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Conversations with the Inspiring Kadi Goodheart

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kadi Goodheart.

Kadi, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a San Diego native; I graduated from Madison High School (go Warhawks!), then went to Palomar Community College for my AA in ASL/English Interpreting. After that, I moved to Los Angeles and attended CSUN for my BA in Deaf Studies and my MA in Communication… now, I own a kitchen. We joke about how my career took a total 180° turn. So, here’s how… while getting my master’s I got a baking job at a small, local coffee shop and fell in love with baking. I met my (now) husband, Chuy, at a restaurant we both worked at in Los Angeles. I convinced him to move to San Diego by taking him to a bunch of breweries down here whenever we’d come visit my family. He’s been a chef for a long time and always dreamed of opening his own place. We never thought that would be possible. Then, we met Sean… he is the owner of Serpentine Cider; he was building a kitchen inside his tasting room and needed someone to lease and run it. We opened in September 2017. We share a space with him and Lost Cause Meadery in Miralani Makers District with so many incredible neighbors. While I don’t get to bake quite as much as I’d like anymore, my focus now is on running the business and our kids. I still get to use ASL since I’m teaching my kids, but not as how I had imagined.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Is any road smooth? Owning a small business, especially a “restaurant”, is not simple or well-paid. I have a full-time job outside of the kitchen and am a mother, so time-management and scheduling have been interesting. We are foster parents and currently have 2 kiddos, so that adds a whole new dynamic to parenthood and scheduling. BUT we are having so much fun and learning a ton! Of course, money is always an obstacle, however, the benefits far outweigh all that.

My advice is to find people who will support you along the way. Surround yourself with friends who will challenge you, keep you on track and cheer you on. I never realized how important networking truly is! We have met some of the best people along the way that we would never have met otherwise.

what should we know about The Good Seed Food Company? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The Good Seed Food Company is a scratch kitchen that uses local and organic ingredients. We are in Miramar on Miralani Dr. We give a portion of proceeds to help build community gardens. We also just started doing a monthly fundraiser where a part of sales from one menu item benefits a particular organization. We are all about education and serving others. We are dedicated to teaching people how to cook real food and use healthy ingredients.

Chuy is amazing at using just a few, simple ingredients to make mouthwatering dishes. He doesn’t do anything traditional; he does fusion and weird combinations. Our menu is seasonal and changes every couple months, except for the Stupid Wings. If we took those off the menu, there would be a revolt. We make as much as we can in house, bread, dressings, marinades, pickles, broths, flavored oils and salts, kimchi, cookies, etc. We are a no waste kitchen, so we use every edible scrap we can. Chuy loves to pickle and ferment anything and everything.
We do a lot of other events as well where we get to be creative and try weird stuff. We really enjoy caterings, beer pairings, wine pairings, festivals, sake pairings, and so on.

Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
Obviously, my mom has been the greatest inspiration, I mean she gave me life! She is very strong and gets things done, and taught me to do the same. She is also very gentle and the most generous person in the world. She learned a lot from her mom, Grandy, who passed a couple years ago. We are a family of very strong, resilient women and I am doing my best to raise the next generation now.

In regards to school, one of my ASL teachers in high school was an amazing mentor. She helped plan my educational path, took me to ASL events, let me observe interpreting, and just taught me so much!

Workwise, the owner of the coffee shop where I got my first baking job was a huge inspiration. She took a chance and hired a college student who had only baked at home and taught me so much! My snickerdoodles will never be as good as hers and my scones never evenly sized, but it was with her guidance that I fell in love with baking at a professional level.

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