We had the good fortune of connecting with Chef Derrick Coleman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chef Derrick, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I started Bro Bros Catering in 2018 when I got fed up with catering options available in Metro Atlanta. I felt as though all the options were overly expensive and there wasn’t much originality in the menus to garner such pricing either. Id always loved to cook, it was a huge deal in our family; cooking together. So I’d decided since I was in charge of food for my work event that I would simply cook it all myself. I took on a challenge and conquered it! My coworkers and staff were very pleased with the menu, flavors, and setup I was able to provide. The feeling of accomplishment that came over me, the positive words, the conversations started, and most importantly the fun I had while preparing for this event was unmatched to anything else I’d done professionally. I felt a new fire spark inside of me following that experience so I connected with my best friend and we officially launched Bro Bros Bites in 2018.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Growing up I always wanted a little bit of this and a little bit of that, which is how I ended up here. There are dishes that have the ability to transport you back to another time and those that leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Bro Bros Bites strives to provide those feelings with every order for every client.
At Bro Bros Bites we focus on providing nostalgic food in delicious bite sized portions, buffet style, or private dining settings.
Bro Bros Bites has gotten to where it is today by word of mouth. We’ve created a family network of happy clients. With little to no advertisements it remains our goal to maintain a level of consistency, satisfaction, and execution that will continue to push the brand forward.
While the journey has not been easy; being a small business in a world of major players, chain restaurants, and franchises has been nothing but rewarding. During our time in operation there is one thing that our competitors have been unable to match, and that’s our level of customer service. Our clients love the personal touch, attention, and dedication they receive while planning and executing some of their most important times of their lives; do yourself a favor and let Bro Bro’s help you too!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When I have visitors in town or someone asks me for recommendations there’s a few places I always say they have to go.
To start we have to stop by the Varsity for lunch on day 1, because it’s such an Atlanta staple and nestled right in the heart of downtown. From there I’d insist on a nice stroll thru Piedmont park or a portion of the belt-line. From there we’d head to Ponce City Market for some margaritas.
I’d recommend for day two, some cultural activities. We would go by the High Museum, college football hall of fame, civil rights museum and of course coca-cola museum. Then we’d have dinner somewhere off of Peachtree, like Oceanaire.
Day 3 would def have to kick off with an Atlanta brunch like at the ATL Breakfast Club or 75 Parc. From there we’d head over to Buckhead for some light shopping. We’d then have to head over to little five points for some vintage pieces.
There’s so much I always try to put on my friends and families itineraries when they come to town. There’s so much to do in the city of Atlanta alone, that is probably convince them to make another trip really soon so that we could hit other metro Atlanta spots too, like Stone Mountain Tyler Perry studios.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This shoutout is dedicated to the three people that pushed me the most to follow my food truck dreams, Miracle Seays of MiracleofWine.com, recording artist Ace Blanks, and Takilya Wilson. Because of you all I put my big boy pants on and got in the game of entrepreneurship. I am forever thankful and grateful for you all.
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