The female entrepreneurs behind innovative startups Sea Salt Candy Company and Millie’s Gelato are vendors at the upcoming Encinitas Foodie Fest. There is a fascinating story attached to the origination of each company:
Sea Salt Candy Company
Gretchen Bender was inspired to develop her delectable toffee candy recipe when her father developed throat cancer. She was looking to provide something to fulfill his craving for sweet-salty foods after he lost much of his sensation for taste during radiation therapy.
Now, Gretchen together with her business partner Lisa are doing so well that they are opening a brand new commercial kitchen and retail space later this summer in Vista. For more information, please visit seasaltcandy.com.
Industrious Susan Sbicca, former executive chef/owner of Sbicca’s and Meritage, decided to apply her vast culinary knowledge and experience to the development of a healthy dairy-free, vegan gelato. Aptly named after her mother Millie who “always had something sweet going,” the gelato is available in a variety of flavors including Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, Midnight Mocha and Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake. Although Susan misses the adrenalin rush of the restaurant, she is finding her new business endeavor exciting and challenging on many other levels. For more information, please visit milliesgelato.com.
About the Encinitas Foodie Fest
Saturday, June 23rd • 10am-5pm • Pacific Station, Encinitas
A free family fun event bringing the community together to elevate public awareness about sustainable foods and products while promoting the arts, local business and the Coastal Community Foundation’s Healthy Day fund. Plus superb artisanal food vendors, food trucks, amazing live music, an entertaining children’s cooking booth and fun for all!