Startup Soiree

School of Food Soirée | Food Entrepreneur Demo Day

Join Startup Soirée and School of Food for our Food Entrepreneur Demo Day on Tuesday, November 10th at 6:30pm at the Pixilated HQ

Learn about 5 emerging food businesses in Baltimore and provide feedback on their product, pitch, and packaging (brand). The crowd (you!) will vote on your favorite in each category, and the winner of demo day will walk away with a prize — 1-on-1 time with buyers from major anchor institutions.

**food & drink provided by our featured participants, included in your ticket price. 

School of Food is not a one size fits all business training program; it’s made to order based on your needs. Find the tools for on the job success online and in person. Our personalized curriculum takes current and future food biz owners on a trip that starts with the basics (defining a mission, writing a pitch), moves into the nitty gritty (financial forecasting, quickbooks, health code info) and ends with all the fun stuff you need to know when going to market (branding, distribution, winning at negotiation). 

Our Featured Food Entrepreneurs:

  • Nutreatious / Gundalow Juice - 

    Gundalow is a Baltimore based company that brings you delicious cold-pressed juices.  Our juices are only made with fruits and vegetables; there are no added sugars, preservatives or caffeine. We believe in fueling your ambitions and therefore we are devoted to bringing you delicious, convenient, and nutritious juice. 

         At Nutreatious, we are passionate about all things cooking and                  kitchen. Through our personal chef, catering and kitchen                              organization services, our clients are able to spend their time doing          more of the things they love without sacrificing excellent meals.

  • Diamondback Brewery - 

    Diamondback Brewing Co. is a craft beer company based out of Baltimore, Maryland. Diamondback was founded in Fall of 2014 by local Baltimore boys. In the pursuit of our craft, we aim to find the perfect balance between drinkability and uncompromised flavor. Our mission is to bring great beer to great people, and sacrifice nothing along the way. Even the boldest of our beers are brewed with the desire to be appreciated by all drinkers alike.

  • Tessamae's - 

    As the mother of three athletic boys, Tesse had to figure out a way to get them to eat their veggies while staying healthy. Because serving a dressing full of artificial ingredients was not an option, she created and perfected her own all-natural recipe. When her oldest son, Greg, realized how great it was, he said, “Mom, let’s go into business together and make this for the world!” As Tessemae's All Natural grows its product line around the globe, the commitment to healthy eating and healthy living remains the core of the company's mission.

  • Tenth Harvest - 

    Tenth Harvest is a boutique importer and distributor of wine, beer and spirits. We buy direct from small farmers around the world, currently in Italy, France, Oregon and Washington state. Our customers are restaurants and retailers in Maryland and Washington DC, small businesses who invest in the highest quality products and knowledgeable staff. Our primary focus is wine: an agricultural product, hand-crafted by farmers who use sustainable, organic and biodynamic farming practices. Our audience is the educated consumer who desires sustainably sourced products, and most of all enjoys the pleasure of good food and wine.

  • 2am Bakery - 

    2AM Bakery “Where the Dough Rises” is a small Wholesale Shop that has been in operation for the last 7 years in some form. Its mission is to provide the consumer with an unforgettable confectionery experience. One of the Founders, Gregory Carpenter (Shamsuddin Abdul Mateen), was released from incarceration in 1994 after serving twenty years. In 1996, he had the opportunity to make make the pilgrimage to Mecca. While on pilgrimage he met Mikal Abdul Mateen (Co-Founder) who was studying abroad at the time. They began talking, realizing they both shared a love for cooking and baking, and agreed to open a bakery together some day. Years later, 2AM Bakery was formed. They chose the name 2AM Bakery because Mikal is “Abdul Mateen” and Greg adopted the name “Abdul Mateen,” thus you have 2AM Bakery ”Where the Dough Rises."

  • Elaine's Brown Sugar - 

    Elaine's Brown Sugar was started in 2011 by Daryl (DJ) Flood when the craving for delicious treats and the passion for baking became one, and after following the foot steps of those before. We take pride in using high quality ingredients and local products, so that every bite is of pure perfection. Originally from the Washington, DC while on a trip to Baltimore, DJ realized that there weren't a place to get a great quick salad or certain types of specialty baked goods. Utilizing recipes passed down from DJ's grandmother Elaine, they stepped out on Faith to form Elaine's Brown Sugar...

