Andrew Chmielewski, 27Entrepreneur/Artisan Food Mitten Crate/Dave's Sweet Tooth
Andrew is a booster of all things Michigan, not the university, but specialty food products made in the state. Mitten Crate, a company he and a friend began, delivers an ever changing selection of Michigan-made foods to your doorstep each month, giving customers a sample of the increasingly diverse array of edible products. More than 70 Michigan-made food companies have benefited from their exposure through Mitten Crate. The company is poised to bring in $250,000 in revenue in its first 18 months.
"We were able to help create jobs and gain national exposure for small food producers in Oakland County and throughout Michigan," Chmielewski said. "Through the Mitten Crate give back initiative, we have been able to donate 60,000 meals to Gleaners Food Bank in our first year of business. We are aiming to donate 100,000 meals in the upcoming year."
Mitten Crate received national exposure on The Today Show and has been featured in Hour Detroit magazine.
Andrew and his father also created Dave's Sweet Tooth, which has become the largest manufacturer of specialty toffee products in Michigan. The toffee is made in Oakland County and available in more than 250 retail stores in the state. As one might imagine, the toffee occasionally winds up in a Mitten Crate package.The information presented here was accurate as of January 1, 2015.