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Meet Darnai Thomas of Luna Bay Catering in Inglewood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Darnai Thomas.

Darnai, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I got my official start in the culinary arts world after working in corporate America for more than ten years as a salesman after my college basketball career at Tennessee State University. I always had a passion for cooking and I grew up in a family with a big love for food. I consider my grandfather a chef because he not only owned his own restaurant but he made all his items from scratch..no measurements just feel and repetition. These became my earliest influenced into food. That and feeding myself something other than McDonald’s. In 2011 I enrolled in the Culinary Arts program Art Institute in Nashville Tennessee and from there slowly began building a catering business upon my relocation back home to Los Angeles.

At the same time I began selling homemade cookie I was baking just fun and to have sweets on hand at home because I was what I consider a cookie conisseur. The cookies began to take on a life of their own so I also started Thunderbolt Cookie Company. Thunderbolt was a nickname given to my grandfather in his youth so I dedicated my cookie company to him and really to my family. From 2012 on I have been building my catering and cookie empire, providing personal and private chef services to some of Hollywood and music entertainments brightest and best artists. Luna Bay Catering provides catering services for small or large groups, private or personal dining services, and bartending needs.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Not at all. Understanding how to build a business from the ground up is an extremely challenging tasks. I think building a career period is a challenge but a business that is solely yours is overwhelming at times because you are everything to your business. You are The CEO, the treasurer, the marketing team, the production team, the quality control team, the shipping team .you wear everything hat and most of us are learning as we go so the bumps come all the time but the consistent quality products, service, and character will sustain your business when things get crazy in my experience.

Please tell us about Luna Bay Catering.
Luna Bay Catering specializes in creating customized menus based on what our client’s needs and wants are with our “Magic” on the taste. We base everything on our client’s needs and magic number aka budgets while always delivering the highest quality preparation and cooking of your meal. Whether we are cooking for 100 or 10 people we are dedicated to providing great flavored and properly cooked food for all of our clients and guests. With Thunderbolt Cookie Co well we simply believe we are providing the world with the best cookies you can get your hands on. We have more than 20 in house cookie combinations and provide customized combinations baked to order or prepared cookie dough that clients/customers can bake at home with their kids or family or just by themselves when they want a hot and fresh sweet treat.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Simply….Saved Some Money First!! Lol

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 6154976602
  • Email: Lunabaycatering@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @chef_darnai_larue

Image Credit:
Anthony Naylor

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