Comments from some Meet Your Maker Okanagan (March 6, 2013, West Kelowna)
Barb Kowalik, Beary Good Stuff (Midway, BC): We attended your Meet Your Maker event in West Kelowna. I just wanted to let you know how much we got out of the event! It has really helped us firm up our methodology to take Beary Good Stuff to become the best artisan preserve maker in terms of consumer value, customer service and consistent and predictable growth. I would also like to let you know that this event was the impetus to get us to start moving towards commercial production. Thanks for putting on this event and I would LOVE to attend the next one.
Comments from some Meet Your Maker Vancouver Attendees (February 18 2013, Vancouver)
Paula Diakiw, Lake Country Harvest (Lake Country, BC) - at her 3rd Meet Your Maker:
It was so gratifying to hear directly from buyers how excited they are to have product like ours available. Hearing our story, they cheered us on!
Donna Wadsworth, Savoury City Catering & Events (Vancouver, BC) - At her 4th Meet Your Maker: We made a lot of our connections at MYM and that's why we started going, and still continue to go. We've got some pretty solid relationships now. So, I would say all of our connections were made at MYM, and now our chefs are on board, and they've met some other people from other places, so it's mushrooming. Pretty cool thing...
Emi Do, Yummy Yards (Vancouver, BC) - at her 2nd Meet Your Maker:
I think the word 'networking' always sounds a little insincere, but the quality of people at Meet Your Maker make it possible to make meaningful connections that really make a difference in our operations for the season. Without Meet Your Maker, I would have never known WHO to approach or WHICH door to knock on... and it ended up changing the dynamics of our season. You never know who you're going to meet and what role they can play in your business!
Michelle Lusk, Giddy Up & Grow (Mission, BC)
Thank you for a wonderful event. I met so many wonderful people and had 2 amazing contacts that should prove to be very beneficial to our company. Thank you again!
Ishkandar Ahmed, CEO, Choices Markets (Lower Mainland/Kelowna)
Just wanted to thank you for the invite yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Hats off to you and your team for putting on such a great event.
Peter Ciuffa, Pasta Famiglia (Vancouver, BC)
As a new producer (six months) of local artisan pasta, I came to Meet Your Maker for knowledge & networking. Well I received that in spades. I learned from both presenters & fellow attendees of ways to meet retail health regulations, provide effective sampling, & how to tweak my cost/price structure to make myself more profitable. As far as networking I met with people who can provide me financing, who are looking to purchase my product & other producers who can be go to people when I have questions. In short my business came out ahead by attending Meet Your Maker! Thanks guys, oh and lunch was crazy good! Mangia Bene (Eat Well)
Testimonials from Previous Years:
Outlaw Meats (Primary Producer - Clinton, BC)
Thanks to Meet Your Maker, we are now exclusively selling our lamb at Whole Foods Markets in Vancouver. I loved the casual and fun atmosphere at the event. I love how supportive our city folk are of our farming folk. The moral support is a tremendous boost when the day to day burdens of trying to make a living farming are overwhelming. I love how I attended Meet Your Maker just out of curiosity but was gifted with an unexpected wonderful new relationship with the Forager for Whole Foods Market, Denise Breyley. - Nicola von Rosen and Dennis Clausen