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Nina Reed, Sarcastic Sweets, Providence, RI

Nina Reed accepting her awardOwner and chef, Nina Reed is a native of Anchorage, Alaska, a Johnson & Wales University graduate, and she was a Guest Star on Season 3 of the Food Network Show, "Sweet Genius." The experience on the Food Network gave her the ambition to turn her passion into a career.

Nina is a graduate of the CWE Community Classrooms 10-week Business Planning Program and launched Sarcastic Sweets shortly after completing the program. Her goal is to bring a different spark to the Rhode Island foodie scene and she describes herself as “far-out and different.”

The signature products of Sarcastic Sweets are cocktail, beer and wine-infused cupcakes and cakes. They are great for bachelorette and bachelor parties, graduations, and weddings. She has a complete line of non-alcoholic cupcakes and cakes, too, and loves to make them for children’s parties, or any kind of event her customers want.

In addition to participating in the Community Classrooms program, Nina is one of the first CWE clients to receive a Microloan. She has purchased a truck and soon she will be a fixture in the downtown Providence food truck scene – with the Sarcastic Sweets Pastry Truck. Nina plans to make appearances at Food Truck festivals throughout the New England area this summer.