June 1st marks our 15 year anniversary so we want to take a moment for Chef Debbie to reminisce on how far she has come over the years in Nashville. From her brick & mortar restaurant, catering shop and early focus on cakes, Chef Debbie has done it all and has landed exactly where she intended:
I decided to open my own shop when I became tired of the industry standard "corporate" way of doing business focusing only on numbers and not people. People are the most important aspect of what we do and I was a firm believer that if I took care of people the numbers would happen naturally.
My intense passion for food set me in motion to go out on my own and share this passion with others. With my family behind me, the journey started and we opened our restaurant in White House, TN on June 1st, 1999.
Growing up in NY with a father who always loved cooking, I was always trying out new dishes in our household. With my sweet parents behind me, we decided to create what we felt was the perfect offering for the restaurant: catering, NY style sandwich shop with a small bakery.
Our pickup only lunch menu took off and our customers begged for a dining room. So after only two weeks, we renovated and put in an 80 seat dining room. Soon after we had a full staff comprised of family + 6 full time employees.
Once word got out, the catering and cake business really started to catch on and to say we were busy would be an understatement. By our third year the catering business began to really take over and we had to make a tough decision to close the restaurant so we could focus solely on catering and cakes.
We have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful people over the years. We've worked with musicians, celebrities, shelters, many brides and venues around Nashville and Middle Tennessee. We are extremely proud of our work and remain humble in our experiences and new relationships.
Throughout this experience we keep our passion for pleasing people at the forefront of our work. We continue to happily work with many around Nashville and love every minute!