We’re currently working on our own video projects. Keep checking back for future Reel Chow videos covering recipes, food prep, and kitchen gear reviews. Until then, eat well.
Our latest find is Cocoa Loco, run by Jake Maude, 23, and Mason Amato, 24, of Old Greenwich, Connecticut. While in high school, Maude and Amato often spoke of entrepreneurial opportunities. Upon graduation, Amato went to USC for Economics, Maude attended Trinity Westner University in British Columbia.
College didn’t interfere with their desire to be self-employed. During summers, Amato detailed cars while Maude cleaned garages. After graduation in 2012, they teamed up to find their first venture together.
“One thing that always made the counterspace was chocolate,” says Maude. “We also noticed there haven’t been many changes to point-of-purchase chocolates in a while. A couple of companies dominate that space with well-worn products.”
We’re very excited to have Reel Chow featured in the February issue of Westchester Magazine. Written by John Bruno Turiano, the article is a nice feature on Jenn, our craft service origins, and the kinds of gigs we do at Reel Chow for everyone from large corporate clients to intimate gourmet dinner parties in private homes.
Read a version of the story on the Westchester Magazine site, or pick up a copy of the publication to see a great shot of Jenn in action. We love technology, but there’s nothing like seeing things in print!
We met Heidi Karlsen and Steve Blanco at a food show and were instantly drawn to their ethos. That they create such delicious cookies is an almost pleasant afterthought. These are the kinds of foodie friends we love to hang with!
So what’s the hype about? First off, some thoughts about these delicious and healthy treats. After that, we’ll wrap up with a Q&A we had with the founders of Black & Blanco.
At a recent food show, Jenn and I met Diane S. Lee of 7th Taste. Living in the Central Coast area of California, Diane is making a dream come true by creating absolutely delicious flavored olive oils.
The 7th Taste site is more than just a place her many customers can visit to place orders from some of the best gourmet oils we’ve tasted. Diane provides an ongoing stream of wonderful recipes. Some are made with her oils, and others are world cuisine recipes she’s learned from the many places she’s lived around the world. This is not just a site which wants to sell you oil. This is a site by a gourmet food lover for food lovers.
In the Profiles section of the blog we’ll be posting stories based on interviews with other food service professionals such as chefs, caterers, bakers, master bartenders, sauciers, sommeliers—you name it.