The Entrepreneurs

Stories behind the food we love.
earl gray spread

Husband and Wife Duo Spread Happiness with a Korean Dessert Tradition

By Nicolette Degrassi

Nick Ng and Ahreum Kim used the pandemic to get creative with Ooyoo, a Minnesota-based company specializing in Korean-style dessert spreads.

Sophie Mendelson and Martha Bass

Bewitched in St. Louis: An Ice Cream Tale

By Stacy Brooks

These two self-described “food system nerds” turned their small batch ice cream company Sugarwitch into something so magical it’s inspired a cult following.

emree woods

Georgia Entrepreneur Makes a Splash with Non-Alcoholic Beer

By Victoria Pardo

When pregnant in 2017, Emree Woods noticed there weren’t a lot of great options for a decent beer replacement. So the Marietta, Georgia mom created her ow

rebecca king

Deli Manna from “The Bad Jew” – Porkstrami Has Arrived!

By Kate Eplboim

Rebecca King ducked her office job in commercial real estate to ply the farmers market and go home and cook. Now her very un-kosher Jewish deli pop-up operates at LA’s Smorgasburg where King cures her own pork pastrami.

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Stop for Gas, Stay for the Hummus

By AnnMarie Mattila

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

By AnnMarie Mattila

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.

mason dixie products

Memories of Old-Fashioned Biscuits are Baked into Mason Dixie

By Stacy Brooks

Ayeshah Abuelhiga hated her corporate job so she turned to what she loved best: Creating buttery, crumbly, gooey baked goods. What started as a biscuit pop-up is now a full-fledged frozen foods company.

zestbox family

A Personal Chef Battled Cancer: Now She’s Teaching Others About Clean Eating

By Laura Henty

After two separate bouts of cancer in her family, this mother of two launched a business to help other families thrive, with an assist from some very healthy food.

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Anna Bell’s Mac & Cheese: An Atlanta Staple that Honors Family and Tradition

By Elizabeth Hazard

A tech entrepreneur spent 15 years trying to replicate his great-grandmother’s mac & cheese recipe. Now, it’s perfect. It’s also super popular in Atlanta and can be bought online.