We had the good fortune of connecting with Edmond and Tiffani Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Edmond and Tiffani, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Once the pandemic began, starting our own business was a matter of survival. Weighing the pros and cons of continuing to be an “essential worker” made it clear that being an electrician was not worth putting our family at risk. It was time to take a leap of faith and pursue or dream to start a unique poutine business! My wife first tried poutine in New York City about 8 years ago and loved it! Our family then had our first bite of this delicious Québécois dish in Florida … we ALL became big fans! It was at that time that we came up with Not Your Routine Poutine. Prior to becoming an electrician, I spent many years in the food industry. My wife’s family has a long history of entrepreneurship. Her great great great grandmother owned her own chicken farm and fed the people that built the Panama Canal, her grandmother was an amazing caterer for years New York , her mother owns her own mobile spa company, and she herself owns her own holistic care company. My grandfather came here in 1956 and opened a grocery store in the neighborhood of Greenpoint Brooklyn in the 1960’s. Along with his wife they raised two children while starting a business from scratch. The business stayed open until his passing in 2019. He worked along with his son in the bodega that allowed him to support his family and continued to be that friendly face the customers he knew. The entrepreneurship spirit is in both of our blood. We had no doubt that we could start NYRP and be successful! Being able to work for ourselves. and be there for our children was our number one priority. We’ve come a long way in two years and can’t be prouder of ourselves and our achievements. We went from selling food from our home, to public events in a tent, to pop up’s in a “shack” that we would construct for each job, to our food truck! We are excited to now begin our journey in Sedona AZ, and hope to soon serve the Sedona community from a brick and mortar.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We are a mobile Food Truck that specializes a very popular traditional Québécois cuisine and putting our own twist on it. N.Y.R.P. offers many different international poutine styles. Poutine has been around since the late 1950’s. There is much debate over where poutine first started, but one thing’s for sure, it’s delicious! All of our gravy’s are made from scratch using gluten-free flour,and the freshest ingredients, locally sourced as often as possible. We take inspiration from dishes all over the world, from the Caribbean islands , the roots of New Orleans to Sweden. With each poutine, you will experience the taste of the world in the palm of your hand. We feel our spiritual beliefs and unconditional love and support for each other are the reasons we are here today. Believing that we all have have a journey to walk and that we are guided along the way. It is never easy to walk by faith and to rise above the doubts and negativity. We have had MANY challenges along the way, which we feel we were supposed to endure. Each challenge was either a lesson or a push in the right direction. We’ve learned to always see the silver lining no matter the situation and to keep moving forward! We are dedicated to continue following our path, and for now that is providing folks with unique delicious poutine. It is also important to us that we leave a small footprint on this planet. We are proud to be an eco friendly company.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park was one of our favorite places to visit in Sedona. It is one of the most serene places we’ve ever been. When visiting Sedona, you must try the Butterfly Burger! Their food was great!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Our awesome children (we have 7), keep us motivated to move forward. Our supportive family members and friends. The Hampton Roads customers and breweries that have supported our business.