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Woman in apron setting up catering display Marddy's promoting Financial Independence

Helping People Achieve Financial Independence Through Food

Keitra Bates is on a mission to preserve and promote culinary culture and empower economic inclusion, business development and growth opportunities through Marddy’s, the food incubator that provides local food entrepreneurs who are people of color, women and other marginalized populations a licensed facility for cooks to prepare and distribute their offerings.

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four kids in chef aprons having fun with fruits and vegetables as part of Small Bites Adventure Club

Engaging Kids in Eating Fruits & Vegetables with Small Bites

Learn how a A farmer, two farm to school program educators, and a chef have committed themselves to combat this issue by creating meaningful, turn-key resources that are accessible, impactful and fun! The Small Bites Adventure Club makes it easy for grown-ups to introduce fruits and veggies to kids, and a fun way to highlight the real heroes in our community- our farmers!

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Aimee Francaes holding tongs with a steak on the grill

Tales from the Belly of the Beast – An Interview with Aimee Francaes

Aimee Francaes and her husband designed a restaurant like no other — locally sourced ingredients prepared, butchered, and preserved in house, a comprehensive accommodation of those with food allergies, and a staff so well-trained that everyone can feel safe that their needs will be met. Oh, and the food is amazing.   When a friend heard I was going to celebrate women who are making history in food and beverage for Women’s History Month, Aimee Francaes immediately sprang to mind. Aimee and the love of her life, Jesse Hassinger opened Belly of the Beast almost three years ago with a…

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