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Elberta is a beautiful, quiet village nestled between Lake Michigan and Betsie Bay. It sits just a mile down the road from Frankfort, one of northern Michigan’s hottest growing destinations. And this just in — its home to an incredible business opportunity you’ve got to hear about!

elbertostaqueria.cmc-4For many years now, the company Northern Delights has made its home in Elberta. In this naturally beautiful location, the company has prepared foods that are comparable to the beauty in which it is surrounded. The Northern Delights’ standard starts with fresh, healthy ingredients and a passion for preparing colorful food that nourishes both its customers and the natural environment.

It was 1990 when Jim Barnes bought an over-the-counter Bakery & Deli called Northern Delights. Originally founded in 1984 by progressive women with exemplary values and principles for high-quality food and the environment, Barnes has grown the business dramatically while embracing the values it was founded on.

Today Northern Delights does business as The Crystal Lake Catering Company and Elberto’s Taqueria, which was formed in 2013 when Barnes relocated the company to Elberta. Over the years, Northern Delights has developed into a food service company with a triple bottom line that strives for profitability on three fronts: financial, environmental and social.

After 30 years in the business, Barnes is looking to collaborate and train a fearless leader inspired to spearhead the movement, build equity and eventually earn complete ownership. That’s right! We’re talking about an opportunity for a like minded, hard working, kind and courteous professional to earn equity and share in the profits of a successful business.  This kind of thing don’t come around often, which is why we’re so excited to share it with you.

To top it off, the businesses operate less than 100 yards away from Elberta’s Thursday morning Farmers Market. This is the physical location of Elberto’s Taqueria and the commercial kitchen from which the Crystal Lake Catering Company’s food is prepared. As a passionate lover of food, this is a chef’s dream, to be able to build direct relationships with local farms and pick-up wholesale produce orders fresh for the weekend.

elbertostaqueria.cmc-10Barnes says preparing the colorful, healthful food that provides his customers with positive energy and nourishment to thrive is his favorite part of the job. 

“It’s a great honor and privilege to prepare fresh and local food inspired by other cultures and to serve it to our loyal customers here in Northern Michigan.”

Barnes considers the foods grown in Northern Michigan soil, prepared and seasoned with techniques and flavors of other cultures “Authentically Northern Michigan.” Barnes is an artist, and like any artform, his medium of food has unlimited room for exploration and growth. 

This is another one of those opportunities – a chance for Barnes to offer a passionate, like-minded leader a stake in his company so that they may collectively grow Northern Delights and its positive (delicious!) impact on the northern Michigan region. Look below to find an outline of the company, and click the links to learn more about the job opportunities. 

                                                                                            Northern Delights
                                                                                 Foodservice Company
                                                                                      Job Description

        Crystal Lake Catering Company                                                                            Elberto’s Taqueria and Taco Truck
        Upscale catering company                                                                                      Simple, flavorful menu
with competitive market                                                                                               
with fast, efficient lines
share in Northwest Michigan                                                                                          
and good margins
              Job Description                                                                                                           Job Description

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