We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Solis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josh, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
When clients taste my creations, their perception of plant-based food is changed for life. Those who have tried my food cannot tell the difference in taste and texture between the food they are used to eating and the plant-based dishes I create. They learn that if they want a healthier alternative, they can continue to enjoy familiar foods. Soul Vegan Cuisine presents food that inspires gratitude. Some dishes may stimulate nostalgic memories while others may take the palette on a voyage to another country, culture, or era. Soul Vegan Cuisine changes the community and the world one dish at a time.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Soul Vegan Cuisine creates plant based dishes that bring people together, offering personal chef services, intimate catering, and cooking classes. Teaching is one of the aspects of my business that I love most. I derive joy from imparting knowledge that gives people tangible skills they can use to prosper. I focus on learning, growing, and pursuing mastery of culinary arts in the plant based sphere. I am most proud of my perseverance and unwavering discipline. With faith, I have stayed the course and continued in spite of obstacles. I am excited because the best has yet to come. Building a business has been a learning process. Experience has propelled me forward one step at a time. It has not been easy, but it has been well-worth it to become an entrepreneur. The feeling of running my own business has been priceless. Challenges are not a bad thing; they are a way to grow. Challenges are overcome through exercising faith. I have welcomed the challenges. I was exposed to adversity from a young age. Without challenges, I would have stagnated. I have learned to rely on myself to become proficient in understanding my business and how to leverage my skills to become successful. I have learned not to trust other people with my ideas. It is good to collaborate, but I have learned to stay focused on the goals I set for my business without getting derailed by the ideas others were selling. Once I became an entrepreneur, I learned I had entered a competing market and could not take any transactions personally. I learned to be careful of whom I allowed into my network. I learned I am the only one who has my best interests in mind. I am not perfect, but I strive to become better at contributing to my community and the world at large everyday. Soul Vegan Cuisine is the best of vegan takes on world cuisine.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First, we would head to Vegetopia cart to experience the best of ATL’s vegan street food in the form of Ethiopian cuisine. Next, we would tour Ponce City Market. Then, we would rent bikes and ride through the Atlanta Eastside Beltline Trail all the way to Piedmont Park where we would take a stroll and enjoy the most beautiful park in the city. Of course, we would visit Martin Luther King’s house. Lastly, I would take them on a tour through the historic neighborhoods of Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am grateful to my family for all of their support, the entrepreneurs and small business owners that have offered me guidance, and my business partner for supporting me behind-the-scenes and taking care of all of the administrative duties.
Market Craft Productions and Abel Rojas.