It is an honor and blessing to interview Mike Rakes, the owner and genius behind Philia Foods. Philia foods makes the most delicious feta spreads… ever.
Seriously I am not kidding!
They are made with high quality, locally sourced and preservative free ingredients; which is definitely reflected in the incredible taste of the products.
However what is even more amazing about Philia foods is the person behind it. Mike has the most inspiring work ethic, and his genuine love for our faith is obvious! He is an active member in our parish, sings in the choir, and is very involved in our young adult group (even though he has such a busy schedule). I believe, it is his character and integrity that makes Philia foods so great… the way something taste better when it’s made with love. I am so proud to call him a friend and so excited to see this incredible business grow and expand in the future.
My Name: Mike Rakes
My Patron Saint: Archangel Michael
Company Name: Philia Foods
What I make: Spreadable Feta Products
How being Orthodox impacts my work: Being orthodox means we’re called to be Christ-like in all that we do: Work, play and otherwise. My faith helps to keep me grounded amidst the craziness of running a business. At the end of the day, the only purpose for me creating these spreads for people to eat is to glorify God. I feel that I have been blessed with an opportunity to connect with people through food, and I hope to do it in the spirit of community and love for all. I hope to continue to connect with people through food, for as long as God wills it to happen.
As a child, my favorite children’s book was: Growing up my favorite kids book was “Caps for sale.” I never really thought about that until asked, and who knows, maybe I was drawn to it because of the entrepreneurial spirit in the peddler selling his hats.
If I could tell our youth one thing it would be: If I could tell our youth one thing it would be to work hard. My Papou always said “God helps those who help themselves.” In other words, if you sit around all day and don’t try accomplishing anything, God isn’t going to magically make it happen for you. When you get the ball rolling, only then can God develop a relationship with you.