Kim's food and beverage background ranges from government, to Fortune 500 retail management, to start-up — which is also the breadth of clientele we work with at Cureate.
Kim Bryden is the CEO & Founder of Cureate. She has worked in the food and beverage industry from government to Fortune 500 retail management, to food-tech startup. Cureate empowers emerging food and beverage business owners through educational curriculum development and 1:1 consulting services. With an ever-present mission to create more interconnected, economically vibrant communities, the team built Cureate Connect; one-stop local procurement platform where big business and institutional buyers can seamlessly find, vet and price compare product offerings from a variety of local and regional food and beverage business owners. Follow Cureate @cureateco on Facebook and Instagram.
Kim Bryden’s food & beverage (F&B) career began at the DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), meeting with neighborhood revitalization change agents (bar & restaurant owners) and issuing liquor licenses. With a passion for F&B small business and learning the ins-and-outs of food business operations, Kim then worked for Whole Foods Market leading two different Marketing & Community Relations teams at Whole Foods Market Alexandria and Whole Foods Market Foggy Bottom. Kim was chosen from the Regional VP team to spearhead the launch of Whole Foods Market Foggy Bottom. She was put through Whole Foods Market internal “MBA” program EMERGE (financial modeling and managerial coaching) and scored in top 15% of her class. Transitioning from Fortune 500 food retail management to food+tech start-up, Kim spearheaded national partnerships and events at Brooklyn-based startup Kitchensurfing, an online marketplace to hire local chefs to cook in your home. At Kitchensurfing, she worked directly on customer acquisition and growth for the New York City, Chicago, Austin, and Seattle markets.
As mentioned, Kim's background ranges in experience from government, to Fortune 500 retail management, to start-up — which is also the breadth of clientele we work with at Cureate. We’ve worked with emerging retail outlets like Glen's Garden Market; to nationally acclaimed food start-ups such as Beefsteak, a José Andrés concept; to city governments like Baltimore on infusing local food and beverage into their economic growth plans.
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In addition to these pursuits, Kim is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers, Sandbox Network, Camp Campbell for Female Founders, and Future Leaders.
Kim also frequently speaks at entrepreneurship, small business, food and beverage events and conferences. If you have an interest in having her speak at your event, say hello. Don't forget to check out Kim's debut as a food film actress here. Yes, you read that right.
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In partnership with Full Service Radio at The Line Hotel DC, Cureate launched The Tidbit podcast. For all the latest news on starting a small business with a food and beverage lens, follow along and stay tuned for updates!