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Cliff Barsi

Metropolian Ministries
As Vice President of Food Services & Social Enterprise, Cliff Barsi brings a wealth of successful entrepreneurial experience to our ministry. In 2012, he launched Inside the Box (ITB) Catering after winning the first prize of $25,000 in a non-profit social enterprise business plan competition. After a year of catering, the first retail café location opened in downtown Tampa, followed by a second location in the Westshore business district in 2014. ITB has grown over the past 5 years through the creation of a Grab & Gourmet line that is available at the Tampa International Airport, and an expanding line of grab and go cafes. Recently the addition of Dough Nation, an edible cookie dough and ice cream concept, has drawn rave reviews at its downtown location. A new higher end ITB Café will be launched at the Heights Public Market at Armature Works in February 2017. All of the Social Enterprise businesses generate proceeds to fund a portion of the 1.6 million meals served annually by Metropolitan Ministries to hungry and homeless people throughout the Tampa Bay area. Additionally, ITB acts as the “hands on training” component of the Culinary Arts Program (CAP). Over the past five years, ITB CAP has trained and placed over 150 students in some of Tampa’s finest restaurants, fulfilling our mission to instill self-sufficiency to those who were once homeless.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, February 15

9:00am EST