I received the bittersweet news while sipping a foamy soy milk latte at Jack’s Stir Brew last Friday. Vanessa Phillips sat across from me as we updated each other on our latest adventures. Friedman’s was recently sold in order for her to move forward with Feel Good Foods fresh frozen Asian style dumplings. The demand for the dumplings has been tremendous and they are now in over 100 stores nationwide! Good news, indeed!
It is exciting to think about how far her business has evolved since we first met. Vanessa’s first gluten-free creation was the menu at Lilli & Loo. And remember Food Matters lasagna? Then she fell in love with chef Tryg Siverson and the two of them opened Friedman’s Lunch. In the beginning people were stoked about the gluten-free potato pancakes and gluten-free sandwiches. Eventually it became one of the best brunch places in NYC, complete with gluten-free chicken and waffles!
Now it’s time for them to focus on their latest creation without distraction. Vanessa said something that stuck with me, “…I’ll miss Friedman’s, but I feel like I can reach and serve more people with our products.” Words spoken by a true entrepreneur that is passionate about what she does.
I wish them the best of success! Did you ever think the day would come (and it will be soon!) that your grocery store would carry gluten-free dumplings?! Whoo! Hoo!
Just remember: Friedman’s is no longer affiliated with Feel Good Foods (aka Vanessa and Tryg) in any way. Friedman’s will still serve fresh and delicious food with a variety of gluten-free options. If you wish to contact Feel Good Foods you must do so directly through their website.