Thursday, July 18, 2024

Minority Business Highlight: KsKrazyEats

KsKrazyEats serves meals with a purpose.

Created by Akira McGowan, the home-based catering and food business got its start in 2019. Although McGowan studied legal studies at Vincennes University and nursing at Marion University, cooking up traditional Haitian and African dishes for the community is what keeps her going.

“A lot of people kind of notice the freshness and uniqueness and the different tastes in my food,” McGowan said. “The people, the community of Indianapolis, is what keeps going; being able to sell my food, and they actually enjoy my food.”

Running her own food business was not part of McGowan’s plan. She turned to cooking after being left bedridden with no source of income. She had her Haitian and African heritage, family recipes and a child to feed, and cooking was “something traditional, unique and universal.”

KsKrazyEats has been doing catering, festivals and vendor events for the last five years and became a licensed LLC in 2023, McGowan said. Her menu changes on a weekly basis and can be found on her social media pages — usually featuring fan favorites such as jollof rice, seafood boudin balls and oxtail.

It did not take long for McGowan to become passionate about her food and learn to cook differently, using all fresh and organic produce, seafood and grass-fed meat, she said.

“These are actually traditional recipes that I’ve actually altered from my family growing up as well,” McGowan said. “Passing all the way down from maybe four generations up to me currently, you can actually see how the recipes have changed over time as well.”

KsKrazyEats currently operates as a home kitchen on the East side as McGowan awaits approval to start working with a ghost kitchen. McGowan is currently available for catering services and vendor events around Indianapolis and beyond. 

For more information or to view a current menu, visit @k_krazyeatz on Instagram. To schedule catering service, call 317-671-3441 or email kskrazyeatsllc@gmail.com.

This minority business highlight was composed by CHLOE McGOWAN at the Indianapolis Recorder, who can be reached at 317-762-7848 or via email at chloegm@indyrecorder.com. If you would like your business highlighted in the Indianapolis Minority Business Magazine, click here!

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