Local Food Start-Ups to Meet Local Stores at Kitchen Co-op

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This weekend, Amityville’s food business incubator The Kitchen Co-op will be hosting an Open House Market Expo, introducing their clients – aspiring food business entrepreneurs – to local grocery and specialty food stores in an effort to help them get on store shelves.

On Saturday, September 24 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. about 35 of The Kitchen Co-op’s clients will be displaying their products for a select audience of local businesses at the shared kitchen location at 213 Broadway in Amityville’s up-and-coming shopping district.

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“With the farmer’s market season ending, we want to get our clients into the kinds of stores that care about local, sustainable products and are dedicated to preserving local people’s business,” says Cindy Paragallo, co-owner of Kitchen Co-op with her husband David. On the guest list are Christine’s Epicure in East Norwich, Uncle Giuseppe’s and Organic Corner in Massapequa and Southdown Marketplace in Huntington, among others.

They will find hand-crafted food products like Pastor Pete’s bread pudding, Pleasant Petit sweets and Ella’s Empanadas and lemonades and iced teas.

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“Our hopes for this event is that the buyers say, ‘Yes, this product belongs in our store’ but also for our clients to get feedback,” Paragallo says. “I hope they’ll learn from the experience of what the buyers have to tell them. I hope there will be constructive criticism; there’s a whole different philosophy about what goes on supermarket shelves, which is completely different from farmers markets.”

The event is by invitation. If you are a store owner and want to score an invite, contact The Kitchen Co-op at 631.397.0197.

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