The Entrepreneurs

Stories behind the food we love.
amani and chima

Caramel Flavored Whiskey? Slàinte.

By Allanah Dykes

A crazy idea over a round of shots leads to a new take on an old standby and the start of a budding business.

diners at UGK

High-End Cuisine Goes Underground in Virginia

By AnnMarie Mattila

The Undergound Kitchen has become a popular event and spotlight for chefs of color, women and those who identify as LGBTQ+ in Richmond, VA.

fred haberman

This Organic Food Company Says, “Let Your Freak Flag Fly”

By Stacy Brooks

You know when a company puts ‘freak’ in its name, a) there’s got to be a story there and b) it has to be fun. The owner wouldn’t have it any other way.

fresh victor lineup

Mixing It Up with Fresh Victor

By Amanda Mactas

Leave the craft cocktailing to the bartender. These mixers are the life of the party.

Hilary Cocalis

The Story Behind the “Can-Do” Spirit at a Black-Owned Wine Start-Up

By Allanah Dykes

“Just one glass of really good wine” was the a-ha moment this mom needed to start her canned wine company, Sipwell.

Roger Martin (Head Arborist & Head Beekeeper)

This Eternal Resting Place Has a Unique Side Hustle

By Nina Derwin

Muhammed Ali is buried here. So is Colonel Sanders. It is also a Louisville sanctuary for bees and award-winning honey.

de'asia collins

A Traditional, Jewish Dessert Gets a Facelift

By Sarah Strong

This New Yorker went decades without tasting babka. Now she runs a bakery that specializes in it.

tsuki sake trio

A New Kind of Spirit in Utah

By LA Bourgeois

Salt Lake City might not be the first place that makes you think of Sake. That didn’t stop this entrepreneur from opening her own brewery.

tiny pies 6 pack

Tiny Pies Are Big Business in Texas

By Nicolette Degrassi

A son’s request for something sweet for his lunchbox got Amanda Wadsworth re-thinking pies. Five stores later, she and her baking partner/mother are running a Texas-based business.