Spending a few minutes with the owners of Repas frais maison, Sophia Daoust and Michèle Legault, allows you to get a feel for their immense passion for cooking and also for the part of the country they have decided to make their home.
In love with the region, they chose Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette to set up their business. Their mission: to put together and deliver fresh and delicious dishes requiring no preparation other than heating them up for a few minutes and enjoying them. The business has become one of the largest employers in this municipality with a population of 727.
It’s hard to miss their current facilities located in a small yellow house on the side of Route 309. Upon entering, you are greeted by the friendly women who guide you in making the right choices of freshly prepared meals. Starters, fresh and frozen meals, marinades and desserts, all will make your mouth water.
The beauty of this business is that you don’t have to travel to the municipality located north of Buckingham to enjoy the meals. The two businesswomen have introduced a unique concept to the area consisting of a direct delivery service of fresh meals to the home. Customers simply order using their website.
Ms. Daoust makes no secret of the fact that she wants to offer a local alternative to consumers who often turn to the big players in this industry such as Goodfood and HelloFresh.
“We offer extremely fresh meals; we are not an IKEA of food,” says the seasoned businesswoman. “In addition, our goal is to create new habits with our dishes. We want to enhance the variety of tasting experiences for our ever-growing number of customers.”
This is not the two partners’ first business experience. Sophia worked for several years in their family grocery shop, owned a clothing shop and ran a major entertainment production company.
Michèle has over thirty years of experience in the catering business. She was in charge of the huge cafeteria at La Cité collégiale where 1,250 people ate every day. It is the combined strength of these two women that is behind the success of their business.
“We are both passionate about cooking and entrepreneurship,” explains Michèle. “It’s easy for us to work together in quickly developing our business. Sophia is a business specialist and I’m good at handling all the stress of producing a lot of meals every day.”
As the demand for meal orders continues to grow, the company has ensured that it has the necessary square footage to meet the needs of their customers. In fact, the owners purchased the former bowling alley building in Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette to eventually build a huge kitchen.
In addition to seeing to the future development of their business, the two women have succeeded in giving a second life to the wood of the bowling alleys by transforming them into furniture. From a small coffee table to a gigantic conference table, from a workshop table to a dining room table or a kitchen island, they are able to manufacture them according to customer requirements.
It was important for them not to simply send these wooden alleys to the nearest landfill. Environmental concerns are constantly present in their business model. Proof of this is in the delivery packaging for their meals, all of which is environmentally friendly. It is important to them that the use of plastic or polystyrene products stop.
Recently, a snack bar component was added to their on-site restaurant services. In addition to Friday pizzas, people can enjoy burgers, fries, poutine, and chicken wings. So, there’s something for everyone at Repas frais maison.
Fresh meals and local products ready for takeout
Gourmet Snack Bar
To order: 819-775-5939
1518, route 309 à Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette