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Big Dipper Baby Food: Developing Good Palates at an Early Age

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Mar 21, 2012
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“Raising kids is really hard work, and if we can make it a little easier for parents to feed their babies better, then I think we’re doing the right thing.”

Meet Claire Hoyt, the founder, CEO and mom behind Big Dipper Baby Food, an artisan baby food company based in San Francisco. Claire’s got big dreams, big dreams that could benefit babies and parents all over the country. She believes all babies have the right to healthier, more seasonal, more local, better tasting baby food. She also believes that good palate development can start at an early age, and last a lifetime  (just ask her about her own son!).

All in all, Big Dipper Baby Food is Claire’s mission to make a difference, one little mouthful at a time. Enjoy her story!

The Next Big Small Brand Event is March 27th at BAM in Brooklyn. This is the last of 6 finalist videos I’m making for the contest. Come out and support small food artisans!

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy Eating!

Planet Fuel: Organic Juices That Empower Kids to Make a Difference

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Mar 20, 2012
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“You know, for us, it was never really an option to buy our kids products, like Capri Sun, that we felt were really loaded down with sugars and unnatural ingredients…”

Meet Amy & Tom Barnouw, the co-founders of Planet Fuel, an organic fruit juice company based in Fairfield, Connecticut. Tom and Amy are parents. Parents to three adorable little kids. They met out on the West Coast, are both lovers of nature and big supporters of environmental issues – she used to even work for environmental non-profits as a career before she became a mom. Planet Fuel, you could say, is their 4th baby, a company born out of the frustration of raising kids without enough readily available natural juice options in the marketplace.

Enjoy their story!

Planet Fuel is available in close to 70 stores throughout Connecticut and New Jersey, to purchase Planet Fuel for for more information, click here.

The Next Big Small Brand Event is March 27th at BAM in Brooklyn. This is the 5th of 6 finalist videos I’m making for the contest. Come out and support small food artisans!

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy Drinking! 

Dandelion Chocolate: Discover the True Taste of Chocolate

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Mar 16, 2012
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“I think what we’re doing is important, it’s important for chocolate. And it’s important for us that this type of chocolate is known about.”

Meet Todd Masonais, the co-founder and chocolate maker behind Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco, a very special, small-batch chocolate company dedicated to nothing else but sharing the pure flavor of the cacao bean.

I must say, I never realized how romantic making chocolate could be until I got some close-ups of the process. Todd is such an interesting character and I just love his passion for picking out the nuances of a cacao bean. When I was there, he walked me through a chocolate taste test, and I was blown away with the complexity of each bean he presented. He’s right, you don’t need to add anything to make chocolate taste great when the beans are as good as theirs. And to guarantee such award-winning flavors, Todd and his team spend a great deal of time visiting cacao farms, meeting cacao farmers and testing out beans from around the world before deciding which ones get labeled: Dandelion Chocolate.

Hope you enjoy their story! For their chocolate bars, you can visit select retailers out on the West Coast, mostly near or around San Francisco. And the good word is, they’ll be available in a number of New York shops soon too.

The Next Big Small Brand Contest Tasting + Judging Event is March 27th at BAM in Brooklyn. This is the 4th of 6 finalist videos I’m making for the contest. Come out and support small food artisans!

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy Chocolate Eating!

 

 

Pie Corps: Two Bakers Determined to Make You Love Pie

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Mar 16, 2012
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“We have a pie shape for every hunger level and every need.”

Meet Cheryl Perry and Felipa Lopez, the founders and bakers behind Pie Corps, an artisan, farm to table pie company based in Brooklyn, New York. Their tag line reads: “Ready to Roll”- and that’s just how they’ve operated – going with the flow, being optimistic, conquering any obstacle to keep their pie business going since first opening in May 2011. As long-time friends and kitchen collaborators, they’ve always believed opening a food business together was their destiny; and after making pies one summer, something just clicked.

Enjoy their story! To taste Pie Corps’ delicious pie crust and traditional pie fillings with a twist,  you can order them online, or visit one of their retail locations in New York here. There’s a reason I ended the video on their Chocolate Pudding Pie w/Rosemary Caramel and Sea Salt. You HAVE to try it. It’s not only a chocolate lover’s dream, but just one of those rare food moments in life where you just nod your head, say a little thanks, and think to yourself: “I wouldn’t change a thing.”

The Next Big Small Brand Contest Tasting + Judging Event is March 27th at BAM in Brooklyn. This is the 3rd of 6 finalist videos I’m making for the contest. Come out and support small food artisans!

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy eating!

Unapologetic Bad Ass Baked Goods: Black Jet Baking Company

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Mar 13, 2012
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“We like the fact that we’re not gimmicky, and we’re not precious, and we’re not anything more than giving you the best baked goods that you’re going to be satisfied with…”

Meet Gillian Sara Shaw the owner and baking machine behind Black Jet Baking Company, a self-proclaimed “bad ass” baked goods company in San Francisco, California. Gillian was destined to be a baker. She grew up on the East Coast, baking in the kitchen with her mom and sister, developing her own special recipes before she was even 10 years old. She loves it. She’s good at it. And she’s determined to take her baked goods national.

Gillian specializes in modern takes on nostalgic items, reinventing recipes using high-quality ingredients for things you loved growing up: devils dogs, pop tarts, pies and bundt cakes. She has a beautiful story to tell. I hope you like it!

To taste and order her bad-ass baked goods, visit her online store here. You can also find her products at a number of cafes and shops in San Francisco, including the Ferry Building. Her Pop Breakfast Sampler and hand-pies are particular favorites of mine.

The Next Big Small Brand Contest Tasting + Judging Event is March 27th at BAM in Brooklyn. This is the 2nd of 6 finalist videos I’m making for the contest. Come out and support small food artisans!

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy eating!