UpStart Kitchen helps local food entrepreneurs start their business

MILWAUKEE — We’ve all heard of the saying, “food is the key to my heart.”

In the Sherman Park neighborhood, a food business is helping entrepreneurs reach their dreams.

When you walk inside UpStart Kitchen, you see top of the line cooking equipment and a food entrepreneurs dream.

Prism Economic Development Corporation (EDC) was founded in 201, by the Parklawn Assembly of God Church with the goal of bringing opportunity to residents of Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood.

Prism EDC’s first initiative was the development and operation of UpStart Kitchen.

UpStart Kitchen opened in June of 2020, and provides entrepreneurs a place to grow or start their food business without the overhead cost of opening a space of their own.

“Being able to come into a licensed facility and have the space and tools to be able to scale up has been great,” said Tomira White, Owner of Delicious Bites.


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Eagle Point BBQ business qualifies for Texas championship

Feb. 14—Less than three years after taking the local food scene by storm with big wins at Battle of the Bones, an Eagle Point barbecue business will find out how an award-winning burger recipe fares in the big leagues.

Stick-E Fingers Barbecue of Eagle Point earned a qualifying “Golden Ticket” to compete at the World Food Championships in Dallas, Texas, at the end of the year. The competition, which dubs itself “The Leader in Food Sport,” draws about 1,500 cooks from six countries competing in categories ranging from sandwiches to steak.

Chad Lindstrom, the founder of Stick-E Fingers, said he’s looking forward to seeing how his skills stack up against cooks from 42 states and six countries and a chance to learn from some of the best in the business.

“I guess you could classify this as the Super Bowl of food,” Lindstrom said.

Lindstrom qualified last weekend in Puyallup,

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Food trucks changing business model during pandemic

As businesses struggle throughout the pandemic, some food truck owners adjusted their business plan to make more business for themselves.

AUSTIN, Texas — Throughout the pandemic, small businesses bore the brunt of losing customers. As a silver lining to the past 20 months, food trucks found a way to stay afloat – and even grow.

“I’ve worked from Leander all the way to San Marcos,” Orlandus Stafford, co-owner of O’s Chop House and Jerk Daddy’s, said. “I’ve also done catering. I’ve done two weddings, one of 300… We’ve done birthdays. We’ve done quinceañeras, we’ve done a lot of things outside of our pop-up environment. But other than that, the HOA’s and the apartments have been very, very good to us.”

Stafford opened his first food service business, O’s Chop House, in August 2020. He made it a family affair: partnering with his brother for the business, welcoming his kids inside

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Youngkin cooks Indian food before talking with business owners

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin adorned an apron and cooked Indian food before meeting with small business owners in Henrico’s West End.

The Republican visited India K’Raja on West Broad Street on Thursday afternoon for a roundtable discussion with the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to the meeting, Youngkin cooked Indian bread and chicken tikka masala with restaurant owner Tony Sappal.

“We really enjoyed our event listening from leaders from the Asian Chamber Commerce community,” Youngkin told CBS 6 following the discussion. “What we heard over and over again was aspirations to grow their businesses and some challenges that they are facing.”

Youngkin was joined by Del. Rodney Willet (D-Henrico) and State Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico) as he touted the meeting as bipartisan.

He applauded the work of Sarah Bice, the first Chinese American to own a real estate company in Glen Allen. She started her professional

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