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    What makes a specialty food special? At the Specialty Food Association, we like to say that every member has a story. Spill & Dish brings you the stories of the entrepreneurs, makers, and sellers who are shaping the future of food. Listen and discover the inspiration, recipe, craft, culture, ingredients, and production methods that make a true specialty food and get a deeper understanding of the people and motivation behind the products—beyond what you’ll read on a label. If you have a recipe you’ve thought about bringing to market or a brand you are launching, if you are a buyer in the trade, or simply a food lover, this podcast is for you.
    Denise Purcell
    Alexandra Groezinger is president of Groezinger Provisions Inc., the owner and USDA facility which produces Alexian Pate products, including pates, terrines, and mousses, and half of a mother/daughter duo that runs the company. In this episode, Julie Gallagher, content director at SFA, talks to Groezinger about how she is managing double-digit price increases, meeting “Christmas-on-steroids” type demand, and the benefits of a woman-owned certification.
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    Denise Purcell
    Kristie Middleton is vice president of business development for Rebellyous Foods, a company that sells patties, nuggets, and tenders that cook just like breaded chicken products. She’s spent the last 20 years moving plant-based foods from the extreme to the mainstream. In this episode, Megan Rooney, education manager, chats with Kristie about the successful rebrand of Seattle Food Tech to Rebellyous Foods, selling to foodservice, and pricing so that plant-based is accessible to all.
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    Brooklyn Delhi founder Chitra Agrawal launched the Indian condiment and sauce brand eight years ago with the help of her now-husband, food packaging designer Ben Garthus. In this Spill & Dish episode, Julie Gallagher, SFA’s director of content, chats with Agrawal about the approachability of the brand, how she scales supply chain hurdles, and a key foodservice partnership that's placed her tomato achaar in more than a million U.S households.
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    Denise Purcell
    Along with his two brothers, Emilio Mignucci spearheaded the second generation of Di Bruno Bros., a Philadelphia-based family-owned specialty food market. After original owners Danny and Joe let the younger generation take over, Mignucci was tasked with bringing the market to the present age, updating pricing strategies, championing e-commerce, and anticipating expansion. In this episode of SFA’s Spill and Dish podcast, George Hajjar, associate editor, talks with Mignucci about the store’s reverence toward its humble roots, and the struggles and joys involved in growing the business.
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    Denise Purcell
    Consultant Lin Jiang’s grueling work schedule left her longing for the taste and sustenance of the traditional Chinese dessert that her mother made for her at breakfast time as a young girl in China. In this episode, Julie Gallagher, SFA’s director of content, talks with Jiang about how her take on her mother’s black sesame porridge grew from a worktime snack to a convenient specialty that will soon be available in every Whole Foods Market in the nation.
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    Denise Purcell
    Have you tasted the most buzzworthy pasta in history? In this special episode recorded live at the Summer Fancy Food Show 2022, you’ll hear the story behind the squiggle with Dan Pashman, the creator and host of The Sporkful podcast and the inventor of cascatelli, plus the wizards who used their noodles to make it, Scott Ketchum and Steve Gonzalez of Sfoglini! Gretchen VanEsselstyn, SFA’s education director, extrudes the fascinating process behind this blockbuster success.
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    Have you tasted the most buzzworthy pasta in history? In this special episode recorded live at the Summer Fancy Food Show 2022, you’ll hear the story behind the squiggle with Dan Pashman, the creator and host of The Sporkful podcast and the inventor of cascatelli, plus the wizards who used their noodles to make it, Scott Ketchum and Steve Gonzalez of Sfoglini! Gretchen VanEsselstyn, SFA’s education director, extrudes the fascinating process behind this blockbuster success.
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    Denise Purcell
    Remedy Organics is a line of 100% plant-based protein beverages using the finest Superfoods, Ayurvedics, Botanical Herbs, and Prebiotics with functional benefits that go well beyond hydration and general nutrition. In this episode, Megan Rooney, Education Manager at SFA, chats with Founders Cindy and Henry Kasindorf about the passion for wellness that launched the brand, how they are bringing convenient nutrition to the world, and advice on running a business with your spouse.
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    Stonewall Kitchen started out at a local farmers’ market in Maine in 1991, but has since grown into a well-known and well-loved family of lifestyle and specialty food brands. In this episode, George Hajjar, associate editor at SFA, chats with chief sales marketing officer, Natalie King, about her experience working with and growing the award-winning family business.
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    Stephen Caldwell, founder of Swiss Rosti, discovered these crispy filled potatoes during his travels and brought the gluten-free, low cholesterol treats to U.S. households. In this Spill & Dish episode, Julie Gallagher, SFA’s director of content, talks with Caldwell about his Fancy Food Show debut in Incubator Village and how he gained national distribution by the next year's Show.
