Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pesto Diva in Winter Park, Fla: Local Sourced

Recently I met the owner of Pesto Diva, Anne Marie Mele, at the Chateau Confections commissary kitchen in Winter Park, Florida. She makes pesto using Miami grown basil and distributes it fresh to all the Whole Foods stores in the state of Florida.

Anne Marie Mele, owner of Pesto Diva, Winter Park, Fla.

"You get to stand-up for your product and make sure it is OK," Mele said about her pesto. She has nine flavors now, all handmade, and preservative free. She goes through 150 pounds of basil a month.

This Staten Island born entrepreneur started her business over three-years ago. She got the attention of the Whole Foods markets by doing cooking demos in the stores.

Her future goals are to, "constantly to strive to meet the constant demands of healthful food and not compromise my product."

You can see her products online at and buy them at any Whole Foods Markets in the state of Florida.

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