We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Mehditach and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elizabeth, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
After years of treating my passion as a side hustle, trying to do it out all on my own, this year I leapt! I hired a business mentor. I began working with Mike Young, The Makeover Master, only a few months ago. I would say that if I were able to give my younger self any advice, it would be to work with a business coach/mentor first and foremost. Especially, if you’re an artist! As artists, we are not necessarily trained in business savvy. But before even talk of business savvy, there has to be a discussion about Mindset. Your self worth and imposter syndrome issues that have or can potentially hold you back. This work, the work on mindset, on working on the what, why and how that’s holding you back, what you’re resisting, or avoiding, is the stuff that, once unblocked, that dreams are realized from. Working with Mike, has been the best decision I have ever made. In these few short months, though sometimes painful, because you’re working on where you’re stuck, and how to get unstuck, so the cash flow isn’t quite there yet, and if you’re  like me, you’re also impatient,  I am now creating relationships, making connections, helping other’s with their needs, in the most true and authentic way . I am that person that manifest mentors suggest you think about who your best self is and be that way. Working on mindset is a huge leaf of faith. It’s blindly jumping into the open air and ultimately, although, perhaps, only slightly unconsciously, letting the universe know that you believe in yourself…..let’s gooooo! My story has always been, up until meeting Mike, one of desire and wishes, ambition, raw talent, grit and tenacity. Only recently was I able to put it into a tangible plan, that backs up my raw talent, with concrete evidence and strategies. It’s never too late to go after your hearts calling.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an artist and a creative of multi mediums. I was born wanting to rule the stage as a performer, actor, singer, dancer. My entire young adult life was devoted to training in this field at some of the best schools, with some of the most amazing teachers. I would say seeking out the best and being curious is what sets me apart from my colleagues; that and a tenacious spirit that desires to be the best I can possibly be. As life has a way of doing things, she threw me a challenging curve ball, which led me down a different artistic path of creating with my hands; i.e. baking and cooking. 

Another strong character trait of mine is the ability to make lemonade out of lemons. Before Marie Forleo made “Everything is Figure-outable” a hashtag, and before I actually could name it, I always behaved in a way that pushed through whatever obstacles or curve balls were thrown at me. Though I strayed from Plan A, my spirit, my drive is “never give up”, even in the darkest of times, that spirit is what brought me back full circle to not ever backing down from Plan A again.

As a survivor of Domestic Violence and now a Chef/Baker with my own brand/platform, it took me a minute to understand how my story affects my brand, even exemplifies it. I come from a mixed Mediterranean/Middle Eastern background of ancient customs, traditional foods and ceremony. These customs and reverence to food, culture and lifestyle deeply shape my beliefs and behavior towards human kind. It shapes my belief that we are more alike than different, that food brings people together with and in love. These traditions are the woven threads of our communal fabric. No matter what your faith or nationality. It transcends division. Traditions where we break bread together as a community, transcends divisiveness. Live Well, Eat Well, Do Well – my brand’s tagline – speaks to my belief system that love trumps hate, despite the efforts of the haters, and that my dinners, baked goods, event catering, and cooking classes, helps nourish my community with the philosophy I embue and share with the world. 

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.
I have so many favorite spots in LA – and neighboring towns. I would definitely visit the new Italian Steak House that Nancy Silverton just opened at the Roosevelt Hotel, The Barish. I would visit The Polo Lounge (never been) for cocktails. I think a food, cocktail, sight seeing  tour of all the fabulous hotels in LA and the Downtown area would be a great weekend adventure. Downtown LA, is experiencing such a resurgence, it’s so exciting to witness. As a native LA/Cali girl, especially since I was born and raised in Hollywood and the East side of town, I love day trips to Downtown, I would definitely take in The Broad and Grand Central Market. My foodie friends also love art, theatre and music. So, places like LACMA, The Getty, Villa, Norton Simon and the like would definitely  be on the agenda.  I would take then on a drive to Santa Ynez for wine tasting and a few nights stay, perhaps. If I had a week long trip, I would definitely fly to Napa & Sonoma with them, take in the sights, food, and wine tasting. It would be great to make it a self care weekend, with yoga, meditation, massage, relaxation!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many top notch people in my community who have guided & supported me along the way. Elizabeth Lyons, 5 x Best Selling Author, Book Coach and now friend. I began working with Elizabeth last year, when rtook the journey of documenting my escape from and survival of Domestic Violence. My book, Uprising, will be out next year.  But it was her book, Enough,  that really opened up my eyes to the calling of my true self, what she refers to as, “Your North Star”. Through her, I met Mike Young, the Makeover Master, who I mentioned above.  Through him I’ve learned of the teachings of Jordan Peterson, Gary Vee, James Pierce and more. Mike, as I mentioned, has been especially helpful in my ground breaking results, this year, because of his authenticity and personal experience as an entrepreneur. 

I also recently became involved with 3 other women’s business networking platforms; The Forward Female, Ladies Take the Lead and The Collaboration CoalitionThe Forward Female offers twice weekly empowerment group meetings, that I’ve just begun to participate in. They have been so welcoming and supportive. TFF and I have a dinner collaboration coming up in December that launches a dinner pop series that I’ve been aching to create for months. Alina Fridman of Ladies Take the Lead, is a multi-talented business woman with years of experience in the event production world. She recently launched a podcast that I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker on. Here is the link to have a listen:https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/16412231

I’ve also collaborated with two amazingly talented women entrepreneurs, the first is Jennifer Carruthers of JC Select Wines. She’s a sommelier with an amazing palette that exquisitely informs her cellar and wine club. She has collaborated with Wine Pairing suggestions on my dinner delivery service: www.cafeleza.com/dinner-pairings-promotion. Nadia Beck of Rebel and Rogue Floral Couture has paired her beautiful floral design creations with above mentioned dinners as well. Working with talented like minded and open minded entrepreneurs is everything! You’ve got to check out our pairings in the link above. Coming up: Event Designer, Jennifer Currier of Soiree LA and I have collaborated on a holiday design event dinner package. Be on the lookout for the photos to the event we have planned! Our work together will blow you away.

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