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VOL. 128 | NO. 117 | Monday, June 17, 2013

Bedrock Eats and Sweets Offers Healthy Choices

By Andy Meek

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A new healthy eating outlet has launched in Memphis that aims to provide pre-made, healthy whole-food meals and food mixed with a dose of convenience.

Bedrock Eats and Sweets is a new healthy food outlet that’s launched in Memphis and offers a variety of prepared, ready-to-go meals.

(Bedrock Eats and Sweets)

Bedrock Eats and Sweets is the product of YoLo’s Taylor Berger and Brandi Marter, partners in the venture, and the goal is to provide people with an alternative to something like a McDonald’s run because they’re hungry and because it’s convenient.

Bedrock Eats has been up and running for a few weeks now, and the way it works is items are prepared fresh each day, including meals, and customers can pre-order through the business’ website or pick up grab-and-go items in-person.

Bedrock Eats specializes in Paleo diet items using naturally gluten-free ingredients. Menus are posted one week in advance, and all orders for one week’s meals must be placed by the previous Friday. That’s so the business can source ingredients from local farms in time.

Customers can order on the Web and pick up their items in person at YoLo’s Midtown (6 S. Cooper St.), East Memphis (559 Erin Drive) and Collierville (102 E. Mulberry St.) locations.

Bedrock Eats also has a grab-and-go kiosk at the Crossfit Gym in Collierville, 190 Washington St., and more pick-up locations will be added soon.

Marter has been a longtime pastry chef and said she has been pushing Berger to do something along these lines for a while.

“We’ve been talking about the need for people to eat real food – healthy, prepared food,” Marter said. “You don’t want people to not eat this way because it’s inconvenient. It’s important for people to eat like this.”

The venture was at least half a year in the making. Bedrock Eats’ website notes that everything in its kitchen is made using grass-fed meat, free-range chicken, cage-free eggs, wild-caught fish, and organic fruits and vegetables. All other ingredients are unprocessed, so no refined sugars and glutens, for example.

Orders can be picked up on each pickup day between noon and 7 p.m. at the designated location.

“We started slow and small,” Marter said. “We’re going to add as many locations as we can as quickly as possible, so that no matter what area of Memphis you’re in, we’d like for you to be able to get to us in 10 minutes.”

She encourages customers to watch the website, www.bedrockeatsandsweets.com, because new things will be added every week.

“Truly, there have been fewer things in my life that have given me more satisfaction than taking control of my food intake,’ Marter wrote on Bedrock Eats’ blog, published on its website. “Finally realizing the damage that I was doing to my body by ingesting ingredients that would be better suited to a landfill on a daily basis has made amazing changes in my attitude, my body composition, my athletic performance and my general sense of well-being. It feels good. That’s as simple as it can be put. Care about yourself, care about your family and your friends. Try harder. Eating life sustaining food is such an easy way to start.”

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