Our Team


Our Team


Matthew B Borchardt– Owner/Chef

I am crazy about food! Cooking has been a way of life for me since I was a middle school kid. I rode my bike to and from a small diner in southwestern Connecticut to sweep and mop the floors everyday. It didn’t matter what I was getting paid. It just mattered that I got to watch the hamburgers sizzle on the flattop and the joy in the guests’ eyes as they devoured their meals.

I always wanted to be that guy, the guy who made people smile before, during and after their meals.

My family moved around a lot. But no matter where we were, good food and laughter kept our family close. Most of my childhood memories involve sitting around my grandmother’s dining room table eating a huge spread of food. Or sitting out back and eating a sweet, cold watermelon while the adults drank their adult beverages.

And whether in Connecticut, Chicago or back in my hometown of St. Louis – Lindenwood Park to be exact – I have loved working in the restaurant industry.

All of these experiences have led me to open up a place where I can make people smile before, during and after they visit.

So come on in to Edibles & Essentials and enjoy! My wife, staff and I are excited to be here. We look forward to serving you and this community for years to come.

Matt and Mary Beth Borchardt