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Hidden Gems: Meet Henry Anyanwu of Henny Butter Biscuits

Today we’d like to introduce you to Henry Anyanwu.

Hi Henry, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’m a Los Angeles-born and raised Nigerian American. Growing up the first generation, my parents ensured our culture was front and center in our family, and the main way that was preserved was through food. My mom loves to cook. I remember the sound my father would make when he finished a meal she made: a loud, satisfied “MMMMMM Magdalene!” The longer my mom was here in LA, the more she started to experiment and create more fusion dishes. She took inspiration from other cultures, like her Nigerian Peppered Chicken Lo Mein. While it wasn’t as often, my father also loved to cook. His favorite dish was called Moin Moin, and I used to love helping him make it. I inherited the chef bug from my parents. Growing up, I love experimenting with flavors and learning how to make affordable meals taste amazing. I was one of seven kids and I was always hungry. No matter how much food my mom made, I was ready for more. So, I started experimenting. While my love for cooking was always there, I also was passionate about business and following my father’s footsteps and pursue my business degree at Norfolk State University.

During the pandemic, I decided to invest in my love of cooking full time and to pursue Culinary while also launching my catering business, Henny Butter Biscuits. What started as sales making plates in my community turned into catering larger scale business events, baby showers, graduation parties, etc. I’m graduating from my culinary program at Auguste Escoffier School Of Culinary Arts this month.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Smooth Road? Absolutely not. Rewarding? Most days, haha. Honestly, life has not been easy. In December 2011, we lost my father during his trip back home to Nigeria. Losing a parent pretty much changes your life forever. He was our rock. He was the provider, and the circumstances of our lives changed very rapidly once he passed. My parents had seven children, and we were all pretty close to my dad. I think the first several years after he passed, my life just was chasing doing what I thought he would have wanted for me. That’s why I pursued a business degree. However, after some years passed and I started working through his passing and what I wanted for my life and living a fulfilling life, I started to think more about culinary.

Starting to pursue culinary during the pandemic hasn’t been easy either. People have fears of being in crowds or events, and that’s what I need to support a catering business…people. But going to school helped me learn effective business strategies to utilize during the pandemic. My fiance and I have a fully decorated backyard so we started renting the space and offering catering services as well. There are a lot of bumps along the road of launching a new business, but we’re figuring it out as we go.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Henny Butter Biscuits?
I am the Executive Chef and Owner of Henny Butter Biscuits, a Los Angeles-based catering company. I specialize in comfort food, but specifically fusion comfort food. My favorite food to make is certainly my pastas, but I became popular for my Henny Butter Biscuit, a soft buttered biscuit glazed in my homemade Henny Butter Sauce – hence the name! My favorite part of being a chef is creating experiences. My events are not just about delicious food but also hospitality and community. I want people to learn about food, to share and be vulnerable over sharing food, and to generally leave better than when they arrived at an HBB event.

Follow me on Instagram/TikTok @hennybutterbiscuits!

How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I want to collaborate with you to create beautiful experiences that feed the soul and the belly. Whether you’re a creative looking to host an Artist showcase or you’re a business owner looking to cater a team dinner, even a large-scale company looking to sponsor an ERG event, I am ready to work with you! We have an outdoor rental space and catering services readily available. Send me an email at hennybutterbiscuits@gmail.com.

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1 Comment

  1. Gloria Olatunji

    September 6, 2022 at 17:34

    I love Henry Butter Biscuits. They are so delicious. I love Henry’s comfort food and his fusion comfort food.

    His makes the best salmon and pasta.

    I recommend Henry’s food highly. Great for business and family gatherings and dinner.

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