Hello and welcome back to Business Briefcase! To kick off the month of March, we are highlighting two small businesses owned and operated by West Valley residents. Additionally, we’ll take a look at the new CEO and chairman at Duncan Family Farms in Goodyear. As always, be sure to check out and continue to support our local businesses.
Zydeco’s Louisiana Kitchen
Owner and head chef: Lynn Thomas
This food truck and catering business came to life when Lynn Thomas and Aimee Thomas-Parker moved to Arizona and quickly realized the lack of authentic Creole and Cajun staples in food. Zydeco’s Louisiana Kitchen focuses on dishes that come from the Creole and Cajun culture, including gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish and po boy sandwiches. The food truck is constantly on the move, typically making its way out to the West Valley four times a week. One of the spots it frequents is off Waddell Road in Goodyear. Thomas-Parker, the company’s chief marketing officer, said since coming from Louisiana and spending most of her life there, the business is big on educating customers about the culture beyond the food. “I want people to understand and be able to identify ‘this’ is a Cajun dish and ‘this’ is a Creole dish. Two very different cultures, but they do have similarities in they’re both born out of Louisiana. We just want people to be able to identify the differences through our food,” she said. To check out the menu, follow its Facebook account at @zydecoslakitchen.
Antojitos By Bri
Owned and operated by Briana Chavez
Looking to satisfy that sweet tooth? Look no further than Antojitos By Bri, a small business based in Goodyear. Briana Chavez started her candy shop in June 2020 with the goal of “not building a business, but building people that will build the business.” Chavez sells candy, but with a twist. A customizable order can include Gushers, Starbursts, Skittles and more, all covered with chili powder and chamoy. Chavez said she’s excited to see her business grow as she continues to take more orders. “When people support an independent business, you’re supporting a true reflection and dream of the person behind it. Supporting Antojitos By Bri not only helps me but makes a huge difference in my family’s life. Your purchase makes me the happiest person, and knowing I get to do something I love as well as achieving your smile is what makes my day a success,” she said. To view the menu or to place an order, visit her Instagram page @antojitosbybri.
Executive changes at Duncan Family Farms
Duncan Family Farms announced the family-owned business has made executive changes, effective immediately. Will Feliz has been appointed CEO and co-founder Arnott Duncan has assumed the position of chairman.
Feliz has been with Duncan Family Farms since 2009, making his way up the ranks from COO to president and now serving as CEO. Duncan, a fourth-generation Arizona farmer who founded the company with his wife, Kathleen, in 1985, takes on the role as chairman, with a focus on agronomics as the company continues to provide produce in Arizona, California, Oregon, New York and potential new locations.
“Our greatest assets are our people, and I’m excited and honored to lead the Duncan Family Farms team as we continue to achieve our mission to produce clean, healthy, life-giving food while making a strong contribution to an improved environment and to giving back to our community,” Duncan said.