We had the good fortune of connecting with Angea Mavridis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angea, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
The most important impact I have done as a parent is helped my 3 kids make the connection between the food they eat and how it effect their bodies. Whether it be their mood, their energy level, their hormones or their digestion, when it comes to the way they feel it goes back to what they eat. I try to set an example for them by eating nutritiously-dense foods and telling them which foods serve me best, but this is an individual journey and they have to experiment on their own to find out what makes them thrive. Here are my top tips for enlightening your kids when it comes to what’s on their plate: 1. Involve them with food making decisions 2. Take them grocery shopping with you and help them read the back ingredient deck. “If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.” 3. Involve them in the cooking process – get them in the kitchen! 4. Be the example and teach them about the importance of eating well as a lifestyle
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I started TRIBALÍ Foods in 2016. We are a Real Foods company serving up high-quality, effortless, and flavorful, center-of-the-plate meal solutions. The inspiration behind TRIBALÍ came, ironically, from my 35 years as a vegetarian, abstaining from meat and fearing the practices of the meat industry. Four years ago I became a Holistic Nutritionist only to realize that there are some wonderful health benefits to well-sourced, well-managed meat. I then sourced high-quality meats from local vendors and created globally-inspired flavor profiles with real, fresh ingredients. I like to say, “Made with love in my kitchen, with ingredients from your kitchen.” The fact that I was raised in the restaurant business helped, and today, along with my 2 brothers, we have built a national brand. This did not come with out its challenges. The biggest challenge for me was a steep learning curve as a new company and, being that we produce raw, frozen meals and patties there were a lot of regulations and guidelines to learn and follow. There seem to be challenges faced at every intersection and turn but that’s the beauty of being an entrepreneur and having “grit”. There is no challenge that can’t be overcome. Sometimes you just have to pivot and be flexible enough to learn from others who are ahead of you on this journey.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, I live in one of the most beautiful states in the country, so I would start along the coastline of Southern California and work my way from San Diego up to San Francisco. There is so much to see: from the red woods, to the beaches and in between. In San Diego, I would visit outdoor restaurants that feature Mexican cuisine and I would take the beautiful bridge over to Del Coronado. Los Angeles has some swanky fun places in Hollywood to dine at. I have some favorite roof top bars with a view of downtown LA that are a must see. A drive through Beverly Hills is always an eye-opening experience and you can end up in Malibu for some great seafood. Working our way up the coast, I would rent e-bikes and cruise around Montecito and Santa Barbara and then drive along the coast to San Francisco. We would have to stop at the Fisherman’s Wharf for some sourdough bread and clam chowder and then over the Golden Gate Bridge to my old stomping ground – Mill Valley. From there its a short drive to either Napa for wine tasting or a site of the redwood forest. If there’s time, I would throw in Yosemite National Park too – not to be missed. And if they’re real adventurous, maybe climb Half Dome!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
That would be my family of course. I was raised in the restaurant business. We’re a fun group of foodies and entrepreneurs at heart. My dad and my two brothers own and operate six restaurants and this gave impetus to me starting my food brand. The drive, grit, and persistence is definitely in my DNA. My dad always taught us to know your “WHY”. If you have a strong reason for doing what you’re doing, your passion will shine. And if your passion is strong enough, giving up is not an option! There will come times of doubt, failure, and negative talk but just keep pushing through! His motto was you must have “unwavering faith, relentless commitment, and extraordinary effort to be successful”.