Atlanta’s Next Culinary Entrepreneur – We Have a Winner!

PREP Essay Contest Winner

Atlanta’s Next Culinary Entrepreneur

Jasmine Simone – Everything Vegan – Products with Purpose

PREP Essay Contest Winner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a pleasure to meet Jasmine today and find out the rest of the story about the wonderful products.  Rich and delicious,  the “cheese” that was sampled was amazing.  One of the best parts of what we do is the “taste testing”.  Jasmine shared that she has been carrying this idea around for years.  Lots of development and tasting has happened.  Now with the help of the pro services included in the Essay Contest package, perfection is going to be a reality.

JR had the pleasure of making the phone call and hearing the anxious excitement when saying that he was calling from PREP.  The flow of emotions from Jasmine was evident, from the laughing, crying and screaming as the reality that his long awaited dream was about to come true!

Here are some excerpts from Jasmine’s winning essay:

“The guests were amazed that they could enjoy plant-based meals and not feel as if something was missing. They were very surprised that the “cheese” in the dishes was made entirely from plant sources and contained no dairy. We exclaimed “Anything you can make, I can make vegan”!

Essay Contest Winner

 

“After much experimentation, we whipped up a creamy, knees-buckling, eyes roll-back-in- your-head cheesy sauce to use in the plant-based versions of the meals”

“Our unique, patentable recipes will be the answer people are looking for. They are nut-free, so it is school-safe; diary free, so lactose intolerable people will enjoy; plant-based, so they are a healthy choice; and most importantly – taste amazing.“

“Our unique, patentable recipes will be the answer people are looking for. They are nut-free, so it is school-safe; diary free, so lactose intolerable people will enjoy; plant-based, so they are a healthy choice; and most importantly – taste amazing.“

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The world of vegan cheese has gotten so tasty that word is getting out, which means sales are going up. To be exact, they were up 22.7 percent in 2014 which translates to $30 million in sales.”

“Connected to the concept and practice of social responsibility and have an interest in green/eco-friendly lifestyle, eating clean, organic, vegan, vegetarian”

Stay tuned for the rest of the story!

A special thanks to everyone who submitted their essays.  There are so many ideas that are just ready to come to market, and the choice was a difficult one to make.

PREP thanks our sponsors for helping to make this dream a reality!

ACityDiscount – AcityDiscount.com –  Facebook
Barcode Warehouse –  BarCodeWarehouse.biz – Facebook
Byte Into It Web/Video – ByteIntoIt.com – Facebook
Prager Law – PragerLaw.us – Facebook
Georgia Restaurant Association – GaRestaurants.org – Facebook
Bennett Graphics – BennettGraphics.com – Facebook
Gordon Food Service – www.gfs.com – Facebook
Blue Hominy Public Relations – BlueHominy.com – Facebook
Georgia Grown – GeorgiaGrown.com – Facebook
Access To Capital for Entrepreneurs – Aceloans.org – Facebook
Eagle Food Service Training – EagleFoodServiceTraining.com
Fetch  – Fetch.com – Facebook

 

What is PREP? 

Based in Atlanta, GA, PREP supports, provides resources for, and serves as the food production home to a rising class of culinary entrepreneurs in the Southeast. PREP features state-of-the-art, commercial-quality, shared kitchen dedicated production spaces, food business growth resources, procurement, and hands-on guidance to specialty food producers, chefs, bakers, caterers, food trucks, and the next generation of food artisans. Find out more at www.PREPatl.com

Read about PREP’s Expansion Click Here

PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – Truck & Tap – Atlanta Food Truck Catering

Did you know that the more than 50 pieces of artwork that line the walls of PREP are by our very own JR Santos! Take a look at his website Jr’s Abstract Art for sale in Atlanta – Jr’s Abstract Art on Facebook

Wanderlust Cold Pressed Coffee Joins PREP

Wanderlust Cold Pressed Coffee

Cold Brew Coffee Made in ATL

Wanderlust Coffee was born from a love of all things coffee. Living in The South, cold brew coffee is a great option, if not a necessity, nearly year round. We like serving it up ready-to-drink. because we think it tastes best when the only preparation required is popping the top on a cold, freshly prepared bottle. No measuring, no mixing, just enjoy it.

Why Wanderlust? Well, coffee is a global product; over 50 countries on 4 continents exporting the coveted beans. From the strong fruit flavors of  an Ethiopian bean, to the caramel sweetness of a Columbian, exploring the unique tastes from different regions of the world is a big part of the coffee experience.

