Member Testimonials

“The Fine Foods Group has been an enormously helpful resource for my business, Beachy Cream. The advice I’ve received from speakers at the educational seminars, the contacts and the exchange of ideas between members is invaluable. Michel Algazi offers members a wealth of information, not available anywhere else, that is taking my business to another level. I wish I had known about this group earlier as I would likely have saved a lot of time — and money!”

— Ann Ryan, CEO - Beachy Cream



"The Fine Foods Group is a wonderful idea. It is a great resource of information and is nice to have the support of other entrepreneurs. Michel is very knowledgeable and willing to share his experience."

-- Gail Chester, Lively Up Your Breath, LLC 


“Thank you so much for creating the Fine Foods Group and taking the time and energy to organize all these awesome presentations that I have been able to attend. The amount I’ve learned so far is immeasurable and has really validated my dreams and passion as a food artisan. Thank you again and I look forward to seeing you at the next one!”

— Daisy Romero, CEO - Mascaro Family Foods


“As someone with no food & beverage background, The Fine Foods Group has been an amazing resource in launching my business! By networking within the group and attending some of the educational work shops I was able to connect with the Whole Foods buyer that I’d been trying to reach for over a year! For anyone starting a food or beverage business I would highly recommend joining!”

— Jayla Siciliano, Founder - Bon Affair



"As a small, start up business in the food industry, the FFG has been very helpful in networking with other similar start up entrepreneurs.  With so much to learn in food business, the seminars offered through the FFG have been informative and practical.  I would encourage other members to attend as many as their schedules allow."

-- Chris Chun Denton, CEO, Ricebliss



“The Fine Foods Groups has be essential in advancing my business, Beach Bum Foods,LLC. Because of the Fine Foods Group, I was able to make critical connections with the Local Foragers at Whole Foods Market. Now my lentil avocado dips are selling at Whole Foods Markets in the LA area! I was also able to form relationships and friendships with other entrepreneurs going through the same challenges and hurdles of running a food business. Thank you Michel and the Fine Foods Group. ”

-- Elana Istrin Founder/CEO of Beach Bum Foods



The Fine Foods Group has been an invaluable resource for Fruigees throughout our entrepreneurial adventure. Having a responsive, accessible, and supportive network filled with seasoned vets and start-ups alike has been instrumental to Fruigees' success. 

-- Josh Kahn and David Czinn, co-founders, Fruigees, Inc.



"We love the events The Fine Foods Group organizes.  They are always a great opportunity to meet like minded food entrepreneurs, with the frequent possibility of partnerships that have helped grow our business."
-- Robert Kronfli, Kronfli Brothers, LLC



“About 3 years ago when I was just getting on gear to have my small business going, I was referred to The Fine Food group by a good friend. And that was a very good referral!

I did learn a lot about food manufacturing, and networking was also one of the benefits of being a member of this organization.

Michel was very helpful. The Fine Food Group offers seminars that are also very informative to the industry.”

— Linda Estrella Ikeda, CEO Jumpstarter Body Fuel, Inc.


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Hi All,I'm looking for a co-packer that has a chocolate enrobing machine that can support a modest production. Many thanks if you have any leads!JContinue

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Hi!We are looking for display cardboard boxes to place our Ice Cream Sandwiches in supermarket freezers. We need a small amount of them. Any info will be greatly appreciated!Thanks!ViviContinue

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We need class topics for free classes in OC and LA

We are developing more courses and training for the balance of 2014.  We would like your help in shaping the upcoming courses. Could you help us by sharing your greatest needs for free mentoring / coaching / consulting help? WHAT:We would like to…Continue

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