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Five Local Food Entrepreneurs to Taste for National Entrepreneurship Week

There’s just something about a food entrepreneur that hits a little bit different. Perhaps it’s that they craft their products using their own hands, particularly in the beginning, or maybe it’s that many of them are sharing a piece of themselves or their family, making it that much more meaningful. This year, in honor of National Entrepreneurship Week, we’re sharing five local food entrepreneurs who cooked up delicious success.

a lineup of hot sauces on a counter

Del Sauce

Spicing up Richmond since 2017, Del Sauce got its start when a husband and wife team began growing peppers in their urban backyard. What began as homemade hot sauce wedding favors quickly grew into a business.

 sweet potato pie

Joyebells Sweet Potato Pies

Joyebells desserts are legacy recipes, passed down through six generations of women. Today, these delicious, pre-baked sweet potato pies are available to purchase locally or shipped nationwide.

a bag of honey sriracha popcorn

Lammar Marie’s Gourmet Popcorn:

Veteran owned, Lammar Marie’s Gourmet Popcorn features a creative assortment of savory and sweet popcorn flavors including chicken & waffles, loaded baked potato, jalapeno nacho, snickerdoodle, pumpkin spice, lemon cheesecake, and more.  

 cupcakes and pastry mix


PastryBase provides all of the ingredients needed to create baking memories with family and friends. Their bestselling, all-natural LillyBean mixes and baking kits offer vegan and gluten free options with unique pastry tools and natural decorations.  

 different kinds of peanuts and peanut brittle

Whitley’s Peanut Factory:

For 33 years, Whitley’s Peanut Factory has been producing the finest quality gourmet Virginia peanuts on the market. From traditional roasted peanuts to delicious brittles and confections, Whitley’s still hand cooks each peanut.

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