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

Hi Melody, why did you pursue a creative career?
I have always been a creative person. I used to like to write but got away from it thru the years. But the creative part of me was still there. As I got older I realized I loved to cook and decorate and entertain. My parents had owned a restaurant during my high school years and I always loved the catering aspect of it. Being able to create dishes and make people happy thru food became more than just a part time thing to a full blown passion.

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 think what sets me apart from others is not just my creativity but also the fact that everything i do is homemade. At least 90% of the dishes on my website are homemade by myself. No gravy packets or instant mashed potatoes. We make everything we can from scratch. That is also one thing that I am very proud of about what I do. Its easy to take the easy way out but it takes alot more to create something that you can call your own. And to amaze people with my food. It was not easy making the decisions I have made to make my catering a full time job. I left a company I was with for 23 years complete with insurance and other benefits but I knew it was i needed to do to be happy and to chase my dream. I am still learning lessons every day doing what I do. I want everyone to know that what I do is created with 100% heart. Nothing less will ever do.

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.
One of my favorite things to do is ride gocarts. So I would definitely make sure that a day at Andretti’s was on the list. Another new favorite place i recently visited was Juliette Ga. Home of where the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was filmed and based on. The town may be tiny but it has alot of history and for a movie buff like myself its definitely a place to visit.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family and friends have always backed me up and encouraged me. But my cooking mentor Chef Martie Duncan of Martie Knows Parties has been the biggest inspiration to me over the past several years. I met her several years ago at a cooking and entertaining expo. She sparked ideas in me that I never knew existed and has become a dear friend of mine. Her pursuing her dreams inspired me to pursue mine.

Website: Jfycatering.com

Instagram: Jfy.catering

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/J4UCatering

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