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    At Hella Cocktail Co., bitter is the tastiest flavor of all. In this episode, host Gretchen VanEsselstyn, SFA’s director of education, speaks with founder Jomaree Pinkard about the massive trend toward non-alcoholic adult drinks, his journey to specialty beverage success, and his commitment to mentoring new entrepreneurs. Listen here and follow Spill & Dish: A Specialty Food Association podcast wherever you get your podcasts.
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    What makes a specialty food special? At the Specialty Food Association, we like to say that every member has a story. Spill & Dish brings you the stories of the entrepreneurs, makers, and sellers who are shaping the future of food. Listen and discover the inspiration, recipe, craft, culture, ingredients, and production methods that make a true specialty food and get a deeper understanding of the people and motivation behind the products—beyond what you’ll read on a label. If you have a recipe you’ve thought about bringing to market or a brand you are launching, if you are a buyer in the trade, or simply a food lover, this podcast is for you.
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    Denise Purcell
    Rick Field, founder, CEO, and chief pickler at Rick’s Picks’ passion for pickles began as a child, when he made them alongside his folks during summers in Vermont. In this episode of Spill & Dish, Julie Gallagher, director of content at the SFA, chats with Field about his transition from a TV producer career at VH1; how he built an award-winning brand and forged relationships with foodservice heavy hitters like Shake Shack; and the one thing he recently did, that would only be done “over my dead body,” just a few years ago.
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    Denise Purcell
    Purely Elizabeth specializes in nutritious, nutrient-dense breakfast foods including the top selling granola in the natural channel. In this episode, Megan Rooney, Education Manager at SFA, chats with CEO and Founder, Elizabeth Stein, about her background in nutrition, how Purely Elizabeth got its start, and the happy accident that landed her a deal with Target.
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    Denise Purcell
    Purely Elizabeth specializes in nutritious, nutrient-dense breakfast foods including the top selling granola in the natural channel. In this episode, Megan Rooney, Education Manager at SFA, chats with CEO and Founder, Elizabeth Stein, about her background in nutrition, how Purely Elizabeth got its start, and the happy accident that landed her a deal with Target.
    Are you a business owner? Become an HRN business member! For $500 HRN will shine a light on your work AND you will help sustain our mission to expand the way people think about food. As a thank you for this tax-deductible donation, your business will receive on-air mentions, social media posts, listings on our website and more. Go to heritageradionetwork.org/biz to become a business member today.
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    Denise Purcell
    At Point Reyes, the most flavorful cheeses come from contented cows – and people. In this episode, host Gretchen VanEsselstyn, SFA’s director of education, speaks with Jill Giacomini Basch about the benefits of being a certified women-owned business, the Victory American cheese movement, and how sustainable farming on the California coast makes for breathtaking cheeses like Bay Blue. Listen here and follow Spill & Dish: A Specialty Food Association podcast wherever you get your podcasts.
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    Denise Purcell
    At Point Reyes, the most flavorful cheeses come from contented cows – and people. In this episode, host Gretchen VanEsselstyn, SFA’s director of education, speaks with Jill Giacomini Basch about the benefits of being a certified women-owned business, the Victory American cheese movement, and how sustainable farming on the California coast makes for breathtaking cheeses like Bay Blue. Listen here and follow Spill & Dish: A Specialty Food Association podcast wherever you get your podcasts.
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    In the latest episode of Spill & Dish: A Specialty Food Association podcast, host Julie Gallagher, SFA’s director of content, speaks with Channy Laux, founder of Angkor Cambodian Food about how she survived the Cambodian Killing Fields and after seeking refuge in the U.S., climbed the ranks of the biotech industry before trading it in to honor her late mother and her recipes by introducing Americans to authentic Cambodian ingredients and dishes. Listen here and follow Spill & Dish: A Specialty Food Association podcast wherever you get your podcasts.
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    Denise Purcell
    Chuao (chew-wow) Chocolatier are crafters of pleasure through chocolate. In this episode, host Megan Rooney, SFA’s Education Manager, talks with Michael Antonorsi, co-founder and owner of Chuao, about his transition from biomedical engineering to culinary school in Paris to embarking on a mission to share joy with the world though deliciously engaging chocolate experiences. Learn how Chuao asks all to choose joy with them, and to activate change through chocolate to make this world a more unified, joyful, and colorful place.
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    Denise Purcell
    What’s it like to work for an association that is founded on salsa, jerky, kombucha, bonbons, pâté, and thousands of other specialty foods? Pretty sweet. In this episode, you’ll meet the team behind Spill & Dish as they share stories about the business, reveal where they love to shop and dine, and share the scoop behind the Fancy Food Show.
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