Attended the Buy Local Mini Tradeshow. Put Nella on the map for locally sourced food!
Traded in our La Parmigiana for a brand new, state-of-the-art extruder and ravioli machine. Now on the menu: fettuccini, spaghetti and penne. (Unfortunately, the ravioli attachment never worked the way it was supposed to… back to the hunt!).
Became a finalist in DailyCandy’s “Start Small, Go Big Contest” Launched an all-out social media campaign to spread the news!
Found local wheat! at Four Star Farms in Northfield, MA. Added bonus: it’s grown and harvested by the nicest family ever.
Won DailyCandy’s “Start Small, Go Big Contest!” Hopped a plane to NYC for the DailyCandy Academy (where we met industry leaders, Marcus Samuelsson and Loreen Barber of Blue Hill Farm, among others) but not before we attended the first annual Boston Local Food Festival. Everyone—farmers market venders, patrons, DailyCandy staff, friends and family—all joined our quest to find the perfect ravioli machine!
Found local cheese! at award-winning Narragansett Creamery in RI. Headed down to tour the facility and meet the cheese makers themselves (hair nets, lab coats and all!).
Eureka! Road trip to PA to select our next machine to increase our production 10-fold. Trained in Arcobaleno’s test kitchen. The road trip was interesting (to say the least), but in the end we found the one!
Perfected our ravioli recipes, went back to the drawing board on our branding, and found FDA-approved packaging stock that worked with soy-based inks. Prepared (and oh-so-ready) to go big!