Shannon Allen is the creator of grown™, the first ever 100% USDA organic certified fast food restaurant with a drive thru on the East Coast. Shannon lives in Miami with her husband, Ray Allen (two-time NBA champion) and their five children. Shannon created grown™ after searching unsuccessfully for an organic, nutrient dense meal on-the-go for her children, including middle son Walker who lives with Type 1 Diabetes. The Allen’s are passionate advocates for research for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes in honor of Walker and the millions of children and adults that are living with this potentially life threatening medical condition. The grown™ concept evolved, in part, from her television show, The Pre-Game Meal which was inspired by 18 years of preparing optimal game day meals for her husband Ray. The show featured professional athletes and chefs preparing healthier versions of tailgate food in hopes of inspiring soccer moms, student athletes and sports fans alike to embrace a healthier diet & exercise.
After opening the doors to their flagship grown™ location two years ago on a busy stretch of highway in South Florida, the concept has grown to include five units, including one at Wesleyan University, two non-traditional locations at HardRock Stadium, and a location inside of a Walmart Supercenter in Orlando. grown™ is widely recognized as a market disrupter for providing convenience without compromise and for stretching the perceptions associated with traditional fast food options. Providing busy people everywhere with delicious, freshly prepared, nutrient dense breakfast, lunch and dinner from a scratch kitchen using strictly 100% USDA organic certified ingredients and delivered with the optimal conveniences we’ve all grown accustomed to is grown’s passionate mission.For more information on how to join the grown mission and own a grown™️, visit grown.org.