The season of thanksgiving is upon us. Many Hudson Kitchen community members are grateful for creative culinary inspiration; faithful customer followings; and entrepreneurial journeys throughout 2018 that have brought new vision, new growth, and new opportunities. Six food and beverage entrepreneurs share what they appreciate most as they celebrate the holiday with family, friends, and their customers.
"I am so thankful for the opportunity to interact face-to-face with our customers and see their expressions when they try our products for the first time. It’s always wonderful to hear them say, “This is the best salsa I have ever tasted” or “OMG! this hummus is amazing.” This is what it’s all about!" -- Patricia Vinas, Jarred Fresh
"Meeting people at markets is so great! My customers are awesome and show great enthusiasm for the product. To see my lemonade bringing pure joy and amazement to others is priceless." -- Kristal Stevens, Sweet Kiss Lemonade
"People who have seen our journey and understand how committed we are to our mission are unbelievably supportive, sharing us with their networks and giving us kind words that brighten the darkest days." -- Jesse McBride, mademeals
"It has been incredibly rewarding to see my business coming into its own. I went from a self-taught baker and cook who started a business making one item, to one having seasonal menus, participating in festivals, and collaborating with other entrepreneurs. I'm extremely blessed and very proud of all of the support that I have received throughout the years." -- Jessica Glass, In the Company of Yum
"Our hard work and sheer determination have gotten us where we are, but we are completely cognizant that we couldn't have done it alone. We have great customers and a great team. We appreciate them ALL!" -- Steve Smolders & Jenny Ramirez, The Belgian Plate by Waffle It & Co.
“We have some very loyal customers who track us down for tacos or guac at every event we do. It's challenging to build a such a dedicated customer base with a mobile business. It's been so humbling and validating!” -- Syl & John Gonzalez. The Guac Spot