We had the good fortune of connecting with Tori Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tori, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The thought process behind starting my own business was actually already part of me. I come from a bloodline and family of black-owned businesses and creatives. My passion for cooking, catering and creating a food product line is because of my late Grandmother, Sarah (Jefferson) Brown, who was a true Southern Belle from, Santee, SC.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My name is Shef, Tori Brown and I spell Shef with an S, to emphasize S-H-E, to represent women in the food industry,
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?
Breakfast/Brunch: We would start at my spot. As a Shef and Owner of Breakfast Belle, LLC. I would make them a few of my most popular items. Fish and Grits, using my famous Bamma Fish Fry. Chicken and Waffles using my Bamma Chicken Fry, fluffy scrambled eggs, a my country hash brown casserole, southern style yogurt parfaits, gran marnier mimosas, and my Breakfast Belle Sweet Tea.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My late Grandmother, Mom and Auntie for instilling woman-hood, teaching me how to cook and sharing their tips. My friends, family, Staff and Mentors for supporting and rocking with me and believing in my vision..
My cousin Tegan Francis-Smith, my first business partner.
Tabitha Brown, My 1st major celebrity endorsement for Bamma Fish Fry. She graciously used her platform to uplift another woman-owned, small business like mine.
Teresa Thompson for encouraging to take a leap of faith and start producing my products and to ship it to Tabitha Brown,
Katrina Pilver and Fred Paulk for encouraging me to switch to using organic sugar in my product to also appeal to the vegan community.
My Daughter for being my motivation and always reminding to live a balanced life. My partner Rah, for the most supportive, encouraging life-mate.
My Food Influencer network and Customers that have supported and/or purchased my products.
Most importantly, ALL PRAISES TO THE MOST HIGH for giving me this talent to share with the world and for keeping me.
Other: Shopify Store: https://breakfastbelle.myshopify.com/