We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Mueller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
To be quite honest, my business started by accident and it’s just continued to grow since spring 2021. I was cooking weekly for a friend who was really busy, he hyped my food up around some friends, and I think 4 people immediately placed an order with me right then and there. I was working at Perry’s steakhouse and was missing a lot of life with my kids, holidays, stuff like that, and I really wanted a way out. The money was on average quite good so the thought of quitting was intimidating. That same night I went to work and made less during my shift than I did from the guys who ordered food from me earlier that day and I started thinking, “hmm, maybe there’s something here.” The following week I started marketing the concept on IG and now I have a solid base clientele that continues to expand.
In addition to that, I completed a nutritionist certification later during the summer and started taking on nutrition clients both in person and remotely, and I started offering a private cooking service for families who wanted to invest more into their health and wellness goals. It’s turned into this multi-faceted nutritional hub type of thing that I’m really grateful to continue growing as I gain more experience working with more people.
With all that being said, once I got a feel for making my own money, I started offering my hobby of photography as a service, too. I particularly focus on boudoir stuff and street photography, and I want to start implementing portraits for nutrition clients into the packages I offer to them so they can see their transformations as they go in a non-traditional way. I’m thinking “before” photos and then quarterly progress photos or something. Stay tuned!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Once I started making my own money, it just kept snowballing. “How can I make money with this? How can I turn what I enjoy into a profitable passion project?” I knew things were serious though when I had to bring a second full size fridge into my tiny apartment that was strictly for the meal preps!
I always use quality ingredients and my meals are flavorful. There are no hormones in the meat, my ground beef is ground chuck so you know exactly which part of the cow it’s coming from (shout out to Paulie for that), I use fresh vegetables and make my own sauces with the exception of a few, but anything outsourced is sugar free, and minimally processed. I want you to be able to feel good about the food that you’re putting in your body for about the same price per meal as a quick stop at a fast food joint.
For nutrition coaching, I take a personalized approach and ask questions about your lifestyle and tailor your program to meet your specific needs, keeping in mind that nutrition is never a one size fits all approach and factors such as lifestyle, genetics, health, finances, careers, location, availability, all of those things affect the food we are willing and/or able to consume.
My biggest challenge with my business is offering meals that are competitively priced while remaining profitable. Meat is like gas, the prices change daily/weekly. The boxes I use to package everything have gone up $2.00 per sleeve (30 in a sleeve) since the summer. Another one is staying relevant! “How can I stand out and keep people coming back?” My menus change weekly and it’s all done through IG on stories (@brittanyjaynemarie) so it’s more exclusive and also more personal. You get to see WHO is cooking your food, which is a bonus.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Does anybody know what happened to the man who rollerbladed on Montrose and Allen Parkway at that intersection? No but seriously.
I’m a big fan of the food + coffee + alcohol selection at Brasil on Dunlavy and Westheimer, I’ve been going there since 2011. Xela coffee roasters in second ward is probably my favorite spot to get coffee. In that same neighborhood is hands down the best gym in the Houston area, Deviant Strength, and I highly recommend stopping in and getting a day pass and checking it out if you’re in town or live here and haven’t yet.
I am always trying out various asian cuisines and some of my newest favorites are Kau Ba or Kin Dee. For low key entertainment I like riding my bike downtown and taking pictures. Almost all of the museums are worth a check out, and if y’all didn’t see the Dirty South installment at the contemporary arts museum, you missed out.
I don’t do too much drinking, but I love the cocktails at Night Shift on Harrisburg and Rabbit’s Got the Gun is probably one of the cutest dive bars I’ve ever been to and their drinks are also spot on. Maybe after the cocktails I can convince my friend to do a fun shoot or something.
Honestly though, just getting some to go beers at D & Q Beer Station on Richmond and then going somewhere downtown and watching people bust their asses on the electric scooters would be a treat.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
If it wasn’t for the encouragement of my friends Katie and Mario, I wouldn’t have been confident enough in myself to actually put myself out there or to invest in the things needed to become and stay successful. Once I started putting myself out there, my twin girls became my constant motivation to keep driving forward and doing what I’m doing. I want them to see how hard I’m working so I don’t have to go back to working FOR someone else and I can spend more time with them and give them experiences I wished for as a kid. I also appreciate anybody who orders in the future, who has ordered in the past, or anybody who hires me going forward for anything because you’re the reason I’m doing this interview.
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