Carol Z. Shane
Like lots of effective entrepreneurs, Femeika Elliott started out her business enterprise — Meik Foods — simply because of a products she herself wanted.
Elliott, who is a probation officer in the County Mayor’s business, claims that when she was in faculty at MTSU, she was always the one particular throwing the party. “I’d be the a person grilling the barbecue, feeding everyone on Sundays just after church. Food has generally been a significant section of my everyday living. I enjoy to try to eat. In truth, it’s my preferred thing!”
But when health issues arose, she realized she could not maintain up the exact same speed, with the similar sorts of food items. “I had to improve my having behaviors and transition my lifestyle. Healing myself via food has been an eye-opening practical experience.”
Meik Meals started off out as a interest, but the business enterprise she was creating came with a mission, and before long grew into a lot additional.
“Especially inside of the Black group there’s a stigma as far as what we consume.” Stereotypical “soul food stuff,” says Elliott, is delectable but not extremely healthy.
“It has to modify. Mentally, bodily, spiritually — it has to transform. And I pride myself on acquiring innovative approaches in the kitchen to however be in a position to take in my beloved foods but make them much healthier. I like to simply call myself ‘The Kitchen Alchemist.’”
Her small business model contains a selection of healthy-eating expert services as effectively as merchandise. She does offer meat substitutes, but meat eaters are welcomed alongside with absolutely everyone else.
“We really do not exclude any one. Regardless of whether you try to eat meat, whether or not you are vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, there are healthy selections for you. It’s truly a business for everyone.”
That features those people who’ve experienced adverse socioeconomic effect. “Just get with me and we can function on a sliding scale, primarily if it’s health-similar.”
Meik Meals, shortly to have its base of operations at the Actual Great Kitchen, presents private dining and catering. And just in time for Valentine’s Working day, Meik Foods is offering The Lovers’ Weekend. Elliott and an assistant will cook dinner and provide a meal in your have house — or a “staycation” area, as very long as it has a kitchen.
“We convey the restaurant practical experience to you,” she suggests. “And we’re COVID-totally free we have our Servsafe certification.” It’s not just restricted to couples. “If you never have a lover and it’s you and your friend, just e book it! People today have panic suitable now. We’re striving to aid.”
Elliott suggests she’s not hoping to force a various lifestyle on any individual, and that she’s delighted when people transition the natural way to a healthier life-style simply since her food items is just so darn very good.
“I indicate, where else can you get a plant-primarily based Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and inexperienced beans? Meals can even now be comforting, but it can also be healthy and flavor fantastic.”
Elliott is now revamping her internet site, but you can discover a comprehensive record of anything Meik Foods offers by visiting calendly.com/meikasmealprepserv. Also look at out the corporation at instagram.com/meikmeals/ and facebook.com/MeikMeals.