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Total loan: $10,000

Rawlston

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Brooklyn, NY, United States / Food

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A loan helped us pay for the design of our catering menu, update our website, and cover soft costs associated with opening our second location.


Rawlston's story

I grew up on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, but my mother immigrated to the U.S. when I was three years old. It took 7 years to be reunited with my mother in the U.S. While I waited to rejoin my family, a close family friend looked after me and taught me how to cook. From making chocolate to raising cows for milk, I grew up around fresh, organically grown ingredients such as coconut, papaya, tamarind, corn, mangos, and fresh fish. At 10 years old, I finally received clearance to come to the U.S. and joined my family in Brooklyn. Just two years later, my father was tragically murdered. My mom had to work, and I started to cook for our family while my mother was working. I had originally planned to become a minister but began dreaming of becoming a chef. I was awarded a scholarship to attend the French Culinary Institute and graduated in 2012. I nurtured my culinary career by working with private clients and doing catering work and eventually realized I needed a name for my business. As I thought about what the name should be, I reflected that if I had not ended up cooking, I would have been preaching. It was then that I realized that I was still preaching, but now my sermon was food instead of faith--a Food Sermon. My wife Annette, who grew up with me in St. Vincent, has been with me since day one as co-owner. She manages all our business finances, and is a CPA! We were fortunate to re-connect and fall in love when I returned to St. Vincent as an adult. Annette has partnered with me in preaching my Food Sermon ever since.