Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Mimi Eckerdt. She is the owner of Taste and See Catering— a take and bake catering service that also provides, take and eat, drop and go, and even full-on service catering: staying and serving; from setting up to cleaning up. Her soft spot for cooking, allows her to do what she loves, and most importantly: serve others. Read the full interview about how Taste and See came about!
Q: Hello! Please tell us about yourself and Taste and See Catering.
A: My name is Mimi, and I am the owner of Taste + See Catering. My husband and I started this business in 2010 after a friend of mine said, “Hey, you like to cook, want to cater my wedding?” We have grown each year since then, and we are currently in the process of moving into a new building, and moving towards more take + bake items (as opposed to full service catering for weddings, parties, etc.)
Q: Who or what was the inspiration behind Taste and See Catering?
A: I’ve always loved to cook, but being able to serve people is really at the heart of what we do. My mom taught me how to cook when I was young, and she and I share the heart of serving other people. It comes naturally and I love using my gifts to make people’s lives easier.
Q: Most popular dish on your menu? Which dish do you always enjoy making?
A: Our most popular dishes for our catering are the simple dinners like rosemary pork loin, with mashed potatoes— or lemon chicken and rice. Our caprese bites are almost always a part of any event where people order appetizers. Our sourdough cinnamon rolls are popular too. I really like making boxed lunches (sandwiches with chips/side/fruit) but we don’t get as many orders for those. I also love making the antipasto trays, pulling all the meats and cheeses and fruits and nuts together is one way I really get to express creativity.
We live in Wyoming, and I think people here just like simple and familiar.
Q: Any tips on balancing family and business?
A: Oh boy, that’s a tricky one. I think the best advice I’ve heard is to be fully present wherever you are. If I’m at work, I try not to worry about my kids (we have 5), and if I’m at home, I try not to work. That doesn’t mean that I get it right all the time, and I can feel the pull when I’m trying to multitask family and business.
Q: Where there any obstacles that occurred in the beginning of Taste and See Catering or presently? How did you or how are you overcoming them?
A: Until October of 2017, we didn’t have our own kitchen, so we were renting when we could, doing small private events from our home, or cooking on site. Once we finally got into our own commercial kitchen, we were able to grow legitimately and advertise. People take us more seriously now. We also had to learn how to cook for over 300 people when we hadn’t ever done that before. We had to borrow equipment and be creative with how we prepared things without much space. Now we are dealing with learning more about taxes and how to keep the books properly. My husband is about to come on full time to take care of all of that. It’s become too much for me to handle on my own. We also hired an accountant, praise the Lord!
Q: Growth wise, what goals do you want to meet for Taste and See Catering?
A: Last year we grossed around $27,000. My husband is resigning from his job in May, our goal is to gross $10,000/a month in sales, this will provide enough to run the business and pay for all expenses, and enough for us to take a paycheck home to run our own home.
Q: Where can interested clients find and follow you?
A: They can visit our website at letstasteandsee.com or https://www.facebook.com/letstasteandsee/