We had the good fortune of connecting with Darla Dure and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Darla, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
Honoring my past and embracing my culture. I wanted to make food that was authentic to my history I’m a Haitian immigrant. The story of who I am is deeply ingrained in that. I have a passion for making good food and I have my mother to thank for. I never realized the richness she was providing in our Haitian meals that took hours to make but you could never forget.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m super Haitian when I cook any meal a part of my Haitian roots are included every time. I use techniques from different dishes to incorporate a unique signature flavor. I love when I sell out it really makes me feel like I’m on the right path. I get to feed people and they become family through food. I honestly have tried many ventures before I found my passion but when it felt the best I became dedicated to being consistent. Consistency is not easy it requires you to be accountable for showing up for what you say you love and it demonstrates if you are really passionate about what you do. I overcome challenges by reminding myself that I am not perfect and that the things in my path have no where to go but I do. I want the world to see that l’ve been my authentic self through every part of my journey and to be inspired to go after whatever makes you happy.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m a foodie so we’re definitely going to a few Vegan places first stop would be for breakfast at Atlanta Vegan Breakfast, We would visit The High Museum and go get lunch at CHI CHi a vegan taco shop with amazing tacos, and then take a trip along the belt line. Finally I’d take my friend to Herban Fix for some unique Asian cuisine. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate this to my family y’all believe in me more than I do myself sometimes.

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Darriea Clark

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