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Passion Vs. Business

Have you ever wondered why so many small businesses, restaurants, in particular, don't make it? The chefs and bakers are skilled at their craft. They make excellent food that keeps people coming back for more. They love what they do, but passion alone is not sufficient to run a successful business over the long term. In The E-Myth Revisited: Why Mo...

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We've written entire blogs recently about the history of some favorite food items around the globe, like cheese and ice cream. That made us wonder about how other foods and beverages came to be. Some things, like cake, have been perfected over centuries, while others were entirely accidental. Many food items we love were discovered entirely by acci...

Shared kitchens, like the Mill River Cookery, are a relatively recent business development strategy. Like coworking and maker spaces, a shared-use, commercial kitchen is where chefs, bakers, caterers, food trucks, and other culinary professionals create products they sell. By definition, shared kitchens are commercial spaces licensed by food entrep...

Like many things we enjoy eating, humans have consumed cheese for thousands of years. Humans likely developed cheese by accident by storing and transporting milk in bladders made of stomachs of ruminants (sheep, goats, cattle, etc.). These animals have an enzyme called rennet in their stomachs that encourages curdling. Rennet is still used to make ...

What would you do if the only grocery store in town closed? That was the predicament in Mt. Pulaski, IL, five years ago. The town had shrunk to fewer than 1500 residents, which was not enough to sustain a grocery store. It left residents with the market at the gas station and its high prices as its only source of food. The nearest grocery store was...

Chicago is now one of three cities in the U.S. to house an ice cream museum, alongside New York and Austin. The concept of the museum originated in Asia and is designed to energize the senses to reimagine the way we experience and love ice cream. Museum aside, we've wondered where the idea originated this summer while enjoying ice cream for dessert...

During the pandemic, many of us adopted furry family members - millions of them. Most of these pets are still in comfortable homes. This increase in the number of pet companions translated into an increase in the demand for pet food. High-quality pet food is the choice for many to feed the loving companion who stayed by their side during "lockdown"...

Over the past few years, we have used this space to provide information on new small food businesses, local farming, and food trends - basically all things food. We have unfortunately left out details on feeding some critical family members – our dogs. In the past decade or two, dog food has made headlines when we learn about problems with the food...

 A year ago this month, we published an article on the increased demand for non-dairy drinks made from nuts, oats, and coconut. Despite the high demand for these beverages, most people in Illinois still prefer milk from cows. Unfortunately, there has been a nationwide decrease in the number of dairy farms. Between 2003 and 2020, in the U.S., t...

Americans love to grill, and right now, we are in grilling season. The 4th of July is reason enough to light your grill. There are so many grill options. So many different items to cook on the grill. Here's a breakdown. Types of grills Charcoal grills have long been popular. They come in all shapes and sizes and range in price from $20 to $2000 dep...

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