My name is Alyssa Smith, I am 23 years old and been working in the foodservice industry for 6 years but the last 3 primarily focusing on plant-based cuisine, influenced by my sudden lifestyle choice of becoming vegan. When I moved here in 2017 I felt the presence of a common ancestor through the connection of food from the land and the conscious efforts to eat ethically and harmoniously with nature. I'd like to think I create plant-based dishes for everyone to enjoy, making sure to implement local produce and a variety of culturally rich dishes. I learned from some of my favorites and after being a line cook for a few years here on Oahu, I decided to work independently as a private chef and caterer. I created my business Freshoverflesh in January of 2019. When Covid 19 initially hit forcing farmer's markets and event spaces to close their doors, my business took a huge toll. I then realized the advantage of an independent mobile unit in order to stay open and stay safe. I abruptly stopped taking the few orders I was blessed to still be receiving to step out of the kitchen, and into my dreams. After making the announcement, I received an overwhelming amount of support and donations from fellow business owners and loving customers. My friend Zee bought me a power drill, another donated some vinyl flooring and one couple even lent me their jigsaw; total lifesaver that then enabled me to build everything I needed. I single-handedly converted an old El Dorado transport bus into a beautiful up and coming plant-based food truck. You can watch the transformation from somewhat start to finish on our Instagram highlight bubble entitled "food bus". A few more expenses are needed to fully open, so in the meantime, you can support us at our featured pop-ups every Tuesday and Friday 11am - 4pm inside Fishcake; a contemporary art, furniture and workspace located in Kaka'ako.
in 2017 I raised 1k to purchase this broke down el dorado transport bus with a promise to do good.
Chef Alyssa serving up jackfruit burritos, rice, and beans in the coolest pants ever!
First timer eating jackfruit... she couldn’t believe it was all vegan! As you can see she loved it !
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