Build Your Best Business (food)

Lola Wilburn is the owner of Sugar Pie Bakery, an online bakery specializing in a wide variety of sweets including pies, cookies, cakes and candies. Her 30+ years experience in a wide variety of roles ranging from secretarial to corporate facilities management of multi million dollar corporations was rewarding but did not satisfy her goal of owning and operating her own business. With a passion for culinary arts which she nurtured through academic studies and entrepreneurial ventures in specialty catering, she left the corporate world to focus solely on Sugar Pie Bakery in 2008. 

Sugar Pie Bakery delivers locally and ships nationally. In addition to private individuals, customers include business owners looking for delicious gifts for their customers and clients, stores, restaurants and organizations looking for fund raising ideas. 

Website: www.sugar-piebakery.biz 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sugarpiebakery1

Direct download: 11-3-2014_The_Better_You_Project_Lola_Wilburn-MP3_File.mp3
Category:Food -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Dawn Belisle has been baking and selling her cakes since 1998.

She is an attorney by day and a baker by night. Dawn learned to cook and bake from her mother which encompasses a blend of Caribbean and Latin foods indicative of her family's native home of Belize.

Dawn recently entered the cupcake arena, and loves it. Baking is her passion, her love, and she wants it to become her future full-time endeavor.

You can find Dawn on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Direct download: 11-4-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Dawn_Belisle_podcast.mp3
Category:Food -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

After being in the Hotel industry for 22+ years, Tisha Rosamond was ready for a change! She always told my teams that when they quit loving what they were doing it was time to find something else to do and it was time for her to find another passion. Tisha fell in love with the cakes in Dallas and knew that was her passion! Who wouldn’t love having yummy cake every day?!?

From the first bite, sweet memories of your mom's cake, fresh from the oven, gently tug at your heart. At Nothing Bundt Cakes, we have combined the warmth of nostalgia with a fresh, modern approach. Our luscious cakes are made with the finest premium ingredients, including fresh eggs, real butter and cream cheese. Each bite slowly melts in your mouth, calling you back to a day when life was a little sweeter and time passed more slowly.

We have 5 unique sizes, 10 Yummy flavors with over 40 designs that are perfect for meetings, birthdays, anniversaries, bridal showers, wedding receptions, our handcrafted recipes and inspired decorations celebrate special moments with a delightful charm and wit. And with a taste this yummy, we can almost guarantee your cake won't be around for long. So, 'Gather Round' and enjoy!

Direct download: 6-10-2013_The_Better_You_Network_Tisha_Rosamond_podcast.mp3
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Fairywood Thicket is a Family owned business created from one jelly, Elderberry, and has expanded to an ever changing variety of flavors.

Fairywood Thicket is a small farm located in Fairburn, GA. Their specialties have grown from one spectacular Jelly, Elderberry (Mother Elder), to a unique group of hand-made Jams, Jellies and Chutneys, using an ever expanding selection of special fruits, hot peppers, and flowers. Their fruits come from a variety of sources, including their farm, other local farmers that they barter with, local folks that have fruit trees growing on their land, and wild harvest.

The Fairywood Thicket products are produced using a restored Vulcan gas oven, in traditional Copper Jam and Polenta Pots. Their commercial kitchen is licensed through the Georgia Department of Agriculture.  Each batch is created and designed around the fruits  available. Artificial ingredients, corn syrup, or food coloring is never used in their jams.  Products are made primarily from only four types of ingredients:  Fruit, Sugar, Spices, and Pectin.

Direct download: 5-13-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Kim_Conner_Quinetha_podcast.mp3
Category:Food -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Always artistic and entrepreneurial, Mattia Pace graduated from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies with a degree in Economics. He worked briefly as a trade analyst and accountant before being bitten by the desire for a creative, hands on pursuit. Mattia joined Sausage World 3 years ago, taught himself charcuterie, and hasn’t looked back since.

Sausage World has been active since 1986. They specialize in producing artisanal sausages that celebrate the diversity of global cuisine and culture. Mostly wholesale producers, the door is always open to the public and their retail segment is growing daily. Sausage World sources their meat locally and use no MSG or preservatives in their products.

