Happy and Healthy: Local Chef Launches Veggie-Based Meal Options
former owner of Forage, Michelle Thiede, co-owns LunchboxEC, launches to-go options amid pandemic
“I love when people try something they think they will hate and loves them,” said local veggie-based chef, Michelle Thiede. “I feel more driven when I am inspired. As a community, we need to inspire each other to be healthy, happy, and grow.”
Thiede is co-owner of LunchboxEC, a free-home delivery company dedicated to creating veggie-focused meal offerings, which was founded in 2019 alongside her trusty sidekick Colleen Weber.
Food makes people happy, even on a gloomy day.
co-owner of LunchboxEC
Name: Michelle Thiede
What’s your passion? Soup.
What draws you to food? Food makes people happy, even on a gloomy day.
What place in town considers you a “regular”? LGF Truck at the Saturday farmers market at Phoenix Park.
What is one of the best cultural experiences you’ve had in the Chippewa Valley? Hosting cooking classes at Forage, when I was part owner.
Death bed, one meal from a local restaurant, what would it be? Tokyo Steak and Scallops or Court’n House Cheeseburger, can’t decide.
Water Street or downtown? Downtown.
What do you think the Chippewa Valley needs? I would love an indoor market in winter, where our food trucks could have a full season, and we can continue to buy fresh produce and locally sourced items all year as part of a collaborative community.
You can learn more about LunchboxEC at www.lunchboxec.com.