We had the good fortune of connecting with Lucy Richardson & Joan Castañeda and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lucy and Joani, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
The way we show love is through our cooking. We both come from different food backgrounds that we brought together and had so much fun doing it! People would request for us to cook for the church and their families. We also have a heart for people and families in need. One day we decided to open our own catering business to diversify and unite our community through their palates and hearts.

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.
What makes us different is not only the type of food we offer but the quality of the food we prepare. Not only do we offer great quality but we put love into every dish we make. We are most proud of our customer fan base that continues to grow with each year. We are excited about the future and owning our own food truck and kitchen one day. While working full time jobs, we kept the dream of owning our own business alive. We kept revisiting business plans and ideas of how we can make our goals come to fruition. We have sacrificed our income to support our business leaving our husbands to provide solely. Also, we have experienced many barriers trying to become a food vendor in our community. There are many different processes, health codes ,steps and regulations that we had to learn ,adapt and find our own way . We have learned many lessons about what it takes to become a caterer and what are the best ways to market our business to reach more customers. We love to serve people and our dream is to tap into our community and figure out what their needs are. We donate when we can, but would love to give back in a larger way in the future. We love working with nonprofits and giving hope to others. We really believe a great way to bring people together is through our food.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of our favorite places to visit in Atlanta are Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market, and Atlantic Station. There are so many places to eat and shop in those areas. We love to eat at Fogo de Chao and Fellini’s Pizza. We love to go to Sweetwater Creek Park for trails. We are foodies and most of our friends are so we love to visit Buford Farmers Market to check out all the different foods they have. Phipps Plaza has a nice movie theatre Fork and Screen. We love to bring people to the Georgia Aquarium, the Coca Cola Factory, and the Atlanta Zoo.

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?
We want to thank God for giving us the gift of cooking and loving people unconditionally. We want to thank our families and husbands for being patient with us and helping us to achieve our dreams. We would like to thank Latoya Mathews and Regions bank for always giving us opportunities to grow and teach us how to be a better business. We would also like to thank Kosol and Lindsey Kim for always supporting us through events and believing in us. Loren and Donald Rose for always thinking of ways to bless our company. Westgate Church where it all began. Thank you Pastor Dwane and Angie Terry and all the amazing people who supported us at the church. We would like to thank Kirsten Hubbard Lee for giving us this opportunity to share our story and loving our food. Special thanks to Erica Smith for her constant support. She is an amazing supporter and friend.

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