How We Started
Not very long ago, my husband, Richard and I lost our jobs when I was pregnant. Our son Adrian was born at 27 weeks and weighed 1 pound and 14 ounces. They called him a micro-preemie and we had never heard that term before. Needless to say he had a few tough months in the Vassar Brothers Medical Center NICU. As we were visiting him every day at the hospital, we decided that we needed to make a serious life change. For years Richard was opening and running restaurants in Manhattan. I told him that said that he was always giving people their dreams so why not take a chance on ours and start the Onion idea he had thought up.
When our son came home to us, it took a while to be somewhat acclimated to his special care. Still unemployed and financially strapped, we took the only money we had, a meager tax return, and rented a stove in the back of a restaurant. We began to work on Certifications, Licenses, Scheduled Processes, Food Lab Analysis and USDA Approvals. Shortly after Richard began to jar up our first batch of Screamin' Onionz. Through the summer and fall of 2014, we produced over 2500 jars by hand, worked 5 farm markets, fairs and festivals plus 21 retail stores. After hearing feedback from tens of thousands of folks, we fine tuned our Onionz, re-branded the labels and in May of 2015, we set out beyond our home area. In July of 2015 we launched in our first Whole Foods Market location.
Our charitable giving goal is to provide hope to those that feel like there’s no hope, to support those who are in a seemingly impossible situation and to provide the resources to help them through. We want to donate to NICU’s in order to allow the amazing nurses and doctors to help the neediest parents by giving them access to financial assistance in paying bills, buying food, running errands, childcare, laundry, etc. Because of what our family went through, we understand what's needed and where to provide the support so families can concentrate on giving their babies the time needed to grow.
Thank you to all of our fans and supporters for believing in us! You kept us going when times were really hard. One day we may be on your table. Thank you for letting us tell our story.
Alicia and Richard Romano