Posted by Lyndi
Pssst… guess what? Did you know there is something new in town? Something new and special that was recently born from a familiar Fayetteville favorite?
Join me in welcoming… Aunt Maudie’s!
Aunt Maudie’s is a meal solution service for those of us in Northwest Arkansas. Their tagline says it all…“fresh gourmet meals, that are ready to go home when you are.”
Yes, in case you were wondering, Aunt Maudie’s is the namesake of Maudie Schmitt, co-owner of Café Rue Orleans and Maudie’s Seafood Market in Fayetteville. Aunt Maudie’s is the newest addition to her family and is the ah-ha brainstorm of Brandon Tibbs, her Aunt Maudie's partner.
Guess what? I recently had the opportunity to sit down and meet with them to find out more. Sit back and enjoy the story of Aunt Maudie’s and yes, I give you permission to outwardly drool over the food photos.
nwafoodie: So, Maudie, you mentioned that Aunt Maudie’s is Brandon’s idea. Brandon, tell me about that.
Brandon: “I am a single man and I don’t cook. That means I often go out to eat and consume fast foods. I saw a need out here for something consistent, online, delicious, priced competitively, good portions, and with choices. I came to Maudie with the idea to provide gourmet meals to go that can be ordered online, by phone, or at her Seafood Market.”
Maudie: “And then I researched it. I took a look at what was available in the Fayetteville area. We knew there were different meal solutions available such as those at Sam’s Club, Diner Dash, and Lean Green Cuisine. Each provides a good solution to consumers but when I looked at all of these in the context of a pie, we saw a slice of pie that was missing. At Aunt Maudie’s we can deliver to your house or office or you can pick up meals at the Seafood Market. Everything can be done online with a consistent menu. And you do not have to order a full week’s worth of food! You can order al a cart and be selective and specific to your family’s desires. The best part is that the website knows who you are when you return. That provides a convenience to our customers.”
|Maudie Schmitt - Lyndi @ nwafoodie - Brandon Tibbs|
nwafoodie: When did you open Aunt Maudie’s?
Maudie: “On November 8th. Café Rue Orleans was my first child to raise and I was ready for a second. We know it will take awhile to get the word out. We hope your readers will try us out.”
nwafoodie: I know that my readers are always on the hunt for good food! And Café Rue Orleans was just awarded a Readers Choice for Best Cajun Food 2010. Congratulations! Is Aunt Maudie’s Cajun food, too?
Brandon: “We serve Southern foods and Southern portions. It is a mixture of both home-style and Cajun foods.”
Maudie: “Nothing is pre-made! It’s all my recipes! If you take a look our website, you will see it is a basic menu from soups, to chili’s, entrees, macaroni and cheese, and gumbo’s. I also will rotate seasonal dishes such as white chili with beans. I challenge anyone to get a freshly prepared grilled piece of salmon for $10.99 over mushroom risotto.”
nwafoodie: How does the delivery service work?
Maudie: “The key thing to remember is “fresh gourmet meals, ready to go home when you are.” We want to make it easy, especially when there are so many everyday tasks such as picking up your child from school or daycare, running them to ball or dance practice, and so on. We can deliver your meals to your business or you can pick them up at our Seafood Market.”
Brandon: “Yes, and all of our containers are eco-friendly and microwaveable to 500 degrees, too! There is also an option online that allows customers to let us know if they need a dish to be gluten-free.”
nwafoodie: Do you deliver to all of Northwest Arkansas?
Maudie: “Right now we deliver to Fayetteville area zip codes: 72701, 72703, and 72704. But anyone can pick up their orders at our Maudie’s Seafood Market in Fayetteville.”
Brandon: “We are going to start delivering lunch the first of the new year!”
Maudie: “That’s right. In fact, if any of your readers are outside of those Fayetteville area zip codes and their office wants to put in a combined order for lunch or gourmet meals, just give us a call. My philosophy is that I want to feed you. Tell me what you need or like and I will feed you.”
nwafoodie: “Let me feed you.” I like that philosophy. So, what are your personal favorite dishes?
Maudie: “Shrimp Pontchartrain. It is a dish I created using Tasso, an incredibly smoked pork cream reduction. I call it a kicked-up alfredo and served over rotini noodles. It’s like crack.”
Brandon: “The salmon. I was never a salmon person before. Maudie showed me how to get rid of the fish flavor and now I am hooked. And yes, I learned how to cook something, thanks to her!”
nwafoodie: Mmmm… next time I will order the salmon! I really appreciate you both giving me the inside scoop of Aunt Maudie’s. I love being able to share a story that may inspire someone to try something different that I think will improve their lives. Thank you so much for your time!
So that was half of the story.
The other half… ? Well… you are wondering how it tastes, right?
So was I, so here is my food photo tour (okay, this is where you are allowed to start drooling).
Beef Pot Roast
Exceeded my expectations! I am not a roast person so I ordered this for my husband. It was so moist that I keep asking for bites!
Bourbon Street Chicken
The chicken was moist and Cajun seasoning screamed authenticity!
Truffle Mashed Potatoes
Like fluffy-white clouds of delight!
Baked Mac n Cheese
(Sorry, didn’t taste these… much to my gluten-free and dairy-free dismay!) My husband declared these a food group.
Wild Mushroom Risotto
Honestly, how can every side dish be this good! I will order this every.single.time!
It was easy to reheat everything for a great evening meal (I know, I am bit of a glutten so back-off, I am sensitive about it). I simply removed everything from the to-go containers and popped it in my toaster over. 25 minutes later, viola! Dinner was served and clean-up was a cinch!
So my friends, next time you are crunched for time and think, “what’s for dinner?” make it a simple decision. Just go online and put in a order for Aunt Maudie’s. And don't forget to follow them on twitter and facebook to get the scoop on specials!
You will love it!