Epicurean Group founder and CEO Mary Clark Bartlett kicked off the prestigious James Durbin Entrepreneurship Speaker Series at Holy Names University on September 20 with her talk “From the Ground Up: Pathways to Entrepreneurial Success.” Epicurean Group, which provides food and service to the HNU Public Market, is based in Northern California.
Bartlett, a recognized leader in sustainable food service management, said that having an entrepreneurial mindset is not a choice, but a necessity. “You need to stay hungry for success and never be afraid to experiment or innovate.”
When she started Epicurean Group in 2003, Bartlett said that her biggest challenge was that she was years ahead of prospective clients in her thinking. While she could see the financial and health benefits of serving sustainable local food, most clients assumed that it would be prohibitively expensive. “You need to identify your passion and then, create the demand for it.”
Upcoming speakers in this series include Paul Bertolli, founder and CEO of Fra’Mani Handcrafted Foods, and Cathy Corison, winemaker and proprietor of Corison Winery.