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Artisan Spotlight: Trish from New Beat Foods

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Artisan Profile: Trish of New Beat Foods

Discover Trish Kurnik, the Mastermind behind New Beat Foods

Trish Kurnik, the founder and CEO of New Beat Foods, has revolutionized the gluten-free snack game with her mouthwatering line of quinoa crackers. Even as a gluten enthusiast myself, I can’t help but fall in love with these hearty and flavorful flatbread-like treats. In fact, they’ve become a staple snack during our warehouse packing days. Trish, based in old town Longmont just like us, invites us to take a sneak peek behind the scenes of her incredible creations.

Trish of New Beat Foods

How did your journey begin, and how has it evolved?

Trish’s journey started in 2001 when she was involved in a life-altering bicycle accident in Boulder, CO. Overcoming this traumatic event was just the beginning. A few years later, Trish received an additional blow when she was diagnosed with Celiac disease, which is known to be triggered by physical and emotional trauma. As a lover of natural, local, and organic whole foods, this news was devastating. Trish’s favorite snack, crackers, fell short of her expectations. Most gluten-free alternatives on the market were processed and lacked both taste and nutritional value. Determined to find the perfect cracker, Trish, a lifelong baker, decided to take matters into her own hands. With unwavering resolve and a fully equipped kitchen, New Beat Foods was born!

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The giant oven and giant stand mixer at New Beat Foods.

Unveiling the Magic Behind New Beat Foods

Until 2017, Trish shared a commercial kitchen space with 25 other food entrepreneurs. While it was an excellent starting point, the limited time and access hindered her business’s growth. In October 2016, Trish and her husband took a leap of faith and built their own commercial kitchen and manufacturing facility in Longmont, CO. With over 2,000 square feet of manufacturing space, an office, a conference room, and a shipping/receiving area, Trish finally had a place she could call her own.

A big bin of Trio Quinoa Crackers.

Raving Reviews for New Beat Foods

Trish’s crackers have garnered countless glowing reviews from loyal fans who can’t get enough of her delectable creations. Some of the most memorable quotes include “Your crackers are like quinoa bacon,” “New Beat Foods crackers are the only reason we come to the Boulder County Farmers’ Market,” and “Positively craveable.” Trish is thrilled to hear that her gluten-free crackers are often hailed as the only ones people can truly enjoy. Her passion lies in crafting nutritious and delicious gluten-free foods that elevate snacking to a whole new level.

The nuts and bolts behind everyday operations - big trays and big mixing bowls.

Artisan Inspiration: The Love for Chocolate

While Trish’s heart lies in her cracker creations, she also holds a deep appreciation for chocolate. She recently stumbled upon Mexican drinking chocolate by Cultura, and needless to say, it quickly became one of her guilty pleasures!

What’s on Trish’s Breakfast Menu?

Trish practices what she preaches and starts her day with a healthy, organic smoothie. Packed with spinach, kale, kefir, frozen blueberries, cinnamon, raw walnuts, a sprinkle of gluten-free granola, water, and a dash of pea protein powder, this refreshing concoction keeps her going until lunch.

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Organic Quinoa and a hanging outlet over the main work station, ready for action.

Savoring the Beauty of Longmont

Living and working in Longmont, Trish cherishes the scenic beauty surrounding her. As an avid biker, she finds solace in taking bike rides—preferably on her mountain bike, away from bustling cars. Additionally, she finds peace through outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, backpacking, and gardening. Interestingly, Trish was a landscape architect before venturing into the world of food, so spending time outdoors is an essential part of her life.

Hiking at Maroon Bells.

Trish’s Favorite Local Eateries

With celiac disease, Trish faces challenges when dining out due to the risks of cross-contamination. Consequently, she and her husband have developed a love for cooking at home, where they can ensure the safety of their meals. However, Trish does have a soft spot for sushi and enjoys the delicious offerings at Sushi Hana in Longmont. She also recommends trying the veggie breakfast bowl with green chili at Sun Rose Cafe for a delightful morning treat. And if she’s looking to indulge, Trish can’t resist the tater tots at The Roost, which boasts a separate gluten-free fryer.

Trish's beautiful home. Check out the amazing gardens...she was formerly a landscape architect, after all!

Shop New Beat Crackers at Ratingperson

If Trish’s story and extraordinary crackers have piqued your interest, don’t hesitate to explore their incredible selection in our shop. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to elevate your snacking experience!

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