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Mark your calendars for February 23rd as we present our first Conversations to Contracts of the year! This biannual trade-show-style networking event connects small, local, and/or diverse-owned businesses with trade partners, enterprise-level organizations, and government programs to spur economic growth and diversify supply chains. With your partnership, we can reach more entrepreneurs, expand our one-stop certification stations, and more!


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As part of Block Eatz’s commitment to enhancing the local food scene, we’re so excited to welcome you to our zesty new monthly event — Chef’s Vision. Hear from industry leaders who have paved their way in the culinary sector. Participate in workshop sessions that provide valuable insights and practical knowledge. Connect with fellow food service professionals and spice up your network!

“Our names are Daniel Pasillas and Kory Sanderlin. SEXY FOOD IS WHAT WE DO!!!! We are the Owners and Chefs of Smash N Dash Food Truck and Restaurant at Block Eatz. We are also Founders of Bare Necessities of North Carolina, a non-profit used to aid and assist the community with water, food, and shelter.”

Chef Daniel is from Oakland, California, and did his culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco and Culinary Union 226. He has been in the culinary field for 20 years.

Chef Kory Sanderlin is from Leland, NC. He did his culinary training at the Cape Fear Community College Culinary Program. He has been in the culinary field for 14 years.

Queen Esther Teas are meticulously handcrafted in small batches from the purest organic herbs and teas. Teas are a natural alternative and “a testament to the enduring power of Nature’s Remedies—accessible, effective, and cherished by those seeking a harmonious connection with their health.”

Block Eatz is more than a food hub. Our goal is to uplift local food entrepreneurs and service industry professionals no matter the stage of their journey. This gathering of fellow food industry professionals is designed for everyone passionate about the culinary world – from food entrepreneurs and restaurant managers to chefs, line cooks, and aspiring food business owners.


Validate your business idea by enrolling in this dynamic incubator for budding entrepreneurs. Over eight weeks, founders embark on an immersive experience that provides comprehensive skills training, free webinars, and virtual seminars, teaches business development principles and offers invaluable mentoring developed through monthly consultations. At its core, Jumpstart Academy is the launchpad for idea validation, equipping entrepreneurs with the tools they need to turn their visions into thriving ventures.

If you are interested or know of anyone who may be interested, click the link below to apply for the 2024 Jumpstart Academy program and/or share it with others. Follow our social media pages or tune into your inbox to stay up to date on the latest.


We have big things on the horizon for Genesis Block and we could use your help to make it happen! Become a Community Partner and equip Genesis Block with the essential resources to nurture the Entrepreneur Class. This partnership offers you a unique opportunity to make a direct, positive impact on underserved entrepreneurs, including minority and women-owned businesses, as well as small business owners in your local area.

Our goal is to dismantle barriers to entry and foster inclusive entrepreneurship within our community. Partnering with Genesis Block is a crucial step towards guaranteeing every community member equal access to entrepreneurial opportunities.

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