Mama Gaia was founded in 2016

by Philipp and Cru von Holtzendorff-Fehling to share their passion for organic eating with the world. The pair was inspired to launch this company because of their family’s firsthand experience with the powerful effects and benefits of organic and plant-based eating.

In 2010, Cru was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease, an uncommon condition that is profoundly debilitating. In an effort to regain a normal lifestyle, she self-prescribed a diet change (among other lifestyle changes) to all organic and plant-based foods. Soon after, their family noticed a remarkable difference in her health. Cru’s energy level and quality of life have continued to improve ever since. Through her experience, the family found that there was a lack of restaurants offering organic vegetarian and fast menu choices. The duo wanted to fill that gap with Mama Gaia and share their mission of cultivating a sustainable lifestyle through organic eating with the Memphis community. They soon found partners and investors to realize this endeavor.

Our Mission

Our mission is to make real, organic food available to everyone by serving organic produce prepared fast and at affordable prices. We are 100 percent committed to supporting the environmental and health benefits of a more plant-based diet and to making the unavailable available.
For us this mission means being good stewards of the Earth, our employees, customers, partners and the community. It also means that all aspects of Mama Gaia are “green.” Our restaurant uses sustainable, environmentally friendly processes and only organic ingredients. As a Project Green Fork certified establishment and the only B Corporation certified restaurant in Tennessee and the Mid-South, we will not only abide by the highest standards, but we will make every effort to set them for our industry.

These are critical elements of Mama Gaia’s identity as an environmentally conscious company and for fulfilling our desire to make our world a better place. One individual can only do so much, but if those with a similar vision work together, real change can happen, which is what keeps us energized day in and day out at Mama Gaia.

Our Team