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Welcoming our SPICE Winter 2024 Cohort!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the participants in our current session of our SPICE (Specialized Program in Cooking Entrepreneurship) program. Our winter cohort includes eight women entrepreneurs with a passion for cooking! 

Be sure to check out this incredible group below: 

Roberta Mesquita, originally from Brazil, is the owner of Paolucci Pasta. All about bringing authentic Italian goodness with a fun twist to Halifax!

You can find Roberta selling her delicious pasta dishes at the Halifax Brewery Market!

Paolucci Pasta’s Instagram page

Tanya Suenfa, originally from the Mauritius Islands, is the owner of MO GÂTO Mauritian Baked Goods Bakery. Through her food, you will explore Mauritius Island in every bite!

You can find Tanya selling her goods at local farmers’ markets and events.

MO GÂTO Mauritian Baked Goods Instagram page

MO GÂTO Mauritian Baked Goods Facebook page

Gineen Thomas is the owner of Neen’s Cuisine. Vegetarian/Vegan international soul food, it’s a party for your mouth!

As well as doing custom catering, Gineen also caters for events large and small, including celebrations, markets, meetings, luncheons, and anything that requires food.

Neen’s Cuisine Instagram page

Hina Shehzadi, originally from Pakistan is the owner of, Liyari Waley – Healthy Vegan and Vegetarian Food from Pakistan.  

Every Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Hina will be selling her food at the Tatamagouche farmer’s market. Her vegan and vegetarian curries are all served with Basmati rice and garlic naan!

Liyari Waley’s Facebook page

Oluwatoyin Adegbenro has recently started her business journey with the dream of cooking different varieties of Nigerian delicacies! 

Vanessa Linares, originally from Cuba, is the owner of La Casita Kitchen. Bringing a combination of flavours and cuisines to the market, catering, and, of course, bringing the flavour home.

You can find Vaness’s at various farmers markets during the weekends, including the Halifax Forum Farmers Market, Alderney Landing Farmers Market, and the Seaport Farmers Market.

La Casita Kitchen is selling in Frabjous, a local store in Halifax, and they also sell frozen products online.

La Casita Kitchen’s Instagram page

Sharifa Nansukusa, originally from Uganda, is the owner of SM Mocktails.

SM Mocktails is a non-alcoholic beverage business aimed at providing refreshing and delicious mocktails to individuals of all ages. Their goal is to cater to the growing demand for non-alcoholic alternatives at social gatherings, parties, and events. With a focus on high-quality ingredients, unique flavor combinations, and exceptional customer service, SM Mocktails aims to become the go-to brand for mocktail enthusiasts!

SM Mocktails Instagram page

Olufunmilola Ogunro, originally from Nigeria, is the owner of Kaylol56Kitchen. Her business provides Nigerian foods, spices, and finger foods, specializing in jollof rice and pepper chicken!

Interested in learning more? Check out our SPICE program page here!