The Entrepreneurs

Stories behind the food we love.
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Puffworks Tackles Healthy Snacking and Food Allergy Prevention

By Nicolette Degrassi

Like peanut butter but worried about peanut allergies for your kids? This company takes on the challenge.

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The Barbecue Wars Continue: Report from South Carolina

By Nina Derwin

A backyard dabbler at smoking meats creates his own sauce and names it after his Olde English bulldog, Chipper.

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Gourmet Hemp Foods Offer a Taste of Mother Earth

By LA Bourgeois

What the heck is hemp and why would you want to have it in your pasta sauce? The co-founder of Gourmet Hemp Foods explains its many healing properties

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Sioux Chef Is Revitalizing Native American Cuisine

By Elizabeth Hazard

This Minneapolis restaurant is on a mission to educate people about Native American food and culture.

Fatmah Muhammad

A Middle Eastern Dessert Serves Up Royal Treatment With Knafeh Queens

By Allanah Dykes

The Queen of Knafeh fulfills “a God-given purpose” with her California-based Dessert Company.

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Thanks to TikTok, Business is Booming at Kookys N Cream

By Nina Derwin

A great recipe and some good social media paved the way for this pre-pandemic startup to make a dent in the cookie-sphere.

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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.

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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.

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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.