Wedding Trends Celebrates Jeneba and Albert Jallah




Wedding Trends Celebrates Jeneba and Albert Jallah as they tie the knot on their special day, July 30, 2016.
Jeneba and Albert Jallah. Picture by Idaway Menday Mammah

Jeneba and Albert Jallah. Picture by Idaway Menday Mammah



Aso-Oke: The customers’ favorite at a maternal lineage fabric business




Layoapeke Fabrics a family lineage business. It is not surprising that Adewumi Adefunke, a third generation family member of the business owner, understands the intricacies of the fabrics, as well as, the challenges of the business she has known from cradle. In this interview with Wedding Trends, the fabric sales expert submits that Aso-Oke is the favorite of her clients.
Picture submitted by Adewunmi Adefunke
  
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name's Adewumi Adefunke, from a royal family in Ekiti State.
Picture submitted by Adewunmi Adefunke

What informed the idea of Layoapeke Fabrics?
Layo Apeke is an age long name that started with my late maternal grandmother, my late mum, and passed on to me, they were successful Aso oke and fabrics merchants.

How long have you been in the Aso-ebi business?
I took it up officially from my mum five years ago, but have been into it since I know how to call my name.

Who are your customers?
Everyone who loves to look good on their special days and also wants to pick something unique and specially woven for friends and family.

Which of your fabric is the customer’s favorite?
The Asooke is the customer’s favorite, because, we have modernized it in such a way that makes you the cynosure of all eyes.

Picture submitted by Adewunmi Adefunke
Do you provide Aso-ebi for both traditional and white weddings?
Yes, we do, and we put in cognizance of the economy by providing friendly pockets packages as Aso Ebi. You don’t have to break the bank to look good.

Do you do only special events clothing or also provide casual clothing?
Our main focus are for the celebrants, friends and family. We will be introducing our casual collections soon. However, people can order personally if they do have events to attend and need to look uniquely beautiful.

What are the challenges you experience as a fabric sales person in the Nigeria?
The prices are not stable due to fluctuations in dollar rates. That is a big challenge, because, we caught in between the clients and our suppliers.

Any word of advice for interested fabric sales person or upcoming aso-ebi organizer?
They should learn to understand the dynamics of fabrics and its prices. They also need to be ready to learn about colors’ combination.

Do you have any last words?
Picture submitted by Adewunmi Adefunke
Layoapeke fabrics is a one stop fabrics and aso-oke online shop you can trust, our name is our integrity.

How can customers find you?
We have our main shop in Idumota, I run the online arm of the business. I can be reached on: WhatsApp; 08025138330
Facebook; @muAsoebi,

Instagram:@layoapekefabrics

Love made in heaven




For Ronny and Angelica, it was love made in heaven. Both husband and wife believed that God answered their prayers to be matched with the one and only life partner. Ronny shares his love story with Angelica below.

Ronny and Angelica with their two sons, Tyronn and Byronn. All pictures submitted by couple.

Everything started when I prayed to the Lord to bless me with the only, and unique wife of my life. When I was a teenager, I had my girlfriends but nothing serious until I enrolled in college and met Angelica, who is now my lovely wife and the mother of two beautiful kids.
Ronny and Angelica on their wedding 16 years ago

In 1997, at the University UTESA in Dominican Republic, I met Angelica in one of my IT classes. At that moment, she was just one person in the group of people that I started meeting. There was nothing special or relevant that could call my attention. We were classmates for three months but we did not have that much interaction during the time. I used to see her around the campus and say, “Hi” but that was all. One day, I was sitting at one of the recreation areas of the campus when she passed by and said, “Hi” to me. We engaged in a conversation that made her sit to chat for a while with me until her new period of class began.

We talked for over two hours about everything and anything. I knew her more and she had the chance to know more about me. We had one friend in common, her aunt, Tete. It was a pleasant surprise. We did not know until I went to see Tete one day to help her with some Mathematics problems. By the way, I used to be good at Mathematician!

