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Real Local RVA’s June Membership Meeting
June 4, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 pm
Please join us for our June membership meeting!
“RVA Women in Food”
This month, in collaboration with the release of the new BSide Collective issue, we are excited to bring you a panel of RVA Women in Food. The women will discuss the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, and what it’s like to be a part of Richmond’s local food system. Moderated by Robey Martin, a food, spirits and culture writer, the panel features four exciting women entrepreneurs.
- Hannah Pollack, Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches – Hannah Pollack is a former Marine and culinary student graduate. She has worked in numerous restaurant kitchens as a chef. At her last kitchen she started making ice cream sandwiches as a dessert. Her husband, Xavier Meers, a well-known Richmond chef, started selling the sandwiches at small markets and restaurants. Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches continues to grow by leaps and bounds and now is sold all over Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
- Courtney Mailey, Blue Bee Cider – After working in economic development for 12 years, Courtney left the corporate grind in 2010. Courtney attended cider school at Cornell University, apprenticed with Albemarle CiderWorks for one year, then starting getting Blue Bee Cider off the ground in 2012. Blue Bee Cider is located in the historic Scott’s Addition neighborhood in Richmond. It is the first cidery in RVA and the first urban cidery to open its doors in both the south and Virginia. Blue Bee prides itself on making ciders from rare and heirloom apples known for their tannin, acidity and flavor.
- Erin Powell, Ginger Juice – Erin Powell spent most of her career before Ginger Juice in sales and marketing with Royall & Company and 10 years with Richmond HR Technology Startup, Snagajob. Combine Erin’s passion for health, her background in business, and an extreme love for her (red headed) son, Sayer, and Richmond’s first cold pressed juice company, Ginger Juice was born. Ginger Juice started at local Farmer’s Markets and launched an online business before opening it’s first retail location in the Village Shopping Center in October 2015. Ginger Juice won the People’s Choice Award at the Richmond Chamber’s i.e. Startup Competition in 2015 and was recently named as one of the Top 100 Small Businesses in the Country by Yelp. Now Ginger Juice has a larger flagship store at the Village Shopping Center and recently opened the 2nd location past short pump in the Greengate development. Ginger Juice has more than just juice with a full menu of acai bowls, smoothies, avocado toast, soups, superfood lattes, and snacks.
- Amy Hicks, Amy’s Garden – Amy’s Garden has been growing and selling organic produce, plants and cut flowers since 1995. What began as an ambitious backyard hobby garden quickly blossomed into a full time farming career for husband and wife team Amy Hicks & George Ferguson. With the help of seasonal employees they now grow an amazingly diverse selection of vegetables, small fruits and cut flowers on their organic farm in historic Charles City county, VA. Amy’s Garden sells their USDA Certified Organic produce and flowers at local grocery stores, farmers markets in Richmond and Williamsburg, and offers the only Certified Organic CSA option in the area.
The B SIDE Collective is a multi-platform publication dedicated to supporting women in business through inspiration, knowledge, and local resource curation. We will also hear from founder Dr. Ja’Nai Frederick, OD, FAAO, a military veteran and board certified optometrist on why she decided to start this publication.
Miss Priss Tea Co. will be on hand sampling some of her delicious tea blends.
We look forward to hearing the stories behind the success of these amazing women!
**Real Local RVA meetings are open to both members and those interested in supporting the local food system. Meetings are free, we just ask that you register! **RSVP HERE!**
*Photos of Hannah, Courtney, and Erin courtesy of the BSide Collective and Sarah Der Photography