Food Start-Ups: Making a Mint and Growing Strong in Connecticut, November 14 at the University of Bridgeport

Learn how food start-ups harvest their entrepreneurial spirit, seed their financing, and make bread out of grains, grapes, and grog at “Food Start-Ups: Making a Mint and Growing Strong in Connecticut,” at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, November 14.

The free lecture and networking event will be held at the Schelfhaudt Gallery, Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport.

Panelists include:

Janet Steinmayer, CEO of Appleseed Food Frontiers (Darien, CT)
Appleseed Food Frontiers provides go-to-market business planning services for expansion-stage food and beverage companies seeking to build and scale their businesses. It also makes angel investments in select companies meeting its investment criteria.

Ruth Frantz, Henri’s Reserve (Southport, CT)
Prior to founding Henri’s Reserve, an online vendor of boutique, high-quality champagne, Ruth Frantz was former head of marketing for Pernod. Her expertise has made her a leader in the spirits industry.

Margaret Sapir and Mitchell Rapoport, Wave Hill Breads (Wilton, CT)
Margaret Sapir and Mitchell Rapoport left corporate jobs to establish this highly successful Wilton, CT-based bakery after a fateful dinner in Vermont, where they fell in love with the bread. Today, their own artisanal loaves sell at Whole Foods, Balducci’s, and other high-quality markets.
Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625,