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Learn how to start a food business from your home kitchen by hearing stories from cottage food entrepreneurs about how they grew their businesses from the ground up. Does everyone ask for your recipes, or say "You should sell that"? Have you dreamed of starting a brick-and-mortar bakery, or simply want a fun hobby that brings in some extra dough? On this podcast, David interviews a wide range of entrepreneurs across America who legally sell their homemade food via their state's cottage food law. Each episode reveals strategies for marketing and selling your food products successfully from home, online, at farmers markets/events, and in stores. Learn what steps you should (or shouldn't) take, and get your cottage food business off to the right start!

Learn how to start a food business from your home kitchen by hearing stories from cottage food entrepreneurs about how they grew their businesses from the ground up. Does everyone ask for your recipes, or say "You should sell that"? Have you dreamed of starting a brick-and-mortar bakery, or simply want a fun hobby that brings in some extra dough? On this podcast, David interviews a wide range of entrepreneurs across America who legally sell their homemade food via their state's cottage food law. Each episode reveals strategies for marketing and selling your food products successfully from home, online, at farmers markets/events, and in stores. Learn what steps you should (or shouldn't) take, and get your cottage food business off to the right start!

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United States

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Learn how to start a food business from your home kitchen by hearing stories from cottage food entrepreneurs about how they grew their businesses from the ground up. Does everyone ask for your recipes, or say "You should sell that"? Have you dreamed of starting a brick-and-mortar bakery, or simply want a fun hobby that brings in some extra dough? On this podcast, David interviews a wide range of entrepreneurs across America who legally sell their homemade food via their state's cottage food law. Each episode reveals strategies for marketing and selling your food products successfully from home, online, at farmers markets/events, and in stores. Learn what steps you should (or shouldn't) take, and get your cottage food business off to the right start!

Language:

English


Episodes

From Breast Cancer Battle to Busy Baking Biz with Lisa Petrizzi-Geller

1/19/2021
In 2013, after many months of breast cancer treatments, Lisa Petrizzi-Geller began experimenting in her home kitchen. She started with cake pops, but quickly expanded to chocolate-covered Oreos and other types of treats. "It was kinda like therapy for me", Lisa says. Apparently the therapy worked! Fast forward 8 years later, and now Lisa runs POP Culture, a successful food business in Berkley, MA that is based out of her residential kitchen. Over the years, Lisa has sold her treats at all...

Duration:00:52:05

How To Start An Eco-Friendly & Socially Responsible Cookie Business with Barry Sherman

1/5/2021
For Barry Sherman and his life partner, Scott, their cookie business is about a lot more than the cookies! Since 2018, Barry and Scott have run their eco-friendly and socially-conscious cookie business, Urban Bakers, in Tampa Bay, FL. Initially they started from home due to Scott being diagnosed with early onset of Parkinson's Disease, but they quickly expanded to a commercial kitchen. Their dense quarter-pound cookies are very unique. They come individually-wrapped in compostable bags...

Duration:00:51:38

Bringing Artisan European Bread To America with Yuliya Childers

12/22/2020
When Yuliya Childers moved from Ukraine to the United States, she lost one of the most fundamental staples from her homeland: good bread. Yuliya is a classically-trained pianist, but when she started making the sourdough bread from her childhood, she found that others wanted a slice as well. She now lives in Prattville, AL and has fully shifted from a musical career to running her home artisan bread business, Wild Yeast Kitchen. Yuliya's story is one of passion, dedication, and plain hard...

Duration:00:56:45

13 Years Old and Already In Business

12/8/2020
Lauren Inazu isn't your average 13-year-old girl. When she was 8, she recruited friends to sell and market her lemonade stand, Lauren's Sweet Treats. In 5th grade, she started a school newspaper. And now, she recently launched a cottage food business. Lauren lives in St. Louis, MO and sells all sorts of baked goods with her new business, Count It All Joy. Between school, homework, piano lessons, sports, youth group, clubs, and Bible study, Lauren is somehow finding time to fulfill baking...

