was to make an impact. If I was going to continue to grow and develop, I would have to make some changes. Though my mom was against the idea, my dad said, ‘Why not?’” Del’Inkka wasted no time moving to Sioux Falls and settling down. She took a job in the banking industry, married Julian and started a family. Her favorite pastime was cooking. I always loved cooking southern Louisiana food; it’s so delicious,” she says. “And back home, most everyone loved to cook. If you didn’t cook, you were well fed by someone’s grandma. I enjoyed being in the kitchen and being able to enjoy a meal with friends.” For eight years, Del’Inkka settled for a safe lifestyle. But then made another major life-changing decision. She quit her job. “Seeing my mother-in-law own her own restaurant and other small business entrepreneurs succeed helped fuel my decision to pursue my passion for cooking and owning a restaurant.” Del’Inkka says at the time it was a “scary decision.” She and her husband had just bought a house and discovered they were expecting their second child. “Julian and I both prayed. Through the support of my husband, we were able to accept life’s challenges and move forward.” For one year she didn’t work staying at home to be a mom. Her oldest daughter Jamiah was three when Jalayah was born. Del’Inkka knew she had to figure out what she wanted to do. The one thing she knew for sure – she loved to cook. Through much discussion, the couple made another big decision. They took out a $30,000 loan and decided
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