Good To-Go: Gourmet meal business expanding with guidance from UMaine Cooperative Extension


When Jennifer Scism first started making dehydrated backpacking meals to satisfy her own tastes, she had no idea it would lead to the successful business she has today. Located in Kittery, Maine, Scism’s company Good To-Go makes a variety of lightweight gourmet meals sold in stores around the United States. Co-owner of a nationally recognized New York restaurant and former competitor on the popular television show “Iron Chef,” Scism is an accomplished chef. Yet when she decided to start a food processing business, Scism realized she needed some guidance. So she turned to the University of Maine to help formulate a food processing plan. She also took a food safety HACCP course and is now consulting with UMaine Food Safety Specialist Jason Bolton on the best way to expand her production space. In this video, Scism talks about her rapidly growing business and the role UMaine has played in helping her get her business started. To find out more about these and other services offered through UMaine’s Cooperative Extension, visit

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