A lot has changed for co-founders Jill Machovsky and Jennifer Blankenship since they opened Social Suppers at Corinth Square in May 2006. For one, the pair bought out their operation from the corporate organization a few years after starting, a move that allowed them the flexibility to explore new products and offerings. With that transition came a gradual shift away from their original concept — cooking parties where customers would gather in-store to assemble meals that could be completed at home — to a focus on prepared meals that people can take home to serve.
Social Suppers 10 Year Anniversary Party
Saturday, June 4
• Lunch, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Chair massage, 10 a.m.-noon
• Cake cutting, 1 p.m.
• Balloon artist, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
• Lemonade stand, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Caricature artist, noon-2:30 p.m.
• Celebration cocktails served throughout
“In the beginning most people made their own, and it was kind of a party atmosphere,” Machovsky said. “Now people come in and pick up orders of food and just shop the freezers, kind of like you would at the grocery store.”
What hasn’t changed, however, is the tight-knit community environment that staff and customers alike share. As demand for Social Suppers products has grown, the duo, who both live nearby in Overland Park, have added extra meal assembly shifts and grown the staff to 10 employees.
“Our original employee is still with us,” Blankenship said. “Most of our staff has been with us a long time.”
Those employees work to take fresh ingredients and turn them into healthy meals that busy working parents can feel good about serving to their families. The prepared meals are available both in freezer and a refrigerated section, so customers can either store meals or take them home to cook right away.
As they reach the ten year mark, the duo acknowledge that it’s taken a good deal of heavy lifting to get the business to where it is — but that the increased traffic over the past couple years has them excited.
“It’s not quite as grueling as it was in the beginning because we have a lot of help,” Machovsky said.
The company will be celebrating a decade in business this Saturday with a day-long anniversary party, including chair massages, a lemonade stand, a balloon artist, a caricature artist, lunch and cocktails.