Visit them at wanderlustcoffee.com or on Facebook.


PREP is a state of the art co-working facility providing Shared Kitchens, Dedicated Commissary Kitchens for Food Trucks, Food Service Operators, Studio/Event Kitchen and Wholesale Food and Supply Procurement. PREP provides the means necessary for Food Entrepreneurs to further their goals in a professional commercial kitchen environment.

MORE THAN JUST A COMMERCIAL KITCHEN.

PREP is a state of the art commercial kitchen facility that is unique to the Metro Atlanta area, the State of Georgia and Southeastern United States. PREP’s concept, facility and amenities have all been custom designed to be a culinary haven which meets the needs of all types of food artisans – specialty food producers, bakers, and mobile food service operators.

Call today so you too can begin producing at PREP!

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PREP’s Shared Kitchens Specialty Food Producers

Buckhead Berries Specialty Producer at PREP

PREP’s Shared Kitchen Member – Specialty Food Producer Buckhead Berries

Tisha Hopper is bringing Buckhead Berries, wonderful gourmet fresh dipped strawberries, to market with the use of PREP’s shared kitchens.There are no words to describe “Buckhead Berries.”  They are absolutely wonderful paired with your favorite wine, as an accompaniment to breakfast or brunch, or as a treat by itself.  It’s hard to eat just one.  Also the pricing is alot more reasonable than the big retailers.

Thanks to PREP’s shared kitchen facility and its membership amenities, Buckhead Berries will be licensed to operate under the Georgia Department of Agriculture (www.agr.Georgia.gov)

You can find Buckhead Berries at www.BuckheadBerries.com and on Twitter https://twitter.com/BuckheadBerries


PREP is a state of the art co-working facility providing Shared Kitchens, Dedicated Commissary Kitchens for Food Trucks, Food Service Operators, Studio/Event Kitchen and Wholesale Food and Supply Procurement. PREP provides the means necessary for Food Entrepreneurs to further their goals in a professional commercial kitchen environment.

MORE THAN JUST A COMMERCIAL KITCHEN.

PREP is a state of the art commercial shared kitchen facility that is unique to the Metro Atlanta area, the State of Georgia and Southeastern United States. PREP’s concept, facility and amenities have all been custom designed to be a culinary haven which meets the needs of all types of food artisans – specialty food producers, bakers, and mobile food service operators.

Call today so you too can begin producing at PREP!

404-920-4150

Hokulia Shave Ice Food Truck at PREP!

Food Trucks in Atlanta - Hokulia Shave Ice

Congratulations Linda Walker – Launching two of Atlanta’s newest food trucks Hokulia Shave Ice!

Atlanta Food Trucks

Hokulia shave ice is an ice-based dessert made by shaving a block of ice, adding our own delicious flavors and a scoop of Utah’s own Farr’s ice cream. Top that with a “white cap” (condensed milk) and you’re in Hawaiian heaven! Even though it is made with shaved ice, it is called “shave ice”, not “shaved ice” by Hawaiians. Why shave instead of crushed ice? Shaving produces a very fine ice that appears snow-like. This extremely fine texture allows syrups that are added to it to be absorbed by the ice rather than simply surrounding it. The combination of our perfect shave ice (there’s magic in our ice!) and our proprietary flavors with a scoop of our award winning ice cream sets us apart. Hokulia has its own magical taste – in fact, it’s all about the amazing HOKULIA TASTE!

You can find one of Hokulia Shave Ice trucks @ 299 Moreland Avenue in Little Five Points. If you are looking for a wonderful addition to your next corporate of family event call Linda @ 404-697-6400.

Visit Hokulia Shave Ice on Facebook or hokuliashaveice.com

Starting your Food Truck Business in Atlanta just got simple with the addition of PREP to the Atlanta food scene.

 


PREP is a state of the art co-working facility providing Shared Kitchens, Dedicated Commissary Kitchens for Food Trucks, Food Service Operators, Studio/Event Kitchen and Wholesale Food and Supply Procurement. PREP provides the means necessary for Food Entrepreneurs to further their goals in a professional commercial kitchen environment.

More Than Just a Commercial Kitchen.

