Today we’d like to introduce you to Alice Thomas.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve been cooking since I was about eight years old. But it actually wasn’t anything I aspired to do professionally. It wasn’t until 2007 when I was working as a therapist and pursuing acting, that I heard God’s voice tell me that I would eventually be a restaurateur as serve people my food professionally. I soon after quit my job to prepare myself and gain experience in the restaurant industry. Then in 2010, I was ready to launch my own. But many restaurants were failing because of the recession, so I chose not to. Fast forward to now. Ten years later, after launching and running several other businesses and periodically catering private events, I heard that still small voice again. This time telling me it was time to Go back to that promise. I had no idea what that meant so of course, I wrestled with the idea. But I took a leap of faith and set up an Instagram page and began posting my food. Soon after, my services were being requested in and out of state. So now in addition to serving private events, I also host a weekly popup; Soul Food Wednesdays.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I’m still on my road and not at my final destination yet. But to answer the question, it absolutely hasn’t been smooth. When I first quit my job back in 2007 to pursue this thing, I had absolutely no experience in hospitality at all. To gain experience, I worked in some very unflattering places. I also went from earning a great salary to living mainly off of tips. That was just the initial preparation though. Throughout the last ten years, each time that I’ve been ready to open a restaurant, there’s been something blocking the blessing; whether it’s been the recession or permit laws when I was in Atlanta. So now that I’m serving people differently than I’ve envisioned, I’ve had to shift not only my thinking but how I cook; in terms of quantities, prep work, shopping and so forth. I also run my business alone. So it’s very challenging at times balancing business with being mom of 3 and wife.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
More Food Mam is a whole vibe. Like really. I should tell you that the Mam stands for Ms. Alice Mae (me) by the way. Haha. I think most people think I misspelled ma’am. But it’s an acronym for my name. What services do I offer? First and foremost, I offer personal chef and catering services for private events and small gatherings. So if you and bae are in need of a romantic dinner and you want an entire experience with some of the best food you’ve ever tasted, I’m you’re girl. Or if you’re having a dinner party for your bday, call me. I serve up to 80 guests. I also host my weekly Soul Food popup in North Hollywood. It’s called Soul Food Wednesdays. The favs are the Mac and cheese, Jerk Chicken Sandwich and I hands down make the best crab cake in LA. Some of my clients would say it’s the best crab cake ever.
I legit love cooking for people. It’s my happy place. I now get to offer that love to the public, which I believe can be tasted in all of my plates. To add, I have a respect for the integrity of food, cultural expression and health. So that is reflected in my selections and quality of cooking.
What were you like growing up?
Loud. Haha, seriously though I come from a loud family and I’m from Philly. So I’ve always been loud. As a child, I was always inquisitive. I always wanted to know how to do things and why things were the way that they were. I was always a people pleaser too. I’ve always liked to put a smile on people’s faces. I still do.
- Crab Cake Sandwich – $15
- Soul Sandwich – $13
- Stuffed Salmon Platter – $24
- Fried Chicken Platter – $15
- Instagram: @morefoodmam
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/more-food-mam-los-angeles