local food Tag

The term "local food" is so much more than just eating food grown or made within a certain distance from my home. For me, it represents a sustainable and self-reliant economy, entrepreneurship, eating seasonally, appreciating artisan foods often based in historical methods, slow food, connection to place, community and savoring time with loved ones.  This may seem like a lot to wrap up into two words; this concept is what fuels my work and the passion dedicated to supporting, both with my dollars and my time, local food. I feel fortunate to be a part of the renaissance of local...

Event planning is one of my first loves and I am really good at it.  I fell into it quite naturally when an opportunity to plan a community Earth Day event while at McWhinney opened up over 13 years ago.  Looking back, I had really been "event planning" most of my life; arranging all the behind the scenes details so that the guest experience was at its best whether it be parties, holidays or date night.  Since that first event (which was snowed out btw) I planned farm dinners and festivals for Grant Farms, a Farm to Fork 'parking lot' dinner and tons...

Last week I sat down with three of the four Colorado Food Works founders, Francisca, Meghan and Hannah of in a live interview to learn more about the upcoming launch of their pasta with a purpose business. Their passion and enthusiasm for helping others while also making a profit is refreshing and I look forward to watching their story unfold. The four members, including Charlie, are students in the Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise MBA program at Colorado State University.  The desire to make a difference in others' lives as entrepreneurs led them to Kenya to research the barriers women face...

I had the pleasure of interviewing James Schrack, co-founder and CEO of Stuff'n Mallows founded in Fort Collins, CO this week.  Here are some excerpts from our conversation about the past four years as a food business entrepreneur. In 2012, three CSU students, Tyler Krenzelok, Paul Jenkins and James Schrack had a class project to complete for their Intro to Entrepreneurship class. Initially the three came up with an idea that they soon realized it was already on the market and someone else was doing it better than they could.  So, they went back to the drawing board and Tyler mentioned that...