Katie Strickland Reynolds is a Culinary Nutrition professional with a passion for catering and nutrition education (and of course all things food!). She believes that nutrition should be the most important aspect of a person's life, and she is dedicated to educating people, while creating a love of food in their hearts.
Katie obtained a Food & Nutrition degree from Mississippi State University. She thought that her passion would be working in the hospital as a dietitian, but throughout the years in college, she discovered that her true passion was cooking and the science of food.
Katie worked as a nanny during the summers throughout college for Amanda LeBlanc of The Amandas, and she was in charge of cooking a healthy dinner each night for the children. While most kids will turn down healthy food, Katie found a way to make it delicious for adults and children! Dinner became the favorite part of Katie and the kids' day! She realized that she had a talent of creating a dinner that even the pickiest of eaters will love. Amanda LeBlanc was the inspiration for Katie to start Katie's Plates.
"Between work, soccer practice, dance class, etc., I know that most parents or even couples without children do not have the time to cook. I've created this business for people that want to keep their family healthy, while still keeping up with their busy lifestyle. These days, time is the main hindrance to staying healthy. Many people have to choose between making a healthy, home-cooked meal and spending time with their kids or getting in some rest after a long day at work. A lot of families turn to eating out most nights of the week. Eating out not only burns a hole in your wallet, it's a sacrifice to you and your family's health. I want people to have the opportunity to get a home-cooked meal designed by a Dietitian. Having a healthy dinner is a small price to pay when it comes to your health, and when you calculate eating out costs (dinner, tip, gas, & time), it really is a small price to pay for me to deliver a meal!"
Fun Facts About Katie:
- She has 2 Vizslas (Hungarian Bird Dogs) named Wrigley and Coco. They are most wonderful dogs in the world, and you may see them on deliveries on occasion. They are also the sweetest dogs, and will give you tons of kisses!
- Katie grew up showing horses, and training off the track thoroughbreds is her passion! What is her other passion besides horses and cooking? Knitting!
- Katie is a huge Mississippi State fan! Go Dawgs!
Ian Reynolds: Owner & Logistics/Delivery Manager (Katie's Husband)
Rico Rayford, caterer and previous owner of Rico’s restaurant in Birmingham, AL – specializes in all types of food. Whether you prefer Paleo, Southern Cooking or have dietary restrictions, he has prepared it all. Though the previous years, he has focused more on nutritional, clean eating foods. Rico believes that you can become healthy by changing the way that you prepare your food, while keeping a delicious taste.
Rico has worked for some of the top food industries in Birmingham. Because of his work ethic, personality and attention to detail, Rico quickly advanced in his positions and has proven to be trustworthy with great leadership skills. Rico is all about teamwork. “If the team is in a bind, that means I’m in a bind. It’s my job to jump in and assist. If you work with your Co-Workers and not against them, not only will you gain respect – you will form a family”, says Rico.
Mary Elizabeth: Catering Chef/Delivery Driver (Nashville)
Maddie: Catering Chef/Delivery Driver/Dietetic Intern (Nashville)
Hi, I am Misty Davis. I was born and raised in Birmingham. I was a fulltime mom until I found out about Katie’s Plates through Facebook via a friend, and now I deliver wonderful, healthy meals to Katie’s customers. Being with Katie has introduced me to new and delicious meals.
I have 2 beautiful daughters.
We have 2 additional furry family members – a Chihuahua named Precious and a Yorkie named Tuffy.
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
LeAnn - Right Hand Girl/Jack of all Trades/Cleaner-Upper of our Messes
Chuck - Delivery Driver (Nashville)
Chuck Hargrove is a Nashville native. He ran cross country and track at Bellevue and Hillwood High, then at Belmont. After graduating college, the next 23 years were spent owning and operating a successful local courier service. After selling his business Chuck continued working as a courier for local businesses.
Chuck has watched Nashville grow from small town to its current title as destination city.
He finished 2009 Boston Marathon, and later that same year won a local 60K (37.3 miles). Jogging remains one of Chuck’s interests, so he can enjoy his employer’s delicious culinary offerings. Coaching runners, playing golf, reading, and home renovation projects keep him busy when away from work.
Three fun facts: Chuck is the only five-time East Nasty Running Club “Nasty of the Week”. Chuck qualified twice for the Boston Marathon—25 years apart (1982, 2007) and 100 pounds heavier in the latter run. He visited the 48 contiguous states. Alaska and Hawaii await.