Mae knows of what she speaks. While her mom followed her culinary dreams, Mae opted for business school. Later, working as an event planner, she came to see the appeal of eating beyond the banquet hall. “I was working myself to death and eating a burger on the way home,” she says. “You don’t feel good, but you’re too tired to deal with it.” Even though many of their customers are healthy overall, the 10-person company adheres to American Diabetic Association and American Heart Association guidelines; clearly, the Pikes want their customers around for a long time.
One customer, in fact, has been there from the start. Mary Myers, who lives in Hollow Creek, saw an ad for Home Cuisine shortly after her husband’s death. “I didn’t feel like cooking, I didn’t want to eat ... but when I was getting the food brought in, I thought I’d better eat because I didn’t want to waste it. They’re good, nourishing meals.” Myers found that the Pikes nourished not only her body but also her heart, as the Home Cuisine crew provided comfort food for her son, Lonnie, who suffered from multiple myeloma. “Sandy would call and ask what he would eat, because he couldn’t eat just anything. She just makes special things and does special things.”
Today, Mae, who “grew up cooking,” conducts the bulk of the operations. (“I’ve been in the kitchen long enough,” says Sandy.) But Mae still looks up to her mother. “Mom raised us, then moved to Louisville. And I think she was blown away that nothing that was being done in California was done here,” she says. “She really made a go of it, which wasn’t easy for a woman in the ‘80s. I’m dazzled.”
For more information about Home Cuisine, visit www.homecuisineonline.com or call (502) 896-0666.