I was recently contacted by Erick, who is one of the owners of a new restaurant and online food delivery service called, EatandEvolve. He told me that they recently opened up in a space in Junction City which is home to some of my favorite restaurants. He explained that they have a unique dining concept and so I thought I’d stop by there and see if Erick or someone would want to be this week’s random Peorian and learn more about this new addition to Junction City. So that’s exactly what i did and below you can see this week’s random Peoria person from EatandEvolve!
People of Peoria: Person Number 24: Gabriela
I went to EatandEvolve and it turns out they’ve taken over the space that used to house Edge here in Junction City. I asked for Erick, but it turns out he works at Caterpillar during the day and I met his wife, Gabriela who is the founder of this restaurant and she runs it during the day and I asked her if she’d like to be this week’s Peoria person and happily she agreed. So I took her photo and we sat down and chatted about her restaurant, which is a unique dining experience for Peoria.
While EatandEvolve is new to Junction City, it’s actually been in business for a little over two years now. Gabriela told me that she and her husband Erick are originally from Venezuela and they came to Peoria six years ago via Caterpillar. Both are engineers, but Gabriela left the corporate world to pursue her passion for healthy cooking and she started EatandEvolve as a delivery and pick-up service in East Peoria two years ago. The business which centers itself around their tagline of “tasty made healthy” quickly grew by word of mouth and now they have a full-fledged restaurant and meal delivery service here in Junction City. Usually I just concentrate on people in this series, but I took a few photos of EatandEvolve and you can have a quick peek at this place below.
This week they are open from 11am to 2pm, but starting next Wednesday on August 1st, the hours will be 8am to 3pm for breakfast and lunch. They have a unique full meal delivery service that you can read about here. There’s different plans you can choose from to fit your lifestyle, check that out here. Gabriela told me that the emphasis is about making the food tasty while keeping it healthy by using fresh ingredients and innovative cooking styles. They also offer catering and now you can enjoy dining inside of their new restaurant. The menu has a large selection of items that sound delicious and I’ll be stopping back to sample some of the tasty entrees and snacks here, so stay tuned for that! And of course you can follow them on facecrack for daily specials and updates.
The Peoria Favorite Five List
What’s your favorite Peoria bar? I’d have to say Kelleher’s Irish Pub in downtown Peoria. I like to sit at their outdoor patio when the weather’s nice.
I’m doing a 13 month chicken eating tour on the blog now, what’s your favorite place for chicken? Well, I’m going to have to say right here at EatandEvolve! Our baked chicken parmesan is one of our most popular items on our menu!
Who’s your favorite Peoria person? I have a couple favorite people here in Peoria and one is Ross Miller who is Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley and he’s been a great supporter of our business and a wonderful person. Another is Mary Ardapple Dierker who’s been a huge help and quite an inspiration.
What’s your favorite curse word? Mierda.
Who would you like to give a shout out to? Coreview Coach!
The Official People Of Peoria Shout-Out: Here’s to you Coreview Coach, someone out there loves you!
The People of Peoria Curse Word Count List
The bi-weekly tally of curse words revealed in this series.
Eight shits, three fucks, two shitballs, one stinkin’, one dang-a-lang, one good lousy, one fuck-all, one dadgummit, one crap, one son of a bitch, one godammit, one poonsnatch, one shucks and one mierda.