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Tuesday, October 3 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Alternative Ways to Start a Business in The Food Industry

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We all have heard the story about talented chefs and entrepreneurs walking away from opening their own restaurant. There are many bits and pieces to connect first as launching a business that tries to delight customers but is also efficient and profitable is no small order. However, brick and mortar restaurants are not the only option. Join us for an exciting conversation with these outstanding food entrepreneurs that have gone in a different route—food trucks, pop-ups, catering, and cooking kits, among others—to launch their brands. Listen to their stories and get to ask them questions about the process and challenges of embracing an alternative way to launch a food business.

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Valentina Vitols

Angel Investor, Pipeline Angels / Next Wave Impact
Valentina is an angel investor focused on supporting entrepreneurs in the technology and social impact spaces. A native of Venezuela, she is a member of Pipeline Angels, Alliance of Angels, and Hera Angels. Valentina is also a limited partner at Next Wave Ventures and Portfolia, a... Read More →

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Jonathan Amato

Owner, Seattle Food Truck
Raised in Virginia, Jonathan Amato and his business partner created Crisp Creperie mobile food truck in 2011. Within 2 months they were photographed for the cover of Seattle Met Magazine and gained the title of “Best New Food Truck”. Over the next few years they received multiple... Read More →
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Emme Ribeiro Collins

Founder, Chef Emme
Emme Ribeiro Collins was born in Brazil and moved to Seattle in 1994. In 1999 her family opened Seattle’s first and longest standing Brazilian restaurant in the Univeristy District, Tempero do Brasil. Emme grew up in the restaurant industry, working at her family’s restaurants... Read More →
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Roz Edison

COO & Co-Founder, Marination
“You can lead with grace and you can lead with all the qualities that make women awesome.” — Roz via @Marination. Roz is the COO and co-founder of Marination. Often called the Director of Many Things, Roz makes sure that the operations of Marination run smoothly across all locations. She's known for making a spreadsheet for just about everything. Roz, who grew up in Athens, Greece, has an... Read More →
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Shama Joshi

Owner & Chef, Roll OK Please
Shama has gone from being a long time computer scientist at Microsoft Corp to establishing one of the first Indian Food trucks in Seattle. Shama isn't done yet, after 3 years running Roll OK Please her food truck business as the owner/chef with great success she continues to look... Read More →

Tuesday October 3, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
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