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Comfrey & Clementines, Angela McGuire

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Angela McGuire owns Comfrey & Clementines, an internet-based skincare company that formulates, manufactures, and provides gentle, organic skincare products for mothers and newborns, safe for preemies and the whole family. These products are available at Rodrock Optimal Health Center on Wakarusa Drive in Lawrence and online at www.comfreyandclementines.com. Angela has been a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist for fifteen years and includes information and benefits of Infant Message Therapy on her website. McGuire learned about the kitchen from an interview in the Lawrence Journal-World with the owner of Hippie Chow granola, who started her business using Culinary Commons. 

McGuire enjoys Culinary Commons because “it’s sanitized and regulated. I’m also covered under the Douglas County’s insurance.”  

The steam jacketed kettle offers a crucial piece of equipment to the production.  The mission of Comfrey & Clementines is to make the best skincare products and promote locally-sourced, natural, and organic ingredients, while striving to achieve a zero ecological footprint for the next generation.

Contact Angela at 608-469-4876 or angelamcguire75@gmail.com

 

Roux do Loo Gourmet, Karen Kinder

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A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, California, Karen Kinder owns and operates Roux do Loo Gourmet, a small boutique catering business serving Lawrence, Eudora, and south Jefferson County.  After moving to Lawrence from San Diego in 2015, Kinder began using Culinary Commons when a friend suggested it. 

“The heavy duty commercial equipment allows me to make larger quantities,” Kinder said, “and my business licenses require me to cook certain foods in a commercial kitchen for food safety.”

Her favorite facets of the kitchen are the large stainless steel prep areas and the convection oven that accommodates full-sized baking sheets.  Kinder plans to market Roux do Loo Gourmet at the Lawrence Farmers’ Market by offering baked goods and packaged foods.  She will also be launching a website for her business soon.

Contact Karen at 858-405-0636 or karenkinder@ymail.com

 

Cito's Original LLC., Adrian Meneses

Adrian Meneses, owner of Cito’s Original LLC, specializes in a vegan, lactose-free queso made from cashews.  After working with the recipe for over a year, his queso comes in four flavors –Mellow (mild), Original (medium), Mighty (hot), and Kickin’ (extra hot).  Meneses, a Lawrence transplant from Houston, Texas, currently sells the queso at The Merc Co+op, Hy-Vee on 6th Street, and Cottin’s Hardware Farmers’ Market.

“For me [the advantages of Culinary Commons] is the equipment…it has a jacketed steam kettle.” 

This kettle allows him to make the proper quantity without compromising the quality of the queso.  Meneses plans to expand sales into other farmers’ markets and grocery outlets in the Lawrence and Kansas City region.

Contact Adrian at 785-550-2997 or amenesesku@gmail.com