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Spice Kitchen at your local (farmers) market

Chana masala prepared by Cafe India, a Spice Kitchen Incubator entrepreneur

Chana masala is one of many packaged meals Chef Vini of Cafe India prepares.

Photo: Courtesy of Cafe India

Chef Vini’s vegetarian curry in high demand

With persistence and a go-getter attitude—and a little help from Spice Kitchen Incubator, a program of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City—Chef Vini of Cafe India is now selling her vegetarian curries in a number of local markets.

After a successful day at the Downtown SLC Farmers Market where Chef Vini sold out of her product, she realized her products were unique and in high demand. In consultation with program coordinators at Spice Kitchen Incubator, Chef Vini visited local grocery stores and markets, offering samples to managers and buyers; a move that proved fruitful.

You can now find Café India’s vegetarian curries, stewed with care by Chef Vini, at both Jade Market locations in Central Ninth and Downtown as well as Namaste Nanglo Grocery Store. She is also selling her curries at the Liberty Park Farmers Market on Friday evenings.

Packaged Goods at the Downtown Farmer's Market

You wake up on Saturday morning and realize you have yet another chance to visit the Downtown SLC Farmers Market! Spice Kitchen Incubator entrepreneurs are just as excited to share their packaged foods with you at the Market. In previous years, Spice Kitchen entrepreneurs prepared a variety of foods from curry chicken and chapati wraps and Japanese bento boxes to arepas and lumpia, to name a few. This summer, the refugee and New American entrepreneurs are offering something a little different.

If you come across the Spice Kitchen Incubator booth located on the east side of Pioneer Park, you'll find packaged foods perfect for this week's meal prep. Ready-to-cook, packaged meals paired with one-of-a-kind sweets and pastries allow you to balance both savory and sweet. Though, we can’t promise you’ll make it out of the park without the sweet treat “mysteriously” disappearing.

The coming weeks will feature Kafe Mamai's passion fruit habanero gazpacho and Alshaba Sweets’ Syrian baklava and kunafeh cupcakes.

Learn more about Spice Kitchen Incubator and the refugee and New American entrepreneurs participating in the program by visiting SpiceKitchenIncubator.org.