Shall we talk about the change, or the ribbon first? Well, let’s save the best for last.
Change. Lots of it! Our business is now up and running as an official LLC. We’re called Free and Friendly Foods now. I love the story behind the name… You know what it’s like trying to tell people that we’re gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, soy free, yeast free, GAPs friendly, and paleo friendly, and sometimes corn free, oh and vegan too. My fingers are tired just typing all of that. So, Free and Friendly. I thought it would be a great way to shorten things up a bit. Funny thing is, people without allergies, and sometimes older people ask jokingly if the food is free.
Besides the business launching, and do so much faster than I could have ever imagined, we PUBLISHED TWO BOOKS!!! Can you believe it? After years of working on them, they are the culmination of a lot of what we’ve learned. In addition to the books, we have another that will be released later this summer. We have a line up of 13 more books after that, including Pizza and Ice Cream.
Kit Cards are official too!!! The first ten cards have been released. I like to call these old school solutions to phony apps. They’re super glossy, so if you spill, you don’t ruin an expensive screen. They have all the ingredients pictured, so it’s easy to know what you’re looking for when you’re shopping. The first ten are items that have been very popular among the taste testers.
We had a booth at the San Mateo Maker Faire. Remember that thing about it all happening so quickly? Yes, it’s true. In a little over EIGHT weeks, we had the books done, kit cards done, business all official, and put together a booth at the Maker Faire. It if weren’t for our awesome friends and kids that came to help, there’s simply no way this could have all come together. It was so amazing to see how God was able to pull so much together. It was all nothing short of a wonder miracle, and blessing of course.
OK, so the ribbon. At the Maker Faire, we had the pleasure of meeting so many people with food allergies. Not many had multiples, but I simply had no clue we would meet that many people. There were several parents on the verge of tears when they learned I had something their child could eat. Towards the end, we were approached by Sonia, a wonderful lady, who had selected us for an Editor’s Choice ribbon. It was such an honor.
So what’s next? We have so many things that we would like to do. Seeing that we were so well received, we now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that people need what we know. We have plans to bring knowledge, resources, and food to people with (and without) food allergies.
Be sure to check out freeandfriendlyfoods.com. We have a write-up of the Maker Faire there, as well as books and kit cards that are for sale. We will also be hosting workshops here at our office in July. There’s so much on the horizon, so be sure you check back often.