Canadian Women In Food recognizes Mandi Lunan, as the Founder of its First Chapter - ONTARIO EAST.
CWIF Welcomes Ottawa, Hull, and Eastern Ontario

We've been looking for local leaders like Mandi Lunan to come forward for some time.  We recognize that when people are doing good things, then CWIF should act as an enabler, and help create conditions for local leaders to keep going, right where they are.

We're excited to be working with Mandi Lunan Food Business Coach to serve and support female identifying, non binary, and non gender conforming persons within the communities of Ottawa, Hull, and Eastern Ontario.

On a practical level, Mandi Lunan has worked with over 150 small culinary businesses within North America and globally.   Customizing her approach for each situation, Mandi coaches clients from start-up, to selling, to liquidation, and on occasion, provides emotional support - she's been there.  

We hope you'll share with your network this incredible news, and help Mandi connect to those in her community so they can become Members of Canadian Women In Food - ONTARIO EAST Chapter! 

My passion for food began in childhood, and my passion for business merged with it in my early twenties when I opened my first culinary business.  I'm honoured to bring the sisterhood, community and support that Canadian Women in Food offers to female identifying, non binary and gender non conforming culinary business owners in Eastern Ontario. 

Together we can work collaboratively to make things better in our communities for our businesses, and for the entrepreneurs of the future. I am deeply honoured to be the President of the first CWIF chapter outside of Toronto, and am excited for what I can bring to the table from my years of experience as not only a culinary coach and consultant, but as a bakeshop owner as well.  

I resolve to help foster the development of Eastern Ontario as a great place to open and run a culinary business and thank CWIF founder and President Cheryl Appleton for her faith and trust in me to bring all the good this organization does to Eastern Ontario. 

The CWIF Eastern Ontario Fanpage is here to keep you all up to date on the latest happenings with our members.  If you are interested in becoming a member of CWIF Eastern Ontario, the link is here.  Please use CWIFOE into the Promo Code box when registering so we can add you to our members only forum where you can access support, advice and camaraderie. 

We can accomplish so much more working together, and I thank you for your love and support as I begin this exciting initiative in Eastern Ontario.

xo Mandi  


Mandi Lunan  is an Ottawa-based entrepreneur and Founder of Mandi Lunan Food Business Coach.  Mandi has worked with diverse clients in all stages of the business life cycle in North and Central America since 2016.

At the tender age of 23 she founded Eastern Ontario's very first vegan bakery -Auntie Loo's Treats- and changed the landscape and perceptions of vegan pastry in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario.  At her peak she brokered deals before the age of 30 with grocery giants Farmboy and Aramark, and even dabbled in the local wedding industry.  After a few difficult years, a devastating bicycle accident and ignoring the warning signs of her struggling business, she neglected her self care and lost it all.  She is determined to ensure other culinary entrepreneurs never needlessly struggle or suffer alone.

Mandi is much loved and renowned for her discretion, empathy, positive attitude and creativity.  Her clients have described her as a "Business Fairy Godmother and Matchmaker", a "Human Rolodex of the best people in the industry" and one was even heard to comment, "My only regret is not hiring her sooner."

Mandi currently resides in Ottawa with her partner photojournalist Chris Wattie, her books and an obscene amount of lipstick she'll never be able to wear all of in her lifetime. 

In her spare time she can be found in Prince Edward County with her family, wandering the local farmers markets, or enjoying a proper pint of Beyond the Pale's Darkness with a true crime novel at her favourite pub- the Manx.

Vanessa Yeung of Aphrodite Cooks invites Cookie Martinez, Miriam Echeverria, Francoise Briet, Rossy Earle, Tonia Wilson, and Doris Fin to take over and TURN UP THE HEAT to create a unique dinner menu inspired with their authenticity and strength of skill in celebration of International Women's Day.  

Sommelier Katherine Mellin of Apparition Wines & Spirits will pair wines from the Benazzoli estate with their evocative, dreamlike, and magical series " Dreams of a Woman "

Proceeds in support of Building Roots, Sistering, and Red Door Family Shelter. 

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Canadian Women in Food

was founded in 2014 as a national association to help amplify the voices of female food entrepreneurs and promote a more inclusive space for all women in foodservice. 

Its mission is to promote women-owned businesses, cultivate the positive energy that comes from women supporting women and stir up the spirit of female food entrepreneurs by creating opportunities for economic growth.