Direct download: 5-27-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Mattia_Pace_.mp3
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Seeking a way to transport her senses to Italy and its unique and traditional food flavors, while being far away from her, Adriana Coppola founded  A&A Alta Cucina.

Adriana enjoys developing gourmet Italian foods using recipes and traditions from her family. They use only the freshest and finest ingredients, allowing them to offer the best tasting blending seasonings, infused oils, balsamic vinegars, pestos, tomato sauces and more that you will ever experience so now you can make traditional Italian dishes easily at your in just minutes in a Italian way!

A&A Alta Cucina is a family business that was born in the US in spring 2011. They specialize in Italian gourmet food products inspired by their Italian roots recipes and traditions. Products are ALL NATURAL, without any artificial flavor, color or preservative and they only use the freshest and finest ingredients allowing them to offer the best tasting and high quality blending seasonings, salts, infused extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, pestos, tomato sauces and more.

All products are HANDMADE and HAND PACKED in an artisan way using ecofriendly materials and produced in small batches, using old traditions that allow us to put in every single product made, the passion Italians have for their traditions and food.

You can find at www.altacucinaitalia.com more information regarding the company, their products and recipes that will inspire you while cooking with their products at home.

Direct download: 5-20-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Adrianna_Coppola_podcast.mp3
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GG Gibson is the owner of GG's Fine Foods.

GG learned how to cook generations-old Creole recipes through her grandmother, Ella D. Smith, who never compromised on flavor or presentation, but taking great pride and pleasure in presenting fabulous meals. This passion for food continues to inspire GG today.

GG’s Real New Orleans Creole Cuisine include Original Seafood Gumbo, Famous Crawfish Pie, Classic Creole Seasoning, Remoulade Sauce—all infused with GG’s rockin’ flavors. The cuisines can be found on www.ggsfinefood.com.

GG’s flair for culinary art developed into a career after a lifelong mission to bring people together around good food. After overcoming many hardships, GG established GG’s Fine Foods, which operates in a HAACP safety certified manufacturing facility in Woodstock, Georgia.

Direct download: 5-13-2013_The_Better_you_Project_Linda_gibson_Gigi_podcast.mp3
Category:Food -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Jay Reid began working construction in high school and has been in construction management for the last 20 years.  He was looking for a new opportunity and Great American Cookie / Pretzelmaker appealed to Jay and his wife.

Great American Cookie offers fresh baked cookies, brownies, and unflavored pretzels as well as 100% beef pretzel dogs and mini pretzel dogs.

They also offer fountain drinks, lemonade, ice products and 5 different flavors of blended fruit drinks.

Jay and his wife have been married for 25 years and have 2 children.

Direct download: 5-6-2013_The_Better_you_Project_Jay_Reid_podcast.mp3
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Ulimana is a successful company with nothing but positive energy in every handmade product, founded by single mom Theresa Green.

Theresa Green started her career with Nirvana Manna (renamed later Maca Manna) after expected success with a home recipe passed to a friend at the Natural Foods Expo 2005. Word spread, and she could only grow and expand to incorporating Ulimana. Her made-up name is semi-Huna—a Polynesian and Hawaiian science practiced by the aboriginals of those regions. It means asking the goddess Uli, the “Goddess of Serenity,” for the blessings of life force, energy, and vibrant health—“mana.”

Ulimana is one of the raw food pioneers, and very possibly the first, Organic Raw Chocolate company. Ulimana makes their own proprietary blend of the highest quality cacao (ka-kow) from Peru and Bali. Cacao in its natural, raw form has many psychotic-active ingredients that work as a natural mood elevator.

Ulimana makes raw, organic truffles that are gluten-free, dairy-free and sweetened with natural, alternative sweeteners; handmade in Asheville, NC at The Blue Ridge Food Ventures. They can be found in many of the Earth Fare stores and Whole Food stores across the region as well as NYC and California.

Direct download: 5-6-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Theresa_Green_podcast.mp3
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Diane Pfeifer has been writing and self-publishing cookbooks since 1987 with over 700,000 books sold. She invented Grits Bits gourmet cheese crackers and specializes in Georgia welcome gifts for gift shops and events.

She has been a chemist, a Capitol recording artist, a songwriter with two Top 15 hits for Debby Boone, acted in commercials, and recorded wrong number messages for the phone company. She has been self-employed since 1973.

