Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonte Garrett.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jonte. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Growing up, I watched my Grandmother, Willia Mae Taylor Wilson, cook (breakfast, lunch and dinner) daily. As a child, I can count the number of times we ate out or she didn’t start preparing her meals the night before. Sunday dinners always involved ONLY her cooking and the food was ALWAYS ready after church.
It was never anything fancy but it was always homecooked and enjoyable. She never asked for help and those who attended never called to ask if she had enough. One of the qualities I loved the most about my Grandmother was her consistency. You never had to ask, you just knew there would be.
As I ventured into parenthood, I began to develop a love for cooking. I loved to cook for my family and I loved to cook for events. When I cooked for my family, there was always too much. As others dreaded cooking large meals for holidays, those were actually my favorite moments. In the same fashion I always cooked too much. I enjoyed everything about making the meal. I loved to prepare “pretty plates” that made the food amazing to taste and to see. I’d eat at restaurants and not only enjoy the meal, but I’d come home and duplicate it. My family was always the guinea pigs of my new creations. It was either an out the park success story or an overwhelming disaster. Either way, I loved it. I loved the challenge of creating something new and enjoyable and I loved the peace that cooking provided.
With the introduction of social media, I began posting pics of my meals. A former co-worker, Vernice Wesley suggested I write a cookbook and sell my food. I always thought of cooking as fun and relaxing, I never thought of it as a career. I got some downtime from a few projects that I was working and I decided to test my hand at doing what I loved… for the first time in my life!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
This has definitely NOT been a smooth road. I’d describe it as a “journey of understanding” OR the “road less traveled”. I am compulsive, obsessive and strive for perfection in all I do. Because cooking has become “my baby” and my peace. I took on everything at once. I did not balance and it became my sole focus.
I have had to learn that S*& * happens. Everyone will not like what you do or what you have to offer. WE (or our products) ARE NOT built for EVERYONE. Things will not always be perfect. I won’t be able to do it all. I can’t do it all. Slow and steady can still win the race.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Tay-Tay’s Kitchen is your “other grandmother’s kitchen table.” We prepare delicious meals made with love, patience and specifically for you. Our food is not only a meal, but it’s a reminder of those things most important; your family, your health and togetherness.
We create meals you will love, southern comfort foods that warm the soul and desserts that make you reminisce of your childhood.
I am most proud that Tay-Tay’s Kitchen promotes “old school values” like families eating together, sharing experiences, and memories over a delicious meal. I love that my daughters (17, 12, and 4 ) know my recipes and we are able to bond over something we enjoy! This is not only what I’m most proud of, but it’s what sets us apart.
What were you like growing up?
I’d best describe myself as a socially introverted mature nerd. I loved school. I played school day and night with my cousins. Though I was one of the youngest, I was always the teacher. I gave instructions and I ALWAYS took charge, ALWAYS lol.
I never remember feeling like a child. I always felt as if I had a responsibility to do something. I enjoyed everything about learning. I liked to make my own money and I ALWAYS had an idea to start something new.
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