Kitchen 66 Celebrates Launch Program Graduation of Six New Food Businesses

KITCHEN 66 GRADUATE: Kitchen 66 Launch Program graduate Kalee Kallam and her company Mae’d focus on helping busy people on-the-go achieve healthy diets with their pre-portioned meals. With her is a friend who helped during the launch.

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Kitchen 66, a program of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, celebrated the graduation of the Fall 2018 Launch Program class Dec. 11 at the Mother Road Market. The class included six new Tulsa-based food businesses, featuring concepts ranging from a chocolatier to a healthy meal prep delivery service. The Launch Program combines a four-month comprehensive curriculum with practical experience and sales opportunities. The six groups of new food entrepreneurs also gained access to Kitchen 66’s community of mentors and fellow business owners in the Tulsa food industry.

The graduates are:
Alex Barclay and Tory Sumrall of District Chocolate, a chocolate company that believes chocolate should be pure, decadent and approachable. District Chocolate uses highly technical methods coupled with real ingredients to create intensely flavorful bars, educating customers in the process. 

Kathy Campbell, PharmD of Dr. Kathy Health, a business that assists individuals by providing convenient and delicious meals that support overall health.

Mark Gawey of Gawey Grocery, a grocery concept that embodies traditional Lebanese food items.

Judyth Gulden of Wilson & Gulden, a fine foods shop specializing in cheesecake and catering.

Kalee Kallam of Mae’d, a meal prep and delivery service that helps provide busy individuals with perfectly portioned, well-balanced healthy meals to support fitness and health.

Kimberly Long of Big House Dessert Company & Big House Chow Line, a company featuring sweet Southern desserts and dishes that also works as a second chance employer for women.

Applications for the Spring 2019 Launch Program are now available at The deadline to apply is Jan. 28. 

About Kitchen 66
Kitchen 66 is a program of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation. It is Tulsa’s kickstart kitchen, decreasing barriers for food entrepreneurs in Tulsa by offering access to affordable commercial kitchen space, business training programs like the Launch Program, and sales and distribution opportunities through platforms like the Kitchen 66 Takeover Cafe and Kitchen 66 General Store at Mother Road Market. Since 2016, Kitchen 66 has served over 125 food entrepreneurs, including immigrants from over 10 different countries and over 50 percent women-owned businesses. To learn more about Kitchen 66, visit

Updated 12-18-2018

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