Local business owners explain roots of their success
Bantam Bread owner Niles Golovin talks about his business during a program sponsored by the Women's Forum of Litchfield on Thursday. BZ photos
The Women’s Forum of Litchfield on Thursday hosted four local business owners who produce artisanal specialties for a discussion on how and why their businesses have flourished.
The gathering was held at the Litchfield Community Center and was moderated by writer Joseph Montebello of Litchfield.
Participating were Niles Golovin of the Bantam Bread Co., Joanie Guglielmino and Mark Palladino of Wild Carrot Farm in Litchfeld, Andre Kreft of Savor Fine Foods in Thomaston, and Litchfield County chocolatier Pamela Dorgan of Plum Brook Chocolate.
Golovin began hs career in the food business as a teenager, when he had the opportunity to work in the dining rooms of the "Borscht Belt" hotels. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, he moved to New York City and spent 15 years working in restaurants that specialized in New American Cuisine. When the bread revolution evolved, Golovin turned to baking and worked at the Berkshire Mountain Bakery in Great Barrington, Mass. He later opened Bantam Bread, which has become one of the most successful food businesses in Litchfield County.
Mark Palladino has an accounting and finance background and a degree in elementary education degree, but he has found his niche as the owner of Wild Carrot Farm on Old Mount Tom Road. His life took a turn when he became a certified organic farm apprentice in 2000 at Riverbank Farm in Roxbury and worked part-time with Pratt Nature Center as an educational instructor. Wild Carrot Farm opened in 2003, was certified organic after three years and grew to 10 acres of vegetables, flowers, fruits and herbs. The farm was one of the first vendors at the farmers markets in Litchfield and Collinsville and employs mostly local teenagers.
Joanie Guglielmino, a former restaurant owner, was a gardener who purchased most of her produce from Wild Carrot Farm. She started working at the farm in 2008 when Mark Palladino started a CSA program. She came on full-time in 2009 to help Palladino manage the farm and has been there ever since.
Joanie Guglielmino and Mark Palladino, below, talk about their Wild Carrot Farm during the program.