Angelica’s aunt, Tete liked me, not as a woman loves a man, but as good classmate. She thought that I was intelligent because I could solve any Mathematic problem. One day, when I went to study with Tete at her house, I saw Angelica there and I asked her, “What are you doing here?” Her response was that Tete was her aunt and she lived with her. It was nice to see Angelica there and also learned that we had one person in common. By that time, her aunt noticed that there was something going on between Angelica and I. However, we did not know yet. Angelica and I were friends only, there was not any interest in each other, we thought.

Ronny and Angelica
Angelica and I began to get very close every single day. I knew her class schedule even though we were not having any class together. I used to wait for her during her breaks and just talk and talk. Whenever I was passing a challenge in my life, I just told her every that was happening to me, to the point that she became my confidant and I became hers, without realizing we were falling for each other.

One day, when I accompanied Angelica to her aunt’s house who lived close to the university, I asked Angelica if she would like to be my girlfriend and she said, “Yessss!” She made me so happy and from there on, we began to date each other. We dated for about three years. Our relationship was good. Thankfully, aunt Tete helped me by introducing me to Angelica’s parents. Angelica’s mother liked me right away but her father was a little old school. He wanted me to bring my father and mother to talk to him. I was 20 years old and he still wanted me to bring my parents. I told him my dad was dead and that I would be able to bring only my mother. He approved of it. I was very clear and straight to him by telling him that I was the one dating his daughter, and not my parents. More so, I told him that I was matured enough to be responsible and that I loved his daughter.

He accepted our relationship but not hundred percent; he wanted to know more about me and my family before going farther. With time, he started to like me. At the turn of three years, I told Angelica that we were getting married. I told her the date that I chose but I never asked her for a date. Weird. Isn’t it?
The Marty's family

We got married in the year 2000. It was a big celebration. There were around 400 guests at the ceremony. We had a lovely honeymoon in a beautiful resort. After one year of marriage, we had our first child Tyronn. It was an amazing moment that I cannot describe with words - becoming a father for the first time is a blessing. Three years later, we had our second son, Byronn. It was also a great moment in our life. Our life was good - with ups and downs - but God was always with us. During the first four years of our marriage, we struggled with money. Thank God, Angelica’s mom was always there for us. She knew when we were out of money. She used to visit us and whenever she came, she brought food, and before leaving, she would leave an envelope with enough cash for us to pay the rent. I love my mother in law, she was a big support in our relationship. I don’t know how to pay her back for all the love and care she bestowed on us.

Couple's selfie
Now, we have been married for 16 years. God has been and is good to us; He is the Center of our lives. Without God in our lives, we would have been divorced by now. My wife have her character and I have mine, so, we just try to complement each other. God gave us a beautiful family; He keeps blessing us day by day.


During all these years, we have done lots of good stuff and gone to lots of places together as the great family that we are. When I say that God has been and is the Center of our lives, it is because it is totally true. Before I met Angelica, I asked God for my only and unique wife that He had in store for me. My wife asked God the same petition before meeting me. So, the Lord brought us together forever until death do us part.

Loving company turns real love



It was just friendship in a loving company for Kehinde Adegbiyi, until she was wooed into making the dream of her friend, now husband, Jide Adegbiyi, become a reality in a holy matrimony. In her own words, Mrs. Adegbiyi narrated her love story below.
Kehinde and Jide Adegbiyi. Picture submitted by couple.

We met via Visafone Network chat. Before then, I had never subscribed to the chat services, I playfully did that day. Shortly after I subscribed, I got a notification that Jide from Lagos wanted to be my friend.  I accepted and we started chatting. During some of our chat sessions, I discovered we had so many things in common, like we were from the same state, our mothers are namesakes, my mum's name is Christianah Oluwafunmi Dada while his mum bears the same name(all three names). What a coincidence!

We both attend a monthly singles meeting in Lagos Island, although we never physically met through that platform. We talked for long periods on the phone and chatted endlessly online. All the while, I felt we were just friends. We agreed to meet physically during the next singles meeting. We met, and I must say that I wasn't attracted to him in any way, I just loved his company.
Mr. & Mrs. Adegiyi. Picture submitted by couple

I remembered that it rained after the meeting that day; I was under my umbrella. Meanwhile, he was in the rain. He didn't mince words, he told me, "I have always wanted to be with somebody that will ignite a spark in my heart, and I feel that I have met the person today." He said so many other things, like how much he really wanted to be with me and how happy he had been since he met me online. In my mind, I laughed really hard because he wasn't even close to the kind of picture I had painted about my dream man. I could see the hurt in his eyes when I told him no. 

We continued as friends, he had to go to work outside of Lagos, while I went for my National Youth Corp Service (NYSC). We got really into each other during that period. I could no longer hide the fact that I had fallen in love with him; hence, I gave him my consent. He was very happy on the day that he got my approval.
I had told some of my siblings about him. He called them on the phone. My parents were the last to know about him. Then, he gave me his mother's phone number. I sent his mother an SMS and she called me back. I could feel the joy and love of a mother in her excited voice on the other end of the phone, even though we had never met. 

Some months after my NYSC, he invited me to meet his parents. He told me over the phone that he would like me to go meet his parents since he wasn't in town and doesn't come home often. I agreed and they were all anxiously waiting to meet me. I can never forget that day. I was so scared and had mixed feelings. In fact, at a point, I almost turned back after embarking on the journey. But when I got there, the show of love that I got was beyond description. I fell in love with the family. Two years after, the wedding bells rang and we became Mr. and Mrs. Olajide Adegbiyi at a beautiful wedding ceremony. 

Want to share your love story? Send your story to weddingtrendsgowns@gmail.com

Inspired to cook from childhood




For Temitope Adedoyin Egbetokun, cooking good food is good business. In this interview with our Correspondent, the mother of a handsome young boy tells of how she transforms her God-given talent of cooking into a profession of repute.

Picture submitted by Temitope Adedoyin Egbetokun
 Please, tell us briefly about yourself
I am Temitope Adedoyin Egbetokun, a Nigerian from Ifon, Ondo State. I am the founder of Temmy Confectionary based in Sango area of Ogun State. I attended Grano School of Catering and Hotel management.
Picture submitted by Temitope Adedoyin Egbetokun

How long have you been into baking?
I have been in the catering world since the past five years but not as a full timer. I became a professional caterer this year (2016).

What inspired you to go into catering services?
I love cooking from my childhood. I remembered how as a child, I would put together cans of different shapes and sizes to feign cooking for a large gathering of people. One thing that now strikes me each time I reminisce about that childhood episode is that I was always the leader of that cooking team. Now, I realize it's actually my God-given destiny to become a caterer.

Also, I notice that I am not always bored whenever I am in the kitchen. I love good and well-prepared meals such that even when I was not yet a full time caterer, I was still taking outdoor service and strove hard to make it perfect because I believe I am good in cooking. And that was what eventually inspired me to go into full time catering services.

Picture submitted by Temitope Adedoyin Egbetokun
Are you also into other aspects of catering services?
Yes. I also do hall and outdoor decoration. We also engage in other aspects of catering service like cocktail drinks, snacks, cookies, intensive cookery which includes continental and intercontinental services.

Would you say you are enjoying what you do?
To God be the glory I am really enjoying my job and I am proud to be introduced as a caterer.

What differentiates a white wedding cake from traditional wedding cakes?
White wedding cakes always come in steps and mostly with white background color, while traditional wedding cakes have a traditional ambience such as a drummer and his drum, a fruit basket, a gourd of palm wine with kola nuts, and so on. However, the colors and shapes of a wedding cake is decided by the couple but we can only advice when the need arises.

