by Tinky Weisblat
A few years ago Andrea Beaudoin was all business. Today her business, Hearty Eats on Bridge Street in Shelburne Falls, has a lot of heart.
The 30-year-old Conway resident obtained a master’s degree in accounting and a license as a certified public accountant after college. She worked for several years as a management consultant in Boston and in western Massachusetts.
Health issues made her step back and take a look at the food she and other Americans were cooking and eating.
“I changed my ways,” she announced when photographer Micky Bedell and I visited her restaurant.
Beaudoin quit her job and studied macrobiotics at the Kushi Institute in Becket. She emerged from her studies with new food skills as well as a new outlook on life … and pondered her future. She asked herself what she could do with her life and her business skills that would make her happy.
She decided that the best way to stay happy and healthy—and to spread the word about her food concerns—was to start cooking for others. Hearty Eats began as a vegan food truck in the summer of 2013.