On June 2, the first CO.STARTERS for Food Entrepreneurs cohort celebrated their graduation at the Nashville Farmers Market, sharing their businesses (and their food) with a crowd of about 200 Nashville food lovers.
We got to hear from a mom looking to make nutrition quick, easy and delicious, a burger-catering company that wants to really let you have it your way, a baker mixing sweet treats with a love of rock ’n’ roll and lots more. And folks in the audience were able to ask questions and share impressions with entrepreneurs who are actively building the future of Nashville food.
We couldn't be more proud of and excited for this crop of grads, who've worked hard to develop and fine-tune something great and set it up for success.
As we're gearing up for the next CO.STARTERS session to begin with a brand new crop of talented entrepreneurs (the Summer Session kicks off July 9, and there's still time to apply), we wanted to celebrate the last class a bit.
Above, check out some photos from Pitch Night, showing these talented grads and their culinary creations, and an appreciative crowd of hungry supporters. Below, take a look at members of the graduating class, and get to know what they’re working on.
CO.STARTERS FOR FOOD ENTREPRENEURS GRADS
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In development by CO.STARTERS grad Caleb Ragan, Lokale is a farm-to-door delivery service that brings custom orders of farm-fresh local products right to your doorstep.
A family-owned Southern restaurant in Spring Hill, led by CO.STARTERS grad Joshua McClintock, focused on using local ingredients to benefit the community.
Catering company WayBurger, developed by CO.STARTERS grad Daniel Shulick, features locally sourced gourmet burgers, grilled on site, built on site, with hundreds of possible topping combinations.
From CO.STARTERS grad Janel Beckley, Aromatic is your local source for fresh, fair trade herbs and spices.