Today we’d like to introduce you to Eula McDowell.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
The Big Bean Theory is “Where Beans Come True”, we started in my kitchen. The very first time a made a bean soup was in my kitchen for dinner. I was challenged by my Grandmother to make a soup better than hers since I complained about it at our family’s Thanksgiving Day Dinner. I was sure it would be a hit because when my mom would fix the soup for us I would always add extra ingredients in mines to make it better. When our next family gathering came which was Christmas, I brought my soup there and it was a hit.
Everyone loved my soup and from that day on I was the designated “blackeye pea soup maker.” I started out just selling to friends and family. On my day off, I would sell on my job, then my place of worship. One day my mom and I was hanging at the farmer market and I was fascinated with all the different things that you could purchase their, jewelry, arts and crafts, jams, popcorn, everything! I asked one of the vendors how could get started? They pointed me in the direction of the market manager. I arranged a meeting and she allowed me to show up within the next few weeks to see if it was a good fit for me. I remember being so excited so I got all me ingredients together and reported to work my first Sunday, I had 80 jars of homemade from scratch soup. I sold out in two hours I remember being so proud of myself and from that day on, its been a hill of beans. We continued doing the farmers all around the city and metropolitan area. In 2011 we opened our first store.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Building the BBT has been a very, very bumpy road I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to quit but I just can’t. I have a dream that I would like to see come true. We’ve had many struggles along the way but every good story has a twist and turns to keep it interesting. And I’m focused on the good ending to the story.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I consider myself a soup artist the pot is my canvas. My most creative work starts with me and a bean. I like to say “if you can dream it, I can bean it.” Bean Soup are my specialties I’ve created over 100 different bean soups, burgers, hummus, casseroles, pies and more. I absolutely love listening to oldie but goodie music and cooking.
What are your plans for the future?
The BBT looks forward to creating Beantastic meals all over the Baltimore Metropolitan area. We would like to someday own and manage Food Trucks have our brand in Markets and more. I’m providing an online cooking class on YouTube channel. Mass-producing products for restaurants in the area.
- Our vegan 32 ounce soups are $15
- Meatlover soups 32 ounce $20
- Meatless Monday Meal platters $15
- Fancy Fish Fry $23
- Email: www.bigbeantheory.com
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