Direct download: 4-15-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Diane_Pfeifer.mp3
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Scott Bianculli is one of the Partners at BAKED and RED SKY TAPAS -  www.bakeithappen.com and www.redskytapas.com

These are two “mom and pop” restaurant concepts that have originated in the East Cobb portion of Marietta, Georgia.

Baked is “comfort food” and Red Sky is a tapas concept and entertainment venue.

As a small town boy gone city, Scott hopes that Baked will remind you of good-ole fashioned living, while meeting the challenges of today’s hectic schedules.

Direct download: 4-1-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Scott_Bianculli.mp3
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Pure Sodaworks, uses the best ingredients in the world to create pure cane sugar sodas with unique and delicious flavors. All of their sodas are free from preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners. Sodas are served at their fountain, The River Street Makery, at Coolidge Park and are also available in bottles.

Matt and Tiffany Rogers, founders of Pure SodaWorks have been making and selling all natural products since they started their first business, Everyday Eclectic, in 2007.They founded Pure SodaWorks in 2011, with partner Shawn Clouse. Originally, they planned to only sell sodas via their custom mobile soda fountain at various markets, festivals, and events throughout the area. However, they quickly realized that customers and restaurants were interested in having their sodas in bottle form.

Learn more at PureSodaworks.com or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Direct download: 2-18-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Pure_Soda_Works.mp3
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Eric Holtzclaw and Susan McMullen interview Ari Fleischer and Aly Moler of Frozen Pints featuring beer-flavored ice cream.

Ari grew up in New York and moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University. He graduated with a degree in business in 2006. After school, he couldn’t leave the warm weather and southern hospitality, so he’s been in Atlanta ever since. Before starting Frozen Pints, Ari worked in client service with The Nielsen Company. He supported both the Georgia Pacific and Coca-Cola accounts and gained valuable experience in market research and the retail world, but his true passion has always been craft beer. He started Frozen Pints in late 2010 after a serendipitous accident involving beer and an ice cream maker. He’s worked with his partner, Aly Moler, to build the business since then. His favorite part about his current job is the “R&D” – someone has to try all the beers to make the next great flavor…

A Virginia native, Aly Moler moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University, graduated in 2009 from Goizueta’s undergraduate business program, and began her professional career in the corporate world. She worked in Global IT at Coca-Cola before securing a position with The Nielsen Company, where she consulted with clients on marketing and market research solutions. It was during this time that she met Ari, they bonded over an appreciation of good food and drink, and she joined him in developing the innovative concept. She recently left her day job to focus on Frozen Pints, and has enjoyed the challenge of pioneering a new space in the food and beverage worlds. She’s also glad that all her time spent as an aspiring foodie is paying off.

Website: www.frozenpints.com

Direct download: 12-12-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Frozen_Pints.mp3
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Garlic Clove Foods is a gourmet health food producer. Born out of the humble dream to revolutionize the convenience food industry by providing consumers with healthy, delicious and convenient cooking meal options. The vision of Amy and Dean D’Angelo is to create foods that incorporate Whole Grains, Legumes, Lentils, Vegetables and other high quality and healthy ingredients. You may get hungry listening but you're not gonna want to miss their journey!

Direct download: 3-28-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Dean_DAngelo.mp3
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Sue Snape left her career in the medical illustration industry after 16 years, and went to Culinary School. Today she is a chef/kitchen manager in a small Cafe in Buckhead, Georgia. She started Leaf and Loaf and began baking her own 'Nola immediately.

Direct download: 3-11-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Sue_Snape_podcast.mp3
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Emily Myers used to be a counselor but founded Emily G's Jams after she and a neighbor went on a routine playdate with their children picking strawberries in 2008. After picking more then they could eat, they made their first batch of strawberry jam. After sharing it with family and friends, the requests for more started rolling in. What started as a lark quickly became a fulltime business. Now Emily G's jams can be found in farmers markets, online, and in retail locations nationwide. Her culinary skills have been showcased on many shows and magazines, from CNN to Martha Stewart to Southern Living.

Direct download: 2-4-013_The_Better_You_Project_Emily_Gs.mp3
Category:Food -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

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