by Mark Carter
Posted 6/3/2014 09:44 am
Updated 6 months ago
It's official. Sydney Brazil, the student entrepreneur and junior-to-be at eStem High School in downtown Little Rock, has taken her gourmet donut holes to the Copper Grill.
Arkansas Business reported in March on negotiations between The Hole Thing, the student entrepreneur-led startup founded by Brazil and Jase Burton out of the Noble Impact program at eStem, and Mary Beth Ringgold's Copper Grill. Brazil, 16, now finds herself in the Copper Grill kitchen preparing her gourmet treats Monday through Saturday.
Brazil's donut holes officially were introduced to the restaurant's dessert menu on May 30 and are being offered with Copper Grill's own homemade ice cream. Brazil said Copper Grill servers will inform patrons that the donut holes are from The Hole Thing, and business cards and a sign for her startup have been placed on the Copper Grill bar.
Perhaps later this summer, expect to see The Hole Thing's treats at Little Rock's Loblolly Creamery, and Brazil hopes to host "small breakfast events" -- or something similar -- at Copper later this summer as well.
Brazil harbors Farmer's Market hopes as well, and her ultimate goal remains the same -- to open her own storefront, preferably in the River Market District.
The arrangement with Ringgold entails no finances and represents a true win-win: Brazil gets to use the Copper Grill kitchen to grow her business and fill catering orders, and the restaurant's desert menu receives a daily boost.
As for growing the business, Brazil told Little Rock Soirée last week that she's catering large orders (eight dozen or more) centered around events and parties, but is open to working with anyone. She creates unique donut holes in a variety of "flavors" -- muffin holes, birthday cake holes, cookie holes, even breakfast holes -- and takes custom orders as well.
In the meantime, she's gaining valuable experience in the Copper Grill kitchen.
"Right now I’m trying to focus on just Copper Grill," she said. "But I really enjoy meeting people and creating unique holes for their events."
Brazil remains a part of the Noble Impact program at eStem. Noble Impact is a non-profit organization that partners with the Clinton School of Public Service to engage students in public service through entrepreneurship. Now an official part of the eStem cirriculum, the program began this past school year with a "Noble 101" course for eStem sophomores.
This fall, it will expand to a next-level course for juniors and ultimately will offer an advanced class for seniors and an introduction class for freshmen. This past spring, Noble introduced elements of its program to eStem third-graders.