Duration:00:39:49

Turning A Kitchen Mistake Into A Thriving Business with Nicole Pomije

11/24/2020
It all started with the wrong baking pan. Back in 2014, Nicole Pomije couldn't find a cookie sheet in her home kitchen, so she made her chocolate chip cookies in a mini muffin tin instead. And with that, the idea for The Cookie Cups was born: cookies that look like mini cupcakes. Nicole started her business out of her home kitchen in 2015, and she has now expanded into two brick-and-mortar storefronts near Minneapolis, MN. Although it might seem like Nicole's unique idea set her up for...

Duration:00:42:42

From Failed Kickstarter to Successful Storefront with Melvin Roberson

11/10/2020
These days, Dough Boy Donuts is a popular gourmet donut shop that is bustling with customers and employees, but it all started from very humble beginnings. In 2014, Melvin Roberson used Texas' cottage food law to start his donut business from his home kitchen. A year later, he expanded to a food truck, and eventually, to a brick-and-mortar location in Fort Worth, TX (now relocated to Burleson, TX). Melvin has faced plenty of obstacles along the way, including negative customers, family...

Duration:00:51:00

How To Start A Vegan & Gluten-Free Bakery From Scratch with Noel Martinez

10/27/2020
Cuban-inspired, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, organic, low-carb, allergy-friendly, diet-specific, healthy... Noel's baked goods are certainly unique! Noel Martinez runs his highly specialized bakery, Mami's Bakes, from his home kitchen in Pittsburg, PA. Noel started baking gluten-free for himself when he was diagnosed with celiac disease 20 years ago. Then he started baking sugar-free and low-carb for his "Mami" (mom), who had diabetes. After Mami passed away in 2019, Noel finally...

Duration:00:52:39

From Art Teacher to Cake Pop Artist with Becca Aronowitz

10/13/2020
Becca Aronowitz from Richmond Hill, GA makes some of the best cake pops you have ever seen. After Becca quit her job as an art teacher in 2012, she started Sweet Whimsy Shop to sell her cake pops and help support her family. 8 years and 40,000+ cake pops later, Becca has become a true master at the cake pop art form. But unlike many entrepreneurs that start with big dreams for the future, Becca never envisioned becoming well-known for her cake pops. As she puts it: "I had not thought...

Duration:00:55:02

Creative Ways to Market Cookies with Mallory Dies

9/29/2020
For Mallory, it all started with a chocolate chip cookie. But that was just the beginning! Mallory Dies, owner of The Crassy Cookie in Stafford, VA, tried selling many variations and flavors of her drop cookies, and ultimately found the most success with her innovative gourmet cookie sandwiches. These cookie sandwiches are certainly unique. They range from "safe" flavors like rainbow chip, strawberry shortcake, or choco fudge brownie, all the way to more "oddball" flavors like blueberry...

Duration:00:49:43

Selling Custom Macarons From Home with Nicole Barry

9/15/2020
Nicole Barry is a classically-trained French pastry chef and an expert macaron maker. But after working long hours in 5-star hotels and restaurants, Nicole and her husband started a family, and she wanted to stay at home with the kids. In 2016, Nicole started Bake Toujours, a cottage food business in Pasadena, CA which allowed her to take her skills to the farmers market. She built a customer base and generated a decent side income, even though she could only work 3 hours per day while her...

Duration:00:55:37

Marketing Cake Art with Jennifer Lopez & Emily Blattel – Part 2

9/1/2020
Over the past decade, Jennifer Lopez and Emily Blattel have sold dozens of custom cakes that run the gamut from elegant buttercream cakes to realistic cake sculptures. The results are always exceptional, and sometimes they are nearly unbelievable! This dynamic duo runs The Cake Mom & Co. from their homes in Paducah, KY and Scott City, MO. Because they are both amazing cake decorators, I thought this interview would be focused solely on cake artistry. But they ended up touching on so many...

Duration:00:48:36

Marketing Cake Art with Jennifer Lopez & Emily Blattel – Part 1

8/18/2020
Over the past decade, Jennifer Lopez and Emily Blattel have sold dozens of custom cakes that run the gamut from elegant buttercream cakes to realistic cake sculptures. The results are always exceptional, and sometimes they are nearly unbelievable! This dynamic duo runs The Cake Mom & Co. from their homes in Paducah, KY and Scott City, MO. Because they are both amazing cake decorators, I thought this interview would be focused solely on cake artistry. But they ended up touching on so many...

