January 29, 2018
Meet the Maker | Rowe of Venice image

We loved sitting down with Rowe of Venice founder, Rowe Samieian, and learning about his personal journey to create his organic, vegan, and paleo Gourmet Super Snacks.

This is the first of an ongoing series where we invite local entrepreneurs to share their inspirational origin stories with you.

Tell us how Rowe of Venice started

I am excited to share my personal experience of healing my body through clean eating and hope that Rowe of Venice might help others improve their health as well.

I’ve been a vegetarian for over 25 years, mostly for spiritual and well-being reasons. In 2012, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. After three years of researching my disorder and trying to find solutions, I met with a scientist and a nutritionist, who told me that my diet was lopsided. Most of what I was eating was turning into sugar: pasta, muffins, breads, fruits, potatoes, etc. By taking a food allergy test, taking the right supplements, and simply changing my diet, there was a 95% improvement within six weeks—hence I learned firsthand that we truly are what we eat!

While I was excited about the improvements regarding my health, I still had a craving for sweets, but was unable to find anything that would work with my system. So, I decided to create my own! I love spending time in the kitchen, but I am not a chef by any means. As I started trying different recipes, my main priority was to use pure superfood ingredients.

When I finally shared my Coconut Snacks with friends and family, they couldn’t believe they were made from only six ingredients—all of which they could recognize. This loving circle of support reminded me that there are plenty of people who would appreciate the quality, purity and taste of my creations.

After several months of working in the kitchen I created Cacao Nibs, Espresso, and Goji Berry flavors, using the same base of pure ingredients, and adding other superfoods to offer distinctly different tastes and nutritional benefits.

What is your philosophy around special diets?

Everyone’s dietary needs are unique. I believe in a balanced diet, and know from personal experience that the purity of food we consume is the key to good health! Personally, I try my best to stay away from processed and manufactured foods and enjoy what mother earth offers in its natural form. I have also learned that it is important to be mindful and pay attention to how the food is working with one’s system, and if necessary get a food allergy test and adjust accordingly.

What’s new for Rowe of Venice?

I am thankful to be part of the Erewhon community and happy to share that I have a Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Flourless Paleo and Vegan bread coming to market very soon. As always, you will recognize and can pronounce all the ingredients in the food I make! Everything Rowe of Venice offers is made in small batches, and in a local kitchen to ensure the highest quality, integrity and purity that our bodies deserve.

I am always in a state of gratitude while working in the kitchen, trusting that energy is carried into the very essence of the food I offer, and I hope you enjoy!