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Lucy Dilley: lucy@fairfoodmatters.org Sheena Foster: kitchen@fairfoodmatters.org

269.492.0261 DESSERT FIRST Owner: Meka Phillips Email: dessertfirstlady@gmail.com www.ieatdessertfirst.com Facebook: ieatdessertfirst Instagram: dessertfirstlady EST 2012

Why did you decide on this product: Baking gives me the opportunity to experiment with several different recipes and decorating techniques. No two cakes are ever the same. What have you learned as part of the Can-Do Kitchen: I have learned that there are people who want to help you succeed in business and in life. What’s your favorite food (besides your own product): Burgers and fries! What have you learned about yourself in this process: I have also learned that when you are passionate about something, it doesn't feel like work. I run...not walk...to the kitchen every morning!

CRAZED CRAVINGS Owner: D.C. Cox Email: sales@crazedcravings.com www.crazedcravings.com EST September 2013

Why did you decide on this product: I wanted to explore the southwestern flavors of salsa I had become accustomed to while living in Dallas and traveling through Santa Fe and Denver. One Christmas I had family members and friends asking for 5-gallon buckets of my Brit Mary Bloody Mary mix, so I thought it was time to share this on a larger scale! What have you learned as part of the Can-Do Kitchen: It is imperative to be organized, plan, rethink the plan, leave your thoughts alone for a bit, then sit down and look over your plan again before going to the production environment. What’s your favorite food (besides your own product): Simple food that isn't over-processed. What have you learned about yourself in this process: Flexibility and moving slower can yield some fantastic benefits.

KZOO BRAIN FOOD

Owner: Jessie Forbes Email: msjessrene@gmail.com www.kzoobrainfood.com Facebook: kzoobrainfood EST Summer 2015 Why did you decide on this product: I think that we all want to put head healthy food on the grocery list. What have you learned as part of the Can-Do Kitchen: Before there was a need for a "health food industry", it was

Greater Kalamazoo

simply the food industry. I think that the Can-Do Kitchen helps to bring Kalamazoo full circle on that notion. What have you learned about yourself in this process: After a car wreck 12 years ago, the doctors said I would heal well and quickly, in part because of my healthy lifestyle. Since then, I study all the time, and I'm passionate about sharing what I learn and what I know about fitness, nutrition, and brain health.

KALAMAZOO PICKLE COMPANY Owner: Derek Richmond Email: derekrichmond@me.com www.kalamazoopickle.com Facebook: KalamazooPickle 847070348695518/timeline Instagram: Kalamazoo Pickle Twitter: @KalamazooPickle EST Spring 2011

Why did you decide on this product: There was a consistent request for my pickles. After the positive responses, I started wondering, "There has to be a way to fulfill this demand and create the pickle I've always envisioned." What have you learned as part of the Can-Do Kitchen: It provides an opportunity for dreamers, like me, to become entrepreneurs by providing information on food laws and regulations, commercial kitchen health standards and practices, and navigate the new business through the arduous process that is required to start a food business. What’s your favorite food (besides your own product): The best of them are simple, made fresh and with love. What have you learned about yourself in this process: Creating a food recipe based on my own taste profiles and visual expressions can spark a lot of joy in others.

BRAZILIAN OVEN Owner: Silvana Qadros Russell Email: brazilianoven@comcast.net www.brazilianoven.com facebook.com/BrazilianOven pinterest.com/brazilianoven EST July 2012

Why did you decide on this product: Brazilian Cheese Bread or Pão de Queijo, takes me back to my roots. It is one treat that I missed the most when I moved here from Brazil in 1995. We savor those delicious cheesy chewy rolls from morning to evenings, any time, every occasion. What have you learned as part of the Can-Do Kitchen: It made it possible for me to start a business without a substantial risk. What’s your favorite food (besides your own product): I do enjoy a well-made rack of lamb with risotto. What have you learned about yourself in this process: When we started, the packaging was very simple. Since then, the race did not stop, there is always something to add or to refrain from the packaging... Sometimes I wonder when I will achieve some degree of contentment.

DOUGHCHICKS Owners: Denise Steely, Kara Steely Email: denise@doughchicks.com www.doughchicks.com Facebook: doughchicks EST 2007

Why did you decide on this product: We changed our mission to a healthier version of baked goods since we started hearing about more and more people having Celiac Disease or were very intolerant of gluten. What have you learned as part of the Can-Do Kitchen: Without the Can-Do Kitchen, Kara would have been unable to use the skills she does have. It also has been an opportunity for Kara to learn more about business and people skills while gaining confidence. What’s your favorite food (besides your own product): My (Denise) favorite food is Mexican or Southwestern. I love heat and spice! Kara loves homemade pizza, gluten free and “regular” crust alike—as long as it is heaped with meat! What have you learned about yourself in this process: I have learned more about the local food sources and how they contribute to healthy eating and living.

MIKE’S FAMOUS MICHIGAN BEAN DIP MAMALEELU COLD BREW Owner: Mike Kruk Email: mike@dipyourchip.com www.dipyourchip.com Facebook: Mike’s Famous Mexican Bean Dip EST Fall 2009

Why did you decide on this product: I started adding peanut butter as the “secret ingredient” after eating a Mexican dish a colleague of Mexican decent had made and she used peanut butter in it. What have you learned as part of the Can-Do Kitchen: I learned about the local food producing community in the Kalamazoo area. I have met great people who are producing some wonderful things to eat.

Owner: Maliesha Pullano Email: mieshapullano@gmail.com www.mamaleelucoldbrew.com facebook.com/mamaleelucoldbrew? twitter.com/Mamaleelu EST March 2014

Why did you decide on this product: I remembered how much I liked strong coffee and how I had seen a cold brew coffee concentrate at a store earlier in the year. I never got to try it, I made my own. What have you learned as part of the Can-Do Kitchen: You need to have somebody who understands the specific stresses, fears, and successes involved in entrepreneurship.

What’s your favorite food (besides your own product): Beans and Rice with a Cajun feel and Pasta dishes.

What’s your favorite food (besides your own product): I appreciate locally curated, hand crafted foods, that are prepared with love.

What have you learned about yourself in this process: I have learned I have a lot of stick-to-itiveness. I also learned I am not good at bookkeeping, business plans and long range projections and that it is best to know one’s weaknesses as well as strengths.

What have you learned about yourself in this process: Because I have felt the pain of being uninspired, discouraged, and dis-empowered, I want to inspire, encourage, and empower women! I have learned that I am not afraid of doing things differently.

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