We had the good fortune of connecting with Tabitha Elaine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tabitha, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The vision for Eat La Vie LLC, is to become a brand well known for bringing people together to celebrate art and culture over fresh, premium food. We aspire to be an umbrella company; to own and operate multiple businesses that are original concepts from locals in our community, as well create lasting opportunities for the black community and the black dollar. My thought process behind starting my business, was creating a legacy for my son and providing opportunities my family. A brand they could be proud of and become apart of. Eat La Vie LLC, will be a legacy and my incredible family will be the building blocks of this soon to be empire. Elaine’s, a creole cuisine brunch and tapas food truck, with live music and entertainment, will be Eat Le Vie’s first original concept business. If you are in the Atlanta area, let’s get social! Follow us on all platforms and be on the look for our entertainingly tasty events. Elaine’s food truck coming soon.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Eat La Vie, prides itself on creating environments for others that offer new experiences, spark creativity and open the mind via performance and culinary arts. When I began to design Eat La Vie’s first restaurant, I wanted to design a place that would appeal to the artist in all of us, and bring people together. This restaurant, will transport you to the Harlem renaissance; an era of celebrated black & brown excellence, art, love, creativity, sensuality, jazz music, poetry, and an experience that will move you in more ways than one. Can you picture it? Now, picture it over tantalizing Cajun tapas dishes, and signature cocktails.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am an Atlanta native, therefore, I always get asked, “where is the best places to go for fun?” Let’s talk fun! The belt line/ Old Fourth Ward and Edgewood Avenue, is by far my favorites place to frequent. It is an Atlanta historic area that appeals to all types of people and has something to offer day or night. My son and I have found some the best playgrounds in that area. The spray ground at Old fourth ward park, is a must for kids and parents. Gauc y margs has the best tacos and drinks. Krog street food hall has amazing restaurants also; Makimono for sushi lovers and Jeni’s ice cream are places that I take out of towners. Kafe Culture on Edgewood ave for my vegans, they are black owned, open late and the money maker is a drink you can’t leave without trying. BQE is another Edgewood favorite. The red velvet waffles are irresistible. The boiler room, a seafood boil restaurant on piedmont road is a must. The high museum has live jazz and theme music nights on fridays, perfect place to visit for good music, drinks and mingling. D’Lor salon and spa, is a place I recently discovered. It’s a black owned salon that gives the place facials! Ask for Rhonda. Lastly, for those who love to dance, the hottest duo, BossBritt/ Dj eXeL, host the biggest all girls parties all over Atlanta.
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?
As they say at the Grammys, “First, I’d like to thank God”, pause for applause and dramatic affect… Ha! All jokes aside, I give all glory to God. HE, gave me my mother and my son, two of the most major influences. My mother has been my teacher for so many things in my life. She taught me the true joy of putting smiles on people’s face with fresh ingredients and fellowship. My mom taught me the value and purpose of developing the culture of a brand. I have been in love with the culinary and hospitality world ever since. I cannot thank my mother enough for helping me develop into the entrepreneur and business woman I am today.
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