Katie Strickland 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 a Vizsla (Hungarian Bird Dog) named Wrigley. He is the most wonderful dog in the world, and you may see him on deliveries on occasion. He is also the sweetest dog, and will give you tons of kisses!
- Katie grew up showing horses, and she now has 2 horses that she gets to ride when she has the chance.
- Katie is a huge Mississippi State fan! Go Dawgs!
Sherry Greek: Registered Dietitian/Branch Manager (Nashville)
Sherry Greek completed her dietetic internship at the Memphis VA Medical Center and went on to become a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. She is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she completed her undergraduate coursework in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Pittsburgh. Sherry met Katie during her dietetic internship and instantly knew she wanted to be a part of this successful and fun business! While she found it difficult to say goodbye to her home, "the 'Burgh", Sherry is very excited to join the team in Birmingham and help run Katie's Plates first branch location in Nashville, TN! What she loves most about the business is the close relationships that form with the customers and being able to provide consistently healthy and fun meals for them.
Fun facts about Sherry:
1. I absolutely love traveling in and out of the US. I've been to 3 continents (North America, Europe, and Australia) and 8 countries, with future plans to see more of the world!
2. I created a food blog and ran a cupcake business while I was in high school.
3. I taught myself to play guitar several years ago and love to sing and write music.
Hey everyone! My name is Kristin Gunderson and I am a junior Nutrition and Dietetics major with a Biology minor at Samford University! I grew up here in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Spain Park High School in 2015. I have always loved cooking and have a passion for making new healthy, delicious recipes! I found out about Katie’s Plates when I met her mom in yoga class and I could not stay away from this dream job. I love being in the kitchen working with Katie and her team and preparing (and eating) her amazing meals!
- I became a certified yoga teacher during my senior year of high school. I LOVE yoga!
- I read nutrition books… for fun!
- I am the proud momma of a sweet black and white mini golden doodle named Reece!
Kim McMeekin: Delivery Driver/Mom of the Group (Birmingham)
Hi! I’m Kim McMeekin. I grew up in Fultondale, but now live in Birmingham. I work full time for SD Myers as a Diagnostic Analytical Coordinator. I was introduced to Katie’s Plates in April of this year by my daughter Cassidy. My family fell in love with the wonderful nutritious meals. I have learned so much about clean eating and it is amazing at how much better you feel when you fuel your body with good food from fresh ingredients.
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.
Emily Loggins: Catering Chef/Delivery Driver (Nashville)
Hi! My name is Emily Loggins. I’m a senior Commercial Voice major at Belmont University. I love working for Katie’s Plates because of the variety of recipes that we get to make! It’s fun because no two days are exactly the same, which keeps it interesting. And I LOVE my coworkers!