We had the good fortune of connecting with Katherine Kimbrell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katherine, what makes you most proud of the business you’ve built?
What makes me proud of the business I’ve built is the happy memories we’ve been able to create and the relationships we’ve been able to build with so many people. Our customers are more than just names, they become friends and some even family. We remember your name, how you came to find us, your order, and we can genuinely say we care about everyone and their needs. One thing I am proud of is the number of weddings we’ve had the fortune of catering each year. We tend to cater over 60+ weddings and it brings us so much joy to be able to contribute to these special moments that couples remember forever. We’ll get a lot of clients who come back to see us and purchase food for their anniversary as a “remembrance” of their special day. We’ve even had some customers who used us for the wedding and then their first baby shower! It is like we become a part of their life journey. It is really amazing to witness and makes us feel that we are truly are a part of something special.
What should our readers know about your business?
What sets me apart from others in my field is definitely my drive. I consider myself to be extraordinarily motivated and have a constant desire to always “do more.” This intrinsic desire to be my “best self” has carried over into my professional career and I attribute much of our company’s success to this inclination. I not only want myself to succeed, I want our company to be the best it can be in our industry. It hasn’t always been easy. I think Entrepreneurship can have a somewhat glamorous facade. It isn’t all “being your own boss” and “making your own hours” kind of thing. It is constant work and stress and honestly somewhat lonely. I work more now than I did when I had a corporate job. I’ve dealt with broken down trucks, staff shortages, and oh did I mention surviving a pandemic!? You have to have tenacity to deal with the ups and downs that come with running your own business. What I’ve learned is that as long as I believe in myself, my intuition, and vision, I can pivot and learn from failures and move toward success. Our company is built on making sure our customers’ happiness is our number one priority. We pride ourselves on our customer service and putting out top quality food that we know they will enjoy. I am definitely most proud of the reviews we’ve received over the years that further encapsulates our brand’s mission statement.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Atlanta is the melting pot of the South. Every single neighborhood offers it own experience and tastes. There are so many unique and delicious restaurants and food trucks. For my artsy friends, I would take them to East Atlanta and then by Little’s in Cabbagetown to grab a great tasting burger. We would then cruise by the Krog Street Tunnel for a glimpse at local art and graffiti. For my posh friends, I would take them to Ponce City Market to grab a bite from El Super Pan and then head to the rooftop for drinks. There are also a ton of underground gems such Octopus Bar for bites and the Clairmont Rooftop for drinks. I also really enjoy all of the great nature trails such as Sweetwater Creek and East Palisades as well as various hikes the “city in the forest” has to offer. There is something for just about everyone here.
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 want to give a big shout out to my business partner, who is also my husband, Jeff. I can be the first one to admit that running a business with your loved one isn’t easy. However, those challenges are heavily outweighed by the successes we achieve as a team. He offers a calming presence in a somewhat hectic fast paced environment and encourages me to do my best every day. He is there to pick me up when things go wrong and to assure me that everything “will be okay.” I feel lucky to have him in my life.