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Charisse R. McGill, Project Logistics Manager

Charisse's introduction into the local food industry was in 2013, by way of the Lansdale Farmers' Market, where she served as the Market Manager for 7 seasons. During that time she grew the market to be second largest in the Philadelphia area and had the unique opportunity to work with local independent food producers up close. The experience led Charisse to start Lokal Artisan Foods.

On November 15, 2018, Charisse R. McGill resigned from her day job and two days later opened her French Toast Bites stand in the middle of Philadelphia. In the first 45 days, McGill grossed 3/4 of her former annual salary and that immediate success, set the trajectory for the new business. In just two years, she has opened three semi-perm seasonal retail locations, brought her signature trademarked spice blend to market and has participated in over 180 days of events. On July 17, 2020 Charisse became the first Black woman to own and operate a food establishment in Spruce Street Harbor Park and will become the first Black woman in the state of Pennsylvania to have her own craft beer through a collaboration with Doylestown Brewing Co. being released Fall 2020.

McGill earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management in 2003 and is now enrolled in the MBA Food Marketing program at Saint Joseph's University with an anticipated graduation date of 2020.