Main Event - A Look Into Tampa's Explosive Craft Food Industry

  • October 04, 2017
  • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Centre Club, 123 S. Westshore Blvd, Tampa


Registration is closed

We will be discussing:

  •  How to find distribution for your goods
  •  How to focus on the outcome you’re looking to    achieve
  •  How to pivot when your audience doesn’t respond  the  way you want them to
  •  How to compete as a mom and pop
  •  How to create a demand for food products that are  new in their category
  •  How to fund a startup experiencing massive growth
  • And much more

We all hear about spending time working in our business versus on our business.  Our Main Event is always a great opportunity for the latter and the October program is especially true as we hear from not one featured guest but a panel who are entrepreneurs making a name for themselves in the craft food industry.

Le’Anns Cheesecakes ‘N More pioneered the concept of cheesecake in a jar and then set out to have their product placed in eateries from Lutz to Sarasota as well as at special events.  The product began with a secret family recipe passed down through four generations and is now available in over 20 locations.

Gulf Coast Sourdough is literally hands-on as the end result comes from mixing each recipe by hand and allowing it to develop for 24-36 hours.  In the business world that sounds like a lot of time, yet that formula has been successfully translated into placement in local open air markets, restaurants, and retail outlets.  They’ve even developed classes on various bread and sourdough topics, partnering with a local business to bring these sessions to our community.

Eat Fresco offers prepared meals for sale at convenient retail locations – heat and eat in under two minutes!  Taking a “convenience doesn’t mean sacrificing quality and flavor” approach, they boast transparency and environmentally friendly products all while acknowledging the need for timesaving, affordable, convenient meals.  Eat Fresco products are available as far north as Jacksonville!

All three of these businesses are succeeding from a foundation here in the greater Tampa Bay area.  Come hear how they’re doing it and the lessons they learned along the way.

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