowers women and girls in Colorado.

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The Journey from M.I.T. Student to Chinese Food Restaurateur

Hector Hsu grew up in Britain but has gone all in on American-style Chinese food at his new Bristol, New Hampshire restaurant Very Excellent. High quality ingredients and Hsu’s unique perspective have made the spot a hit with locals.

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Big Trouble Little Dumplings: How One Chef Kept Cooking During Covid

With his Fort Collins, Colorado restaurant closed due to the pandemic, chef Sam Graf started cooking dumplings and other Asian dishes and giving them away to hungry neighbors in his driveway. Read on for the story of how Big Trouble Little Dumpling was born.