Caryl Simpson is the President and
creator of Garlic Festival® Foods
award-winning specialty food products. She has
a degree in Art and a BS degree.
Before starting Garlic Festival® Foods, Caryl
owned an advertising and graphic design firm as well
as a screen printing and sign firm. Her experience as an
artist who did work for many other firms came in
very handy when it came to designing packaging for
our extensive product line.
Several years ago after studying at the
University of California, Davis and training with
international experts, she became one of the first
certified olive oil tasters in the United States and
served on the tasting panel of the California Olive
Oil Council, which certifies oil to be "Extra
Virgin". She has also served as a judge
at the International Olive Oil Competition held in
Southern California. In that capacity, she has been a guest on
radio programs, conducted training for culinary
professionals, held olive oil tastings, has conducted
seminars on olive oils at such places as Cornell University in New
She is also an accomplished landscaper/gardener,
designer, still cooks daily for family and friends,
and loves to entertain. Most recently, she has
been the chef / owner of the popular "Cafe Aromas".
Tracy, our "bulbcounter",
came on board to replace our previous bookkeeper.
What started as a temporary gig has turned into a
regular position watching our bottom line and
keeping the office ship shape. We don't know what
we'd do without her. She is truly the glue that keeps it all together.
Tracy is married to Tom, who is
a produce guru and mom to Clara. When not
crunching numbers and paying bills, Tracy is an avid
tennis player, volunteers at her daughter's school
and shuttles between many activities. She's a real
Arthur is our knight in shining
armor! He showed up at just the right time to get
our warehouse ship-shape and then moved it
practically single-handedly! Quick to learn all
there is to know about moving garlic from point A to
point B, Arthur is a pleasure to work with, so far!
(We're sure he must have a fatal flaw hidden away
Arthur is a
sports loving Dad to three kids, and had a terrific
wife named Elizabeth.. We are so glad to have him as
part of our Garlic family!
Hannah....The Garlic Girl
had the good fortune to be born into a
family-run garlic company and automatically became
our "spokesgirl" from the age of two; that is, from
about the time she could actually speak. And,
as you may have guessed, the first words out of her
mouth weren't "mama" or "dada", but "gaga", which we
naturally understood to mean garlic.
She is the daughter of Heather and Greg and the
granddaughter of Caryl Simpson, the founder of
Garlic Festival® Foods. From the time she was a
toddler, some of her favorite foods have been garlic
stuffed olives and pickled garlic. And....she
won't hesitate to tell you....she LOVES Garli Garni!
A child with excellent and highly developed taste!
Hannah loves to help out at Garlic Festival Foods, is passionate about horseback riding and animals, and wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up.
Heather is the daughter of Caryl and
mother of Hannah. She has been working for the
family business in one form or another since she was
9 years old and has attended 33 out of 35 Gilroy
Heather created our
original web site and opened our retail store in
Gilroy where it thrived until she decided to
"retire" ten years ago in order to bring baby
Hannah into the world. Since then, Heather has put on many hats at Garlic Festival® Foods
from answering phones to marketing to overseeing our
new push into social media, when she isn't working as
an artist or shuttling Hannah to school, play dates or
Bandit (aka Mr.
B, Bandito, Fatty)
Bandit sort of adopted us.
Apparently he was dumped out near our business and
was forced to scrounge in the bushes and dumpsters
until Heather took pity on him and started putting
out food. Of course, that was the end of it and soon
Bandit had visited a clinic to bring his
vaccinations up to date and had a bed, food bowl and
litter box all INSIDE the walls of Garlic Festival
Foods world headquarters.
Bandit is a
sweet boy who is VERY affectionate and funny. He
knows he was saved from bad things and readily shows
his appreciation with his playfulness and skill at
keeping the warehouse rodent free! We love coming to
work and seeing his little face waiting for us in