Today we’d like to introduce you to Isabelle Baril.
Isabelle, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Was raised in a butcher shop in a small village in Quebec Canada, dad had restaurants and catering business.grew up hunting and fishing and gathering ingredients from the backyard. Making jam and chutney, pickling with the whole family. Moved here 20 years ago… had three boys and I was a stay at home mom making everything from scratch from jam to bread to yogurt!
I started the “Encinitas Food Swap” a way for other foodies to barter and share their goods in the county. Got divorced and started my business two years ago as a private chef in north county and serving these great family with all sorts of diets and kids friendly food, I cater, and I am the resident chef at Lazy acres in Encinitas and teach children’s and adults classes. Along with driving around my three boys to surf skate and team sports… oh and feeding them all day long. 🙂
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Starting my business two years ago I feel like I wasn’t prepared for this success … it got big fast, and it was hard to juggle three kids and all after being a stay home for ten years.
I worked so hard and still do every day. I guess the business wouldn’t be where it is today if I didn’t… I am very, and I hustle hard at first to be where the business is today. I’ve got a good name out there and work for wonderful families in the north county
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the BelleCal Seasonal story. Tell us more about the business.
I think I found a niche. Families don’t all eat the same, I mean mom or dad may be gluten-free but not necessarily the kids .. one of the parents may have a Specific diet of maybe one child has allergies.
That’s where I come along with a flavor profile with the whole family’s diet and likes and dislikes and make that one meal or dinner .. snacks or easy to grab food that everyone can have without feeling they are missing out. I teach so I need to substitute all the time, and very often no one notices the difference. I love the illusion of eating something, and they have no clues it’s healthy or missing ingredient the recipe would normally have.
I’m very proud that I was able to build a company so fast .. as a single mom, doing what I love every day and still be there for my kids, we can game drive around do dinner and make dinner for them. I work in peoples home with kids around and their dogs and it’s been such a pleasure to be part of these great families… cooking holiday meals and birthday to remember… it’s an honor to me that’s they pick me to do so. I work hard and I have great ethics and I think it shows
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I think I’ve had good luck, if you’re a good person and give back or help your community in some way; a good person, luck comes to you. I’ve always volunteered or gave back in some way so I’d say I’ve been pretty darn lucky the past two years.
Now I worked hard and started to travel these past two years… I never travel before, kids are growing and now I’m taking time for me and discovering flavors and ingredients from all over the world. It’s been a journey but I wouldn’t trade anything. I have great kids and my dream job
- Website: WWW.BellecalSeasonal.com
- Phone: 7608893021
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