Now that our 2nd Beer Squad Mystery Boxes are rolling out across the province to ya, we wanted to take a second to highlight the amazing womxn makers that we partnered with this time around! Here are their (lovely!) faces and a bit about them. Connect with firstname.lastname@example.org if YOU’RE a womxn maker and have cool products you think we should include in future mystery boxes! And as we continue to create an organization that is equitable, diverse and inclusive, we’re always looking for makers who identify with the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities!
Chef, Author & Activist @joshnamaharaj
Joshna Maharaj is a chef, author & activist interested in helping everyone build a better relationship with food. Her first book Take Back the Tray is a story about rebuilding food systems in public institutions, with blueprints for a good food revolution.
Owner of Naturally Sassy
Relaxing is something we often neglect but isn’t something that needs to create waste. That’s why I created Naturally Sassy after not finding many options for zero waste. Naturally Sassy products have been designed to be no waste and reusable, while helping you unwind.
Freelance Chef and Food Stylist
Born and raised in Panama City, Panama, Rossy prides herself in infusing Latin American flavours into whatever she creates, making it her goal to merge some of her roots into Canadian food culture. With over 30 years under her belt, she’s currently working as a freelance chef, recipe developer, tester and food stylist in Toronto.
She’s had a hand in several CBC and Food Network TV and she has also worked as a high performance chef for The Toronto Blue Jays. She also has a line of hot sauces including the smoky “Diablo’s Fuego” hot sauce and the seasonal and sweeter “Diabla’s Kiss”.
Chef and Owner at Relish Bar & Grill
Hello Society of Beer Drinking Ladies! My name is Joanne Clayton, chef owner of Relish on the Danforth. We have been offering Toronto some of the best locally sourced craft beer, globally inspired chef created dishes and live music for 15 years. Supporting small businesses is the key to sustainability; we only succeed ourselves by lifting others. Hope you enjoy the ‘mystery item’ we added to this months box, please enjoy with pizza, pasta, quiche or your favourite dish. Cheers to festivals and social gathering together again very soon!
Owner of The Candid
Jen has been dabbling in soapmaking for a few years and just recently took the leap of creating a business around it. She focuses on using real ingredients, while still allowing for a little fun. If “All Natural” is important to you, check out her Spa Bar line of soaps that are coloured with clays and scented with essential oils!
Owner of Artisam Deisgn Shop
After graduating from University of Toronto with a masters degree she knew she wasn’t ready to walk into the corporate world just yet so she began this small business during the pandemic. From handmade Starbucks tumblers, personalized shadow boxes with hand rolled flowers to acrylic welcome signs for weddings and more. It’s a one stop shop for personalized handmade items! Delivery & pickup within GTA: orders can be placed through Instagram.
Head Chef & Co-owner at Eastbound Brewing
I’ve been part of the hospitality industry for 16 years and am currently co-owner and head chef at Eastbound Brewery! I’ve never felt more comfortable expressing myself through food and using beer in the dishes that I create. My job can be really fun (pandemic excluded!) And I love the idea of weaving beer and food together, especially with things like spent grain.