Black Enterprise Month Highlight: Tywanda Dupont

SOUTH FLORIDA – South Florida Caribbean Information is continues our highlight of Black-Owned companies in partnership with Harris Public Relations. We caught up with Tywanda Dupont, proprietor of the Miami-based catering firm Ty’s Hometown Café & Bistro Meals Truck. She might be taking her culinary skills to the Black Pepper Meals & Wine Competition, on Saturday, August 26,2023 from 3pm-8pm in Historic Overtown.

Tywanda’s mission is to supply high quality, genuine, and flavorful meals to her group conveniently and affordably to boost the standard of her clients’ lives and to convey pleasure and luxury to her clients, one blissful chunk at a time.

She grew up in Miami within the Overtown neighborhood and graduated from Miami Seashore Senior Excessive Faculty. She holds an Affiliate’s diploma in Enterprise Administration from the College of Phoenix. Tywanda labored for Jackson Hospital for a few years as an Administrator and at Everglades Correctional Facility as a Psychological Well being Coordinator.

Tywanda Dupont
Tywanda Dupont

Self-Taught Chef

Along with working full-time and elevating three youngsters, Tywanda began as a self-taught chef who constructed a profitable catering firm and have become extensively identified for her “romantic dinners for 2.” Throughout this time, she had the pleasure of offering baked treats for charitable entities resembling The Ronald McDonald Home. In 2013, she was granted the chance to bake the birthday cake for the late Angela “Large Ange” Raiola. That chance opened doorways for her to supply baked items for a number of native South Florida eating places. With a way of accomplishment, she determined she was able to elevate her enterprise.

Her ardour for meals is contained inside each inch of her plates, which marry flavors from her Caribbean and Southern roots. She nonetheless resides in Overtown and has a deep love for her group.

Meals Truck Enterprise Program

Tywanda accomplished the Meals Truck Enterprise Program at Miami Dade School within the fall of 2021 and was chosen as one of many three finalists. She is enrolled within the Culinary Apprentice School Credit score Certificates program at Miami Dade School by the The Circle of Brotherhood and NANA.

Her meals truck presents a decadent brunch menu that includes her signature strawberry mascarpone French toast, empanadas, and extra!

Since successful, she has partnered with B2B Partnership working all through the group. Her skills have been showcased on the Orange Blossom Basic, Black Pepper Occasion, Juneteenth In Miami Gardens, South Florida Meals Competition, and the Washington Park Heritage Day Neighborhood Celebration, all whereas giving again to the folks experiencing homelessness and her native church, Oasis Love.

With the grand opening of Ty’s Hometown Bistro and Cafe at Brightline Miami Station, she seems to be ahead to persevering with her culinary journey by offering high quality, genuine, and flavorful meals to Brightline riders and her group.

One on One with Tywanda Dupont

Q: Why did you select the meals truck route as an alternative of the bodily restaurant location?

A: It presents the power to succeed in totally different clientele in numerous neighborhoods. Plus, it permits me to be on the bottom assembly the folks I serve.

Q: What does your day-to-day appear to be as a meals truck proprietor and operator?

A: I begin by checking my propane ranges. As well as, going to the market to buy the meals for that day. As soon as I’m again on the truck, I begin prepping, which usually takes me into the time I open for service at Brightline Miami. Earlier than I open to service our clients, I’ve a chat with my crew, to set the tone to  be sure that my clients are happy with their purchases. When it’s time to shut for the day, I break my truck down, clear and put away used provides. I then take stock of what’s required for the following enterprise day, as my specials change each day.

Q: You’ve three children, a working enterprise, and I’m positive heaps extra in your plate. What are your high suggestions for productiveness as a busy mother?

A: Having a senior in highschool, one in school, and one battling psychological well being. I’ve to schedule my days accordingly. I attempt my greatest to stick to what’s on my calendar or to-do checklist, however it may be difficult. Consequently, I typically have to regulate to the state of affairs at hand and make sacrifices as wanted.

Q: What’s your go-to self-care routine after an extended day?

A: Prayer, meditation, journaling, and listening to about my children’ day.

Q: Are you able to share some recommendation for somebody seeking to begin a enterprise?

A: Preserve God first, don’t be discouraged if issues don’t occur the best way you anticipate instantly. Preserve your religion in your dream and proceed to place in your onerous work, as it’s going to repay. Pray as a result of God listens. Plan as a result of with out a plan, there’s no actuality. Steadiness and psychological well being are actual maintain your self. As a result of, with out a sound thoughts, you can’t run a productive enterprise.

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