I was lucky enough to meet you at WeWork, that was one of the turning points for our organization! Basically we as a company started in late 2014, at least the idea started around then. I had come to NYC as a graduate student, and I was very disappointed with hummus in grocery stores here in New York, started making my own based on my grandmother’s recipe, and as it became successful, my cofounder Wissam (who is also my brother) and I decided we had to find a way to sell it. And we thought of who could make the best hummus that is, we thought of Syrian refugees being resettled in nYC at the time. That was in 2013, the midst of the refugee crisis back in home, in Lebanon where I’m from. And coincidentally, my grandmother who had given me the hummus recipe I was making, she was actually from Aleppo, from Syria.
So that was where the idea began. And we shifted from hummus to a more global catering company that isn’t just working with just Syrian refugees but also from around the world, and we looked for other cuisines that are so much better when they are homemade, and that taste so much better when they are homemade. We moved to the Columbia Startup Lab, and that’s when I met you Victoria, and we were honored to be a part of that workshop for growing businesses, and after that one of the major turning points was taking part in the WeWork Creator Awards, winning at the New York and then the regional level in 2018.
From 2015, we had 3 team members in the kitchen: today we have 30 team members, including sous chefs, customer service, chefs, special events, management - every single function for a catering company - with the focus on full-time chefs being our passion.