Shannon Allen

Shannon Allen

SHANNON ALLEN is the creator of grown™, the first 100 percent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic certified fast food restaurant with a drive thru on the East Coast. Shannon and her husband, two-time NBA champion Ray Allen, have five children, and 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 Allens are passionate advocates for research for a cure for type 1 diabetes in honor of Walker and the millions of children and adults living with this potentially life-threatening medical condition. The grown concept evolved, in part, from Shannon’s television show, The Pre-Game Meal, which was inspired by 18 years of preparing optimal game-day meals for 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 and 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 expanded to include six units, including one at Wesleyan University, three non-traditional locations in sports arenas, and a location inside a Walmart Supercenter in Orlando. As it now nears potentially awarding franchises in 2018, grown has become widely recognized as a market disrupter for providing convenience without compromise and for stretching the perceptions associated with traditional fast food options. Shannon and her team’s passionate mission is to provide busy people everywhere with delicious, freshly prepared, nutrient-dense breakfast, lunch, and dinner from a scratch kitchen using strictly USDA organic certified ingredients and delivered with the optimal conveniences to which we’ve all grown accustomed. (Miami, FL) @grown