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Check Out Amelia Stubblefield’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amelia Stubblefield.

Hi Amelia, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My meal journey started at a young age, like many my love for cooking started right in my own kitchen. Growing up I loved watching my mom cook. If she was in the kitchen, I was for sure her shadow. I was intrigued by how no matter what dish was made, my mom always had the capability to modify flavors on traditional dishes and call them her own. I wanted to do the same thing, and from then on my aspirations of becoming a restaurant owner began.

Throughout elementary school and middle school I would rush home to watch tv, my personal preference was anything on the Food Network. Some kids enjoyed Legos, while I enjoyed reading through recipes, and recreating meals that I found in cookbooks that lived in my mom’s kitchen. In high school, I had the honor of participating in Pro Start competitions and became the school’s first culinary captain. This is when I really found my true love for cooking. While taking culinary classes to fill in graduation requirements, I learned the science behind cooking and it became an obsession. No matter if I was baking a cake or grilling a steak, I always wanted to know what I would do to make it perfect. By the time high school ended and transitioned to college, I became hyper-focused on my degree and put my love for cooking on the back burner for 4 years until I obtained my degree.

Following graduation, I began to pursue my career and eventually ended up working for one of the largest tech companies and after adjusting to my new schedule I found myself in a position of having a lot of free time. During that time I always thought “what can I do to occupy my time yet make more money?” and this is when my passion for cooking came back. I originally started my meal page because I wanted to explore new and hidden restaurants in the local St. Louis area. Many timesI have heard people say that St. Louis didn’t have much to offer in the food scene, so I wanted to change that narrative. I created what was formally known as “Meals With Milli” and I would post local restaurants that I went to in the greater St. louis area . Outside of my posts, I would upload the meals I cooked In my own kitchen. I would have friends taste my meals and after time time, one of them suggested that I should sell them and that’s where my plates came into play. I started selling easy recipes that I remember my mom cooking as a child and began to add my own twist, then a price tag. Before I knew it my business became known by many. I had people who I knew from nothing reaching out to me to make personal meals, cater small events, make dinner for anniversaries, and even cakes special occasions.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The journey has not been the easiest, however my support from followers and clients has always kept me going and is my greatest motivation. I’m a sole member of my business and I take care of everything from marketing all the way to packaging and branding. Being able to balance the proper amount of time to give peace to customers as well as myself has always been a challenge. But with proper scheduling, I always make do. The greatest struggle is not always knowing how to appease the customers because people’s taste buds change quite often. I also came to the realization that there are many  people around who offer the same services and competition would be very challenging. As of recently I decided to take on a new journey in a different city and bring my business with me. I’ve been faced with a new city, New market, and a new clientele and it feels as though I am starting from the bottom all over again. So we’ll see where this journey takes me. Rest assured, I have faith that because I have such a strong background with recent clientele that it will carry over into a new market with bigger opportunities.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I consider myself a local home cook and food curator. My skill set is pretty versatile and I offer services such as meal prep, small event catering, custom cakes, and personal homemade meals. I’m also known for one of my famous pastas that takes a flavorful Caribbean twist on a traditional Alfredo sauce. No matter if I am making a homemade meal or catering an event, I always make sure that I deliver the food with pure intentions and good vibes. Anyone can cook a plate, but if it doesn’t come from the heart , you’ll taste the difference.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
For those who are just starting out, I would honestly say take it slow and make your business work for you. Sit down, have a plan and always make that plan concentration. Don’t ever be afraid to ask for assistance or help because you’re not the only one that started from the beginning. Sadly business takes time and you’ll go through multiple trials and errors but if you make every lesson you’ll always have room for growth within yourself or your business. Never be afraid to make changes and no matter how scary the leap of faith may be when starting, take the leap. My final bit of advice is to never lose sight of why you made your business and never change direction.

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