Alternative Delectable Delights (A.D.D.)
Founder: Xandréa Sanford
We make: Healthy chocolate: Vegan, Organic and Sustainable Ingredients, and NO Refined sugars. From ChocolaTEA Cups (tea infused chocolates), to Chocolate Brittle.
Where to find us: Good Eggs (www.goodeggs.com), SF Farmers market at 50 Fremont Plaza, and on our website (www.xandreaisinspired.com).
In business: Less than a year
The story: I am a Mom who started my own business of Nutritional counseling after studying to be a health coach and receiving my certification in this field. I wanted to offer my clients and their children/families a way to treat themselves without further hindering their health with processed sugars or gluten.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Homemade strawberry
Favorite pastimes: Playing with and reading to my son, baking, napping, dancing
Founders: Madeline Bills and Hayley Goerisch
We make: Rustic comfort food
Bump City Bakery
Founder: Emily Floyd
We make: Booze-infused pies, cupcakes, & cookies.
Where to find us: Farley's East, Oakland; Warehouse 416 every first Friday of the month, during Oakland Art Murmur. Small catering orders can also be placed via phone or email (510-882-2880; firstname.lastname@example.org). Please see our website for our detailed menu.
In business since: 2011
The story: After finishing my PhD in Fish Ecology, I was not able to find a job in that field that suited my personality. I grew up as my family's pastry chef, and combined my scientific and creative sides to open Bump City Bakery. I love conducting controlled experiments in the kitchen, and using inspiration from mixology and classic cocktails to create new booze-infused sweets. My experiments that result in happy dessert eaters are the most rewarding experiments I've ever conducted.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Cookies & Cream
Guilty pleasures: Cheetos, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and Manhattan cocktails (not together as a meal).
Favorite pastimes: Walking/running, singing, cocktail-drinking.
Founder: Gina Conedera
We make: Candied bacon caramel corn, chocolate bacon bark, and chocolate bacon cookies
Common Fare Foods
Founder: Krista Gettle
We make: Modern dishes inspired by the South
Green Girl Bakeshop
Founder: Lisa Stoy
We make: Organic, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free ice cream sandwiches
Founder: Javier Sandes
We make: Argentine empanadas and alfajores
Founder: Ikeena Reed
We make: Organic modern soul food
The Living Apothecary
Founders: Shari Stein Curry, Traci Hunt
We make: Healthy Beverages. Cold Pressed Juices, Probiotic Kefir Water Tea and Fruit Tonics, and Vegan Nut Milks.
We sell at:
In business since: 2012
The story: After many nights working together at a Berkeley Restaurant, Shari being the resident Mixologist and Traci being a long standing server, Traci and Shari got to talking. We both longed to start our own business and with Traci's passion for cold pressed juice, Shari's mixing skills and the lack of healthy juice companies in the East Bay, The Living Apothecary was born. As we did our research and began working with fun, healthy ingredients TLA quickly grew from just cold pressed juice to kefir water tonics and vegan milks to round out our philosophy nicely..."let food be thy medicine..."
Favorite ice cream flavor: Mint chocolate chip
Guilty pleasures: French fries, grilled cheese, horror movies, wine, cocktails, sleeping and cupcakes!
Favorite pastimes: Being by a body of water... ocean, pool, you name it; working out, dancing, cooking, drinking wine, walking around Oakland, loving animals...
Founder: Tamara Chukes
Twitter: @lulamaebakes (Instagram handle too)
We make: From breakfast pastries to wedding cakes, our product offerings are extensive and we will gladly veganize many of our delicious goodies. We are also able to accommodate special requests even if it is not offered on our menu. We pride ourselves on baking with the seasons and using locally sourced ingredients.
Where to find us: Our products are currently available by special order through our website. We also offer other services such as catering, corporate gifts, baking/decorating classes, and delivery. We are a socially responsible business that gives back to local community organizations through service, in-kind, and monetary donations.
In business since: 2010
The story: I am a lover of food; from the history of it, to the cooking of it, food consumes my daily life. My expression of love for the world and those around me is through food. I am a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (Class of '99) and have been in the foodservice industry for over 17 years. I have held many BOH positions and loved every one of them. My desire to own a business is what kept me alive while I was in an abusive marriage and helped me stay focused once I left. LulaMae is an extension of the burning love and passion that I have for baking and feeding people. The grandmother/aunt that reminds you, that you are loved and cared for. A reflection of my future wiser, older self. As a QWOC owned business and a proud mother of four children, who has experienced many hardships, my goal is to not only provide amazing baked goods and service; but to inspire others to listen to their hearts and make their dreams a reality.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Phish Food by Ben and Jerry's
Guilty pleasures: I horde food magazines, from mainstream to indie, I love them all. And microwaved burritos. I can't get enough of those. And Pinterest! Oh goodness, how I adore Pinterest....
Favorite pastimes: I absolutely love reading, especially series like The Game of Thrones or A Series of Unfortunate Events. I just love books. I also enjoy dancing in the mirror, eating at new restaurants, traveling with my kids and collecting recipes.
Mini Trini Bistro
Founder: Kim Blair
We make: Trinidadian Cuisine; Doubles - Vegetarian; Pastelles - Vegan & Gluten Free; Stewed Oxtails; Curried Goat; Jerk Chicken; BBQ Tamarind Pork Ribs; Calaloo
Founders: Brittany Howlett and Kelsi Seid
We make: Organic wedding and special occasion cakes showcasing local, seasonal produce.
