Founder and CEO, Sari Kimbell has worked in just about every sector of the food industry, cultivating her passion for food and the way it connects all of us. Her love and knowledge for food began after graduating high school where she worked in coffee shops and waited tables. Many find this type of work something to tide them over, but she experienced great satisfaction being the mastermind guiding a customer’s experience. After a visit to San Francisco and sipping a latte in Little Italy, she was hooked and packed up her car and moved to the Bay Area. Working in San Francisco restaurants radically informed her passion for seasonal and local ingredients. A six month study abroad stint in Paris sealed the deal for her that helping others connect over real food experiences was her passion.
In 2009 she joined Grant Family Farms located in Northern Colorado. She began a local produce wholesale program that delivered directly to local restaurants along the Front Range. She took over as CSA Director and grew the CSA to 5,000 members the following year. Sari made the leap to the purchasing side in 2011 as the Whole Foods Market Fort Collins Prepared Foods buyer. The team experienced their best year yet in sales and margins as she worked to tighten inventory, reduce waste, train employees and increase local purchasing. She transitioned to the Marketing Director for the store where promoting local food and community involvement was at the heart of her work. In addition to her marketing and community connection work, she worked diligently with local producers to help them negotiate the process to become a vendor with the chain and sell their product on the shelves. When the Northern Colorado Food Cluster began in 2015, she championed the non-profit and chaired the Marketing Committee.
In 2015 she started Cultivate Consulting, LLC, now Sari Kimbell Consulting. As a Food Business Consultant she focuses on promoting the heroes in the local food system. Her clients include The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm, Evolved Kitchen, FoCo Musicians Association, Grant Farms, Gardens on Spring Creek, The Cooking Studio, Pepper Champ Hot Sauce, RevoGrow, Colorado Farmers Market Association, The Northern Colorado Food Cluster, The Winter Farmers Market, Bayberry Fresh Farm, Blue Owl Preserves, The Food Corridor, J Brady Seasonings and Old Time Vinegar. Sari is also a food business and marketing consultant for the Larimer Small Business Development Center; learn more at http://www.larimersbdc.org/.