• Local Business: Melina Davies of Olive & Thyme

    Happy Tuesday friends!

    I had the opportunity to sit down with Olive & Thyme owner, Melina Davies, having never worked in the food/restaurant industry in her life she has managed to take her dream and make it a successful reality.  Originally, Melina worked as a producer for the studios. “I took a complete gamble with opening this restaurant. I had no prior experience with opening a restaurant. I had never even worked in one! All of my chef friends said don’t do it, which of course made me want to do it even more! I had put so much into this venture that I couldn’t fail. I can’t fail.” Melina’s drive, dedication and passion for following her dreams of having a restaurant are truly inspiring. Check out my interview with Melina as she talks about the inspiration behind the interior of her restaurant and her favorite dish!

    Have you always been involved in the food industry?

    No, I worked as a producer in the film industry. I never had worked in a restaurant before.  I loved my job a producer but I also loved throwing dinner parties and found joy and happiness in cooking.

     

    What inspired you when creating the interior of your restaurant, Olive & Thyme?

    The South of France, European culture. The kitchen in Nancy Meyers’ filim, It’s Complicated, was a perfect example that I could show to our architect of what I had been envisioning.

    Do you follow any specific diet? (Vegan, Vegetarian, etc.)

    No, I eat everything.

     

    What is the most popular dish at Olive & Thyme? Which is your favorite?

    For meat lovers it would be the Short Rib Sandwich, for vegetarians it would be the Fattoush Salad. My personal favorite is the Egg Salad Sandwich. I also really like the raw Brussel Sprout salad.

      

    At home, what is your favorite meal to cook?

    Bucatini pasta with lemon, peppers and prosciutto.

     

    Do you have plans of expanding?

    We are! We haven’t commited to the second location yet but we are very close to deciding!

    Credits:

    Written, Interviewed & Photographed by: Kristen Tola Hettich

     

  • Hosting a Healthy Potluck

    Happy Tuesday everyone!

    So often I hear how people have a hard time figuring out how to eat healthy and what to cook. Bethany decided to host a dinner party at her house last week and I thought it would be a great opportunity to share with you all how hosting a healthy potluck can really help you out in these areas.

    Bethany asked everyone to bring a healthy dish of their choice, with everyone knowing we are all mostly vegetarians; all of the dishes were veggie friendly. If you are not vegetarian you can still make healthy meat and fish dishes! What was so fun about having a healthy potluck is that you can learn great new recipes from your friends that you might want to start making at home! We definitely did! :)

    For this potluck, Bethany made a tofu and kale stir-fry, a spinach arugula salad with pomegranate and avocado (you can find a similiar recipe here!) and also a lentil soup. (Which we will be posting on Thursday, so stay tuned for that!) Lauren made a spaghetti squash dish. Alex brought green beans and a cauliflower dish. Merissa made a spicy quinoa dish with veggies. I made a Mediterranean pita dish with mixed veggies (Which I will be posting soon as well!)

    Try hosting your own healthy potluck! It’s a really great way to learn new recipes and to get your friends involved who already eat healthy and/or for those who might be struggling with how to eat healthier.

    Credits:

    Written & Styled by: Kristen Tola Hettich

    Photographed, Hosted & Styled by: Bethany Nauert

    Recipes by: Kristen Tola Hettich, Bethany Nauert, Lauren Pieri, Merisa Libbey & Alexandria Olson