Kevin joined Economic & Community Development Institute in June 2013. In his role as Food Fort Marketing & Development Manager, Kevin works with over 40 food-based clients to help develop their business by enhancing their networking and marketing efforts. He also oversees marketing and events to further develop The Food Fort brand. A Columbus native, Kevin attended The Ohio State University receiving his degree in Strategic Communication. He can be contacted via email at email@example.com or by phone at 614-732-0573.
The pop-up restaurant concept is nothing new to Columbus. You may have paid a visit to Little Eater’s pop-up at The Hills Market Downtown this past fall. Chances are you have heard about Hot Chicken Takeover’s pop-up success in Olde Towne East. Pop-ups allow food entrepreneurs to grow their business... January 22nd, 2015 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More
As the summer sizzle begins to cool off, restaurateurs look for ways to welcome the coming cold months by incorporating the winter season into their business model. Perhaps they will begin to offer more seasonal items like hearty comfort food to take customer’s minds of the impending winterapocalypse.... October 23rd, 2014 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More
On Saturday, August 9, The Food Fort, in partnership with premiere Columbus classic rock radio station QFM 96, will hold its first ever Food Truck Festival.
The Food Fort, a cutting-edge, mobile food-based business incubator, is not your typical commissary. By providing their clients access to specialized... July 24th, 2014 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More
You are planning a party. The florist, the caterer, the decorator – everything must work in harmony. Often, as the host, you spend your time stressing over details rather than celebrating. Enter Bleu & Fig owners Regina Prange and Brooke Kinsey. Prange, with over 30 years experience in the... May 22nd, 2014 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More
At your typical mall in the Midwest, you expect to find your commonplace food offerings – an oversized pretzel diner, a fast-prepped, Asian inspired eatery, maybe even a sit-down restaurant where you can visit their dessert bar before you depart. Sure, they may curb your appetite while you’re... April 24th, 2014 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More
From zesty chipotle sliders to decadent blackberry sage donuts, The Food Fort’s first annual showcase attracted hundreds of hungry attendees eager for an introduction to the diversely talented “foodie-preneurs” that call The Food Fort Home.
“We spent months coordinating so many moving parts,”... March 27th, 2014 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More
When Florence Freeman moved to Columbus in 1996, she quickly realized there was an absence of ethnic food options in the state’s capital.
“My first thought was, ‘All you guys eat here are hamburgers?’” Freeman says. “Chinese restaurants were the only other ethnic foods here. I was stunned.... February 27th, 2014 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More
When Rhonda Fisher opened Girl & Guy Republic, a vibrant hair salon located in the heart of The Short North, she immediately felt at home. The downtown district has proven to accept any and all new brand of businesses whole-heartedly, and Girl & Guy Republic with its unique concept, fit right... January 23rd, 2014 | ECDI Spotlight | Read More
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