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August 9, 2017

Hello! I just wanted to say 'thank you' for making such delicious treats that I actually feel good about eating :) After going paleo a few months back, I struggled to find sweets that I could eat. Not anymore, thanks to Zest! I really appreciate the fantastic products you are producing (and I love the fact that you're a Colorado company). Thanks! — Erika S. — Denver, CO

April 5, 2017

Dear ZEST: I just wanted to send a note of thanks for your wonderful products. My husband has been on a strict Paleo diet since July of 2016. This year, he turned 40 and I looked everywhere in San Antonio for a Paleo cake. I went so far as calling bakeries around town who advertised as gluten-free and Paleo friendly; however, when I'd call I was told there is no guarantee their cakes would conform to total Paleo standards. Disappointed, I tried Natural Grocers in Shavano Park and was told about your brand of products. I ended up picking up your Chocolate Coconut Almond Cake...and my husband LOVED it! We will continue to purchase Zest Brands and will recommend you to our friends and family who are looking for healthy options. Thank you again and please keep up the great work! I hope that more retailers in San Antonio will carry your products.

Kind Regards, Claudia A. — San Antonio, TX

Dear Sylvia,

I work with people across the country with multiple food sensitivities. When I discovered Zests' foods I felt like I had hit the jackpot. Whether you follow a gluten free, dairy free, Paleo or vegan diet, Zest foods are the perfect food. They are nutritious, absolutely delicious, and I recommend them to my patients. In fact, I hand-carried 2 cakes home from Denver to Austin Texas for our office party.

Amy Myers, MD / Founder & Medical Director / Austin UltraHealth

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Hello! I stopped by on Friday to pick up some cakes for Door to Door Organics. Ken gave me a lemon almond cookie to take for the road. WOW! That might have been the best cookie I have ever had! It also filled me up, and gave me a boost for the rest of my driving route! Thanks Ken for the conversation and cookie and thank you Zest Brands for an awesome treat! Stephen Salts

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Dear Sylvia,

You guys are AWESOME. I recently developed some health problems and nothing tasted or felt right to eat. My husband bought me one of your lemon cookies on a whim because I've lost a bit of weight and am pretty run down. I wasn't hungry (especially not for baked goods!) but the ingredients looked harmless so I tried a bite and then ate the whole thing and my bad mood melted away in the perfectly balanced and subtle coconut lemony goodness. It was literally the best cookie I have ever tasted and moreover to my wonder and delight it soothed my difficult stomach and restored my energy. Don't know how you guys do it, but your food is apparently magical. Thank you so so much. You made my day. Funny what a difference a little culinary treat can make. Bless you and your business. Wish you all the best.

Carry on! We need you! LAURA C.—Lubbuck, Texas

Zest is a 2013 recipient of Whole Foods' Local Producer Loan program!


WOW!!! What great product!! I'm one of those people who has to watch thier weight,so deserts arennot in my diet. So I was so thrilled when I tasted the Zest products. OMG it's like having your cake and eating it too.

Sissie M.—Littleton, Colorado

Dear Sylvia,

I just picked up your Zest lemon almond cake and chocolate coconut cake last night at Natural Grocers in Wichita, KS. Let me just say, WOW!!! I have never tasted a gluten free product like this before! Well done Zest!!! I look forward to sharing with all my gluten-free and gluten eaters your wonderful products! Thank you!

Nicole C.—Wichita Kansas

Love affair with ZEST Almond Power cookies! Vegan, gluten-free, and delicious plus the best customer service one could ask for! Thanks Zest!

"Hi Ken! Zest cookies were a hit with the FHBC12 bloggers! Everyone loved them and was asking where to find!"

I just posted about you guys on our Facebook:

"Thanks so much!"

Anna Stern of MEDIA—San Francisco, California


"Hi Ken! Last week I was shopping at Whole Foods in Superior CO. You had a demo with Zest cookies and cakes. I bought a Chocolate Coconut Cake and put it directly in the freezer in the original container. After an hour I sliced the frozen cake (no crumbles) 6 across and 5 lengthwise into 30 bite-size pieces. A perfect snack.

I slice it directly on the container bottom and pop the top back on and into the freezer. I like a piece either directly out of the freezer or microwave for 10-15 seconds....delicious, and much healthier than my usual chocolate brownie loaded with sugar, fat and calories.

I am familiar with your products through The Brewing Market. My sister is gluten intolerant and always looking for a good treat. When she visited from San Francisco last year we tried your Lemon Cake with our lattes at the Brewing Market. They are great partners and highly recommend your products, even giving out samples. We were both hooked! Thank you for ZEST!"

Peggy M.—Boulder, Colorado

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LEO'S CHRISTMAS CAROL: "The last customer I met walked up right when I was done packing up. All that remained on my table was the book Wheat Belly. She walked up and inquired about it. After a little while she shared that she had a 13 year old who has severe acne induced by a gluten allergy-- which is what prompted her curiosity about the book. After some discussion, I gathered that this woman was brand new to the gluten-free world and really just needed some bearings. So I shared lots of info about things to look out for, what to keep in mind, etc.

