We had the good fortune of connecting with Demeatrie Funderburk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Demeatrie, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Being a military veteran that was stationed in very remote bases, I was always the person who took extra time to create experiences that fostered camaraderie but most importantly reminded us of home. Its important to be able to connect and build a foundation in a place that is your home when you are away from home. Later in life, I discovered that this was a notion that needed to be expanded beyond just the military aspect. So many people travel, so many people move to new places, so many people feel disconnected but what I have learned is that food and fellowship creates unity. I didn’t want to just cook food or cater or provide nourishment. With my business, I wanted to create the scene, encourage people to interact and frame it with globally inspired dope food that is not always accessible to bridge the gap between cultures and highlight that we are all a part of the human experience.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I do many things and wear many hats. Most times, I try to integrate them. I am a writer, poet, chef and overall humanitarian. Supplementing and uplifting the authenticity of the human spirit is very important to me and I dedicate my time to projects that help facilitate that narrative. I also believe as a woman of color, it is imperative that we showcase the varying dynamics and talents that we all possess. In present day, I am the owner and head chef of a privatized service that showcases not only food from the world but through a lens that proves that the African diaspora is not monolithic in nature. I dedicate my life to expanding and debunking those preconceived notions. I want people to know that when you book anything with me, it is going to be like no other. It is an experience, you are crafting memories and that you are stepping into a cinema and a soundstage that was fostered by your imagination but brought to life by my team and I. Nothing has been easy and it never will be in business but it is important to believe and know yourself. Those two elements will guide you just where you need to be.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I reside in the South side of Austin, Texas but all my excursions expand beyond this.
If you want tranquility, I would recommend Lake Pflugerville.
If you want a local watering hole, I’d recommend Little Darling.
If you want a fantastic brunch or a good place to have a business gathering, I would say South Congress Cafe, the patio.
If you want to up your vinyl collection, I’d say Waterloo Records.
If you want a good cup of coffee, Idlewild
If you want something stronger, 11 Degrees Daiquiri
If you want a great slice of pizza, Aviators
And if you just want to hang out with friends, talk about life and grab some small bites in the process, Tiny Bar.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to dedicate this to my Father who was always a protector, advocate and supporter of mankind. He taught me that everyone’s story and experience is important and that we, as people, should find ways to use our gifts to push that ideal forward.