PREP is a state of the art commercial kitchen facility that is unique to the Metro Atlanta area, the State of Georgia and Southeastern United States. PREP’s concept, facility and amenities have all been custom designed to be a culinary haven which meets the needs of all types of food artisans – specialty food producers, bakers, and mobile food service operators.

Call today so you too can begin producing at PREP!

404-920-4150

Caramel Bacon Popcorn – Specialty Food Producers

PREP Shared Kitchens for Specialty Food Producers - Caramel Bacon Popcorn

Specialty Food Producers: bring your products to market @ PREP

I love popcorn!  Imagine Bacon Caramel Corn. The warm feeling of eating this sinful delight is even still fresh in my mind. Last week I had the opportunity to try Bacon Caramel Popcorn for the first time. This was at the opening of a wonderful new restaurant called Ration & Dram.

I was fascinated by the ideas of the owner Andy Minchow.  The restaurant will feature fresh sodas, and on premises canning of vegetables and various types of relish and unique pickles for use in his restaurant.

What does this have to do with PREP?

Andy can sell his specialty food items at the restaurant, and even at local farmers markets, but you will not find them at Whole Foods, or your local independent market. PREP makes this dream of widespread distribution a reality!

PREP is a unique commercial kitchen facility for food entrepreneurs.

Specialty foods like Andy’s can be produced at PREP. These specialty food items can be sold to stores and distributors all over the world!

Specialty Food Producers can get started under Georgia Cottage Food Industry regulations. This is an excellent way to get started with limited selling to friends and at farmers markets. When you are ready to go to full market, PREP is here for you.

With PREP, it is easy for you to launch your specialty food products!

Rather than spending your time and $$$ outfitting a facility to Department of Agriculture standards, we have done the work for you.  Our facility is licensed and approved for use by FDA, USDA, Georgia Department of Agriculture and Health Department Food Producers.

With your membership at PREP, Doug Marranci, Director of Operations will guide you through the regulatory process you so you can quickly get cooking and do what you do best, while leaving the facility management to us.

Ready to Join PREP as a Specialty Food Producer?
Call 404-920-4150 today!
www.PREPatl.com

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Atlanta Food Trucks to Operate in the City?

Atlanta Food Trucks Food Truck Coalition

Atlanta Food Trucks: Is Public Right-of-Way Vending Coming to Atlanta?

Atlanta City Council will be voting on the issue on March 17.

By Greg Smith
Atlanta Street Food Coalition, President

The City of Atlanta is set to boost its mobile food service industry to new heights with an ordinance that is heading for a vote next Monday. The proposed ordinance will create a program that allows mobile food service vendors to set up shop in public parking spaces in limited locations around the City; new locations will be added to the program if initial phases are successful.

The first phase of the program will occur in the “Government Walk” area of downtown. The area is home to the State Capitol Building, Atlanta City Hall, the Fulton County Courthouse, and other key government buildings; however, there are few food service operations in the immediate neighborhood available to serve the thousands of workers and visitors that can be found in the vicinity on a typical business day.

The City will cap the number of Vendor spaces at just 18, at any given time – those spaces will be available from 7am – Midnight, each day, on a first-come/first-served basis. Vendors will be required to secure a Fulton County Mobile Food Service Permit from the Fulton County Health Department, a Permit to Vend on Private Property from the City of Atlanta, and a Business License from the City of Atlanta prior to participating in the program.

In addition to the Government Walk neighborhood, the program leaders are also considering a future expansion into a number of city parks. Historic 4th Ward Park, Candler Park, Perkerson Park, Center Hill Park, East Lake Park, and John A. White Park are all expected to play host to Vendors on Friday Nights this Spring and Summer.

The new ordinance will make no changes to the health permitting process, and Vendors will be required to secure proper permitting from the Fulton County Environmental Health Services Department – Central Division prior to making an application to join the new program.

We will discuss the new program in-depth at our upcoming Street Food 101 workshop on April 5, 2014 at Prep ATL.

The Mayor’s Office should be applauded for their efforts here – this could truly be a game changer for the mobile food service industry, and should add some much needed energy to the streets of downtown Atlanta.

—  Click Here for Original Article from Greg Smith  – http://www.atlantastreetfood.com

Atlanta Food Trucks – PREP Cook | Create | Connect 404-920-4150

PREP Cook-Create-Connect was established with one goal in mind – to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta by providing state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs. Specialty food producers food trucks and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans, will have all of their needs met in one place. Welcome to PREP!

www.PREPatl.com