Dilly Dally Provisions (DDP) was officially co-founded by Jordan Queen and Gilead Fishel in 2020. However, the journey of DDP began long before...
Jordan has always had a love for food preservation that stems back to his roots of growing up in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Jordan attributes his passion for food and food preservation to his grandmother, Agnes, affectionately known to her grandkids as “nanaw”. He would spend countless summers at his grandparents where he learned the value of hard work and self sustainability. He recounts the immense pride she took in her garden where she grew nearly all of her own food. At the end of each summer’s bounty he remembers that she would allow nothing to go to waste. Anything that did not make it to the weekly dinner table would be preserved, pickled, or canned for the winter months ahead.
This made quite the impression on a young Jordan which eventually led to his path into the restaurant industry. After high school, he attended culinary school in Asheville, North Carolina and since then has been working in restaurants in every possible capacity for the past 20+ years.
He started tinkering with recipes in early 2019 but it wasn’t until 2020, when the world came to a screeching halt and he was furloughed from his current restaurant job, Jordan realized that this was a unique opportunity to turn his hobby into a legitimate business. Very soon after, he immersed himself into research and recipe development.
He quickly learned that this was no small task and began his search for a business partner. Well, he did not have to look far. Enter Gilead, his brother-in-law, friend and now business partner.
Gilead spent his early childhood on a kibbutz in Israel. Growing up in this environment instilled in him a strong sense of community and the value of shared responsibility for the welfare of others. It was here that Gilead developed a connection to agriculture as it was an important part of kibbutz-life. One of his fondest memories was sitting in a field of peas and eating them directly off the vine - to the point of getting a stomach ache.
Being surrounded by people who solved the challenge of growing crops in the middle of the desert, planted the seeds of innovative-thinking within Gilead. He has approached life and work with a bias for creativity and thinking differently. Gilead started college majoring in agriculture, ended up graduating with a degree in psychology and later received a masters in business technology. This unique blend of interests and skills are what have shaped his varied career experience. He co-founded a company focused on hands-on learning and community-based programs for students. There, he led technology and product management partnering with schools, grocers and retailers to bring experiential learning to a million students a year.
Gilead went on to work as a product leader in Fortune 500 and has most recently worked with small and mid-size start-ups to help design organizational structures, define processes and develop direct-to-consumer web stores. In his free time, he enjoys being in the kitchen and has been meticulously perfecting his hummus recipe. He is excited to be partnering with Jordan on bringing delicious, hand crafted food to market.