Michelle Rounsaville identified a gap in Oxford’s food offerings when she decided to launch My Michelle’s in 2010. It’s been a success, so much so that My Michelle’s is providing food to the ESPN team this weekend when it’s on campus for the LSU game.
“I knew that there were tons of places to get meals on the go or takeout, but nowhere that provided these types of meals that were affordable, fresh and healthy,” she explains. “I also noticed that all of the places had similar menus.”
Thus was born My Michelle’s, fitting the bill for everything from Grove food to grab-and-go lunch to homemade dinners to take home and simply put in the oven.
“We change the menus weekly depending on what we can get fresh, organic, or locally grown that week,” Rounsaville says.
In 2011, My Michelle’s added Nations’ Best, another leading local caterer for special events and dinners, as part of its operation. Rounsaville and Nations’ Best owner Nancy Nations had known each other professionally since 1997, and combining forces—and locating both in Nation’s space on North Lamar—made perfect sense.
“After I’d started My Michelle’s, Nancy heard through our network of food suppliers that I needed a bigger kitchen,” says Rounsaville. “When I met with her to look at her space, we started brainstorming.”
The two chefs prepare specialty items including Nations’ Catfish Stew, Chili, specialty breads and cheeses and Rounsaville’s popular Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas, Taco Soup, and Black Bean Telluride Bake, to name a few. A wide variety of hearty soups and casseroles are on the menu, as well. The business also offers daily specials.
Rounsaville says the salad bar is a favorite of customers—who can drop by 1308 North Lamar, Suite 4 (across from Lamar Lounge) and make a salad to go—but also cites the Cheesy Mexican Chicken & Rice, Baked Tortilla & Chicken Bake, and Homestyle Lasagna as hallmark dishes.
Hours of operation for My Michelle’s/Nations’ Best Catering are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Moon Pie Curtis performed this jingle for My Michelle’s at Music in the Hall on August 11, 2010. Curtis will perform at Two Stick this Friday night, October 18, at 9 p.m., before the Captain Midnight Band.
— Tad Wilkes, firstname.lastname@example.org