As with all good things, home.made began as a dream. Years of hard work and baby steps have made this “little business that could” grow from a side project to a brick and mortar business with a devoted following.
Dreaming up how to open a restaurant without any money, Mimi started home.made out of her home in 2006. Home.made began as a personal chef & catering business, managed in the early mornings and late nights outside of her regular job. In 2011, home.made took the next step and moved into their current Baxter Street location. Since opening on Baxter Street, home.made has earned many accolades, including winning “Taste of Athens,” and best caterer in both the Flagpole and Athens Banner Herald.
Home.made has since grown beyond just catering and currently offers lunch, dinner and an event space for private functions. Mimi's signature line of southern snacks is available in gourmet gift shops across America.
home.made was recently voted Athens' Favorite new restaurant by locals. Only 2 miles from downtown Athens, home.made is conveniently located for out of town visitors.
Mimi Maumus is the chef /owner of home.made in Athens, Georgia. Born & raised in New Orleans, Mimi enjoyed regional cuisine based on the change of seasons and local availability. Her family’s garden included mirlitons, figs, tomatoes, green beans, and pecans which her father would transform into classic Louisiana dishes and southern favorites. Weekends fishing at Shell Beach led to days spent in the kitchen with her family, radio on, cooking trout meuniere, jambalaya, blackened redfish, and boiled crabs.
Mimi’s grandmother, Jane LeGardeur, (aka: Ma) enjoyed canning the food grown in her own garden. Ma shaped Mimi’s love of cooking preserves, pickles, and chutneys. Her pepper jelly was a prized gift during the holidays, as were her tomato chutney, bread & butter pickles, and strawberry jam.
While earning her undergraduate degree in psychology, Mimi worked in independently owned restaurants, where she was given the freedom to experiment, create and learn. Her love for the kitchen grew through the years and eventually became her career path. From chicken fingers to pizza to breads to brandade, Mimi has done an extensive kitchen tour of duty, all the while finding her own food style...right back in her childhood kitchen.