Every business has its own unique origin story, but how many can be traced back to kindergarten?
Town to Table co-founders Jack Levine and Temen Kim weren’t writing up business plans with sidewalk chalk, but after first meeting as kids in Brookline, Mass., they quickly became an inseparable team. Growing up, they shared countless family dinners at each other's homes, while bouncing between school, baseball and basketball games (Jack), and rowing regattas (Temen). They even got a taste of working together as camp counselors and crew members at the legendary Wellfleet Drive-In on the Cape for four summers.
Years later, as a Human Environment & Geography major at Clark University, Jack discovered the school’s hydroponic Freight Farm, which supplied greens to the school’s on-campus dining service. Intrigued, he became the campus’s Freight Farmer, and later deepend his interest and understanding of sustainable agriculture at an organic farm in Costa Rica. Temen focused his studies on Psychology and Education at Skidmore College, and when post-grad life became a reality for both young men, they joined forces and turned Jack’s senior thesis into what’s now known as Town to Table.
As co-founders, they each bring a different set of skills to Town to Table, as well as a commitment to clear communication and transparency with their retail partners, customers, and employees. Some might advise against working with your best friend, but Jack and Temen have found that building a business that fuses their shared interest in sustainability, community, food, and education, to be very rewarding - and a whole lot of fun.