Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - 19–year–old Lake Superior College Sophomore Andrew Greaves has the same issues every college sophomore does, with a few exceptions.
For example, not every teen has to be worried about his business image... or more specifically, his business.
"We're licensed, we pay taxes," laughed Greaves, standing in the midst of a large, clean kitchen with a fresh spice rack, "we're the whole deal, the whole 9 yards."
...nor does every teen have to worry about putting together a meal made from scratch for dozens of hungry businessmen and women.
"...homemade guacamole, tomato pesto, pico de gallo, ranch," listed Greaves, spooning some fresh guac, "everything."
Greaves is the owner, and to–date sole official employee, of The Food Service, which opened in May.
The gourmet food catering and delivery business is based out of kitchen in The Encounter along 1st Street, which Greaves rents for making, prepping, and beautifying his meals.
He offers mostly box lunches—salads and specialty sandwiches, with bread from Johnson's Bakery...
"...focaccia loaf. It's a lot tastier, it's a lot healthier—I could tell you exactly what's in anything," said Greaves.
The meals include family recipes, with a particular emphasis on what Greaves calls the highlight: a made from scratch granola bar.
"They really are fantastic," said a beaming Greaves.
Still, Greaves says, for him, it's not a job.
"It's more of, like, the most expensive hobby you'll ever have," laughed Greaves.
Greaves says he's catering to a crowd looking for more than traditional brick and mortar dining, as is the case with other Northland restaurants–turned–food trucks or catering services.
Green Mill General Manager Doug Smith says Duluth's appetite for more options has provided them new venues, like their food truck.
"We wanted to expand and do our own, because we enjoyed doing it, and getting out," said Smith, "you can expand your menu and your audience by taking the food to them."
Greaves doesn't have a food truck "yet," he added, laughing, "maybe that is the goal."
But with the help of family and friends, Greaves says he plans to keep serving up new options for Northlanders with his business.
For more on what The Food Service has to offer, and how you can take a bite out of Greave's menu: