Behind-the-scenes with Discovery Channel

The 4 min “How It’s Made” segment of Mom Made Cheese Pizza Munchie  took 16 hours to film. It was a long but very fun day.

The popular “How It’s Made” show has been airing for 15 years so successfully that their strategy is to keep using the same technology and style that they always have. This means rather than high-tech, light weight cameras, they still lug around the 250 lb lights and cameras for each clip. They were meticulous about the filming every part of our process . The segment came out beautifully.

Here are a few of our favorite photos from the shoot.

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Mom Made on Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made”

Woohooo, we’re so excited to share that Mom Made is featured on Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made” showing the making of our Mom Made Cheese Pizza Munchie.

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If you are craving a warm and delicious snack, lunchbox alternative or easy dinner with organic ingredients, then head to the freezer aisle at Stop & Shop, Giant or Safeway. To save a trip, you can also order Mom Made’s Cheese Pizza Munchie on Amazon and Peapod!

And for our special Mom Made fans, we are sharing some behind-the-scene pics here.

Enjoy!

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9 highlights since I launched Mom Made 9 years ago

9) Launch day at the Del Ray Farmer’s Market in Alexandria VA.   Farmer's Market                                I awoke at 5 am to make a trip to our commercial kitchen I was renting at the time to pull product out of the freezer and have the stand set up by 7 am. After seven months of full-time business planning, it was awesome to see everything come together that morning on that sunny day in late May 2006. My family and friends came to support me and even more fun was meeting our first customers. We still have our first dollar from that day framed on our wall. It’s a day that is crystal clear in my memory.

8) Having a sales background, the thought of getting my foot in the door of our first retailers was daunting but a very fun challenge for me. Whole Foods Mid-Atlantic’s buyer was my first buyer meeting. She said she’d like to put our foods into their 35+ stores in the region. I took a deep breath and said, “I don’t think we can do that right now because we’re making it all by hand. Lets start with the 8 stores in Virginia then grow together into the other stores.” The rest is history. Whole Foods Mid-Atlantic and Mom Made have now been working together for 8.5 years. We are forever grateful for their strong support of our brand.

7) Seeing our product in the freezer of a new retailer. It is a long, tenuous process to sell to a new retailer. Months, sometimes years. It’s so rewarding to see Mom Made in a new home, knowing that new consumers will discover our products.

6) Moving from our basement in our home to a REAL office. It became official the day mom made doorthe Mom Made logo went up on the front door of the office. Walking through the Mom Made door every morning, I pinch myself at how lucky I am to get to work with such an amazing team and towards a mission of making kids healthier with our organic foods.

5) Hiring new team members. It’s tough to find individuals who hold the experience you’re looking for but also the passion for the mission of what Mom Made stands for. I remember clearly the first day of each of my colleagues joined the Mom Made team. I am so fortunate to work with such a talented group of dedicated professionals.

4) Support from my family, my husband and brother especially. My brother is a chef and helped in the early days with getting my home made recipes ready for large portions. He and his wife (who’s also a chef) have been very helpful along the way. My husband is frequently asked whether he works for Mom Made. His reply is that he’s the Chief Morale Officer. It’s so true and has been a critical piece for me personally on this journey but also as a sounding board for Mom Made as we’ve grown.

3) Launching a new product. It takes months Cheesy Mac GF small(if not years in a few cases) to concept,test, design, produce and sell a new product to be ready for retail. Our most recent product launch was Gluten Free Cheesy Mac. Being onsite in our facility when the first products come off the line is very exciting.

2) Customer letters make our whole team happy. adlerOne day we received a letter from the Indiana mother of 5-year old, Adler, who  has brain cancer. Adler had no appetite but his favorite food was Mom Made’s Beef & Cheese Meatball Bites. We immediately stopped what we were doing and put an enormous case of meatballs in the mail with some fun goodies for Adler. We continue to keep Adler in our thoughts and prayers.

1) Mom Made is my third child. The team is part of my extended family. Every day, we laugh, goof around, support each other, challenge each other and work very hard together. There are no politics in our company and no one who doesn’t put in their very best effort. It’s so refreshing and fun to be a part of and lead this incredible team. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come together and I have no doubt that we will be a household name in no time.

Mom Made team at Expo

Happy 9th birthday, Mom Made!

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Mom Made on Cooking Channel’s “Unwrapped 2.0”

We are so excited to watch Mom Made production on the big screen tonight! If you love everything cheesy, set your DVR for Cooking Channel’s Unwrapped 2.0. Watch how we make the pasta fresh and the the secrets behind our 100% organic Mom Made Cheesy Mac that make it nutritious and delicious!

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If your mouth is watering after watching and you’re wondering where you can find this product, then it’s time to head to the freezer aisle at Harris Teeter, Kroger, Stop and Shop, Giant and Martin’s!  You can also order Mom Made’s Cheesy Mac on Amazon and Peapod! Click here to find a store near you.

Yummy!

Top 25 Women in Business in Washington DC

Good gracious…Look what arrived in the mail today! I am truly honored to be named one of the top 25 leading ladies in Washington DC by the Washington Business Journal.

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Sometimes I have to pinch myself because what started as a passion for making healthy foods for my kids and launched at the farmer’s market has turned into something so much bigger with all that we do at Mom Made Foods. I get to work with an amazing team of staff and partners every day. And, collectively we help make kids healthier and parents lives a little easier by not having to worry about one more healthy meal for their kids.

I’m looking forward to meeting the other honorees!

Leona  Agouridis, Golden Triangle Business Improvement District

Marla  Malcom Beck, Bluemercury Inc.

Jennifer Bognet, Bognet Construction

Sister Mary Bourdon, Washington School for Girls

Mary Brady, The Economic Club of Washington D.C.

Donna Cooper, Pepco

Tamara Copeland, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Tamara Darvish, Darcars Automotive Group

Anita Dunn, SKDKnickerbocker

Margaret Dunning, Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners Company

Celia Edwards Karam, Capital One Bank

Kathleen Flanagan, Abt Associates Inc.

Denise Hart, O2 Lab Inc.

Laurie Hill, MedImmune

Kathy Hollinger, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington

Nazzic Keene, SAIC

Meredith LaPier, CBRE Inc.

Suzanne Laporte, Compass

Susan Neely, American Beverage Association

Sarah Nutter, George Mason University, School of Business

Nicole Quiroga, Telemundo

Payal Tak, Telesis

Sally Wilson, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Pandit Wright, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington

BIG NEWS! Mom Made launching into Giant, Stop & Shop and Martin’s

We’re so excited to share some GIANT news with you! We have seven items going into Giant, Giant Supermarkets, Martins and Stop & Shop stores! In the freezer collageMMFaisle at these stores you will soon find, our brand new “Italian Style Beef Meatball Bites,” in addition to Turkey Meatball Bites, Chicken & Apple Meatball Bites, Cheesy Mac Meal, Spaghetti with Turkey Meatball Meal, Bean Burrito Munchie and Cheese Pizza Munchie.

This expansion is thanks to all of you, our fans! Thank you for your endless support of our mission to
make healthy foods for kids accessible nation-wide. Please tell your friends and let Mom Made do the cooking for you this summer.

To find a store near you, click here.