American Feast, LLC :: Wild West T Bone Steak Dinner For 2 :: About the Producer
"When you reach a point where you've got the big salary and the big office, but there's something missing in your heart, then it's time to take a risk." Those are the words of successful food entrepreneur, Donna Lynes-Miller of Atlanta, provider of some of America’s finest food gifts.
In 1999, Donna took the big, brave step of leaving her position as a senior vice president with AFC Enterprises, then the parent company of Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits and Church's Chicken, to launch GourmetStation, which delivers international, multicourse meals to customers nationwide.
Donna created the idea as one of about half a dozen AFC executives given the opportunity to work on developing creative food-service projects," she said. "After I created the project, the company decided not to fund it.
They were getting ready to do an IPO [initial public offering], and offering fancy gourmet food through the mail wasn't part of their core business."
Donna decided that it was a business she could run, bought the rights and left AFC on good terms. She had the desire, but at 50, she didn't make the jump without careful thought. Having worked in the food industry since the 1970s, she knew food and had other valuable skills that would help her launch her business. She took a year to develop a web site, menus and packaging. She tested products with three separate focus groups before launching GourmetStation in 2000.
"I was targeting people like my husband and myself, who were too busy to cook but wanted a fine dining experience in the home," she said. "I believed and continue to believe that there are others out there like me, who want good food without having to think about it or work too hard at it."
She has shipped Tuscan, French, Cajun and fusion four-course meals to all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Her menus have become a popular, food gift item between families separated by distance.
"I get a kick out of families connecting with food -- that's a real rewarding part of what I do," she said.
Donna’s fancy food gifts have received accolades from numerous media, including CNN, ABC’s “Good Morning America”, USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Southern Living Magazine, the Baltimore Sun and many, many more.
We think what Atlanta's Best 2006 & 2007 had to say about GourmetStation sums things up smartly, “Acute attention to detail, the ability to adapt to the requests of clientele and comprehensive, professional services are among the most prevalent topics to be considered when giving gifts. GourmetStation meets these criteria & surpasses them.”
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