“Free-From Business Spotlight”: Vanessa Phillips, Founder of Feel Good Foods, Gluten-Free, Chef Inspired Meals
After transitioning to a gluten-free diet a few years ago a cuisine that has been largely off limits for me has been Chinese food. While I love egg rolls and dumplings, there are very few restaurants that offer a gluten-free variation on the typical gluten-filled recipes. I was excited to learn about Feel Good Foods, which was started by food-loving celiac Vanessa Phillips and accomplished chef Tryg Siverson. Vanessa and Tryg met while working at a NYC restaurant, Tryg as Executive Sous Chef and Vanessa as a server who couldn’t enjoy staff meals due to her gluten-free diet. Tryg was up for the challenge and asked Vanessa which foods she missed most. Vanessa, longing for her favorite Asian foods, begged Tryg to create a gluten-free dumpling. Tryg worked tirelessly to prepare gluten-free versions of the foods she craved. Dish after dish, she was floored. And today Vanessa can finally eat with confidence. Feel Good Foods was founded with the mission to bring great-tasting, all-natural,gluten-free recipes to the masses.
Now offering frozen gluten-free egg rolls, dumplings, empanadas, taquitos, and full Asian meals. I was lucky enough to speak with Vanessa and learn a bit more about Feel Good Goods.
AFW: Where does the name Feel Good Foods come from?
Vanessa: When we came up with the idea to start a gluten-free food company we were having a hard time thinking of a name. One night we had a party and invited a bunch of our friends over, and asked everyone to think of a name for our company and write it on a piece of paper. We read each name out loud and everyone had to vote on their favorite. The clear winning name of the night was Feel Good Foods!
AFW: What are your plans for Feel Good Foods in the future?
As a special treat for my readers, I’m giving away three Feel Good Foods Meals. Enter below!