Meet Blue Oven’s Incubating Food Entrepreneurs

Posted on May 30, 2013

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A former tenant of Blue Oven has become the curator of the 1323 South Main Street facility.   We would like to celebrate the folks continuing to share that space who are working so hard to bring you great, local food.  We ask that you support their efforts to grow into a thriving local business.  Many of these folks are willing to source from local farmers whenever possible, if they are not already doing so.  So if you’re a locavore, just ask!  Below you will see three categories of entrepreneur:   Catering Businesses, Specialty Product and Prepared Food Businesses, and Food Trucks & Mobile Food Vendors.

Catering Businesses

Fables Catering & Such (owners Amanda & Cassie) provides chef-driven custom catering specializing in local, sustainable fare.  For more information or to get a quote for your event visit their website, Facebook page or email them:  fablescatering@gmail.com.

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Sesame Ginger (owner, Bhakti Gibson) is vegetarian sandwich and soup maker focusing on organic ingredients as well as local ingredients as much as possible.  Their sandwiches can be found in the Citizen’s Co-op and Ward’s.  gibsoninteriors@gmail.com

Simply Divine Catering (owner, Monica Feliciano) is a full-service boutique catering and special event planning company based in Gainesville.  They specialize in social and corporate events for groups of up to 200. The hallmark of their boutique-style service is an unparalleled and personalized attention to detail.  Local sourcing options available.  352.318.3971 or simplydcatering@ymail.com

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Specialty Product and Prepared Food Businesses

The  Cookie Parlor makes fresh, small-batch cookie dough that allows you to create that fresh-from-the-oven cookie experience with minimal effort.  They can even cater to vegan, gluten-free and Paleo lifestyles.  For more information or to order your dough visit their website, Facebook page, or contact Paula (paula@thecookieparlor.com).

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Majestic Enterprises (owner, Shalini Rao) creates a variety of healthy seasonings and sauces and markets under the brand name of Sara’s.  The products are all natural, gluten free, vegan, and low sodium.  Prepared foods such as samosas and soups featuring the seasonings are available at the downtown Union Street Farmers’ Market every Wednesday and for your catering needs.  For more information about the products or cooking classes by Shalini:  352. 260.2490 or majesticenterprises@hotmail.com

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Noona’s Amba & Living Foods (owners, Diane & Mark Otto) make Middle Eastern Amba, organic probiotic pickled vegetables, organic live ferments, and rare Middle Eastern specialties, all from old family recipes.  For more product information, please read their Noonas, visit the website, email ferments@noonasamba.com, or call 352.222.2814.

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Strega Nonna’s Market (owners, Chef Michael Cosmo and Heirloom Cook Sherry Belliveau) are lovers of Great Italian and Greek food. They make Olives and great culinary creations.  Their incredible Antipasti and Olive Mixes are made from the very best exotic olives from around the world.  One of their mixes – The Spicy Olive Mix – starts with olives from Greece, Turkey, Italy, France and Spain.  They blend in a secret combination of Sweet and Hot Peppers, many of which they grow themselves or buy locally.Choosing a pairing or mix of olives is the first step and them they add our magic. They are known for bringing some of the most intense and hot Garlics to market. They search the farmers of only Organic gourmet garlics grown in the USA and bring them to you. Their Granola took them 3 years to perfect the recipe and now they have sourced ALL ORGANIC ingredients to bring to their beloved customers the best in Organic Granola in addition to their Gluten Free Granola. Visit their website:  www.streganonna.com Email: michael@streganonna.com Phone:  352-201-6605

West Indies Sugar, LLC (owner, Wayne Hanby) imports specialty, castor sugar and packages it in smaller quantities for re-sale.  This sugar is generally difficult to obtain in small quantities and  is a fine addition to baked goods.  Caster Superfine Baking Sugar is a baker’s secret ingredient. Use in cupcakes, cookies, cakes, icing, brownies, muffins and on fruit & cereal.  For more information, Contact Wayne Hanby:  whanby@gmail.com

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Food Trucks & Mobile Food Vendors

Bubba Luigi’s Roadtrip (owners Susan and Gill Leander) is a local food truck that merges the best of Southern cooking with classic Italian fare!  Check out their Facebook page or email them (bubbaluigisroadtrip@gmail.com) for more information and where they might be next or to book them for your event!

Soup to Nuts Food Truck (owner, Peter Sturgeon) is a local food truck. Check out his Facebook page or call (407.919.9460) for more information, where he might be next, or to book this truck for your event!

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