After about 5 minutes of conversation she began to open up even more about how her husband needs to lose weight for his health, her son needs to gain weight for football and now her daughter has this new found food allergy that rules out the majority of foods in their household. Clearly frustrated and confused, she began to tear up saying that she's constantly met with unfulfilled needs from one of her family members every time she makes or buys any food. All she wants to do is make everyone happy and she can't do it. I put my arm around her and I explained to her how Zest could fulfill all her needs. I was able to comfort her and let her know how at least one product could help her family. I walked her back to the bakery to show her where to find more Zest products.

By the end of our conversation her eyes were sparkling as she excitedly talked about how they were all going skiing this weekend and how this could be a great snack for the road and a treat on the mountain for everyone. She ended up purchasing a slice of cake and all 4 cookies. She also said that if the family likes the cake it will be a great product to have around for everyone to enjoy (something that couldn't be said of the other products in her home). Although it started out as another frustrating trip to the grocery store where this woman expected to again encounter confusing products that her family would complain about, it ended up as a supremely informative and encouraging conversation that made her Whole Foods experience a supremely positive one."

Leo Labriola has been performing record breaking and life-changing demos on Zest's behalf for over 6 months. The story above is from a demo at Whole Foods SouthGlenn on November 29th, 2012.

"I call this, 'Zest-fishing'".

Ken Martin/Martin Print Services- Boulder, Colorado

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"I picked up a slice of the Chocolate Almond cake today! I thought it was excellent and pure health to eat. My husband and son loved it too!

Thank you." Carol V. - Boulder, Colorado

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"You have cured my depression about having to go "no gluten and dairy and sugar" with your cakes and cookies. Thank you!!!"

Anita V. - Boulder, Colorado

"We can't keep you on the shelves at Alfalfa's!!! People LOVE ZEST!!!!

Yay for ZEST!"

Heidi Weiser :: Bakery Manager/Alfalfa's Market (Great smile, Heidi!)

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"Dear Sylvia -

You have once again amazed me with your culinary talents. The Chocolate Ginger cookie should have its own Food Network show. It's that good ...... Please consider making the chocolate ginger into a full sized cake to accompany your other two delicious almond lemon and chocolate almond coconut cakes on the shelf. I will donate my time to clean your kitchen, sweep the factory or wash the windows in order to have this chocolate ginger cake occur. Thank you once again for making life worth living for those of us who have to be gluten and dairy free. Sincerely," Anita V. - Boulder, Colorado

"Hi Sylvia -

I had the great pleasure of sampling your lemon/almond cake at Alfalfa's Market yesterday. What an amazing treat! I was so happy to discover your products. I'm contacting you on behalf of the Boulder County Celiac Group.

Our annual potluck dinner is taking place on Wednesday, August 17th, 6:30 pm at the Grange Hall in Niwot. We would like to invite you to sample your products at the dinner. You're welcome to have a vendor table and be present to talk about your company, or you could provide samples and signage which we would be happy to set up for you. Whichever works best for you. The regular group meetings usually draw 40 people, and our annual picnic is attended by up to 100. It's a great way to interface with a 100% gluten-free audience.

I look forward to hearing back from you."

Susan B. - Boulder, Colorado

"I ate the one that you left for me at the office. It was delicious." Angela D. - Boulder, Colorado

"The Zest almond flour products are absolutely amazing. The cookies and cakes are sensational, and are really on the cutting edge of food technology with the almond flour. Combining this with the Meyer lemon is a mouth-watering surprise!!! I'm looking forward to getting these at Alfalfa's and around town. Not only does Zest almond flour taste great, but there are new studies on the numerous health benefits of almonds as well."

John Eitel :: Sanctuary Chai ::

"Thank you so much for feeding me both physically and mentally. I’m not sure what I loved more, the amazing food or the great company. You nourished me completely."

Wendy G. - Boulder, Colorado

"Incredible!!! Oh my god!! We had friend over and served some snapper with the Lemon Sunny Pickles. I have never had such raves over anything I have made. It was amazing!! Also jonesing for some almond cake. May need to make an order very soon!"

Wendy G. - Boulder, Colorado

“Had the yummiest cookies from Zest. Dairy free gluten free and vegan made with almond flour Maybe and lemon and something maybe raspberry seeds but hinted of chocolate. Yummy”

Crista H. - Boulder, Colorado

"The cookies were amazing! like . . . salty, sweet, velvet texture . . . thanks for sharing!"

Kristen O. - Boulder, Colorado

"Hey Ken! The Lemon Cake is delicious!!!"

Ken Martin :: Martin Print Services

"Love the cookies! Thank you :-)"

Sudi H. - Boulder, Colorado

"Wow, Sylvia! You and Ken really know how to put on the dog. Thanks for making it a holiday. Great food, great people, great fun, great Zest! Sign us up for home delivery. Thanks for all - "

Dale H. - Boulder, Colorado

"The yellow one never had a chance! So great! Thanks for the info and for taking the time to tell me about Zest!"

Kelly G. - Boulder, Colorado

"The pleasure was all mine. You are such a nice group of people, with a really great product!"

Jennifer B - Boulder, Colorado

"Your Lemon cake was delicious!"

Susan M. - Boulder, Colorado