Good News……Bad News

Good news everyone!  The response to my request for help with my school work last month was overwhelming and I am currently booked solid until mid-October! 

Bad news.   Due to the overwhelming response I am holding off on the public launch of my Health Coaching business until November. Thank you very much to everyone who is already on board!  There will be limited spaces available to close out 2019 and open 2020.  I will keep you posted as the time comes closer. 

We’ve go a busy six weeks ahead of us with vendor and private events! 

Here’s our line up for public events:

  • Friday, September 20 – we will be at our final Food Truck Friday of the 2019 season at Old Westminster Winery, serving from 4:00 – 8:30.  Our menu items include  Crab Dip with House Made Corn Tortilla Chips, Cheese Steaks, Vegan Protein Shred Subs, Sweet Revenge Cupcakes
  • Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22 – we will be selling our hummus at the Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum!  Be sure to stop by and see us when you come in (we’ll be right by the front gate)!
  • Friday, September 27 – Brewery Fire has it’s Grand Opening in Taneytown and we are honored to be a part of their entire day!  Catering for the Ribbon Cutting and then back from 4:00-9:00 to serve up an amazing menu of Chili Cheese Dogs, Black Bean Burgers with Fresh Guacamole, Crab Dip and House Made Corn Tortilla Chips!  For more information on this exciting new business check out their website, http://breweryfire.com
  • Wednesday, October 2 – we are proud to partner with Bud’s at Silver Run as the food and beverage providers for Ignite Carroll 8 put on by the Carroll Tech Council.  This is always a great event, be sure to get your tickets early! www.carrolltechcouncil.org 

These public events along with a fully booked October for private events will be keeping us very busy, to say the least. 

As we all know, busy is good and I once again thank you all for your continued support as our business grows!

#localsupportinglocal

 

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September is so soon…………….

I can’t believe it is already August 27!  Just like July, August seemed to fly right by and September is just days away.  As promised we are continuing to make strides towards our new service offerings and have set a launch date of September 15! 

My studies with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition this year have brought with them a new awareness and a desire to continue down this amazing road of health, wellness and self-actualization.  As I told you all in last months BLOG I will be adding Health Coaching to my menu.  Rates and plans will be launched on September 15.

In order get my Health Coaching up and running I am looking for your help!  I am currently looking for people who are interested in a participating in a free Health History.  As a part of this you will fill out a brief questionnaire; we will spend about 50 minutes together going over it and your goals towards your own health and wellness.  There is no obligation here, it is actually a part of my graduation requirement with IIN.  Those who have done it with me so far are amazed out just how much you can get out of putting down on paper!  E-mail brooke@thefoodchick.biz  if you are interested!

We will also be introducing new meal plan offerings that include monthly rates and personalized menus.  Not into fully prepared meals?  How about Easy Prep Crock Pot Meals – all you have to do is put in the pot and let it cook away while you are at work…..your house will smell amazing and you get a fantastic meal – YEP – it’s on the way to you!

But before September 15 can get here I am currently spending a couple of days in South & North Carolina visiting family and friends and then leaving again on September 8 for four days of adventure (including skydiving) in upstate New York!  I can’t wait to share my adventures with all of you.  Thank you all for your continued support of locally owned and operated businesses.

Until next time, HAPPY EATING!

 

 

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Moving forward…

….well, July flew by and I just today, for the first time since the month began actually took a day off.  And by taking the day off I mean I did not have an event or meals to prep for clients. What I did do was take an amazing yoga workshop that focused on back health; I took two naps; I took countless videos of my dog eating the remains of my well deserved 24 ounce seared ribeye and I spent about three hours studying for my nutrition class.

I’m not going to lie to you, July took a major toll on me both physically and mentally.  Down two people (one to injury and one to vacation) coupled with a full book of catering, farmers’ markets, vendor events, a new consulting position, school work and making sure I took at least two yoga classes per week I am tuckered out.  One thing I learned for sure was that I need to pace myself.   I have an amazing team working with me and they definitely got me through the dog days of July!  

Pausing this upcoming week a little bit to regroup, reorganize and  have some kitchen maintenance performed you will see some changes come the first two full weeks of August.  These changes will be a work in progress over the next six weeks with full implementation happening in the same period. 

What changes you ask?  All for the good, I promise!  I will be using my studies with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and will be adding Health Coaching to my services. I will be working as a consultant with a new concept.   I am adding to my team as well, stay tuned for a full introduction. 

I guess what I am saying is that The Food Chick is evolving.  We will still be a part of the Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market, we will still cater and do vendor events.  I am looking forward to working with many of you on your journey to health and wellness – to adapting your lifestyle to one that is good for the long haul.  It’s not just about the food you put in your mouth it’s about the whole package, the things you DO in your everyday life.  

I, we, look forward to being a part of Westminster, Carroll and Baltimore counties for a long time to come! 

 

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Blogging again!

One year ago, June 25, to be exact I settled on my new building in beautiful Downtown Westminster, Maryland.  The building located at 2 Washington was the former home of Bill’s Seafood had been pretty much untouched since 2015.  Needless to say the space needed some work!  

What is now one building was two when I started.  A narrow alley way separated the two buildings.  That separation had deterred several before me but I saw it as opportunity.  I decided to make the two buildings into one.  Everyone, including my contractor and husband thought I was crazy but I had a vision.  In the end it all came together but it was not without a lot and I mean a lot of work!  The now home of The Food Chick has 100% brand new plumbing which includes a 17 foot pipe three feet deep into the ground (I’m not kidding) – that alone took nearly 10 days to complete.  Also brand new are the electric and HVAC.  As with most renovations my six week timeline quickly turned into 16 weeks…..argh.  It was frustrating at times but I also learned lots of lessons along the way and I now know far more about structural issues,  plumbing, electrical and HVAC than I ever thought I would know!  I was blessed to work with some wonderful contractors and would be more than happy to share their names with you should you need work done.

Finally, in October the job was completed just in time for me to cater a wedding that had been on my books for a year. Literally, three days before I began prep work for one of my favorite people.  A Mexican themed gluten free wedding that will long be remembered!

Retail sales began in November and continue today, albeit with limited hours, as we are full on into our Farmers’ Market season.  Our catering business continues to grow on a weekly basis and we look forward to further expansion.  Meal Plans are beginning to take off and beginning in August we will be adding additional services to not only meal planning and prep but also a whole body approach to health and wellness.

Be on the lookout towards the end of July for exciting news!

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