Micah Sweat loves to see people smile. And what better way to do that than to feed them?
The 11-year-old Grovetown Middle School has been cooking since the age of four and already has a large collection of cookware and gadgets. He even cooks dinner for his own family most evenings and cooks it when his mom is done working.
“He has an entire garage cabinet filled with different kitchen gadgets,” said his mother, Holly O’Brien. “He even asks for cooking stuff for Christmas and birthdays.”
He recently won a baking contest at his church, Lewis Memorial United Methodist, after making a peanut butter cheesecake. This success helped him decide to start a business with his dishes.
“I just wanted to be a chef,” he said.
His mother helped him find recipes which he then modified on his own, and they started the Panda Cakes Family Food company, which comes from his love of pandas and cakes.
This weekend will be Micah’s first working weekend, and he plans to offer two entrees and two desserts each week.
The menu selections for the first weekend were Spring Chicken Parmesan for $ 10 per serving and Fettuccine Alfredo – Micah’s favorite dish – for $ 7, which included the main pasta with a side salad. Dessert selections were carrot cake or lemon sponge cake at $ 5 per serving or $ 35 for a whole cake.
As more orders come in and Sweat can buy ingredients in bulk, he hopes he can lower his prices. It also plans to include lactose-free options, including an oatmeal cheesecake.
Items are available for family delivery if the customer resides in Columbia County or for pickup for anyone outside of that area or who prefers to do so. Orders can be placed by sending a message on Panda Cakes Facebook page or by SMS (706) 840-7201.
The order deadline is every Thursday at 6 p.m. and meals will be available for delivery or pickup on Sunday.