Carla Bartolucci, founder and CEO of Jovial Meals, an natural meals firm based mostly in North Stonington, died Could 22 at her dwelling in Italy after a short sickness. She was 53 years outdated.
Bartolucci and her husband, Rodolfo Viola, co-founded Jovial Meals in 2010 after their daughter was recognized with gluten sensitivity. Already professionals within the natural meals sector, they started to research potential options for his or her daughter’s restricted eating regimen, with out compromising style and diet. They found einkorn, an historic species of wheat that’s tolerable, because of its genetic make-up, for these with a sensitivity to wheat or gluten.
That is how Jovial Meals was born and have become a marketplace for natural and gluten-free meals choices and the most important producer of einkorn, which is grown in Italy underneath strict sustainability requirements. Along with einkorn merchandise, they promote gluten-free and grain-free pasta, flour, olive oil, and tomatoes and beans in jars. Jovial’s warehouse and administrative buildings have been on Route 2 in North Stonington since 2016.
Along with her enterprise endeavors, Bartolucci was a baker, cooking teacher, and cookbook creator. She might be remembered as a pioneer within the natural meals business, in addition to a loving mom, spouse and sister.
She leaves behind a legacy as somebody who set the “actually excessive bar and bar” for clear meals, stated Heidi Gordon, Jovial’s advertising and marketing supervisor and a longtime pal of Bartolucci. “(She) had large integrity and authenticity in all the pieces she did.”
A number of different Jovial staff, a lot of whom joined the model with no expertise within the natural meals sector and have now been concerned for many years underneath Bartolucci’s management, additionally spoke extremely of her.
Danielle Johnson, the corporate’s controller, stated she had no intention of leaving public accounting earlier than becoming a member of Jovial, however after spending a day with Bartolucci, she was “utterly hooked.”
“Carla was a drive of nature,” Johnson stated. “She was the strongest girl I’ve ever recognized.”
Though he lived in Italy, in a time zone six hours sooner than Connecticut, Bartolucci would nonetheless be sending emails at 5 p.m. EST, Johnson stated. He was regularly engaged on new merchandise and concepts for the corporate.
“Within the 16 years I’ve recognized her, her wit by no means stopped,” Johnson stated. “If something, it received stronger.”
Tim Sperry, an advisor and pal to the corporate, stated Bartolucci has at all times centered on doing good for his firm, staff and prospects. “She pushed the envelope,” he stated. “He needed to provide one of the best product and was not on the lookout for reward and glory for what he was doing.”
Bartolucci’s daughter Giulia, who impressed the einkorn breakthrough, will be a part of Jovial to assist proceed his mission.