Would you say baking is actually financially rewarding?
Picture submitted by Temitope Adedoyin Egbetokun
Yes, it is financially rewarding if you are good at what you are doing. Your work projects you and announces you to prospective clients. For instance, if I cook for Mrs. A's wedding and her friends like my food and services, they would ask Mrs. A to connect them to me when it's their turn to wed too. That is how it works.

What challenge(s) do you face in course of your job?
Our major challenges now are two-fold; Economic cost of foodstuffs and the cost of labor. The times are hard and even though our clients know that, they want you beat down our price as much as possible.

Picture submitted by Temitope Adedoyin Egbetokun
Tell us your most memorable experience as a baker.
My most memorable experience was when my servers disappointed me when I had to serve almost 200 guests with only two other people to help me. It was so demanding and tiring in the end.I thank God that I did it, but I'll never forget that day in my entire life.

What's your advice to young entrepreneurs?
My advice to young entrepreneurs is that they should add professionalism to whatever they are doing. Develop your God-given talent to a professional level. That way, you can profit from it.


How can people contact you?
My contacts are:
Phone:  08034261488, 08023600778
Facebook: Temmy Adedoyin
Instagram: @temmy5740
Picture submitted by Temitope Adedoyin Egbetokun

Baking cakes to create wealth



For Nguavese Terfa-mamadu, Chief Executive Officer, Hobel cakes & Confectionery, selling baked goods is a good source of wealth creation. In this interview with our Correspondent, she shares the story of her humble beginnings that has transformed into the wealth she uses to provide for her family.
Picture submitted by Hobel Cakes & Confectionery
Please, tell us a little about yourself.
Picture submitted by Hobel Cakes & Confectionery
Nguavese Terfa-mamadu is my name. I graduated from Benue State University in the Department of English. I am the CEO of Hobel Cakes & Confectionery. I am married and blessed with two twin girls.

How long have you been into baking?
I started baking in 2011 for my family but turned it into a business in December 2014.

What really inspired you to go into cake making?
I wanted to engage my hands so as to bring creativity, because, I love hand craft. I also learnt beads and hat making but I chose baking because of my extreme love for food. Secondly, I sell cakes to create wealth and support my family.

Are you also into other aspects of catering services?
Yes. I am into catering services and Events management.

What makes a good wedding cake?
For me, a good wedding cake is about good taste and design. If the taste of your cake is nice and you are able to recreate exactly a design a bride wants, she will be happy. In addition, you will be happier as a baker and your confidence will increase.

Picture submitted by Hobel Cakes & Confectionery
What challenge(s) do you face in the course of your job?
The challenge is a client’s inability to pay for the worth of a cake. An average cake takes more than four hours to produce. However, clients feel it's about flour, sugar, eggs and butter, but they forget gas, energy, time, and creativity which translates to the value of a cake. It's a very big challenge because there are times you fall sick after producing a cake. If they don't pay well, which money will a baker use to seek medical attention?

Tell us your most memorable experience as a baker
My most memorable experience was when a client called, telling me of a cake she saw on my Facebook page. She wanted me to replicate it for her. I was so glad and it encouraged me never to give up despite the challenges that I face.

What's your advice to young entrepreneurs?
I am also a young entrepreneur. What I can say is that they should never give up on their dreams. Success does not come over night, you have to be patient, very hard working, and step up your game.
CEO of Hobel Cakes & Confectionery, Nguavese Terfa-mamadu

How can people contact you?
People can contact me through:
Phone:+23470354552
Address: 1 Agowke Oga Street, behind Government College, Makurdi.
Email: avesetwins13 @gmail.com


"Marriage is a journey, not a destination"




Dancy (left) and Harold (right). Picture submitted by couple
An intimate gift for you.
Wedding is an event. Marriage is an unending journey of understanding, respect, love, and happiness. Wedding is an external beauty, but Marriage is an internal beauty of compassion. Dancy and I are married for more than 8000 days, 250 months and 22 years. Ours is an arranged marriage transformed into peace, prosperity, and parenthood.