Duration:00:47:28

Engineering A Successful Home Cakery & Food Truck with Patricia Bedford

8/4/2020
Patricia Bedford lives in Pflugerville, TX and mainly sells cupcakes and cakes with her cottage food business, Suga's Cakery. Patricia actually has an engineering degree and worked as an engineer for 10 years before she completely changed course and started her home bakery. She has gained quite the following over the past 5 years, and she is now in the process of building a food truck to expand her business to meet customer demand. Patricia shares her online marketing strategies for...

Duration:00:44:34

Baking A Difference with Kathy Cherie

7/21/2020
Whether it's putting a smile on an ill child's face, delivering a stunning floral wedding cake, or contacting state legislators to change the law, Kathy Cherie is always baking a difference in her community. Kathy lives in Elk Grove Village, IL and has operated her cottage food business, Cake Du Jour, for nearly 40 years. Her business is somewhat under-the-table, except that her health department has known about it for decades. Kathy would love to help the next generation of bakers in...

Duration:00:44:48

Being Productive in Retirement with Joanne Littau

7/7/2020
Most people run a business to make a profit, but Joanne is not too worried about that aspect of it. Rather, she cares much more about supporting her community and having fun in retirement! Joanne Littau lives in Denver, CO and has been selling jams, jellies, preserves, and fruit butters since 2014 with her cottage food business, The Jelly Jar. Some of her creations have won prizes at county fairs in Colorado. I have known Joanne for many years and visited her market a few years ago. I even...

Duration:00:48:14

Selling Honey & Supporting A Cause with Dr. Christine Bertz

6/23/2020
When Dr. Christine Bertz started beekeeping, she didn't care if she made any money from it. In fact, her main motivation was to support pollinator conservation efforts. But now, only three years in, her honey business is blossoming and she is having trouble keeping up with customer demand! Christine lives in Memphis, TN and sells honey and jams with her cottage food business, B & Bees Provisions. In addition to selling, she gives her products away to benefit charities through her...

Duration:00:48:18

The Cookie Cutter Queen with Tina Karnath

6/9/2020
When it comes to creating custom decorated cookies, Tina is very prepared. She owns a plethora of cookie cutters (including over 500 just for Christmas), and amazingly, she is always looking to buy more! Tina lives in Saginaw, MI and has run her popular cookie business, the Chunky Chicken Cookie Company, for the past three years. Whether she is designing cookies or naming chickens, her creativity shines through. Tina talks about how she manages to decorate hundreds of cookies each week, as...

Duration:00:47:35

Selling Spicy Peanuts in Breweries with Kevin Martino

5/26/2020
Kevin Martino started his cottage food business, Chef Kev's Specialty Foods, when California created its cottage food law in 2013. He wholesales flavored peanuts to a number of breweries and hardware stores in Concord, CA, and also sells online. Kevin was actually one of the first cottage food business owners that I ever met, and it's cool to see how far he has come with his business over the years. Kevin talks about what he's learned through producing and wholesaling spicy peanuts, how...

Duration:00:28:39

From Bread Factory to Artisan Home Bakery with David Kaminer

5/12/2020
For David Kaminer, sourdough bread is a way of life. After graduating from culinary school and spending 15 years working in commercial bakeries and restaurants, he built a pizza oven into his kitchen and opened Raleigh Street Bakery in Denver, CO in 2015. He now has dozens of customers who show up each week to pick up their near-perfect sourdough baguettes, boules, and batards from his in-home bakery. After working in a factory that produced 40,000 loaves of bread per day, David...

Duration:00:48:11

Wholesale Strategies That Work with Sonia Chang

4/28/2020
Sonia Chang never planned to start a food business, but now she has two of them! Sonia lives in Pasadena, CA and runs a granola cottage food business called Cali Granola (formerly named Chef Sonia's Granola By The Handful). After successfully selling her granola for a couple years, she purchased and operated My Sweet Cupcake, a popular cupcakery. She has sold her granola in over two dozen stores and has used a variety of marketing strategies to build her businesses, such as her "leap frog"...

Duration:00:47:04