Where to find us: By appointment only. If you're interested in ordering with us fill out our contact form at www.oaklandbakes.com/contact
In business since: 2011
The story: Brittany and Kelsi have been working in commercial kitchens since college. After years of experience in fine dining, high end bakeries and independently owned artisan food businesses, Brittany and Kelsi wanted to start their own business that featured their skills at baking and decorating cakes and their creative flavor combinations. Oakland Bakes was founded to fill a need in the wedding industry for special event cakes that showcases seasonal produce from California and innovative cake designs that don't use artificial dyes or fondant.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Honey Sage
Guilty pleasures: Journey, but we don't feel all that guilty about it.
Favorite pastimes: Riding bicycles and eating bacon.
Powered by Pork
Founder: Justin Lanska
We make: Mexican-Vietnamese street food
Ruby Red Kitchen
Founder: Juli Chouinard
We make: Ruby Red Kitchen specializes in catering business lunches and coordinating full-service events, such as weddings and other celebratory events. We also consult on a wide range of culinary projects. Soon we'll be promoting our fantastic holiday fruitcake. Guaranteed to change the mind of those who think they hate fruitcake!
Where to find us: Holiday Fruitcake, Gingerbread Cookies, and Maple & Herb Mixed Nuts will be available at:
The story: I've been working in the food business for 35 years. I have had the extreme good fortune to have learned from many talented professionals over the years, from my first real job at sixteen at the local McDonald's, to working as the pastry chef at the Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, to owning a bakeshop. I've truly come full circle with Ruby Red Kitchen and I'm still in the industry. I've mellowed a lot and am enjoying the ride!
Favorite ice cream flavor: Rocky Road
Guilty pleasures: Facebook, Mad Men, kettle corn, knitting, People Magazine
Favorite pastimes: Cooking and drinking wine with friends, antique shops, exploring on foot and backpacking, and long road trips with my husband
Founders: Silvana Holanda and Marcia Santana Orlando
What: Brazilian cheese rolls (pão de queijos)
Founder: Syslee Schael
We make: Spice Child makes artisan infused ghee and spice/nut condiment mixes.
Where to find us: Homestead Apothecary in Oakland; Batch Made Market in San Francisco (Oct 13th and Nov 10);
San Francisco Bazaar Holiday Show December 7-8, 2013; Renegade Craft Fair December 21-22, 2013.
In business since: 2012
The story: Spice Child was founded in Oakland, California in 2012 by chef turned herbalist, Syslee Schael. Her work as an herbalist
brought her clients yearning for easy ways to transform their health through food. Searching for remedies Syslee discovered ghee, a nutrient rich oil used by ancient cultures for cooking and in Ayurvedic medicine. Spice Child ghee is hand made in small batches using butter made from the pasture raised, grass fed cows of beautiful Sonoma County, California. Beyond our original ghee we offer 5 infused ghee flavors. By combining and infusing our ghee with organic, locally grown herbs and spices we have created rogue flavor combinations that can transform any meal with just one spoonful. As part of our line Spice Child also offers 3 dry condiment mixes. We have taken from traditional old world recipes while incorporating updated ingredients, adding our own unique touch. Ghee has been widely used in India for centuries. Here is America we are now just discovering this ancient oil and the healing powers it offers. Spice Child makes our ghee using traditional methods and is on a mission to teach the public about the benefits and rewards of using this rich, tasty oil.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Chocolate with peanut butter...made into a milk shake, of course!
Guilty pleasures: Master Chef, House Hunter International, PBR, Stouffer's Mac and Cheese with peas.
Favorite pastimes: Sailing, Estate sales, foraging, rafting, drive-in movies, hiking, road trips!
The Stroopie Gourmet
Founders: Todd Hartman and Lily Tsai
We make: Traditional Dutch stroopwafels, "Stroop-Tarts" filled with local artisan jams from the Blue Chair Fruit Company and Savory Stroopies with honey bourbon bacon and cheese.
Where to find us: The Treasure Island Flea, Bay Area events, food fairs, festivals, special occasions, private and corporate events.
In business since: 2012
The story: Once we had a fresh stroopwafel made right in front of us in Amsterdam, the packaged cookies couldn't compare. So, we searched long and hard throughout the Bay Area to find someone who makes them fresh and actually found a Dutch bakery . . . . in Clovis! To our dismay, their doors closed for good exactly 7 days prior to our discovery. That began our 9 month quest to import the equipment and learn how to make stroopwafels for ourselves. We realized there was a demand in the Bay Area (or at least would be once we debuted our cookies) for fresh stroopies, so we created The Stroopie Gourmet to fill the void!
Favorite ice cream flavor: Cardamom
Guilty pleasures: Lounging around in one-zies with good food, drinks and and something on Netflix.
Favorite pastimes: Traveling, photography, exploring, dog watching, admiring sunsets, driving to nowhere
Sugar Knife Artisan Sweets
Founders: Josh Gillespie and Jenna Keys
We make: Booze-infused marshmallows, brittle, and lollipops.
Where to find us: On our website direct and in select locations in the Bay Area: