I recently helped with a fundraiser in Kansas for Hope Bridges, a 501(c)3 that fights sex-trafficking in Northern Thailand. Natalie C. Anderson, owner of The Perfect Season Catering, dished up some major love for the event. I knew I needed to get to know this lady who made me an instant fan with her take on traditional Thai dishes and blueberry bread pudding. Yes, BLUEBERRY BREAD PUDDING that was out of this world goodness!! Not only was her food impressive, I was thankful and encouraged in hearing how she recently took a leap of faith and started her catering business. I quickly asked if I could interview and share her story with you all. “Don’t try; just do it.”- Natalie C. Anderson.
Tell us about where your passion for food comes from?
Natalie: I grew up watching my Grandmother cook for others. She would come up with some great meals with what she had on hand. I loved seeing her desire to serve good food and make people happy.
What is your “story”?
Natalie: My Husband passed away for Sickle Cell Disease at age 23. We had two children together by that time. I became very depressed from losing him that I withdrew from almost everything in life, including the in home daycare I ran. The one thing I enjoyed whether things were good or bad was cooking.
“The one thing I enjoyed whether things were good or bad was cooking.”
What is it about cooking that you love?
Natalie: My favorite part is seeing the smiles and hearing the reactions after people try something I’ve made.
What made you decide that you could turn your hobby into your career?
Natalie: I’ve always had people tell me they would pay for my food so it really got my mind shifting gears when I knew I needed a change. One day in church this past November, I felt like the Pastor was speaking directly to me. I heard that I needed to step out in faith and pursue the thing that has always brought me joy. I also had people within the church who believed in me and offered to help me with my goal. Without their encouragement I don’t think I would be able to do what I do.
Starting a business is challenging on so many levels. What keeps you from quitting on the tough days?
Natalie: Starting a business takes a lot of prayer and patience. I have to stay in my Bible and listen to what God wants for me. As I mentioned before, I have so many people, including my children, who believe in me and my catering abilities. They have provided so much support, emotionally and physically. They have definitely played a part in shaping The Perfect Season.
How have you incorporated this in raising your children?
Natalie: My children help set up at every event. I think it is good for them to get a glimpse at the obstacles and payoffs of owning and running a business. It is not easy, but I want them to know they should follow what God puts in their hearts to do.
Do your children express any interest in being in the culinary field when they grow up?
Natalie: Right now they don’t really have any interest in a culinary career, but cooking is always a good skill to have no matter where life takes you.
What advice do you have for people who are afraid to step out go for that thing they’ve always wanted?
Natalie: Don’t say you will try; just do it! You don’t have to have all of the answers; You never WILL have all the answers. Just focus on God and move toward your passion. It is also crucial to build a team of people who will support you with advice and help along your journey. You have to believe it will be worth it in the end.
“It is also crucial to build a team of people who will support you with advice and help along your journey.”
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