Women-Owned Business Event ~ 3/10 at Sunset Libertyville!

Women-Owned Business Event ~ 3/10 at Sunset Libertyville!

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, Sunset is celebrating our community’s outstanding female food entrepreneurs! Join us on Saturday, March 10th at Sunset Libertyville for an afternoon of local food and inspiring women. Taste for yourself why they’re so proud of their products, and why we’re so proud to work with them. Sunset will donate a portion of store sales on 3/10 to The Floured Apron—a local non-profit that empowers underserved women with job training in the culinary arts. 

Meet the women behind the business! Here are some of our valued female partners and their stories. 

 

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The initial concept for The Floured Apron came from passion, need, and a love of chemistry. Emily Boling always loved baking, and has fond memories of doing so in her grandmother’s kitchen. With a background in chemical engineering, she's a self-described science geek. She believes in loving what you do and was convinced that bringing women together in a nurturing baking environment would propel them to stable careers and financial success. The Floured Apron's mission is to empower women from underserved communities with the training, knowledge, and support they need to forge a new and more economically-secure career path. So far it’s been a recipe for success!

Founder and bakery owner, Suzanne Marcus had a "sweet vision" of providing her specialty baked goods to Chicago area markets more than twenty years ago! Looking beyond her career in finance, Suzanne embraced her passion and donned an apron. Her desire to create quality, wholesome, hand-crafted and (most importantly) delicious bakery products became the cornerstone of Hot Cakes Bakery. As her business grew, Suzanne's fans encouraged her to create a line of freshly baked packaged products, available in your local market. Taste the goodness that is distinctly---Hot Cakes Bakery. 

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One of the wine industry’s top executives and innovators, Jackson Family Wines Chairman & Proprietor Barbara R. Banke has spent the last two decades leading the company she co-founded with her late husband, wine icon Jess Jackson, while building and expanding some of the most beloved wineries in the nation.

Carol Goodman spent decades perfecting her baked goods.  In 1979, her friends and family persuaded her to approach Sunset Foods with her homemade cookies. The bakery manager tried them and asked Carol to bring several dozen the next day to see if the cookies would sell. Carol stayed up all night baking and brought 50 lbs. of cookies to the store the following morning.  In record time, all 50 pounds had been sold.  The manager told Carol to..."Go home and start baking!"  And from that day forward, these wonderful, homemade creations were known as Carol's Cookies.

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Dana Dreves is a mom of 3, a hydration enthusiast, and a Chicagoland MOMpreneur. She's dedicated to helping busy women rehydrate and rejuvenate. Because let's face it: moms live very busy lives, working long hours, running busy households, or just keeping up with their children. Dana creates CraftWater to support moms' busy lifestyle!

“Start a natural foods company.” Those were the words Elizabeth wrote down on the blank piece of paper while in class at her holistic nutrition school. Her goal was simple: provide healthier, better-tasting alternatives to what was currently on the market, using the incredibly powerful superfoods that she was learning about in school, like quinoa, hemp, chia seeds and coconut oil. Simply Elizabeth was born! 

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Robin Fields has been bringing smiles to Chicagoland since 1998. After experimenting with making desserts for a party, she discovered her passion for making toffee and gave life to Toffee Break Desserts! Toffee Break Desserts is well-known for corporate gifting, catering special events, and wholesale distribution. We offer a variety of Signature Toffee flavors, as well as other Chocolate Specialties such as Grand Tortoises, Cookies and more!

Ellona Ferson is a visionary behind the Napa Hills brand. A founder of a small local company, and a non-drinker, Ellona was looking for a healthier alternatives to red wine. She count'd find a  beverage that would pair nicely with food, taste delicious and deliver the same heart-healthy antioxidants found in red wine but without the alcohol, calories or sugar.  So she decided to craft Napa Hills water - a refreshing, delicious and heart-healthy water. Her cutting-edge innovative beverage aims to help people live longer, healthier lives. Visit napahills.com, Napa Hill is available at all Sunset Foods stores.

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Ali Graeme's life changed dramatically in the summer of 2007 when her teenage son was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. She immediately thought about all her son's favorite foods that he would have to give up. They were both devastated! Things got worse when Ali was diagnosed with the same disease. Ali channeled her energies into something positive for her and her son. She started Sweet Ali’s Gluten Free Bakery in 2009, with the goal of creating delicious gluten-free products that those suffering from gluten intolerance would enjoy, and those not affected by gluten would enthusiastically embrace.

When Kiki Michalakos's son was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, she knew many of her family's traditional Greek recipes would be off-limits. She wasn't able to find any truly crave-able, gluten-free ethnic foods like the ones she grew up enjoying, so she started developing gluten-free versions of her family's favorite recipes. Today, she's shattering preconceived notions of how gluten-free foods should taste, with a her line, Kiki's Gluten-Free Foods--a full range of entrees, pizzas, pastas, baked goods, and desserts. Her products are recipients of the 2017, 2016, 2014, and 2013 National Restaurant Association FABI Award. 

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Eighteen years ago the Giacomini family, Bob, his wife Dean, and their four daughters Karen, Diana, Lynn and Jill, decided to re-focus their dairy business on artisan cheese production. In August of 2000 they produced their first batch of Original Blue Cheese, which today has grown into Point Reyes Farmstead. The brand has become iconic as one of California’s most highly-regarded and well-known, artisan cheeses. The family has since focused on producing the best blue cheese in the country while building a reputable and reliable brand as they introduced Original Blue to every major market in the US.

Cindy Kienzle is the owner and creator of The Hungry Monkey Baking Company, LLC.®, a premium brand of sweets. Hungry Monkey started almost by accident. After leaving her marketing career, Cindy was asked to bake her banana bread for a nonprofit for kids with learning differences. Since her own daughter, Lily (Hungry Monkey’s namesake), has special needs, she jumped at the opportunity.  Her breads sold out two days in a row and people didn’t stop calling to order. A month later Cindy was selling her banana bread at local farmers markets, selling out weekly; three months later, Sunset Foods gave her a start in the wholesale grocery business, and the business continued to grow from there.

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After Barbara Giannetti married and started a family, she found that getting a healthy and delicious dinner on the table after working all day was almost impossible. Barbara grew up steeped in family tradition, especially at mealtime. She searched for a bottled sauce that resembled her families’ recipes, but none were quite what she was looking for. Seeking to recreate her memories of aromas, tastes and flavors of the pasta dishes that were a staple in her home, da Giulia was born! Barbara’s sauces help bring families together at mealtime by creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Diane Garber transitioned her 25-year career as a business executive in the food, retail and consulting industry to her lifelong passion as the founder of WillPOWER Your Day™, Inc., an innovative company that specializes in the development and retailing of plant-based foods.  While all of WillPOWER Your Day’s snacks are sinfully delicious, they also provide outstanding nutrition. Ms. Garber received her certification as a Food For Life Instructor from Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine

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