Today, we’d like to introduce you to Malina Farias. Malina was introduced to us by the brilliant and talented Stephanie Baudhuin.
Malina, thank you so much for joining us today. We’d love for you to bring our readers up to speed – can you introduce yourself and share your story?
My job was ending and I wanted to do something that had meaning and a positive impact on the community. I had been playing around with vegan cheese and realized that we had no vegan cheesemakers in Colorado. I educated myself about the processes involved in various varieties, then began formulating recipes. After about a year of testing, I launched Peaceful Rebel (which was one of the Buddha’s nicknames!)
Please tell us more about your brand, Peaceful Rebel Vegan Cheese
I specialize in bold-flavored vegan cheese. The product is tofu-based, because I felt there was already a huge number of nut-based cheese out there. The texture and flavor of our cheese is unique and outstanding! And bold! I wanted a product that would appeal to vegans and non-vegans alike. I am proud of the flavor and quality: we don’t use and artificial colors or flavors. All our flavor comes from mother nature!
As you know, we’re big fans of Stephanie Baudhuin and Crummies we know you’ve worked with them quite a bit as well. We’d love to hear about your experience working with Stephanie Baudhuin.
Stephanie and I met through a vegan networking community. I didn’t know much about her company except that it was a meat alternative. One day, she contacted me about a sample of my mozzarella for her tamales and she reciprocated with a sample of Crummies Crumbles. When I cooked them up and tasted it, I was blown away! Not only were they delicious, but mushroom(!) -based, with no grain at all!
I’ve watched this amazing woman navigate and grow throughout a difficult year, while many small companies have folded. She has the stick-with-it-ness it takes for a successful start-up business, and all with such a positive attitude! I’m so happy to know Stephanie and be able to enjoy Crummies!