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How a Culinary Grad Built a $26K/Month Pastry Shop

 How a Culinary Grad Built a $26K/Month Pastry Shop
Hello! Who are you and what food business did you start?

Hello, My name is Christy-Jae (C.J) Cheyne and I’m the owner and executive pastry chef of Oui. 

The Founder of Oui, Christy-Jae Cheyne.

As a kid I explored in the kitchen by helping my mom out by making cakes and cookies for special occasions. I continued to explore… Continue Reading »

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7 Reasons to Consider Adding Small-Batch Retail to Your Restaurant

 7 Reasons to Consider Adding Small-Batch Retail to Your Restaurant

When I first opened Ancho Honey, a small, takeout-focused restaurant in a tiny coastal fishing village in Maine, I was a little overwhelmed by the structure of the restaurant space. Located in a converted early 20th century residential farmhouse, the building wasn’t exactly crying out to be a restaurant; a side entry door led to a tiny room, which led to another tiny room, and another. There wasn’t a natural “flow” for customers walking in the door,… Continue Reading »

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How I Converted a House into a Fully Licensed Restaurant – Part 2

 How I Converted a House into a Fully Licensed Restaurant – Part 2

Note: This is part two of a post detailing my experiences converting a residential farmhouse into a commercial restaurant space. In part one, I described the building, secured a loan from my sister, and started renovating the space, so if you missed part one, you’ll definitely want to start there.

Phase 4: Disaster Strikes!

With the arrival of my sketchy restaurant equipment due any day, I tried to plan the… Continue Reading »

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How I Converted a House into a Fully Licensed Restaurant – Part 1

 How I Converted a House into a Fully Licensed Restaurant – Part 1

A little over two months ago (which is kind of bonkers, now that I think about it), an opportunity presented itself which I had to take advantage of: A house two doors down from where I live, on the corner of a major intersection* with lots of tourist traffic became available for rent.

Because I live in coastal Maine, in this case “major intersection” means “the corner between that one road that goes… Continue Reading »

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How I Won Season 10 of “The Great Food Truck Race” TV Show

 How I Won Season 10 of “The Great Food Truck Race” TV Show
Hello! Who are you and what food business did you start?

I am Chef Darrell Johnson, and I am the Executive Chef/Owner of NOLA Creations.  We are a Food Brand who specializes in all things Creole and Cajun which extend pass just food.

We are a retail company, a food truck, a full service restaurant, TV personalities and social media presence. 

Most recently, we are… Continue Reading »

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