About Mesa Foods

Tony and Caroline in front of a tree

It all started on the trail.

I was inspired to found Mesa because of my experiences hiking the 485-mile Colorado Trail and working for the National Park Service on the Appalachian Trail. Too often, my backcountry meals consisted of ramen or cheesy pasta — a.k.a. mostly empty carbs and fats. So, I took a stand. I worked to develop new recipes that provide the nutrition we recreationalists need with the healthy and hearty qualities we expect. When Caroline joined, Mesa began branching out to create offerings like Trail Spice.

Don’t compromise in the backcountry. Join Mesa on our journey to transform trail food, today!


Meet the team.

Home State: Colorado
Longest Backpack: The Colorado Trail
Yale MBA & Master of Environmental Management ’21

With experience working for the Appalachian Trail office of the National Park Service and solving problems through consulting at Deloitte, Tony founded Mesa to provide better nutrition on the trail. Tony strives to improve nutritional quality and access to the outdoors.

Home State: California
Favorite Backpack: The Lost Coast Trail
Yale MBA & Master of Environmental Management ’22

Caroline’s interest in food stems from her passion for sustainability and ecosystem conservation. With experience at non-profits and startups alike, Caroline is ready to change the food system one fellow backpacker at a time.


Awards & Accelerators.

Fall 2019: Yale CBEY Climate Change Innovation Grant
Spring 2020: Yale Tsai CITY Accelerator
Spring 2020: Yale SOM Nancy Pfund ’82 Social Impact Award


Mesa Foods is a Public Benefit Corporation.
Mesa is proud to be minority & woman founded.