If there’s one thing that never fails to bring people together and put smiles on their faces, it’s good food. I am always on the hunt for an addition to my list of favorite food places, and Michelle Hill’s fantastic catering company, Good Eatin’™, has quickly landed a top spot.
Michelle has a unique story of how her company came to be. After nearly 30 years in a corporate media career, the year 2019 shook Michell’s world when her workplace experienced an enterprise-wide reorganization that left her without a job. She tried out a few different media-related ventures, media being her area of comfort, but then came 2020 and the repercussions of the pandemic. Once again at square one and with ideas brewing, Michelle was drawn to what she knew she was good at — food.
“I got into this mood where I would make sausage and cheese platters all the time,” Michelle laughs. She also, as one of her new career ventures, would share videos of dishes she cooked.
“Friends and family told me to open a restaurant and pursue something with food,” Michelle says. By the end of 2020, Michelle was pulled toward the charcuterie business. She gave Jon Lamb of Arkitchen a call to ask about what steps she would need to take to get a business in charcuterie up and running, and within 10 days – yes, 10 – Michelle had completed all the necessary requirements to make Good Eatin’ official. By January of 2021, the catering company was open for business.
Michelle finding her calling is a blessing for us all because we can now enjoy her “delightful charcuterie creations and delectable Southern dishes.” On looks alone, her charcuterie creations are intricate works of art. The placement of the different foods, the colors and her stylistic touches all come together for a portrait you almost feel bad taking apart. However, the guilt quickly passes once you get a taste of the fresh food.
Of her delectable southern dishes, the pimento cheese and chicken salad take the cake every time. If you keep up with my food adventures, you know I’m a pimento cheese fiend. Any time I see pimento cheese on a menu I will without a doubt order it, and Michelle’s recipe is one of my all-time favorites. And as for the chicken salad, I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and still come back for more.
On May 19, 2022, Michelle and Good Eatin’ catered AY’s “Best of 2022” event with an incredible GrazeCuterie™ of food to feed a couple of hundred people. The attention to detail, quality and design were immaculate. I heard countless compliments on Michelle’s food the entire evening. To say we were impressed would be an understatement.
If you don’t need a large-scale catering order, Michelle has other arrangements to fit any occasion. There’s the ArkieCuterie™, a wooden board in the shape of Arkansas that is filled with a variety of meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, nuts and garnishes. The BoardCuterie™ is a ceramic board filled with all the same items as the ArkieCuterie but with a few spreads as well. The SweetCuterie mixes things up with an assortment of cookies, candies, chocolates and more sweet tooth treats.
“My popular order is the BoxCuterie™. It comes in sizes of mini to extra-large. A mini will feed one person and an extra-large will feed 10 to 12. In between those sizes are small [feeds two], medium [feeds three to four] and large [feeds six to eight],” Michelle says. “I also have the BYOB (Bring Your Own Board) option that allows customers to bring in any board shape to have a charcuterie placed on.”
Michelle is a sweetheart and a professional in every aspect. She made planning an event easy, and I cannot wait to get my hands on some more of that pimento cheese.
“There’s a story behind every order. Each order is a birthday, a party with friends, a person in the military returning home, a family mourning a lost loved one. I am so thankful that God placed me where I am and is allowing me to use my skills so that I can be a small part of these stories. This is what I love.”
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