TASTE BUDS MATTER, LLC // CHEF DAVIS 89-31 161st St., Jamaica, NY 11432 tastebudsmatterllc.com
American born with Native American and South African heritage, Chef Davis, often better known as Chef Littlebit, is a private chef, caterer, youth and community advocate, holistic food educator, and the founder of Taste Buds Matter LLC. Taste Buds Matter specializes in creating foodbased workshops and programs for the community to develop healthy lifestyle habits through eating, which Chef Davis believes is an instrumental step toward connecting with the inner self. Chef Davis doesn’t let anything get in the way of continuously exploring her curiosity. Lately, she is excited about permaculture. Davis has partnered with students in Kenya and Cameroon through virtual workshops where she teaches what she knows about healthy eating, and they, in turn, teach her about their local plants and vegetables. Chef Davis has a small garden of her own, teaches workshops, is available for events, and promotes healthy eating as a lifestyle choice. Taste Buds Matter offers a wide variety of meal prep programs, services, and demonstrations. Chef Davis got her first catering event in 2015 with NYC’s League of Women Voters. She hasn’t stopped expanding, learning, and educating the youth about healthy living as it coincides with agriculture, storytelling, community, self-care, and humanity. Chef Davis is a dynamic traveling private chef with a wide selection of options for food services.
BEVO’S KITCHEN // GRACIA CLARY-LEONCE 135-45 Belknap St., Springfield Gardens, NY 11413 bevoskitchen.com
Originally from St. Lucia, founder of Bevo’s Kitchen, Gracia Clary-Leonce, is a positive presence with a winning smile. Gracia is passionate about the fresh ingredients and flavors of her culture and likes to remind us to eat healthy “Because you are what you eat.” Bevo’s Kitchen is a family-owned and operated catering space that has been in business for 45 years and has everything one needs to support a healthy lifestyle. Bevo’s offers meal prep programs and natural products made without preservatives. The menu includes jerk pepper tofu, bow tie butternut squash mac & cheese, Caribbean roti bowls, doubles, and exotic beverages made from fruits native to the Caribbean, but also has a wide range of other healthful products such as granola, and spiced pumpkin butter, among other jarred goodies. Gracia has a degree in biology which helps her to create dishes that are good for you. Bevo’s Kitchen frequently participates in events such as the New York Vegan Festival in Manhattan, the New Jersey Vegan Fair, and, most recently, Long Island’s Second Annual Juneteenth Cultural Festival with a range of Caribbean dishes. Bevo’s Kitchen has several seasonal summer stands at various markets across Long Island. You can find Bevo’s Kitchen Products at the Farmer’s Market in Oyster Bay, Babylon, Long Beach, Roslyn, and Valley Stream. Bevo’s Kitchen will also be at the Atlantic Antic Festival in Brooklyn this October.
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