Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Feast of Long Island Food Entrepreneurs

Ingenious local food products are not confined to the borough of Brooklyn. All it takes is a great idea and a little hunger for success. All over Long Island, local entrepreneurs can be found at the markets selling signature food products they dared to dream up and make a reality. Here’s a roundup of several entrepreneurs and their delectable products I’ve profiled for Edible Long Island.  Follow the link in each summary to the full story:   
Duck Island Bread Company

Robert Biancavilla of Eaton’s Neck lives the life of a culinary superhero – a crusading district attorney by day and artisan bread baker by night.  Beginning in January 2014, his company Duck Island Bread Company offers a “bake to order” service available through the website.  

Bobby Tomatoes

When he lost his job on Wall Street Bob Scala of Deer Park saw a business opportunity with the hugely popular fresh tomato spread he served at family gatherings and Bobby Tomatoes was born.

South Shore Pretzel Company

John Gallagher of Rockville Center was unimpressed with the state of soft pretzels – so he decided to roll his own.  He created the South Shore Pretzel Company to sell his version of chewy, hand-rolled soft pretzels made in the German style. 

Pickle Me Pete

Former accountant Pete Starr of Plainview knew how to run the numbers, and now heads up Pickle Me Pete, a thriving artisan pickle business, selling bold, spicy pickles and fried pickles at local markets and online.  

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Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

I am very impressed with these people and it certainly goes to show that if you have the drive and the fire in the belly, it can be done. It's folks like this that will improve our foods and diets and save us from all of the chemicals and other unpronouncable things in the store-bought stuff. Bravo to each of you.

~~louise~~ said...

Oh I love this post, T.W. It has taken so long for Long Islanders to bring their gift of fabulous food to the masses. I must save this link so I know where to go or where to visit when I do make my way back home for a visit, which, btw will definitely be this Spring!!!

I actually know Donna and I think I know Bobby as well. Donna for sure. I must visit their website and drop them a line. It has been years! Donna may be a tiny little thing but let me tell you, she is an excellent cook also!!!

Thank you so much for sharing all these tasty links T.W. You have no idea how much they have brightened my snowy day:)

Catherine said...

Dear T.W., It is so nice to see Long Island get recognition for its great foodies.
Blessings, Catherine

Barbara said...

Clever names for their companies too. Love entrepreneurs. Three cheers for them!
I'm nuts over those breads! They look divine.
Thanks so much for writing about all of them and for the links.

Sophies Foodie Files said...

What a lovely post this surely is, very informative too!

They are very passionate about their own produce! ;)

Deana Sidney said...

How many times have any of us woken in the morning and asked ourselves why aren't we doing ---- for a living? Bless these souls who actually do it. All their products look great.

~~louise~~ said...

♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪Happy Birthday To You!!!♫♪♫♪♫♪♫♪

I know it was yesterday, T.W. The day just got away from me. I hope you had a wonderful birthday! Stay warm:) Louise

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

A musical comment! Thank you, Louise! I appreciate your kind wishes!

Gloria Baker said...

what nice and interesting post T.W and Happy belated birthday dear, all the best!!
Always enjoy your posts!!

Velva said...

I love dicovering local artisans-all of them have such a great story to tell and their passion for their prouct is evident.