Led by Esther Luongo Psarakis, a subject matter expert in the field to provide you with a comprehensive educational “Foodpreneurial” experience.
Esther Luongo Psarakis- Managing Partner- Foodpreneur®
Esther Luongo Psarakis brings business experience of over 30 years. Creator of Foodpreneur®, a strategic sales/marketing and educational consultancy, she saw a need to better address the educational needs of entrepreneurial food companies, creating a comprehensive curriculum for launching a specialty foods company. She also works with established international companies seeking to launch products in the US.
As an advisor with the NJ Small Business Development Centers and with the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, and as a Business Coach with Rising Tide Capital, she primarily focuses on food and beverage-centric companies. Her strong skill set on mentoring, concept development, business plan and sales strategies has been applied to a wide range of companies. Examples include; extra virgin olive oil, olive products, bakery products, healthy frozen meals, baby food, ethnic foods, healthy beverages, popcorn, jams, dips, and vegan foods. One of her business plans was selected for publication in the latest edition of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Business Plans”.
With international companies, ranging from Tunisia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Brazil, Canada, Greece and other countries, she has crafted effective sales and marketing strategies for US launch. This has included trade show management, sourcing and on-boarding of personnel and resources, developing branding and sales distribution for entry into the US ethnic, specialty and food service channels.
As an entrepreneur, Esther launched Taste of Crete, a gourmet food company which imported a variety of artisan Greek food products and created a line of Greek cookies and fresh prepared meals which sold at King’s, Whole Foods, and Shoprite. Its products had been featured in The New York Times, New Jersey Monthly, Star Ledger, Food & Wine, Saveur, Better Homes & Gardens, USA Today, Huffington Report, and Philadelphia Inquirer.
Esther has been a speaker and educator for a variety of organizations, including the Specialty Food Association, Raritan Valley Community College, Bergen Community College, Fairleigh Dickenson University, St. Joseph’s University, Rutgers University Food Innovation Center and Jalima & Associates. She has been featured in The New York Times, New Jersey Monthly, USA Today and Huffington Report, appeared on FOX News, ABC, Channel 12, Ebru TV, WSOU 89.5 and Martha Stewart Radio. Some awards include, NJSBDC Success Award, Somerset County Business Partnership Small Business Economic Vitality Award, BPeace VERA Award, and Sam’s Club Emerging Women Entrepreneur.
Courtney serves as the Marketing and Operations Manager for Foodpreneur®. She leads the team in marketing strategy as well as business development. She also coordinates the monthly Foodpreneur® Meetups.
She has over 10 years experience in executive administrative operations. She graduated Cum Laude with a BA in History from Rutgers University. She has since gone on to pursue her MBA in Marketing and Business Strategy. Over the years she has worked in the legal, technological, and higher education fields which have given her a well-rounded and well-balanced approach to team leadership and executive operations.
Linda serves as the Event Coordinator for Foodpreneur®.
She is a graduate of Rutgers University. In her time at Rutgers, she gained experience and knowledge in group leadership development. She helps with the daily logistics and support for food and trade shows. Her duties involve research and support for the projects and clients of Foodpreneur®.