Wedding is all about love, glamour, attraction, and infatuation. Marriage is all about trust, faith, and belief in each other. Marriage is power. Marriage can face any storm, struggle, sacrifice and sorrows in life with a smile and the journey becomes a smooth sailing ship of peace, happiness and freedom.

My perception changed from ‘I’ and ‘Me’ to “We” on the day I got married. This changed our journey in life to live with bonding, sharing and caring. We have a common goal and embrace each other’s weaknesses with compassion. In our ongoing journey, we always reasoned in our struggle, sacrifice and sorrows, but decided not to argue. Complimenting, respecting and acknowledging my wife in personal life and among family, friends and community is a very crucial part of my life.
Bradly (left) and Rohan (right). Picture submitted by couple

When we were blessed with our first child, Bradly and our second son Rohan, our ‘Purpose, Mission and Vision’ in life changed just the two of us to that of the whole family. We always address ourselves as “The D’Souza Family” since the birth of our first child because it is no longer “We” but “Ours.”

Our children have become our priority in life. We always dream, think and plan for a better and beautiful life for our boys every second, in terms of Value, Character and Education. It is a part of our daily life to eat, pray and do community service as a family.

Harold & Dancy 22 years ago. Picture submitted by couple
At one point in our life we failed as parents, providers and protectors for our boys due to unavoidable circumstances beyond our control. The lesson we learned as parents in life is that we cannot predict our future, so we have to plan to create a purposeful future for our boys.

As parents, Dancy and I listen, obey, respect and love our boys - Bradly and Rohan. These are not by words but by living it daily. When my boys were in their early teenage years, we taught them to practice financial aptitude. Now for more than 5 years, our boys manage, control and administer our finances, salary and savings, that is, paying bills, credit card payments, investments, savings and donations.
 
In real life, age is just a number. We always inspire our kids to think positive, think big, and aim high in life. We encourage them to always have a purpose in life with a mission and vision to live their dreams.
Bradly and Rohan have dedicated hundreds of hours on volunteering in our community. Both boys have been recognized, rewarded and respected as a living role model in the community. If you Google Bradly D’Souza and Rohan D’Souza, you can read all the articles. We focus on empowering our kids in real life to live their dreams. Bradly and Rohan are living their lives with happiness, freedom and a dream. We have no rules in our house. We never tell our kids to do chores - cleaning, vacuuming, laundry, and so on. On the contrary, we seek advice, guidance and approval from our kids. Guess what? Our kids have become more responsible with financial understanding, respect, compassion and faith in God. Our family thank God daily for the blessings we have been bestowed in our lives. We flipped our decision making strategy by empowering our boys. 
D'Souza family. Picture submitted by couple

In our dictionary of life, there is no word as “Divorce.” I love, regard, respect, admire and accept my wife, Dancy as she is. I appreciate my wife as a person who is more beautiful internally then externally. For us, it is a Win! Win! Situation.  We always help each other on our weaknesses, opportunities and threats. In every walk of our life, we complement each other’s strengths.

Like I noted earlier, wedding is an event. Marriage is a journey, not a destination. Like running a marathon, it does not matter whether you crawl, walk, jog, or run. It’s not all about winning the race, it’s about finishing it. Therefore, marriage is not about winning or losing. Love, enjoy, relish and respect your married life. Always be cool, consistent, creative, transparent, honest and communicate without any hesitation. Most of the wedding start strongly but finish poorly.  We were poor starters in our wedding, but a strong finisher in our marriage. God bless all newly wedded and married couples.

Have a love story to share? Send your story to weddingtrendsgowns@gmail.com
An intimate gift for you.

