We began this journey as a food booth at our local festivals and boy did we learn a lot! Being a seasoned chef, with almost 30 years in the industry the hardest part was to pin point a menu. What would the public want to eat and how in the world was this one menu suppose to represent us a catering company??
Many hours, days and weeks of thought went into this unknown world of being a food booth vendor. When you are setting up a build it yourself portable kitchen it all comes down to the equipment you have to work with. Although fried food might not be for everyone everyday, our glutinous sides decided this would be a good place to start. With our deep love and appreciation for fried chicken we knew a fried chicken sandwich needed to come out of our booth. Paired with a local Edna Valley Bun and our cilantro-jalapeno slaw we were ready to go!
Local Teixeira Ranch beef followed with our meatball slider, and of course we could never forget about our vegetarians or our gluten free customers. We had a blast preparing different sweet treats, house made sparkling drinks and serving locally roasted coffee.
The best part of it all we met our local community who attended these festivals. We so appreciate all that took a chance on us a new company and visited our food booth this year thank you!! We were ecstatic when we had repeat customers who visited us at all the different festivals and brought more friends and family. We hope to see you all sooner then later! Of course without the support of our own family and friends we couldn't have done any of this. We appreciate all your efforts, support and days of taste testing thank you!!!
While the food booth was a blast and even profitable, our true love is catering. Our mission with our booth was to introduce ourselves to our community (while earning a bit of our start up cost back) and it worked! We were fortunate enough to start getting catering inquiries. This led to birthday celebrations, local business lunches, bag lunch at J. Lohr for wine growers, an amazing menu at Mcprice Myers paired with their delicious wine and then an amazing wedding at the Dallidet Adobe in San Luis Obispo.
Flora and Fauna Fine Food is a family business. While we spent our Spring and Summer growing our business we also took time to enjoy our families. We visited our local farms to pick beautiful berries, enjoyed our beach time and outings to local country spots for hikes always with our own picnic in hand. We entertained family and friends with scrumptious menus. We spent time in the kitchen canning, pickling and preserving our local bounty and of course drempt of what comes next. Happy fall to all we hope to see you soon!