Food + Enterprise, Commercial Kitchen, New Accounts!

Wow! What a month!

Four weeks ago I was in New York as a finalist for the Food + Enterprise pitch competition but the 3-day conference was so much more than that. It was a community of hundreds of activists: farmers, lawyers, investors, civil servants and small batch producers concerned about food.  Truly amazing to be surrounded by folks that agree that the way we grow, make and consume food in America is not only a problem but also where we can start to fix things.

photo GG owner in WSJ

I tied for 3rd in my presentation (HUGE thanks to RoundPeg Communications for editing and polishing my slides) and I was so honored to be awarded a scholarship for a Food Entrepreneur Certificate Program by Natural Gourmet Institute this fall. I also launched a fundraising campaign on Barnraiser that weekend.  I’ve reached my tilt goal from supportive and generous fans like you, but I am still accepting donations until April 3. Your gift will get you a dozen cookies with free shipping or an invitation to an exclusive gluten-free event in DC or NYC.

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This campaign is, in part, funding my move to DC’s newest community commercial kitchen, Mess Hall. This move will allow me to bake more, and to bake more efficiently as I grow my business.  I need more bread pans and mixing bowls, as well as new certifications for the District (ah – permits!).

Speaking of growth, I’m happy to add FOUR new locations for Goldilocks Goodies starting next week!  My breads will be available at Sona, DC’s first and only creamery in Eastern Market, and my cookies will be for sale at South Block Juice Co in Arlington, VA, Third Space Wellness in downtown Silver Spring, and  .. . .  the first availability in New York through Farm to People!   Sona GF Grilled Cheese 2

You can still find my treats at your favorite local shops, like:

Pleasant Pops
Kefa Cafe
the Maryland Food Collective at UMD
La Mano Coffee Bar (gluten-free breakfast sandwiches!)
Washington’s Green Grocer
Salud, the Healthy Pantry
Relay Foods
Lemon Street Market (gluten-free shoo-fly pies!)

and at these neighborhood gourmet restaurants:

Open City
GCDC
Neopol Smokery at Belvedere Square

.. . with more being added soon!  As you can see, a lot is happening with Goldilocks Goodies right now.  Thank you so much for being a fan of quality, gluten-free treats and offering your support, purchasing power, and generous donations during this time.  If you have ideas about restaurants or stores you’d like to see carry Goldilocks Goodies, please have the owner contact me, or send me an email about it! emily@goldilocksgoodies.com.

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Headed to the Big Apple!

Dear fans and supporters,
Goldilocks Goodies is headed to NYC this weekend to participate in the Food + Enterprise Conference and is a finalist in a pitch competition this Sunday, March 1, as a sustainable food maker. A whole-hearted THANK YOU to y’all for getting me to this point. My commitment to providing wholesome, quality baked goods from local ingredients has never wavered, and my hope in 2015 is to reach a wider regional customer base.

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In addition to the pitch, the hosts are giving us the opportunity to fundraise on Barnraiser, a new platform for food and agriculture projects. I’m excited to reach a national audience, and will be promoting free shipping around the country for cookie order placed through Barnraiser. (The link goes live Friday, February 27).

Again, thank you for your continued support and love of Goldilocks Goodies!

Get Goldilocks Goodies to the Big Apple!

Dear Fans,

I’ve made a big decision to attend this summer’s Fancy Food Show in New York City.  This annual expo showcases unique and innovative food products, and champions artisanal food companies.  I’d love to share my cookies with the industry on a national platform, and turn my company into a nationwide brand.

gg in big apple The cost of the show is very pricey; they can demand a high price knowing that key industry contacts will be made.  If I wait for my own profits to pay for it, it will take me another year or more to save.  And the food industry, like most others, is very time-sensitive.  I don’t want to wait until there is a similar (sub-par!) product on the market.

To that end, I’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the booth rental and costs of attending the show this summer.  If you also believe there is a national audience ready and hungry for a treat as special and satisfying as my cookies, I would really appreciate your donation to make it possible this year.  Here is the link to my campaign video and donation page.

I’m really excited about the difference this will make in the growth of Goldilocks Goodies and know that your support and appreciation has gotten me as far as I have today.  Thank you for being a fan.