"Marriage is a journey, not a destination"




Dancy (left) and Harold (right). Picture submitted by couple
Wedding is an event. Marriage is an unending journey of understanding, respect, love, and happiness. Wedding is an external beauty, but Marriage is an internal beauty of compassion. Dancy and I are married for more than 8000 days, 250 months and 22 years. Ours is an arranged marriage transformed into peace, prosperity, and parenthood.

Wedding is all about love, glamour, attraction, and infatuation. Marriage is all about trust, faith, and belief in each other. Marriage is power. Marriage can face any storm, struggle, sacrifice and sorrows in life with a smile and the journey becomes a smooth sailing ship of peace, happiness and freedom.

My perception changed from ‘I’ and ‘Me’ to “We” on the day I got married. This changed our journey in life to live with bonding, sharing and caring. We have a common goal and embrace each other’s weaknesses with compassion. In our ongoing journey, we always reasoned in our struggle, sacrifice and sorrows, but decided not to argue. Complimenting, respecting and acknowledging my wife in personal life and among family, friends and community is a very crucial part of my life.
Bradly (left) and Rohan (right). Picture submitted by couple

When we were blessed with our first child, Bradly and our second son Rohan, our ‘Purpose, Mission and Vision’ in life changed just the two of us to that of the whole family. We always address ourselves as “The D’Souza Family” since the birth of our first child because it is no longer “We” but “Ours.”

Our children have become our priority in life. We always dream, think and plan for a better and beautiful life for our boys every second, in terms of Value, Character and Education. It is a part of our daily life to eat, pray and do community service as a family.

Harold & Dancy 22 years ago. Picture submitted by couple
At one point in our life we failed as parents, providers and protectors for our boys due to unavoidable circumstances beyond our control. The lesson we learned as parents in life is that we cannot predict our future, so we have to plan to create a purposeful future for our boys.

As parents, Dancy and I listen, obey, respect and love our boys - Bradly and Rohan. These are not by words but by living it daily. When my boys were in their early teenage years, we taught them to practice financial aptitude. Now for more than 5 years, our boys manage, control and administer our finances, salary and savings, that is, paying bills, credit card payments, investments, savings and donations.
 
In real life, age is just a number. We always inspire our kids to think positive, think big, and aim high in life. We encourage them to always have a purpose in life with a mission and vision to live their dreams.
Bradly and Rohan have dedicated hundreds of hours on volunteering in our community. Both boys have been recognized, rewarded and respected as a living role model in the community. If you Google Bradly D’Souza and Rohan D’Souza, you can read all the articles. We focus on empowering our kids in real life to live their dreams. Bradly and Rohan are living their lives with happiness, freedom and a dream. We have no rules in our house. We never tell our kids to do chores - cleaning, vacuuming, laundry, and so on. On the contrary, we seek advice, guidance and approval from our kids. Guess what? Our kids have become more responsible with financial understanding, respect, compassion and faith in God. Our family thank God daily for the blessings we have been bestowed in our lives. We flipped our decision making strategy by empowering our boys. 
D'Souza family. Picture submitted by couple

In our dictionary of life, there is no word as “Divorce.” I love, regard, respect, admire and accept my wife, Dancy as she is. I appreciate my wife as a person who is more beautiful internally then externally. For us, it is a Win! Win! Situation.  We always help each other on our weaknesses, opportunities and threats. In every walk of our life, we complement each other’s strengths.

Like I noted earlier, wedding is an event. Marriage is a journey, not a destination. Like running a marathon, it does not matter whether you crawl, walk, jog, or run. It’s not all about winning the race, it’s about finishing it. Therefore, marriage is not about winning or losing. Love, enjoy, relish and respect your married life. Always be cool, consistent, creative, transparent, honest and communicate without any hesitation. Most of the wedding start strongly but finish poorly.  We were poor starters in our wedding, but a strong finisher in our marriage. God bless all newly wedded and married couples.


Providing healthy and affordable dishes for all occasions




Picture submitted by Bendu Wreh
When Bendu Catering Services was to launch, the main idea behind the mind of the owner, Bendu Wreh was to provide healthy and affordable dishes for all people across various ethnicity in every occasion around the Twin Cities and beyond.

