Lao Tzu mentioned, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” For native entrepreneur Carleigh Foland, that single step was studying to prepare dinner.
“I knew nothing about cooking till I had kids,” she mentioned. “By tons of trial and principally error, I grew to become captivated with it.”
Now, with a newly put in business kitchen, Foland is opening a enterprise which can allow space residents to get pleasure from meals that she prepares for them and their households. By early Could, folks will be capable of each order meals and drop by Style & See Contemporary Kitchen to choose up one thing on the final minute.
“It will likely be all kinds of freshly made meals to take residence and make both within the oven or the microwave,” Foland mentioned. “My fundamental area of interest will likely be somewhat more healthy.”
For Foland, Style & See is the fruits of dozens of steps and permits her to attract collectively her many areas of curiosity, all of which focus on a single theme: serving to folks. Amongst these steps was overcoming what she described as disordered consuming.
“God confirmed me learn how to use meals as a blessing,” she indicated. Reaching that time concerned prayer and therapeutic which got here by what she discovered each from others and from on-line assets.
“I started to look into serving to folks to reside a wholesome, well-balanced life,” Foland mentioned.
This included turning into a well being coach, initially working with a community advertising and marketing firm that bought health merchandise, and later abandoning that to change into a licensed well being coach. To do that, she took the required coursework and handed a check. Her main clientele had been girls.
“I used to be in a position to go deep with girls,” she defined. “We talked about all the pieces however meals.”
Her aim was to assist them take a look at their lives from a distinct perspective, to assist them perceive the deeper underlying causes which contributed to their consuming patterns.
“The frequent theme with everybody I labored with was no person has sufficient time to deal with themselves the way in which they need to,” Foland defined. “The very first thing to go is health, well being and diet.”
Health and well being are as essential to her as diet. She retired from nursing to begin Style & See. Beforehand, she ran Sanford Dialysis Clinic in Madison.
“What was arduous was continually shedding my buddies,” Foland mentioned. “I need to assist folks in a method that helps them to reside.”
Previous to deciding to open her enterprise, she helped folks not solely by working as a well being coach but additionally as a bunch health and private coach at The Group Heart in Madison. By this exercise, she was in a position to categorical her ardour for health. With Style & See, she is hoping to attract all of her pursuits collectively.
“I’ve been unfold 5 – 6 methods for therefore lengthy,” she famous, after which seemed round her new enterprise location. “Each ardour I’ve is true right here.”
In preparation for opening her enterprise, she and her husband Adam Foland painted the constructing’s inside with vibrant colours and made some structural enhancements. In addition they put in a business kitchen, which Foland described as her playground.
“I really feel like I ought to put out a beginning announcement: weighing in at two tons,” she quipped.
With a business freezer and fridge, double convection oven, six-burner fuel vary and fuel griddle, she will put together meals in an assembly-line trend. Every meal she prepares will include particular cooking directions.
When the shop opens, she’s going to launch her web site which will likely be up to date recurrently to replicate her ever-changing menu. She is going to provide what she calls “fast bites,” that are single-serving meals, and family-style meals, which embrace 5 to 6 servings in addition to wholesome desserts.
Though her focus will likely be on wholesome meals, Foland does not need to put her menu in a field. She is going to provide indulgent meals, too, what she calls “psychological well being meals.”
The Fast Bites menu will change month-to-month, she indicated. Whereas Fast Bites might be ordered on-line, the shop can even be stocked with ready single-serving meals. Restricted seating will permit people to cease by, throw a meal in a microwave accessible for buyer use, and eat on web site.
Just a few staple household meals, resembling lasagna, will likely be accessible within the coolers for spur-of-the-moment meals. Nonetheless, the household meals menu, which can change weekly, will provide a greater diversity of choices. These will likely be ordered on-line and be accessible twice weekly for pickup.
Like most individuals who get pleasure from cooking, Foland is at all times on the lookout for new recipes. She collects them from buddies, peruses cookbooks and searches on-line. Nonetheless, she inevitably adapts the recipes she finds.
“I do not like these recipes sufficient, so I add my very own twist,” she confessed. All meals which she will likely be that includes have the approval of “a troublesome judging panel,” her kids, two of whom are nonetheless at residence.
As she prepares to open Style & See Contemporary Kitchen, Foland sees God answering prayer after prayer, which she experiences as an affirmation that she is doing “what I have to be doing proper now.”
For her, it is not nearly getting ready meals for others to get pleasure from.
“I am actually not promoting meals, I am promoting time,” she mentioned. She is providing busy folks an hour during which to do one thing aside from put together a meal.
In launching Style & See Contemporary Kitchen, Foland is grateful to Edgar Sepulveda, who has acted as a enterprise guide and helped her to develop the enterprise mannequin she’s going to use. She additionally appears ahead to working with Amanda Zacharias, her first worker.
Foland is aware of she’s going to make diversifications as she will get a really feel for the heartbeat of the group. She is already contemplating the potential of providing cooking courses.
Initially, she plans to be open 8:30 a.m. to six p.m., Monday by Friday and 9 a.m. to midday on Saturday. Style & See Contemporary Kitchen will likely be situated on the intersection of S.E. 4th St. and Washington Ave.
The opening date will likely be introduced on Foland’s Instagram account, , and her Fb web page, Style & See Contemporary Kitchen.