Main Street Member: Taste of New Orleans, LLC.
Your Name and Title: Everett & Kiara Chinn. Owners/ Executive & Sous Chefs
What products or services do you provide? Catering and Private Dining options for small/intimate dinners, dinner parties, birthdays and anniversaries, as well as small weddings.
Who started your business and when? Conversations for Dat Taste of New Orleans was established in 2009 with only a computerized business plan for the restaurant and Bed & Breakfast. We started catering private dinners for couples for several years until we officially named ourselves Dat Taste of New Orleans in 2017. With various methods/ instruction on the proper way to set up our business (through programs through Guaranty Bank, SBA, etc.) our plan for business had became more clear over the last three years and then the official leap (of faith) was taken to get everything started; that came only through much sincere prayer and confirmation that only God could give us.
What is your company’s mission statement, personal life motto, or goal each day? "When taste buds speak, they say Dat Taste!"
Did you have, or do you currently have a mentor? How has that mentor helped you? Our mentor is the most spiritual being there is. It's only by the grace of God that we are able to utilize our gift. This process has not been easy at all. With everything in our business, it always begins with and is centered around God. We are nothing without him. It's never a shift or catering event we start without thanking and praying to God first.
What helps your business thrive? The love and dedication we have to our business as well as the people we are privileged to serve. It's literally like having an awakening everytime someone tries our food and their faces light up because they are so amazed at the flavors we produce with our meals. If love really is considered an ingredient, then it is definitely used in every dish.
What are your or your business’s plans for the future? Although we still desire to remain a unique private dining Café; if we can remain on track we look forward to being able to make the other portion of our facility a small Bed & Breakfast. There are many great hotels around but not Bed & Breakfast options and here in Greenville can be the perfect treat. Along with still being able support and start great initiatives for the residents here in Greenville.
What is the best way for a customer to reach you? Our best contact method is through our email system if it is after hours or simply stopping by the Café to discuss your needs and how we can be of assistance.
Where can companies find you on social media? We are visible on Facebook (@DatTasteNOLA) or Instagram (@thechinns_dattaste).