Wreh who opened her catering business about a year ago submitted that her passion for cooking has been nursed for several years from as young as a teenager. “My passion for cooking and baking started as a young teenager and has remained a major part of my life since then,” she stated.

After registering her business with the state of Minnesota in addition to taking food manager training and license she opened her catering business in New Brighton to customers who trust and believe in her culinary skill.  

Wreh ethnic and continental dishes, in addition to pastries, such as, corn bread, cakes, pig in the blanket, and so on. The caterer identified one obstacle to stood in the way of starting her business. According to her, obtaining a food manager’s license through the appropriate channel was a challenge she had to overcome to make a cooking business become a reality.

For interested caterers or upcoming caterers, she advised by stating, “Never give up on your dreams or passion. Always aim higher.”

You can reach Bendu Catering Services:
Phone:763 639 3575 
Email: benduhelb@yahoo.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BenduCatering/



A passion for cooking to entertain



Damola Adeogun is a caterer whose passion for cooking to entertain is an inborn talent. She shares her motivation for cooking, the business aspects of catering, including some of the challenges that she encounters as a specialty caterer.


A delicious meal served. Picture submitted by Damola's Kitchen
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Damola's KItchen's banner
My name is Damola Adeogun, hence the name Damola’s Kitchen and I am a first generation American with Nigerian roots. I have called Minnesota home for a little over 20 years. I am an alumni of Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Minor in Management Information Systems. I am married and we are proud parents of two beautiful children that rock our world daily.

What informed the idea of Damola's Kitchen?
I have always loved cooking, it’s a passion of mine. I am one of those people that could cook and entertain all day - that’s the definition of happiness to me. Damola’s Kitchen LLC was officially born in 2012 when I got laid off from my corporate job in bank compliance and I wanted to take a break from the corporate scene. Having the skill set of cooking authentic Nigerian cuisine in the Nigerian community is priceless. Making my skill set official just seem to be the way to go. I registered my company with the state of Minnesota and also completed food manager training class and certification. Voila! Damola’s Kitchen was born. 

How long have you been Catering?
I have been catering since 2012.

Picture submitted by Damola's Kitchen
Who are your customers?
I have a diverse customer base, ranging from people that love and seek exotic food, to people that want to maintain their culture in a foreign land through food.

Do you cater special events like weddings?
Yes, there is a huge demand for ethnic foods for weddings. We cater for event and personal catering needs. Whether you are serving a formal dinner or a casual lunch, a meal for one or catering for 300 guests, we do all the work. Our customers just sit back and enjoy the meal. 
Picture submitted by Damola's Kitchen

Do you do pastries or work with partners for pastries orders by your clients?
I personally do not cater pastries but yes I have vendors that do.

What are the challenges you experience as a caterer in the U.S?
The understanding of ethnic foods and its shelf life is a challenge. Many food inspectors do not have a good understanding of how we prep and cook ethnic foods. It sometimes causes confusion in how it is regulated at events and fairs. Also, some authentic ingredients have to be shipped from Nigeria or are only available in specialty stores at higher prices so keeping costs low compared to home grown foods could be quite a challenge.


Picture submitted by Damola's Kitchen
Any word of advice for interested caterers or upcoming caterers?
Catering is a form of entertainment and art in my opinion. I will tell any upcoming caterer to know their art and perform their due diligence before they get started. Catering is much more than knowing how to cook, you also have to understand the business aspects of it.




Do you have any last words?
The business part of catering is as important as the customer service part of it. I am always open to feedback be it positive or negative from my customers, it all helps provide better customer experience and help us improve our services.

How can customers find you?
Damola Adeogun, CEO, Damola's Kitchen
We can be reached by phone as customers can call in to place their orders at 612-239-4884 and also through Facebook @ Damola’s Kitchen.