My name is Charity Curley Mathews and as a mother of three, my dream is to have children who eat real food–natural food, often organic, rarely processed, sometimes ethnic–food. And that we’ll do all of this eating together, at a table, making polite conversation and happy eating sounds like “mmm” and even “thanks for dinner!” The thing is, I’m not entirely sure how to do it. Our first child is a preschooler, we’ve got a toddler and the third just started eating regular food. But still, the dream won’t die. It’s pesky like that. The good news is, I’ve got loads of ideas, experts to ask, recipes to recommend and even more to try out. SO, here goes…
I hope my little people to appreciate food and everything that comes along with it: health, happiness, community, conversation, nutrition and as often as possible, deliciousness. I’m not a chef but I am a cook who likes to cook. And I’ve had some experience online. Before this venture, I’ve been fortunate to work for some great places with lots of great ideas about food and home: Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, HGTV and iVillage.com.
Myself, I became a food lover late in life. I never ate (or really even knew about) goat cheese until I was twenty-eight years old. In fact, when I moved to New York City after college, I spent the first two years walking around saying, “Wow, I’ve never…” and filling in the blank with things like: Had wine with dinner. Eaten Ethiopian food. Enjoyed a fresh red pepper. Seen cheese with chili flakes in it.
Fast forward a bit.
My husband and I got married in New York City in 2008, then moved to Rome where all the kids were born. Inspired by the Italians, who take food and family very seriously, I took the now-or-never plunge and started the site I’ve long daydreamed about. I started a web consultancy, freelance writing business and launched Foodlets too.
We’ve recently relocated to the US again, now as a family of five and settling down on a mini-farm in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. Far from food snobbery, this site is about suggestions (and the occasional crushing defeat). It’s about sharing ways to get kids to eat, to get them excited and at least at the table. So, I’ll toss out ideas and articles plus recipes and even craft projects–all in as many interesting ways as possible. If you offer your opinions plus your own great ideas, we just may be on to something here.
Foodlets.com launched in November of 2011.