“Meat” the Team

 

MELISSA PRUSAN

The founder of Meat My Truck, a company that gives home cooks access to delicious, sustainably sourced ingredients. This new food delivery service was born out of necessity.

“When the pandemic hit, everything turned upside down. Restaurants who had been purchasing the highest quality meat and fish, were closed. Everyone was stuck at home cooking but couldn’t always get what they needed at the grocery store, and in some cases… were too sick to shop.”

An employee of Inland (the southeast’s largest seafood distributor) at the time, Prusan saw the surplus supply coming from the restaurant closures and wanted to create a safe way to keep up with consumer demand.

She remembers, “I just have to find a way to get this food to the folks who need it!”

So, in March of 2020, Prusan sent a few emails and some texts to friends and neighbors. Through her own social media, she listed products she knew they would enjoy from providers like American Butcher, Beelers Pure Pork, Inland Seafood, Meats by Linz, Springer Mountain Farms, Sweet Grass Dairy, Banner Butter and more. To her delight, the orders started rolling in, so much so that Prusan had to rent a truck in order to meet her customers at planned pick-up locations. The drive-thru style contactless system was well-received. As word began to spread, the need for a larger truck became evident. Through support of the Inland team, Meat My Truck’s own branded, refrigerated delivery vehicle can now be spotted in the Roswell, Tucker, Dunwoody, and East Cobb areas.  

 

“Meat My Truck is more than fresh meats – it’s a farm-fresh or boat-fresh experience.”

 

The quality of the food is the highest priority for Prusan. “I’m proud to say that we’ve built great relationships with both farmers and fishermen, and are really helping to support agricultural communities and small businesses.”

Prusan has been working in the seafood industry since 2004. Her work has taught her the importance that “center of the plate” proteins play in a well-balanced diet. “Giving my customers access to all-natural, hormone-free meat and fresh seafood has really become a passion.”

Currently, Meat My Truck offers premium, chef-quality seafood, chicken, pork, lamb, veal, artisanal foods, and signature butcher box bundles (which have been very popular as corporate gifts). Along with neighborhood pick-up options, they also ship nationwide. It’s easy, simply purchase online or “meat” the truck to shop in-person onsite. Now serving local Atlanta neighborhoods, markets, and pop-up sites.

 

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CALVIN ROUSE, III

Growing up in Sacramento, CA, I was told to put your head down, work hard, get good grades, and go to college. I studied finance and immediately went into that world, first as a financial planning, then for a little start-up named E*Trade. I worked my way up from a customer service rep, to opening the trading department in Alpharetta, GA, building and managing a team of 32 stock traders, to becoming IT Risk Analyst. That was a previous life.

 After leaving E*Trade, I began working at Whole Foods, again, keeping my head down and working hard, met a few key people that boosted my eventual food journey; two former producers from the Martha Stewart show.  By working for free at countless events, I ended up working on the show “Good Eats'' as a chef for Alton Brown and his staff, even getting in a few episodes. In between shooting for the show, I had the opportunity to be one the chosen few to assist make and shoot every recipe for the cookbook "Bon Appetit Y'all, by Virginia Willis.  From there I catered for events such as: two Atlanta Food and Wine festivals, seven Taste of the NFLs at Super Bowl, Taste of Derby at Kentucky Derby, Zac Brown Band, recipe tester and food stylist for SF Chronicle, lead chef at LinkedIn, recipe writer for Chef Ryan Scott, and eventually started my own hot sauce brand, Barrel and Bottle. It’s been an exciting 17+ years. I’ve been in places cooking for people I would have never dreamed of and I owe a lot to my family, especially my wife and children.

 

 

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