Portland entrepreneur Karen Page’s business idea “Chop!” Is a finalist in the Bon Appetit Magazine “Food Innovators” contest! Karen is representing PDX in this national contest & trying to win a $10,000 grant to help open her local store!
Portland friends know Karen as a musician, or as Talent Buyer/Booker at Backspace and the Someday Lounge, both downtown music venues. Boise friends know Karen was a chef in her past career, and that she personally created the recipes for Boise’s famous signature pizza (Flying Pie, not the same as the pdx one, is like the “Voodoo Donuts” of Boise). Karen got her start as a chef working for Entrepreneur & MARKETING GENIUS Howard Olivier, who encouraged her to study food science. “It totally changed my life”, says Karen, “not only the way I see food but the way I see the world”.
Howard Olivier’s restaurants continued to win award after award for Karen Page’s recipes, inspiring her to further pursue her career as a chef. Some of her more obscure pizza recipes have been featured on the Food Network. Since then, Karen has moved on into the Event Planning and Catering business after becoming involved in Portland’s Music scene. “I am working really hard to make this store happen so that I can have an opportunity to grow a business that my daughter can inherit”, explains Page, “a business that helps bring people together, that partners with Organic Farmers and other local businesses.”
This odd and exciting contest/opportunity came at a perfect time. Karen’s family needs this opportunity more than ever, and her team is ready to take it on! Page is dedicated to making this store a success, so daughter can grow up around the business.
How can you help?
“Chop!” is in SECOND PLACE and must raise the most money AND gain the most “individual contributors” (this means even a $1 donation is really important to them!!) before FEBRUARY 6! PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN!