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Thursday, March 2 • 1:30pm - 3:30pm
So You Want To Start A Food Business? FULL

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Come hear from Fort Collins best food entrepreneurs about their lessons learned in starting a food truck, bakery, local food distribute, pop up or brick and mortar restaurant in Northern Colorado. Learn about the state of The Food Industry in Northern Colorado from the pros and have the opportunity to pitch your 1-minute concept and get real time feedback from the esteemed panel.

"My advice for any entrepreneur or innovator is to get into the food industry in some form so you have a front-row seat to what's going on." Kimbal Musk
Taylor Smith (Sliver Seed Food Truck); Callie Koch (Ingrained Bakery) Josie Sexton (Food Writer); Elizabeth Mozer (LoCo Food Distributers) Jesse Doerffel (FarmHouse Restaurant)

Moderators
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Josie Sexton

Founder, Brick + Mortar
Josie is a journalist covering food and drink trends, the craft beer and restaurant industries and international as well as domestic travel. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, 5280 and Sunset magazine, as well as on NPR.org and Eater Denver. After reporting on Fort Collins food and drink for two years at The Coloradoan, she decided to get involved in the local dining scene firsthand, and she now manages the weekly pop-up restaurant... Read More →

Speakers
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Ashley Colpaart

Founder; CEO, The Food Corridor
Ashley is co-founder and CEO of The Food Corridor, a virtual food hub that connects food entrepreneurs to commercial kitchen space. The Food Corridor is the first food tech start-up aiming to regionalize food systems through reducing redundancy, increasing efficiencies, and providing a seamless interface for anyone seeking out commercial kitchens, commissaries, processing, co-packing and food storage spaces. At the same time, institutions and... Read More →
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Jesse Doerffel

Owner/Operator, The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm
I began my career with The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs which is where I gained my foundation in the hospitality industry. I later joined Marriott/The Ritz Carlton company and opened hotels in the United States. After getting the entrepreneur bug, I started a food and later The Farmhouse at Jessup Farm.
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Callie Koch

owner, Ingrained Bakery
Ingrained Bakery is a small Northern Colorado bakery that specializes in artisan sourdough breads, pastries, and handmade butter. The business started in 2011 as a wholesale business and now has a retail store front. In addition, our products are also at area farmers markets.
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Elizabeth Mozer

Founder, CEO, Loco Food Distribution
In a university town that also supports several tech and software businesses, finding a person born in Fort Collins is like finding a centaur or befriending a unicorn. Like a centaur or unicorn, Elizabeth and her high school sweetheart husband are two such rare mythical creatures. Seeing that one of the stumbling blocks for businesses and institutions wishing to source food locally was ACCESS to those foods and producers, she married her deep... Read More →
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Trish O'Neill

Founder & Owner, The Cooking Studio
Trish O’Neill is the Founder & Owner of The Cooking Studio, a recreational cooking school in Old Town Fort Collins. The Cooking Studio was founded in 2015 and has hosted over 1500 amateur cooks since opening. Chefs from all over Northern Colorado work as Chef Instructors. Programs offered include team building, private parties, culinary skills classes, international cuisines, date nights, baking and much more. Kids classes & camps were... Read More →
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Taylor Smith

Founder & Owner, The Gold Leaf Collective
After 3 wildly successful years of his first food truck, The Silver Seed, Taylor has taken a small start-up and grown it into an incredibly multi-faceted and diverse company. His second food truck, The Silver Seed, Too, began operations in 2016, and his new Fort Collins restaurant, The Gold Leaf Collective, is slated to open in 2017. The Gold Leaf will be the hub for The Silver Seed(s) as well as Leaf Seed Catering, and Laurel St. Bakery... Read More →


Thursday March 2, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm
FVC Mesh Fort Collins 242 Linden St. Fort Collins, CO 80524

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