Aspiring Actress and Food Entrepreneur
I am introducing a new blog series to share stories of Good Food Heroes, people that I admire for their extraordinary work in bringing good food to Torontonians and Canadians. Each one of these Good Food Heroes has an amazing story that inspires me to realize my mission of making good food accessible to everyone, including those who cannot afford it. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by such determined entrepreneurs who are giving their all to bring clean and healthy food to our dinner tables. By seeking and supporting the foods of these entrepreneurs, we can overcome the (industrial) food system that has created so many health issues for mankind. Hope you enjoy learning about these Heroes and support them the next time you are shopping for good food.
Good Food Hero – Kailey Gilchrist, Founder Nona Vegan!
I recently approached Kailey Gilchrist with a request to share her story with me and was delighted when she accepted. Our short meeting over coffee extended to over two hours. It is funny how sometimes you plan and structure a discussion but the conversation takes a seemingly random path and in the end you realize your discussion was richer and fuller than your original plan. Kailey came across as a bright young woman with a strong determination to make a difference in the world of food. She is an aspiring actress and a new food entrepreneur and I am confident she will be successful in both her pursuits. I am looking forward to seeing all her innovations in the stores and on my dinner table.
Nona is a line of vegan cashew based sauces that are handmade in Toronto. They are all dairy, gluten, soy and corn free with absolutely no preservatives. They are great alternative to traditional Alfredo sauce when you are in a rush and can’t make it from scratch! The sauces are super versatile and go great on pasta or steamed vegetables and can also be used as a dip or salad dressing. I loved it over broccoli and macaroni.
Kailey and her mom developed the recipe for vegan Alfredo sauce when she was growing up and it has been a family favourite ever since. After Kailey’s mom passed away a few years ago she wanted to do something to preserve her mom’s memories through her food. One thing led to another and after doing her research Kailey launched Nona in June 2013. This is Kailey’s way of making a difference one jar at a time. It’s her way of sharing her healthy family recipes with the world.
Here is Kailey’s story on “why Nona” in her own words:
“I’m doing this for my mother. I’m doing this because she loved to nurture people with food, and so do I. I’m doing this for animals, because I am a vegan and I believe that no animal should be used by a human for any purpose if said human can live perfectly well without doing so. I’m doing this to provide options for other food lovers – so that the vegan or vegetarian lifestyle doesn’t seem so impossible. I’m doing this because my mama always believed in me and encouraged me to make a difference in the world – and I believe that this might make a small difference. I’m doing this because some day, I may have enough money to give back to communities and efforts that I believe in. I’m doing this because I love food. I love life. I love animals. I love people. I love cooking. I love feeding people. I love my mother, and I love our vegan Alfredo sauce!”
Kailey currently sells her amazing sauces through a few retailers in Toronto and is hoping to distribute nationally and across the border so she can make a difference in more meals. She would eventually like the product to be organic but for now she is content with making something with real food. She has big plans for all the line extensions she will be developing in years to come. I will be eagerly waiting for some more amazing sauces from her. Kailey really wants to spread the awareness about food. She envisions our stores to have more fresh but convenient options made with real food as people become more aware of what they are eating.
Please visit www.nonavegan.com to know more about Kailey and where to find her delicious sauces.