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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 23, 2014

Awards presented at entrepreneurs’ banquet

By DIANE VANCE, Ledger staff writer | Nov 19, 2012

Fairfield Entrepreneurs Association has been around for 23 years and Fairfield has justly earned its reputation as an entrepreneurial center, said Ken Ross Thursday as master of ceremonies for the 10th annual awards banquet.

Burt Chojnowski said people all over the world, “love to hear the Fairfield story.”

“We had a business plan competition in food this year,” he said. “Fairfield has a growing natural foods cluster.

“I attended the recent Expo East natural foods show in Baltimore and Fairfield had the highest representation per capita of any city in the country there, with six Fairfield companies represented,” said Chojnowski.

“Tonight’s award winner for a business plan from food entrepreneurs has a unique product. It represents a new generation of super foods. It tastes great while revitalizing brain chemistry and function.”

The 2012 Business Plan competition winner is Alarik Arenander, creator, producer and distributor of “Betty’s BrainGain Miracle Spice,” which he had shared a jar of the spice at each table prior to the banquet beginning.

It is made with natural spices and roots and a proprietary blend, all certified organic and non-GMO.

Cynthia Arenander said they created the product for her mother, who in her 80s was in good health and even earned a college degree at 88 years old.

“She said she was tired of taking all of her vitamins and supplements each day, and couldn’t she just have something that tastes good,” she said.

“Our trade secret of proprietary nutrients allows for the beneficial effects to cross the brain/blood barrier,” she said. “It tastes good and can be sprinkled on any food. It makes pop corn eating purposeful.”

Her husband said the award was a great win for “our mom, our company, our customers and for Fairfield.”

With a high enough demand, Arenander would like to open a business to mix the ingredients, fill the bottles and ship and sell the product, creating local jobs. Currently, it’s made in their home.

The awards banquet included pre-dinner music played by Werner Elmker on a Steinway grand piano set in the midst of tables.

Later in the program, Elmker was announced as Entertainer of the Year.

“He’s a great artist, photographer and entertainer,” said Bob Ferguson, introducing Elmker. “His art can change the way we look at the world.

“Werner is a treasured import from Denmark. His photos capture the soul of Fairfield,” said Ferguson. “I truly enjoyed hearing him play this evening. At almost all activities around town, you can spot Werner with his camera.”

Accepting the award, Elmker said he wasn’t comfortable speaking languages, he would prefer communicating in the universal language of music. He played on the Steinway for an interlude.

Jerry Fischer, owner of Top of The Rock Grille was totally surprised at the announcement he and his restaurant received the 2012 Fairfield First! Award.

“He’s been in business seven or eight years,” said fellow eatery owner, Mario Van Dijk, proprietor of Fairfield’s Chocolate Cafe.

“He’s setting high standards in championing local foods. He’s made good use of social media, his bar staff is creative and all the staff are very friendly,” said Van Dijk.

Fischer, present at the banquet because Top of The Rock catered the dinner, said he was totally caught off guard winning an award.

“Fairfield . . . the only place with a good Mexican restaurant inside a gas station and another restaurant with a 180-degree staircase,” Fischer quipped.

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