We had the good fortune of connecting with Matthew Curry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matthew, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Serving others through cooking has always been my passion. The desire of having more flexibility and potential to reach out to more people and to carry it out, led me to start my own business.
When the pandemic started in 2020, everything was shut down. Many of the workers in the food industry were laid off including myself. Everyone was affected. I believe that when there are challenges, there are opportunities. I felt that it was the perfect time. A few friends in the industry have shared information and resources that I maximized to start a permitted micro enterprise home kitchen operation (MEHKO). I did my research in the area and started sharing food samples and advertising in social media.
My family is my inspiration. Growing up in a diverse culture, I have enjoyed incorporating many flavors of food. I embraced the love for people and hospitality because of our Filipino culture. We share good food as a way to showing love, joy and peace. My desire is for people to always feel welcomed and at home through each dish I create.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Since I am part Filipino and African/ American, I urge to share my unique creativity. So, we called our business, Tisoy Curryative Cuisines. Tisoy, referring to people of mixed native Filipino and any foreign ancestry and Curryative (pronounced as creative) from my last name, Curry. The concept of Filipino Fusion came together. This symbolizes my roots and the diverse culture I embrace.
We offer from ala carte dishes, party trays to specialty catering for special events, not only to our Filipino community but to a wide range of food fanatics in the Inland Empire.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First and foremost, my favorite thing about Temecula is its laidback atmosphere. You can do activities such as wine tours, check out or fly on a hot air balloon or even feeding the alpacas.
Old Town Temecula is one of the most historic communities in Southern California and many of the buildings have been preserved from the 1800s. It’s also a great spot for photoshoots.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe it all to the Lord, for all the learnings, skills & opportunities, His perfect timing and for turning challenges into blessings. To my wife Ornella, for the love, patience & support as we build our dream; to my mom Thelma who inspired me to work hard and to my whole family, relatives & friends for believing in me and enjoying everything I cook.
Also, I am grateful for Justin Mabunay of Urbn Market Fusion for the guidance and sharing his best practices about pop-ups events.
Shout out to SoCal Pinoy Group, Socal Filipinos, Filipinos of Temecula Valley, InvAZN Family, Foodnome and Tisoy family, I always get motivated to see their smiles and serve them at every order and every event.
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