I have been cooking gluten-free, Vegan & Paleo recipes for just over a year now & cooking itself has always been a passion of mine. (before I found out I was gluten intolerant)
Part of my effort to kick off my business “Unglu’d” , is working with another successful business owner in a similar business, delivering homemade meals to busy people. www.doorknockdinner.com is a meal delivery service, and the owner also has 3 cafe’s. I do some online social media networking, marketing, etc. I am learning a lot from her, it’s very valuable experience. I also offer my line of food (limited) on her site as well for delivery with her meals. I cook in her kitchen, which is quite a hike. What I really need to do is find a commercial kitchen more local to my home base & do my own deliveries, or offer pick up to avoid delivery charge. My site would be set up fairly similar to DKD. I will also offer catering in terms of food drop off, I will not be offering servers, just food to be delivered to site.
My end goal is to have a very simple, affordable, healthy, locally sourced, mostly organic cafe’ that offers gluten-free, vegan & paleo menu options, everything being gluten-free first & foremost. I would serve breakfast & lunch, that’s it. We are hoping to achieve this by the time both of my boys are in school full-time (they’re still pretty little 4 & 2). This gives me a few years to really get my rear in gear! Make the goal, see the goal, achieve the goal!
Right now another facet of me becoming successful is being a happy person, happy wife & happy parent. If you’re not happy you can’t help anyone around you (honestly). And believe me not every day is happy, but if nothing else I can end every day with some positive outcome, or outlook, or thought and always know that tomorrow is another day & a chance to do great & give back.
I babysit for 2 wonderful families, 1 family I sit for is 2 girls, close to my boys ages & I have them 2 full days a week and send home meals for their family. This is a great way to get feedback on the meals & for busy parents it’s a great relief to have 1 less thing to worry about. I give them 2 menu choices for each day (changing every week). Eventually when I have a full menu it will be whatever they choose (right now I’m testing recipes, etc.) & also special request. On the 2nd day I have the girls I also send a little dessert home with the meal. Everything is gluten-free, everything. Most of it is organic and quite a bit is local. I feed them what I feed my own family. It makes my heart glow when I get positive feedback & even when I get negative feedback, I need to know what works & what doesn’t, so any feedback is positive in the grand scheme of things. In the long run it will help me with portion size, quality & packaging. And will help me choose what to offer on my menu as well, being both cost-effective for families and for me.
I test out tons of recipes on my own family, one of my favorites is a slow-cooker chicken cacciatore, here is a picture of my son, literally licking his plate clean & this is a 2 yr. old eating vegetables & nothing processed in a meal, home scratch, real food cookin’!! Mmmm, mmmm good stuff (if I left off the last word, I’d be stealing someone’s tag line) ha,ha.
Until I write again, stay healthy, stay happy & Eat well!!!!!!!!!!!