By Anthony Floyd
Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
These are words that give Chef Dee Dee Coleman strength and inspiration. Words that do in fact give her hope. Hope for a joyous yet prosperous future. A future that is beginning to take shape as she readies herself for a remarkable new journey. “Once I left corporate America, God has been opening doors for me left and right,” says Coleman, and with a new year comes new opportunities and a new business venture.
After spending nine years working in a corporate setting, she decided to follow her heart and invest all of her time and energy into what she feels is her true calling. What is that you ask?
DEElicious Southern Cuisine Catering
Since she was a child in her mother’s kitchen in Alabama, Dee Dee has always had a passion for the culinary arts. She began cooking with her mother and aunts preparing family meals. Today, she uses the same recipes that brought her family closer together, but adding her own twist and creativity to produce something entirely new. Now, with the power of God driving her every step, she feels confident that this is what He has planned for her life, and aspires to bring the rest of the world together with her unique southern cuisine.
What exactly is southern cuisine?
If you are anything like me your first thought is golden fried chicken, delicious candy yams and savory macaroni and cheese. And if you were anything like me, you would be wrong. There is a big difference between southern cuisine and what people usually label soul food. Chef Dee Dee describes southern cuisine as “the blending of culinary traditions and ingredients with food that is derived form the south.” In other words it’s not your traditional soul food, rather food made from the soul of a southern woman.
Chef Dee Dee believes that southern cuisine is not limited to any particular type food, meaning that it would not be unusual for her to incorporate a wide variety of cultural foods, such as Italian or Mexican in to her cooking. This in turn presents endless possibilities as far as her menu is concerned. Where else can you get blackened salmon, chicken parmesan, creole pasta and steak and eggs, all with a southern flair?
For the past decade or so Chef Dee Dee has been the proud owner and lead chef at Deelicious Southern Cuisine which is a family owned and operated catering establishment with over 20 years of experience. At first it had been a hobby. A fun way to spend quality time with her mother, which is where she inherited the “Gift” and “Art” of preparing southern cuisine, but eventually she realized that this should be her full time profession.
She set her sights on building her brand, and through her role as a member of Bethel’s Chamber of Commerce she was able to connect with Unation, an events and branding network that prides its self on connecting people. She was able to produce and host her own cooking show for their website, where she currently has about 20 episodes and hopes to continue the show well into the future. She also is the food contributor for Hope for Women magazine.
And as if that wasn’t enough, she also talks “Healthy Flava” tips, and how southern cuisine can be healthier on The Living Day by Day Show and in their magazine.
In 2013 she has plans to open the doors of DEElicious Southern Cuisine Café featuring Sunday Brunch. While the café will only be open on Sundays, you can expect a week’s worth of preparation and dedication to go into every meal. Chef Dee Dee promises DEElicious Southern Cuisine Catering, as well as some intriguing surprises. Can you say red velvet waffles?