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Meet the Winners of the Second Annual
My Story. My Ad. Contest.

Winner of the National Ad Campaign

Vanda Asapahu, Ayara Thai Sauces.

Winner receives:

  • Professional photo & video
  • National advertising & marketing campaigns
  • Widespread exposure at Fancy Food Shows & on
  • Extensive press coverage

Vanda's story:
One of my life’s greatest joys is bringing people together through food. I grew up in a family where cooking is a craft of love and food is always celebrated. At home, cooking was (and still is) a family activity, and everyone contributes. We would spend tireless hours preparing feasts that I considered labors of love, and a special quality time that could never be replaced. It was with this love and passion for food that we opened our family restaurant, Ayara Thai Cuisine, in August 2004. As our restaurant grew, visitors came to love not only the food we prepared, but also the sauces served with them, whether they were used as dressings, dips or marinades. Loyal customers purchased to-go containers of our sauces for their get-togethers. They always returned with amazing stories of how they creatively used our sauces to impress their friends and share in the joy of cooking. These heartfelt and humbling experiences compelled me to bottle our sauces for everyone who share in my family’s passion for food and bringing people together.


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People’s Choice Winner

Tanecia Willis, Lakesha Brown-Renfro and Nzinga Teule-Hekima, Simply Panache Products LLC.

Lakesha's story:
What happens when you take 3 women: a military spouse, a nurse, and a physician who love entertaining? Simply Panache, an event/party planning company. We created many recipes but one stood out. This is when the magic happened! CRAFT, CARE and JOY all came together to create this standout product, aptly named ‘Mango Mango’. We call them a PARTY in a jar because they can be used over 100 ways. We noticed that whenever we used the preserves in the PARTY recipes for our clients, they could not get enough! Since our clients loved the preserves so much, we commercially manufacture them and JOY was created. 'Mango Mango' Mango Preserves tagline is 'Spread it! Mix it! Shake it! Stir it! because you Spread it on toast, bagels or croissants, Mix it with cream cheese for a delicious fruit dip, Shake it with red wine vinegar and olive oil for a mangolicious vinaigrette, and Stir it with our ginger spice blend to make Mango Ginger Shrimp. This season we appeared on ABC's Shark Tank and welcomed all the Sharks to the 'Mango Mango' PARTY, as they loved the preserves too. Spread it! Mix it! Shake it! Stir it! Mangolicious!

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