Mood Food Wellness Co. is a forward thinking wellness brand focused on making it easier for everyone to better understand and nourish the deeply rooted connection between food, mood and wellness.
It is our belief that better living begins with better understanding of our bio-individual needs, and it is our mission to help everyone achieve and nurture that understanding in a way that easily integrates into everyday life with our unique blend of educational content, lifestyle offerings and community events.
gather. nourish. educate. inspire.
community + dining + workshops + retreats
Our events gather industry experts and curious community members in a carefully curated setting that is designed to feel like a social gathering, but still wholly focused on creating positive associations with healthy choices.
Life is busy, and our events aim to combine the effortless fun of attending a social event with the mental and physical health benefits of a traditional wellness workshop.
lifestyle + wellness + food + beverage
The Mood Food Marketplace is a virtual marketplace focused on making clean products from small brands and local vendors more easily available to consumers.
Our Marketplace serves as both an online resource for consumers and important visibility platform for small brands aligned with the Mood Food mission.
test kitchen club.
articles + recipes + education + exclusives
The Test Kitchen Club is a virtual membership community with tangible perks.
TKC members enjoy all kinds of benefits, including early event invitations, discounts on event tickets and Marketplace orders, and have unlimited access to our collection of online content, including recipes, blog posts and workshop recordings.
TKC+ Subscription members also receive a monthly subscription box loaded with full sized products from the Mood Food Marketplace.
advocates + educators + artisans + friends
The Mood Food Wellness Collective is a community of local wellness advocates, educators, artisans and friends that specialize in a variety of lifestyle and wellness topics ranging from the kitchen to career.
Collective members all have independent projects and collaborate with Mood Food Wellness Co. to create Test Kitchen and event content.
Mood Food Wellness Co. began in 2019 around a kitchen table in Cohasset, MA when a group of friends realized their relaxed gatherings had turned into some very impactful learning experiences.
During these gatherings, the group would casually share recipes, products, articles and advice that everyone seemed to find themselves easily integrating into their everyday lives once they had left the table.
The group also found that when they left these gatherings they never felt like they had over indulged, despite having spent hours around the table eating, drinking and indulging in each other's company. In contrast, they felt energized, empowered and inspired to embrace the rest of the day!
It didn't take long for Melissa to realize that the group had stumbled upon something special and she quickly began working on a concept that would capture the magic of their gatherings in a way that could be shared with the community.
While trying to figure our what made these gatherings so special, a few things quickly became apparent: the group hadn't come to learn, they came to socialize; there was no judgment at the table, everyone had come to indulge; everything on the table was clean, so there was nothing to avoid; and most importantly, all of the information they shared was being presented in an organic way that seemed to help the information sink in much more easily than any educational experience ever had.
Upon diving deeper into why learning seemed so much easier at these gatherings, the group discovered that they had serendipitously created an ideal learning situation by entering into a relaxed state and engaging all of their senses while they shared information with each other!
By entering into this ideal state, everyone at the table was unknowingly helping their bodies to create a densely woven network of neural pathways back to those memories in their mind. So, when the thought of that delicious bite came to mind, so did all of the great feelings of mental and physical health they were feeling in the moment, and most importantly, so did the information in the conversation they were having!
All of a sudden, striving to live better didn't seem like such a challenge for the group because it had simply become an ongoing and inspiring conversation between friends - a conversation that has been going on and growing for over a year now!
In early 2020, with a full calendar of Spring and Summer events lined up, what was then known as Mood Food Events, was faced with a brand altering "new normal" that prohibited gatherings in response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
While there was no doubt that the Mood Food mission would continue into this "new normal", it took Melissa a moment to come up with a brand pivot that would allow the company to serve it's community until everyone is able to gather in person again.
Immediately, Melissa knew that it was most important to create a way for the Mood Food community to connect online. So, she created the Test Kitchen Club as a way to gather Mood Food's community of followers and began reaching out to the amazing people she had connected with through Mood Food Events over the last year to form the Mood Food Wellness Collective, a diverse network of local wellness advocates that would share digital content in the Test Kitchen Club and participate in upcoming virtual events.
With the online community in place and virtual events in the works, Melissa moved on to making it easier for her community to easily access the clean, local products from the #moodfoodapproved brands they had come to love and began working to bring the Mood Food Marketplace to life!
After quickly connecting with all of her favorite local brands, Melissa began researching and reaching out to small businesses from throughout the country to source a diverse selection of all natural food, beverage, lifestyle and wellness products made with exclusively clean ingredients by small independent brands.
In addition to all of these new features, Melissa also launched the TKC+ Subscription Box, a monthly subscription box featuring full size products found in the Mood Food Marketplace.
By late April, what had previously been an events based company had officially become a multifaceted lifestyle and wellness brand, and once the evolution became apparent, the brand's transition from Mood Food Events to Mood Food Wellness Co. simply seemed like the next natural step!
creator of mood food wellness co.
Melissa Peralta is a free spirited entrepreneur with a diverse professional background and deep passion for pursuing projects that bring more joy to the world around her. Whether she is working with the Mood Food Wellness Collective, her bespoke catering and event company Suddenly Simple Events, her rustic rental company The Borrowed Board, or one of the many other projects she is a part of, Melissa is always looking for an opportunity to help others embrace better living!