About Elsy Dinvil
Founder of Creole Me Up
My name is Elsy and I am originally from Jérémie, Haiti. Haiti is divided into departments, much as the US is divided into States. Jérémie is the third largest city of Haiti and is part of the Grand’Amse department. In 1991, I came to America with a full ride scholarship to study in the United States. I was among just 20 Haitian students selected for this great opportunity. I studied Food Science Technology, graduated, and then, as part of the scholarship agreement, returned to Haiti for two years. I came back to the United States in 1999 after working at the United States Agency for Development (USAID) for two years and at CARE-Haiti for six years. Currently, I am in the process of completing my MBA with a concentration in strategy. I grew up in the kitchen. In fact, in Haiti, girls don’t have a choice. As soon as my mother started cooking, my sisters and I were in the kitchen helping with all sorts of chores and my main task always was to crush the ingredients to make the épis (marinade) of the day to marinate the main meat for dinner.
Needless to say, I love to cook and enjoy bringing close and new friends together over tasty food. My business, Creole Enterprises LLC, was launched on August 21st, 2017 after a six-year-long struggle with digestive issues and a colon surgery. I have a solid understanding of how foods can nurture and heal the body, and at the same time, negatively affect someone’s health. I am especially focused on helping people overcome health challenges through simple choices in the food they eat. My goal is to provide chemical and allergen-free plant-based products with rich flavors, which offer an alternative in the kitchen, all while staying true to my Haitian roots, culture, and background. This is the biggest inspiration behind my business.
I recently published a book, Cooking With My Mother, which is filled with over 100 easy-to-follow popular Haitian recipes. My company also offers cooking classes. If you would like to participate in one of the classes, you can either follow us on Instagram, visit this website often, or join our email list at the bottom of this page. If you cannot attend our classes, just get a copy of the book! My company also caters for small and big events. Reach out to us if you would like to serve Creole foods cooked with the simplest ingredients that sink well with your guests’ bellies.