Drumroll please … we’re excited to introduce the winner of the 2017 Shark Bank Competition: The Pierogi Lady!
The Pierogi Lady is a line of pierogis handmade in the traditional Central European way, but with both conventional and unexpected flavors*:
- Potato Cheddar
- Potato and Carmelized Onion
- Vegan Potato Onion & Herb
- Spinach and Artichoke
By now you may be wondering who The Pierogi Lady is. Autumn Johnston is the woman behind the dough, launching her pierogi empire after seven years in the restaurant management industry, along with her business partner, Marcus Walker.
“I just wanted to make a really good pierogi,” explains Johnston, citing a lack of good options in most stores. She definitely did just that, with their pierogis proving popular at Northeast Ohio events, farmer’s markets and restaurants. And now, after a last-minute entry in the Shark Bank competition and subsequent win (“I was shocked,” says Johnston), you can find The Pierogi Lady at all Ohio Heinen’s locations. “I’ve been wanting to get into Heinen’s for a while,” says Johnston. “I thought it was a good fit.”
When asked where inspiration for the sometimes wild flavors of her pierogis comes from, she explains, “When you’re hand making pierogis, you have lots of time to think.” Inspiration also comes from customer requests, because when it all comes down to it, it’s about creating a superior product that makes her customers happy.
Yes, we think it’ll fit in just fine at Heinen’s.
Congratulations to The Pierogi Lady and all the great entrants into our Shark Bank competition!
Find The Pierogi Lady pierogis starting in late April in the Frozen Foods section at Northeast Ohio Heinen’s locations.
*Availability may vary