#32. Going the Second Mile with Foodpreneur Jason Kuepfer #FarmToTable
Welcome to the second biggest podcast in the Pacific northwest behind only the Sasquatch Hunters. This week we get into Jason Kuepfer’s business, Second Mile Marketplace and Food Hub. When Jason explored starting is own food truck business and couldn’t find a commercial kitchen for rent that fit his needs, he decided to start one. In addition to the commercial kitchen, he is also a partner of a nonprofit food hub that connecting farmers and other food producers with consumers. It is awesome to hear how Jason is contributing to the vibrant food scene here in Southwest Washington as well as advocating for more sustainable food systems. Prost!
In this episode:
Entrepreneurship is driven by the personal need to do something more than just sitting in an office and the marketplace need for innovation or filling a gap.
By using the kitchen himself in an ongoing pursuit of his own food service ambition, Jason know his “product’ intimately which allows him to connect authentically with his customers and prospects about the benefits of his space and how to continuously improve it.
Offering complimentary services to your main offering, such as creating a meeting space, can give your business additional revenue streams.
Create a strong business plan so you know exactly what you need and what you want during a negotiation; And don’t be afraid to ask for what you need, you’ll be surprised how often you’ll get it.
Guest Beer: Deschutes Brewery – Bend, OR Mirror Pond Pale Ale, 5% ABV, 40 IBU
“This refreshingly uncomplicated ale has inspired the simple moments that become extraordinary when shared. Crisp and clean with subtle hints of caramel, Mirror Pond is a delicious everyday ale whose straightforward single-hop character and smooth maltiness combine to deliver a timeless pale ale.”
Angie’s Mystery Beer: Deschutes Brewing – Bend, OR Fresh Haze IPA, 6.5% ABV, 45 IBU
“Fresh Haze IPA is hazy with a chance of obsession. The flavor explodes in your mouth with notes of orange citrus sweetness and a soft malt body. Carrying both citrus and tropical fruit from Mandarina, Amarillo and Cashmere hops…OJ for days.”