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Community Highlights: Meet Tina Vourtis Smith of On the Run: Baked Goods

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tina Vourtis Smith. 

Hi Tina, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hi there, I’m Tina and baking is my passion. I started my kitchen career in my dad’s diner. My parents had a spot for me set up while they worked when I was too little to learn much other than by watching them. But my dad was truly the one who nurtured my interest in cooking very early on. From there, I just worked all over my hometown in Jersey. I wanted to know all aspects of restaurant life. I moved to Denver in 2010 and lived in a hotel on Peoria for a while before I found a spot to call home, and my experiences just soared here. I was working full time and also making baked goods for friends and family as a side gig. Just for fun really. 

When I got pregnant with my daughter in 2018, our doctor wanted us out of the kitchen. And that’s when my husband suggested I take my home baking to a new level. Parts of Colorado passed the Cottage Kitchen Act, which enabled me to sell some of my baked goods straight from home. It’s definitely been a journey! 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Oh, no. It hasn’t been a smooth road. There’s a lot of restriction on what can be sold in a home kitchen. The menu I want for the bakery when we open a storefront is not the same as the one I am permitted to have as a home baker. And then of course the Pandemic has put a damper on business. People can be skeptical about purchasing food from someone’s home! And understandably so, with the world going on. 

We’ve been impressed with On the Run: Baked Goods, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I make easy-to-eat handheld meals and pastries. All of our menu items are available on our website or through Facebook and Instagram currently. I offer pick-up and delivery. We’re working on getting into a physical location! 

On the Run’s hope is to provide the community with wholesome meals that they may not have the means to have otherwise. Whether it be that you don’t have time for a well-rounded meal, or that you don’t have the ability to pay, I want to be there. I’ve had a rough go of life; I’d love to be able to help others who might be in boats that I’ve been in. The end goal with On the Run is to branch our company to a 501c3 – in the form of a food truck and bring clean handwashing stations and fresh meals to people experiencing homelessness. 

Another thing that I would say is of note is our Diabetic-Friendly baked goods menu. I think that really sets us apart from others. We’re currently working with the American Diabetic Association to be able to brandish their seal once we open in a storefront location. The seal from the ADA lets consumers know that this product is indeed what it claims to be. We want our customers to trust in our product. 

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
The best way to support us right now would be to go to the website and order our food. And then of course, if you really love it (Or hate it please!), give us a review on one of the various platforms we’re on. 

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Image Credits
Michael Smith
Golden Boy Racing L.L.C
Toni Jarrell

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