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Food for the Soul

A tasty opportunity has entrepreneurs asking, "Dinner, anyone?"

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This story appears in the May 2007 issue of Start Up.

It's a familiar question to almost everyone: If you could do absolutely anything for a living, what would you do? For Mary Kathryn Dappen, the answer had always been catering. But "it was just a dream," she says. "I really had no intention of ever starting a catering business." And she never did. But she found a different way to combine her love of cooking with her love of entertaining--by becoming a consultant for Two Sisters Gourmet.

Dappen, 39, was attracted to Two Sisters Gourmet in particular because of the unique way the business is run. At her in-home parties, instead of simply talking about the company's gourmet food products and passing around samples, she holds interactive cooking classes in which guests prepare various dishes using Two Sisters Gourmet ingredients. "People go to home parties so they can socialize," she points out, and getting together in the kitchen allows for just that. Home parties have the added benefit of showing the guests exactly how the Two Sisters Gourmet products can be used--and that anyone is capable of using them.

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