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.   


Cureate works with emerging food and beverage businesses on their growth and scaling strategies; in addition to working with big brands and institutions looking to connect with their target audiences through local food and drink.

One of Cureate's main missions is to spur citywide economic development by rethinking how to invest in and sustainably grow local food and beverage small business. Check out our growth stage model and blog posts outlining our services in operations, marketing, and business development:

Kim’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. 

Don't forget to check out Kim's debut as a #FoodPorn star here. Yes, you read that right.