How to Be a Food Influencer in 2019 with Kimia Kalbasi of Kimia's Kravings
Demystifying Ghee + Building a Beloved Food Brand with Fourth & Heart
In a world of infinite food blogs and 15-second Instagram videos, being a successful food influencer doesn’t come in easy in 2019 – but it’s also not impossible.
Today on podcast I’m talking to my friend and fellow foodie Kimia Kalbasi, a San Francisco-based food and lifestyle content creator and expert in social media storytelling and community building.
The Future of Food with Chicory
Raquel Tavares always knew she wanted to create something – from hemp clothing to better yoga mats, she had notebooks filled with sketches and ideas for products she wanted to invent.
But it was her love of cooking and mother’s passion for Ayurveda that ultimately led her down the path of food and create Fourth and Heart, an artisanal food brand on a mission to modernize ancient pantry food staples starting with a line of grass-fed spreadable butters known as “ghee.”
Building a Business for the Life You Want with Jar Goods
Today on the show I’m chatting with Yuni Sameshima, the co-founder of Chicory, a NYC-based technology company that makes recipes shoppable and uses artificial intelligence create digital shopping experiences.
Combining Food and Medicine with Dosha Bar
Melissa Vitelli had a successful career in New York’s fashion scene when she found herself looking for a way to decompress from the hustle and bustle of the city.
As she began enjoying more time enjoying nature on the quieter side of New York state, she got into vegetable gardening. And, the closer she got to her food, the more Melissa began thinking about entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency. That’s when she decided she wanted to rewriter her narrative and become a food entrepreneur. And, that’s where her company Jar Goods was born.
Opportunity is Everywhere – Taking Something and Making it Even Better with Country Archer Jerky Co.
Inspired by the principles of Ayurveda, longtime yoga practitioner and foodie Josh Ehrenfried sought out to create a cleaner, less sweet food bar that could also be eaten to balance one’s mind and body type.
Dosha Bar is a mindful snack bar made with organic, unsweetened fruit and seeds – no dried fruits, no fruit juice concentrate, no preservatives and no powders from a lab. Available in three yummy flavors, Dosha is intended to balance and heal mind, body, and spirit by harnessing the power of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing system.
Bringing Your Brand Identity to Life with Red Duck Foods
When it comes to starting a business, it isn’t always about inventing something completely different. In fact, some of the most successful brands out there built their empires by finding an opportunity to take something that already existed and make it just a little better.
For Eugene Kang, the co-founder of Country Archer Jerky Co., that opportunity presented itself during a road trip to the Grand Canyon
Balancing Business and Motherhood with MommyGO
What do you get when you task three food loving grad students from Portland with coming up with an idea for a business — you get a food company that’s equal parts flavor and personality.
Better Food Stories: Frozen Garden
Elena Ladoux was a busy attorney and mom juggling a demanding career and home life. Determined to “have it all,” she went on a search for a natural product that would help give her a boost of energy and focus on the days she needed it most. But after years of research and still coming up empty handed, she did what any determined mom would do – she created something herself.
Better Food Stories: Nurture Life
As a health coach, Allyson Straka, was frustrated hearing her clients complain they didn't have time to cook from scratch at home and there were no healthy and convenient products at the grocery store.
That’s when a lightbulb went off and Allyson decide that she would fill the gap in the average American diet by creating a complete nutrient dense and convenient smoothie solution without any powders, supplements or gimmicks.
Better Food Stories: Little Choc Apothecary
It’s no secret that meal kits are major disruptors in today’s food industry. From meal kits to weekly lunch and dinner options delivered fresh to your door, there has never been more healthy food options available with just a few clicks – and without every having to leave your house.
Nurture Life is a healthy meal delivery service specifically designed for babies, toddlers and young children. The brand’s co-founder, Jennifer Chow, came up with the idea after experiencing the time consuming and often stressful process of cooking fresh, wholesome meals for her young son.
Better Food Stories: KPOP Foods
How do you enjoy eating out at restaurants when your job – and livelihood – require you stay in shape? That’s the question that led food entrepreneur Julia Kravets down the road to starting her own business.
Little Choc Apothecary is the first fully vegan and gluten-free crêperie in NYC, offering a creative selection of sweet and savory crepes and homemade baked goods, as well as a selection of coffee, teas, vegan wine and beer and freshly pressed juices.
Better Food Stories: Emmy's Organics
When Theo Lee started his MBA program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, he had an idea that someday he might start his own company. But his road to entrepreneurship turned out a little different than he imagined.
Lee’s company, KPOP Foods is the newest brand helping people discover and enjoy Korean food and flavors. The L.A. startup, which started off as a grad school project, creates deliciously authentic Korean sauces, mayos and sea snacks.
Better Food Stories: Tinker Coffee Co.
Eight years ago, Samantha Abrams was inspired to start a food company when her partner, Ian, taught her his secret coconut cookie recipe — a clean vegan treat that worked with his food allergies. Starting with little more than this homemade recipe and a passion for health & well-being, Samantha began selling the cookies at a small farmer’s market in Ithaca, NY.
Better Food Stories: Tenera Grains
Coffee is among the most popular beverages in the entire world, with over 450 million cups consumed each year.
But ask any coffee aficionado if every cup of joe is created equal and chances are you’ll hear a capital N.O. And the truth is, they’d be right.
Better Food Stories: The Zen of Slow Cooking
How do you preserve the legacy of a 100-year-old farm in an era of Uber Eats, Instacart and Amazon Fresh? The short answer: you get creative.
Claire Smith grew up on her family farm is what she refers to as “middle of nowhere” Michigan. Not only is the farm a huge part of her identity but it also served as the inspiration for her business Tenera Grains.
Better Food Stories: Lucky Dog Cuisine
When it comes to consistently creating healthy meals for ourselves and our families, most home cooks are looking for the very same thing — convenience.
We can all appreciate something that’s going to help us feed our family without spending hours online searching for recipes or slaving away in the kitchen slicing and dicing ingredients.
Better Food Stories: HeroFuel
When you think of artisan foods, things like bread, cheese and even spices might come to mind. Well, Dr. Janice Elenbaas, co-founder of Lucky Dog Cuisine might get you thinking of artisan food in a completely different way.
Better Food Stories: Real Plans
They say that if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. For food entrepreneur Reid Pearson, the founder HeroFuel, it wasn’t so much his passion for food that led him to start a food company. But rather, his passion for sports.
Better Food Stories: Gnarly Pepper
Meal planning can make a huge difference when it comes to starting — and sticking to — a healthier diet. And, as any thrifty home cook knows, it’s also a great way to save you time and money.
What if there was a way to enjoy the foods we love without all the extra guilt that comes with it? That’s exactly the solution Sara Gotch had in mind when she created Gnarly Pepper. “I enjoyed mayo — but how unhealthy it is,” Sara told me.