Extra, Extra! Startup Soirée Moves to City Garage

Startup Soirée is moving to City Garage in Port Covington effective immediately.

Fellow Startup Soirée people! We've been hinting at a bunch of big news in the future and we're finally ready to let the cat out of the bag! Startup Soirée is moving to City Garage in Port Covington effective immediately.

While PixilatedHQ has been an exceptional home for our community, a move to City Garage will enable us to scale the message and create a broader Startup Soirée community. A win for everyone.

City Garage. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)   

City Garage. (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

So, what's to be expected?

Well, for starters the A/V in the space will be far superior to that at Pixilated. We'll be able to screen brand trailers that are being created by community businesses as well as our own brand trailer that features so many of you! 

We'll also find ourselves in a MUCH larger venue which couldn't come sooner as we had our greatest attendance yet at last month's Soirée with Deb Tillett. The goal is to scale the size of the monthly soirées in an effort to bring in more industry diversity.

Who is our first moderator at City Garage? 

We're bringing in Greg Cangialosi from Betamore,  Baltimore Angels, Mission Tix and formerly of Blue Sky Factory to lead a group conversation on Bootstrapping your business. If you're not familiar you can check out a little more about Greg here!

What can you do to help?

Well for starters, help us spread the word! If you're in an incubator, co-working space or other startup environment - tell people about Startup Soirée! Let them know it's free and totally about business owners.

If you have a friend with a business, get them to sign-up! Know someone who's on the fence? Bring them along and we can push them in the right direction. Is there a local business that you love? Ask to speak with the owner and then invite her.

That's right people, this platform is yours as much as it is ours. Help us make it an even more incredible representation of the thriving business community here in Baltimore.

Can't wait to see you all, 

Patrick, Nic, Rachel & Jes

Startup Roundup | September 27th, 2015

Startup Roundup August 16th 2015

Startup Roundup August 2nd, 2015

Startup Sunday Round Up - July 26th

Startup Sunday Round Up

Every Sunday, we bring you the most recent developments in the Baltimore start up community. 

We're looking for Guest Bloggers! 
The Startup Soirée blog is a great way to share you story with other founder! 
Please email with your entry (less than 500 words)

Startup On A Shoestring E-Book

The Startup on a Shoestring E-Book

A young entrepreneur’s firsthand advice on bootstrapping your business

The entirety of Nic China's Startup on a Shoestring Series is now available as a FREE E-Book. 


Startup Sunday Digest II


Action Vs Inaction: Engineering Movement by Patrick Rife - "I mean who the fuck thinks a Facebook Ad Group is sexy? I don’t, but I rock that shit." 


Breethe, Inc. is making an artificial lung for patients to take home from the hospital by Stephen Babcock - "Griffith is already a distinguished surgeon in heart and transplant surgery. With the new technology, he became a startup founder."


How to use existing customer data to drive traffic to your business by John Oechsle - "While there is no simple, step-by-step blueprint for small businesses to follow to increase traffic, there is a universal starting point"


OrderUp adds former Marriott senior counsel to its leadership team by Sarah Gantz - "The Baltimore-based online food ordering and delivery startup is growing quickly and Bennett is one of a few recent additions to the company’s executive leadership team."

Startup Sunday Digest I

Local StartUp News, Founder Tips, and more!

Gaining a Competitive Advantage: Part 2 by Jes Gignac - "In today’s world of social media...your customers’ definition of your brand is ultimately what defines your brand" 

The Baltimore Startup 5: Volume I by Nic China - "...My perspective on who’s doing innovative & groundbreaking stuff in the Baltimore startup world."

Orioles 2015 Season Outlook by Marco Romanell - "There is certainly going to be a lot of excitement and likely even some magic in Camden Yards this season..."

"Kevin Plank, Paul Palmieri Invest in Crowdsourced High School Sports Scores" by Stephen Babcock - "ScoreStream is leveraging the wisdom of the crowd to turn social signals into valuable new digital content resources"

5 Cold Call Rules Your Business Needs to Know by Drew Hendricks - "There is a difference between good marketing and misleading marketing, including with cold calls."