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Community Highlights: Meet Stasia Chais of Urban Kitchen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stasia Chais.

Hi Stasia, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My journey of opening Urban Kitchen started in the fall of 2021 when I moved back to Tampa after graduating from the University of Alabama. I was raised in a family of people that love to cook, eat, and be in the kitchen. Growing up, I always loved to help my mom and grandma cook whether it was for holidays, parties, or just everyone getting together for dinner. As I got older, I grew a passion for cooking for others and hosting events. Once the pandemic hit, we were not hosting events and holidays the way we used to, it turned into cooking at home and trying out as many new recipes as a day would allow me to. Having food allergies, I’ve never been able to follow recipes to the tea, I would read them and get some ideas then make up my own way. Being self-taught, I loved the freedom of being able to be as creative as possible with my recipes.

After being on lockdown for months, I came up so many delicious gluten and dairy-free recipes I decided it was time to share them with more people than just my family members. I eventually started a food Instagram page and used it as a blogging platform for my recipes, ideas, tips, and more. I loved making content for the page so much, it allowed me share my creativity and I got to work with some very cool brands and other creators. Once graduating college with a degree in advertising and marketing, I had no idea what I wanted to do with it. I have always loved the idea of being an entrepreneur but never knew exactly what my calling was. One day, someone said to me, “Why don’t you sell these meals you post on your page to people? They’re healthy, allergy-friendly, and delicious!” That really got me thinking and I decided to turn a passion of mine into a business. I started telling everyone about my idea and through word of mouth alone, I quickly realized there is market for convenient healthy food in Tampa Bay. I chose ten people and created five different meals then delivered them with a questionnaire to fill out for constructive feedback about the food they tried. After receiving the feedback and reading all the positive things people said about what they ate, I started delivering my first set of meals the following week.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Being a new small business owner has definitely not been a smooth road, but every bump has come with an opportunity to learn. I have gained so much knowledge and experience through each mistake. I truly believe everything happens for a reason. A big struggle recently has been keeping up with supply issues. Being that our kitchen is gluten and dairy-free, once we find a product we love when it becomes unavailable for long periods of time, it is hard to find replacements but we always find a way to make it work for our amazing clients!

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?

Urban Kitchen offers weekly meal prep delivery and catering services around Tampa. We are focused on making healthy eating easy, convenient, and delicious. Our kitchen provides quality meals using only fresh ingredients, no refined sugars, and just about everything is homemade!

Different menus are sent out with new options weekly to provide our clients with a variety of choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that they will not get bored with. No matter how busy life can get, by ordering ahead you can enjoy fresh, nutritious food throughout the week. Urban Kitchen allows you to stay on track with healthy eating and best of all, we deliver to your home, office, or wherever is best for you!

For catering, there is no set menu. We work with our clients to create the perfect menu for any brunch, party, corporate lunch, or whatever other event they may be hosting.

Pricing:

  • Entrees $13-$15
  • Breakfast $10-$14
  • Immunity Shots $5
  • Snacks $10-$13
  • Catering: pricing varies

Contact Info:

  • Email: urbankitchenmeals@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @urbankitchentampa
  • Facebook: @urbankitchentampa
  • Other: Text: (813) 928-0108

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